June 20-July 2, 2016

The Workshop

Designed for college students and recent graduates, Overtures is a two-week intensive, professional training program that provides rigorous and comprehensive instruction in vocal and performance technique, dance, acting and audition skills.

Students participate in classes, private sessions and master classes, from 10AM to 9PM, six days a week from June 20 to July 2. The experience culminates with an audition for local professional casting directors.

The Showcase

Following the audition for local casting directors, students perform a fully-staged showcase for the public. This showcase features solos, duets, ensemble numbers, scenes and monologues. The 2016 Overtures showcase will take place on July 2 at 11AM in the MAX Theatre at Signature. The performance is free and open to the public. No reservations are accepted or required.

The Auditions

There are two ways to audition:

1.) Audition in person March 19, 2015 at Signature Theatre from 10AM to 1PM. Bring a headshot and resume detailing your performance experience. Be prepared to sing 32 bars of a musical theatre song of your choice and to perform a one-minute contemporary monologue of your choice (no classical monologues, please.) Bring your audition book; you may be asked to sing more. There will be a dance audition; bring appropriate clothing/shoes. Schedule your audition appointment in advance (beginning February 15) by contacting us at overtures@signature-theatre.org or 571 527 1857.

2.) Send audition materials electronically Prepare a DVD or YouTube video that includes 32 bars total of a musical theatre song (performed with an accompanist), a dance or movement exercise that demonstrates your ability to move with music and a one-minute contemporary monologue. Submit a letter of intent describing your interest in attending Overtures. Include a headshot and resume.

BY MAIL: Education Department, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206.

ONLINE: Email materials (including link to YouTube video) to overtures@signature-theatre.org. If you upload your video to YouTube, please do not upload as a private video (we recommend posting it as an unlisted video.) All electronic submissions must be received by March 25, 2016.

Students must be at least 17 years old to audition for Overtures. Students 14 to 17 years old are invited to audition for Signature’s popular Stage One workshop.


Tuition for the 2016 Overtures will be $1,750. Housing availability is very limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Additional costs for housing can be expected.

Financial Aid

Fellowships are available for applicants with special circumstances. A limited number of full and partial tuition fellowships are made possible by individual and organizational donors. Fellowship funds can also be awarded for travel, housing and per diem expenses.