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How do I start my college research and audition process?

Updated: May 28, 2020


You've come to the right place. This site has all the information you want on musical theatre programs, with more information added every day. We have done all of the heavy lifting to get you all the same information for every school, program, and audition process. We provide all the links so that you can continue researching yourself. Right now, our site contains the top 60 programs in the US for musical theatre. We will continue adding programs, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know.


Before looking into any programs, ask yourself a few questions about what you are looking to get out of your college experience.


  • Do you want to go to school in a big city or more of a college campus? Do you want to be in or around New York, or do you want to focus on college and training before you get to the real world? Going to school in New York means being thrown into the real world quicker. You are living, going out, working among the rest of NYC. Or do you want more of a "typical" college experience of being in more of an immersive college experience.


  • Do you want a conservatory program or a liberal arts education, or a mixture of both?


  • Do you want a big or small school? Do you want a sprawling campus, big football team, parties, or do you want a smaller school? Musical theatre schools come in all shapes and sized. Cities, rural, small schools, huge schools.


You don't have to know the answers to these questions. Just keep them mind as you're researching looking at schools.





Get out a notebook or a word document and start making a list of programs that you are interested in.


Start listening, looking, asking. Research your favorite performers, where did they go to school?


Keep an open mind. You may think you know where you want to go to school, but there are tons of great programs out there, and they all might not have the name you think you want. But keep an open mind. Your college experience is what you make it.


Research!!! This site is a great jumping off point, but the best way to look into a school without leaving your home is the plethora of resources online.


Youtube performances and showcases from the school- could you see yourself there? How is their product? What are recent graduates and alumni doing now?


Instagram- find students on instagram to get an insight on what life looks like in their programs and at their schools. Message them and ask about their experiences. I guarantee you that more often than not, they will be happy to answer your questions.


Facebook- there are tons of groups and resources on facebook that can help you connect to the other auditionees in your year. We will be starting a musicaltheatremajor.com facebook group very soon! Having friends in this process will make it all the more fun for you. Meeting up at auditions, you're all going into the same field of work and will likely be seeing these same people and working with them when you get out of school!



Look around! Start early, and really dig in to your research. It should be fun!




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