Welcome Musical Theatre Performers

The Musical Theatre Intensive (MTI) is dedicated to providing multiple opportunities for students interested in developing their skills as musical theatre performers. We offer workshops in all areas of musical theatre performance including voice, acting, and dance, as well as performance opportunities at various events throughout the festival. There is an opportunity to audition for the MTI Scholarship Award as well as a slot in a festival favorite, the late night cabaret.

Audition Process for Festival 53 (virtual festival)


This year, we’ll be handling things a little differently for our Musical Theatre Intensive Auditions (MTI). In the past, auditions slots were reserved for a limited number of musical theatre performers. These performers were either nominated from musical productions at their schools, pre-registered ahead of time, or lucky enough to have snagged a last-minute slot at the festival. This year however, ANYONE who would like to audition for the MTI Scholarship Auditions is eligible – there is no cap on the number of folks who may submit materials!


Students who wish to participate in MTI must register for the auditions by December 18, 2020.  As part of the registration process, you will be asked to upload videos of two contrasting pieces of musical theatre or musical theatre-adjacent repertoire, each approximately 16-bars or 30 seconds in length. (Please see audition video specifications below.)

To be eligible to for selection, you must be registered for festival 53.

20 performers will be selected for the final round and will be asked to submit an additional video of them singing a full-length piece from the musical theatre canon. This must be a different piece than the 16-bar cuts submitted for the initial audition round. 

The finalists’ videos (including both of their short selections from the preliminary round as well as their full piece) will be screened during the festival. A panel of selectors will choose one regional awardee from this group who will be invited to attend the national festival.


Here are some tips on how to create the strongest videos for your MTI Scholarship audition:

  • Introduce each of your pieces by including your name, the title of your song, and the title of the musical your song is from. If your piece is not from a musical, you might wish to include the composer or artist who created or performed that piece.
  • Do not include the name of your school in your introduction.
  • It is recommended, but not required, that you utilize piano accompaniment for your audition. This may mean singing along to a pre-recorded track or it may mean singing with a live accompanist. We realize that these resources are not available to everyone, so a cappella submissions will also be accepted (lack of accompaniment will not be considered in the selections). If you are selected for the final round and need accompaniment for any of your pieces, we will provide accompaniment tracks for you.  This is not available for the preliminary round.
  • Please utilize a stationary camera when filming your piece, just as you would for a traditional audition submission. This means no fancy camera work, video effects, or editing. Selectors will be considering to your performance, not your camera work.
  • For best audio quality, make sure that the sound balance allows for your voice to be heard clearly above the accompaniment.

We share the same video recommendations as the Irene Ryans:

  • Think about framing. How is best to frame your piece? i.e. Headshot, waist-up, full-body. This is your choice, based off the needs of your performance. Again, no camera moves; your pieces should be filmed from a fixed position with no pans, tilts, movements, or zooming.
  • Think about lighting. Lighting should be general without lighting changes. Natural light is often favorable, and utilizing back or side light may help with clarity or visibility. Dramatic lighting choices will not be considered by the selectors. This audition is to focus solely on your acting, not technical elements.
  • It is recommended that you limit prop usage and use generic furniture. Remember that this is an audition, not a play performance, so technical choices will be disregarded.
  • It is recommended that you place your camera at eye-level of the performer.
  • Files must be uploaded as an .mp4, .mov, or .avi.

Register for MTI Auditions by December 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Other MTI Events


Our MTI Cabaret will be held virtually! Students who submit materials for the MTI Scholarship Auditions, but are not selected for finals will be eligible to perform in our 2021 virtual cabaret.


One student from the cast of each musical production at colleges and universities throughout our region will be nominated to participate in the Musical Theatre Intensive Group Number. These students will collaborate on a group number for the closing ceremonies. This year, the nominees will learn a song remotely and record their individual performances; these videos will then be combined to create a virtual performance that will be screened during the closing ceremonies.

MTI Scholarship Award Audition Registration


Tommy Iafrate

Tommy Iafrate

Musical Theatre Intensive

Binghamton University

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