Stage One Workshops 2015 | Signature Theatre

Stage One Workshops 2015

August 3 – 14, 2015

Auditions: March 21, 2015 from 10AM – 1PM
Tuition: $950

“Every single instructor and teacher was nurturing and helped me improve over those two weeks.” – 2014 Stage One Student

“This meant so much. I think 3 weeks would be better because I just needed more.” – 2014 Stage One Student

Stage One workshop is a two-week program that gives anyone ages 14-17 the chance to experience in-depth the world of professional musical theatre and to hone their vocal, dance and acting skills. Musical theatre professionals provide students with personalized, supportive instruction in daily dancing, singing, and acting courses. As the prequel to the successful Overtures Musical Theatre Institute, Stage One aims to create fully-developed young musical theatre performers. At the conclusion of the program, students will demonstrate what they’ve learned in a performance for friends and family members.

In addition to daily training in acting, music and dance, Stage One will be a full hour longer this year to incorporate daily master classes from a professional from the DC theatre scene. With a different instructor everyday, this is an incredible opportunity for high schools students to work with award-winning actors, directors, choreographers, musicians and casting directors. 


2014’s staff and master class instructors included:
Lisa Carrier Baker, professional vocal teacher and performer. (Kennedy Center, Lyric Theatre)
Evan Casey, DC actor. (Signature’s Sunday in the Park with George, Kennedy Center’s Orphie and the Book of Heroes)
Kelly Crandall d’Amboise, Broadway performer (Broadway’s Boy from Oz, national tour of The Producers)
Susan Derry, DC actor. (Signature’s Sunset Boulevard and Kennedy Center’s Ragtime)
Pauline Grossman, DC choreographer and director. (Adventure Theatre, Catholic University of America)
Casey Kaleba, fight choreographer (Signature, Folger, Round House, Olney, Shakespeare)
Joshua Morgan, music instructor, actor and director (No Rules Theatre Company’s Co-Artistic Director)
Jack Novak, actor and teacher (Faction of Fools, Washington Improv Theatre.)
Elisa Rosman, music director (MetroStage, Keegan)
Matt Strote, Signature’s Education Associate (Signature, Shakespeare, Studio, ArtStream)
Walter Ware III, Signature’s Resident Casting Director and Artistic Coordinator (Signature, Kennedy Center, Catholic University of America)
David Zobell, Signature’s Education Director (Signature Theatre, Adventure Theatre, The Rainbow Company in Las Vegas, NV)


Dates:   August 3 – 14, 2015
Time:   Monday – Friday
  10AM to 6PM

On the final day of the workshop, parents are invited at 4:00PM to join the students for an informal class demonstration of the skills they learned.

A typical day at Stage One will follow a schedule like this (subject to change):

10AM – 12PM   Dance training and rehearsal.
12 – 12:45PM   Lunch
12:45 – 2:45PM   Vocal pedagogy and rehearsal.
3 – 5PM   Acting training and exercises
5 – 6PM   Master class with professional theatre artist.


Tuition for Stage One is $950. A deposit of $350 is due July 1, with the remaining balance of $600 due on July 21.


Auditions for Stage One will occur on March 21, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Applicants are asked to prepare one musical theatre song, 16 bars long, a monologue (no longer than one minute) and come prepared to dance. Please call 571 527 1854 or email with questions.

Photos of Stage One 2014 by Matt Strote.