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Musical Theater Training Company

The Musical Theater Training Company, a 2-week training program, provides pre-professional training for the serious student in American musical theater. Taught by expert faculty, company members train in singing, acting and dance technique in daily classes. They then apply these skills in rehearsals, working toward a polished, final showcase, which is attended by members of Arena Stage's artistic team. Members of this elite ensemble learn the importance of training within their art form, experience the professional rehearsal process within a company and begin to develop a professional network.

Dates: July 23 – August 3, 2018
Academy registration is now closed.

Information about the 2019 Arena Stage Academy will be available Fall 2018.

No audition required.
Academy alumni have gone on to star in professional shows including Arena Stage’s The Pajama Game, Carousel and Oklahoma!, and Signature Theatre’s Hairspray.

Arena Stage Academy Showcase

August 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. | Kogod Cradle


Classes are held on-site in the rehearsal halls of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, where professional productions rehearse. The final showcase will take place in Arena’s newest performance space, the state-of-the-art Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle.


Serious, focused students ages 14 - 18.

No audition is required. Company members will be evaluated in dance, singing and acting on the first day.

Check out the Musical Theater Training Company at work!


Our faculty represents the high standards of musical theater and education professionals. 2018 faculty to be announced in 2018. Previous faculty include:

Helen HedmanHELEN HEDMAN was last seen at Arena Stage as the irascible Anise in Watch on the Rhine and prior to that in A Delicate Balance, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Women, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and the Edward Albee Festival plays Three Tall Women, Counting the Ways and Listening, Box/Mao and All Over. Additional credits include Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Woman of No Importance, The Country Wife, Romeo and Juliet, Camino Real (Shakespeare Theatre); The Year of Magical Thinking, The Bright and Bold Design (Studio); I’ll Get You Back Again, Rapture, Blister, Burn, The Rehearsal (Round House); Sabrina Fair, A Christmas Carol (Ford’s); Crazy for You, Beaches, Show Boat, My Fair Lady, The Sex Habits of American Women (Signature); Piaf (Helen Hayes nomination), Triumph of Love, Omnium Gatherum (Olney); The Seagull, Kimberly Akimbo, Mrs. Farnsworth (Rep Stage); The Glass Menagerie and An Inspector Calls (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); The Book of Joseph, Outside Mullingar, Pygmalion, School for Scandal, The Cripple of Inishmaan (Everyman Theatre, Baltimore). She has appeared in numerous feature and independent films. Her most recent film, Beast, was a winner at the 2018 South By Southwest Festival and numerous other national and international festivals.

DAVID ROWEN, a Washington, D.C. area native, is an actor and musician based in New York City, and he is the producer of music YouTube channel, davidrowen/creative. Through the channel, he arranges and covers pop songs and Broadway tunes, and collaborates with other artists to create music videos, which have been featured on Playbill and BroadwayWorld. David has appeared Off-Broadway in the Bob Marley musical, Three Little Birds, which was originally produced by Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, MD. Prior to living in NYC, David performed at theaters throughout the D.C. region, including Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Olney Theatre Center, among others. In 2013, he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his portrayal of Harpo in The Color Purple at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. He also taught music, and worked as a music director for various youth theater programs in the area. David is excited to return to D.C. to work with aspiring performers through Arena Stage Academy.

JESSICA WU has been a theater educator, performer, and creator for over 12 years and is thrilled to bring her knowledge and passion to the Musical Theater Training Company! Originally from Canada, Jessica has taught theater movement and dance extensively throughout the US as choreographer for StudentsLive! International Musical Theatre Program, as a master-class teacher for Beyond the Stars, and as a guest instructor at numerous programs and studios across the country. You may have seen her on stage at Arena Stage in Carousel, The Music Man, and Oklahoma! Other performance credits include Broadway’s A Chorus Line, The Radio City Spring Spectacular, productions at Lincoln Center, Shakespeare in the Park, BAM, Signature, Paper Mill, Goodspeed, Sacramento Music Circus, TUTS, PCLO, KC Starlight, MUNY, and Baltimore CenterStage, and National Tours of Dr. Dolittle, The King and I, Miss Saigon, The Wizard of Oz, and A Chorus Line. Jessica recently became Associate Artistic Director of Royal Family Productions, a small off-Broadway theater in Times Square, and is a proud NYU Steinhardt alumni. Let’s dance!

Registration information

2018 Registration opens on December 1

July 23 – August 3, 2018
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
1101 6th St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

One block from the Waterfront Metro station. Parking is not provided, but can be arranged independently at a neighborhood garage.

Classes are held in the professional rehearsal halls at Arena Stage. The final showcase is in the state-of-the-art Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

$300 non-refundable deposit due upon registration. Balance due on June 1, 2018

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Arena Stage Academy

Arena Stage Academy admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin and does not discriminate in the administration of its educational admissions, personnel or financial aid policies.

Academy kids performing