Musical Theater Acting Intensive (MTAI)

Ages 15-25
Led by Broadway veteran Laura Marie Duncan, Musical Theater Acting Intensive is a rigorous program that delves deep into the complex art of character development, with intensive studies in acting, singing, and movement.  Students will also explore classical and contemporary repertoire, with daily classes in subjects ranging from Shakespeare to clowning to pop and rock vocal techniques. Another key component of Musical Theater Acting Intensive is its focus on audition preparation. In each session, students will refine one to two audition pieces, so that they leave the program with the skills and confidence needed to nail their next audition. Musical Theater Acting Intensive is modeled after Boston Conservatory’s top-ranking musical theater programs and gives students who are considering a degree in theater an opportunity to experience Boston Conservatory's signature training. The program is designed to complement the Conservatory’s related summer intensives—Musical Theater Dance Intensive, which develops strong theater dance technique, and Vocal/Choral Intensive, which is designed for serious singers interested in musical theater or classical music.
July 8-July 27
Check-in Time
Coming Soon
2024-07-28, 12:00 PM
Application fee
$50 (nonrefundable)

How to Enroll

  1. Submit your application by June 1.* Begin by submitting your application online. You must prepare additional application materials that will be reviewed with your submission.
  2. Make your tuition payment by June 1.* All programs have limited capacity, so be sure to complete your full tuition payment to reserve your space in the program.
  3. Request housing. Students who are 15 years of age or older by the start of their Boston-based program are eligible to stay in on-campus housing. If you meet the eligibility requirements and have indicated that you would like to request on-campus housing, please revisit your application portal and submit a Residence Hall Agreement.

*Please note: This program has limited capacity. To participate, you must first be offered a spot in the program, then you must confirm your participation by accepting the offer and paying the tuition cost in full.


This program is designed for emerging theater artists who want to train with Broadway professionals and develop the acting, singing, and movement skills essential to developing a role and that character’s personality. The Musical Theater Acting Intensive also focuses on audition preparation, so it is ideal for students interested in pursuing theater, whether academically or professionally.


This is a sample schedule to give you an idea of what to expect.

10 AM–12 PMTour
12:30 PM–2 PMOrientation
2 PM–6 PMCohort share
7 PM–9 PMOpen mic
9 AM–10:45 AMMusic Meisner
1 PM–2:45 PMShakespeare
3 PM–4:30 PMPhysical Character
7:30 PM–9:30 PMVocal Ensemble
9 AM–10:30 PMMusic Theater Solo
11 AM–12:45 PMClowning
3 PM–4:30 PMActing for Camera
5 PM–6:30 PMVoice and Speech
9 AM–10:45 AMMusic Meisner
1 PM–2:45 PMShakespeare
3 PM–4:30 PMPhysical Character
7:30 PM–9:30 PMVocal Ensemble
11:00 AM–12:30 PMActing for Camera
3 PM– 4 PMMusic Theater Solo
5 PM–6 PMVoice and Speech
7:30 PM–9:30 PMMovie night
10 AM–12 PMAlexander Technique
2 PM–6 PMMaster class
7 PM–8 PMIce cream social
4:30 PM–9 PMBoat cruise

Schedule subject to change.


General Requirements

This program is designed for emerging theater artists between the ages of 15 and 25.

Participants must possess a proficient level of English to enroll in this program. We do not require proof of English language proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo) as part of the enrollment or application process; however, you are expected to have a sufficient command of the English language to understand class material and assignments.

Required Materials

  • Music repertoire book or two audition-ready songs (with sheet music for the pianist)
  • At least three additional songs to work on (duets are welcomed)
  • Monologue selections for exploration and mock auditions
  • Outfits for mock auditions
  • Comfortable clothing for easy movement, such as athletic wear and sneakers
  • Tap, jazz, and character shoes
  • Socks for dancing
  • Black clothing suitable for our final presentation
  • Yoga mat
  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pencil
Program-Specific Details

Application Details

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until the program has reached capacity. 

This program is application-based and requires the preparation and submission of additional application materials along with your registration form. Once your materials are reviewed, you will be notified of your decision via email. Due to limited availability, you must accept your offer and pay tuition in full in order to reserve your spot in the program.

Students ages 15-25 who are interested in applying to this program should prepare the following materials:

  • one brief contemporary monologue;
  • one song from the musical theater repertoire (32 bars); and
  • one piece of your choosing. This is your opportunity to show us your creativity. In this piece, we are looking to see what sets you apart as an artist. Show us your interpretation of Shakespeare, a performance of your own original music, how you dance, or anything else you can imagine—the sky's the limit.

Video Recording Submission Guidelines

  • Sound quality is important, and the featured performer must be clearly audible.
  • Videos should be appropriately lit and in focus, and applicants are encouraged to introduce themselves to the faculty.
  • Videos can be home, live, or studio recordings.
  • Recordings of the performances should be recent (within the last year).
  • Ensure your video submissions are easily accessible and not set to private.

Instructions on how to submit your materials are available in the online application portal. Once received, your application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Once You've Enrolled

The Berklee Summer Programs Team is excited that you've taken the first step! Now that you've enrolled, here's what to know, to be sure you're prepared before and after you check in for the experience of a lifetime.

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