Musical Theatre Intensive

Program Information

  • Program Dates: July 5-19, 2020
  • This program is open to youth entering 6th grade as of fall of 2020 through high school seniors who graduate in the spring of 2020.


Online video submissions are due by December 10th, 2019. (Please note: leading roles will most likely be granted to those who do a live audition.)

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Audition Requirement: One musical theatre song appropriate for your age. (Please bring sheet music printed double sided hole punched in a binder for the pianist to play from.)

Optional: Monologue 1-3 minutes long from a published stage play appropriate for your age.

**Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your audition time to fill out a form and sign in with our audition monitor. A pianist will be provided. If you have a resume and headshot, please bring them with you.

Sign up for your audition: 

Green Bay, WI: September 28, 2019
Detroit, MI: October 5, 2019
New York, NY: October 19, 2019
Boston, MA: November 2, 2019
Nashville, TN: December 7, 2019



Tuition is $2800* for the 2 week program. This includes both room and board.

*Need based scholarships are available

Meet the Director

Introducing Jessica Lynn French

American director, singer, and actress Jessica Lynn French began performing professionally at the age of eleven in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat alongside Donnie Osmond. After completing her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory of Music. She went on to do a fellowship with the Nashville Opera while getting her Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Voice Performance from Belmont University.

During her time in Detroit, Boston, Nashville, and New York she has performed with and coached artists signed with/managed by: Sony, Curb Records, Word Records, Disney, William Morris Agency, Simeon Studios, and Graffiti Records to name a few. In order to better understand the demands on her recording artist clients, she recorded a contemporary Bilingual EP with a full band, which is available on iTunes. Favorite performance roles include: Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance.  In 2016, Ms. French launched a music theatre album entitled "Songs I Can Sing from Roles I'll (Probably) Never Play" on iTunes and Spotify.  She performed a Cabaret style album release concert at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street.

Ms. French is also a sought after clinician. She travels the US and Internationally performing and teaching vocal masterclasses raising awareness of vocal health. She helped to facilitate The Metropolitan Opera's National Educator Conference and was a masterclass instructor for The Carnegie Hall Association. In the summer of 2017, Ms. French taught a music theatre masterclass at the newly opened Studio Paulsen, the first ever professional actors training center in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She also enjoys voice over work, recording with MTI (Music Theater International) and serving as a vocal coach for Sockeye Media.

During her time as a New York City resident, Ms. French served as Teaching Artist for Broadway Bound Kids, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Christian Youth Theater.  She is a proud member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) and is currently serving as the Artistic Director of Bright Light Productions and the Director of the Musical Theatre Division of Valley Academy for the Arts.

Meet the Staff

RACHEL DEAN is a composer, pianist, music director, and composer originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Now New York City-based, she is a rehearsal pianist for Hamilton and frequently music directs new works in development. An ASCAP award recipient, Rachel has had her work performed in New York, Miami, Cincinnati, Phoenix, and Hoboken. She has collaborated alongside the likes of Luis Salgado, Brandon Uranowitz, Erin Dilly, and Alysha Umphress. Upcoming performances of her musicals include The Anxiety Project (with David Brush; September at Rubber City Theatre Co., Akron, OH) and Medusa (with Wes Braver; June at New York University); other musicals in development include Amelia (with Brush), and The Ballad of Janis Matthews and the Dodo Scouts (with Giancarlo Rodaz). Rachel is a graduate of NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.


MATT HAGESTUEN is a native of Minnesota and an artist of multiple disciplines. He is a conductor and a teacher serving as the Music Director for the LCA Musical Theater Intensive in Boston, Massachusetts, Apprentice with Opernfest and the Berlin Opera Academy in Berlin, Germany, and Assistant Director for the Emmy-Nominated TV program “A Baylor Christmas” broadcast nationally. Additionally, Matt has served on the faculties of Baylor University, the Methodist Children’s Home, and Killeen High School in addition to teaching with the Baylor Music Mission in Sabah, Malaysia. He holds a Master of Music from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. He is also an alumnus of the Diplomatic Program SPAN: Student Projects for Amity Among Nations with the University of Minnesota on location in the United Kingdom.