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Musical Theater Training Company

The Musical Theater Training Company, a two-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.

No audition required.
Alumni have gone on to star in Arena Stage’s Oklahoma! and Signature Theatre’s Hairspray.


Ben PlattGet an inside look at the making of Dear Evan Hansen, a world-premiere musical starring Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2 and The Book of Mormon). Students will have the opportunity to get a sneak peek at this brand new show in the making and meet with members of the creative team.


The Musical Theater Training Company is housed here at the Mead Center for American Theater, Arena’s new complex built with a commitment to the next generation of theater artists. Classes are held on-site in Arena’s rehearsal halls, where professional productions rehearse. The final showcase will take place in Arena’s newest, state-of-the-art Kogod Cradle.


Serious, focused students entering grades 10, 11, 12 and the summer after high school graduation are encouraged to register.

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!

Academy director Anita Maynard-Losh and former Academy student Ariana Kruszewski announce that registration is now open for summer 2015. Aired March 4, 2015 on NBC4.


The Musical Theater Training Company faculty represents the high standards of musical theater and education professionals. All members are returning faculty, have worked regularly on Arena Stage’s mainstage productions, and demonstrate the excellence that comes with arts training.

Parker EssePARKER ESSE (Choreographer) returns to the Arena Stage Academy in 2015 having just finished choreographing Molly Smith’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, following previous collaborations on The Music Man (Helen Hayes nomination), critically acclaimed Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), The Light in the Piazza and A Christmas Carol 1941. Also for Arena, The Mystery of Irma Vep and last season's Smokey Joe's Café. Last fall Parker choreographed A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair, with music by Stephen Sondheim, starring Bernadette Peters and Norm Lewis. This was a special collaboration with New York City Center Encores! and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He also choreographed Fiddler on the RoofThe Most Happy Fella and Carousel for Goodspeed and Guys and Dolls for Shaw Festival Canada, where he will return next season to choreograph Sweet Charity. Parker was the associate choreographer for Broadway's Tony-nominated Finian's Rainbow and A Tale of Two Cities. Other associate director/choreographer work includes Kennedy Center, City Center Encores!, Goodspeed, Paper Mill and Asolo Rep. Parker was a featured performer in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Fosse, taped for PBS. He is currently in development with several Broadway-bound productions, including Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz and Bull Durham. His favorite credit is husband to Maria and father to Jaden!

Lynn McNuttLYNN MCNUTT (Acting Instructor) returns to the Musical Theater Training Company this summer. Before Lynn got into teaching, she worked for over 20 years as a professional union actress and singer in New York and Washington D.C. She has worked at such theaters as Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Ford’s Theatre. She has appeared Off-Broadway as Ruth in the Pirates of Penzance and played the role of Miss Hannigan in the 1998 National Tour of Annie. Regionally she has worked at such theaters as Arena Stage, The Goodman, Papermill Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Indiana Repertory and Florida Stage. Recently she played Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady opposite Terrance Mann as Henry Higgins at Connecticut Repertory Theatre.  As a teacher, Lynn served as a visiting professor on the faculties of University of Miami and Auburn University.  Lynn received her B.F.A. in musical theater from Florida State University and her M.F.A. in acting from the Shakespeare Theatre’s Academy for Classical Acting at the George Washington University.  She is currently teaching Shakespeare and musical theater in the M.F.A. program at Florida Atlantic University. 

Brad GardnerBRAD GARDNER (Music Instructor) most recently was the assistant music director/conductor of Fiddler on the Roof at Arena Stage. Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include: The Addams Family, Jasper in Deadland, Silence! The Musical. Regionally, he has been a part of The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes (Goodspeed), My Fair Lady (Arena Stage), Sense & Sensibility (Denver Center), 9 to 5 (North Shore), and Marvin Hamlisch's The Nutty Professor (TPAC). Besides the Arena Stage Academy, Brad is the music director of several other theatre programs including the Performing Arts Project, and Story Shifters, a program in the New York public school system that brings theatre education to students with autism.

Registration information


July 20 – 31, 2015
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.
A $300 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. Financial aid is not available at this time.

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Contact Information

Anita Maynard-Losh
Arena Stage Academy
1101 6th St., SW
Washington, DC 20024

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.