June 10 – June 22, 2024
Designed for college-aged students and recent graduates, Overtures is a two-week intensive, professional training program designed to provide students with the necessary steppingstones from university training to working in musical theatre professionally. Rigorous and personalized instruction in vocal technique, song interpretation, acting and auditions in both group and private settings with professional directors, music directors, choreographers, casting directors and actors make Overtures a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Overtures 2024 runs Monday through Saturday, June 10-June 22, 10AM-9PM, with approximately nine hours of training each day, leaving sufficient time for meals and rest. Most days consist of a combination of classes, private sessions and master classes. The experience culminates with an audition for local professional casting directors and a showcase for the public. Each student will also leave with high quality, prerecorded monologues and songs for use in video auditions and on their personal websites.
Overtures is overseen by Signature’s Artistic Department. In previous years, core faculty has included Signature’s Artistic Director, Matthew Gardiner; award winning actress and voice teacher, Tracy Lynn Olivera; critically acclaimed choreographers like Kelly d’Amboise Crandall and Rickey Tripp; professional music director Bobby McCoy, and professional actors Gregory Wooddell and Holly Twyford. While we aren’t ready to announce the 2024 faculty yet, we will post updates soon.
Following the audition for local casting directors, students perform a fully staged showcase for the public. This showcase features solos, duets, ensemble numbers and monologues. The 2024 Overtures showcase will take place on June 22 in the MAX Theater at Signature. The performance is free and open to the public. No reservations are accepted or required.
Auditions for Overtures 2024 will take place on March 9, 2024, from 10AM to 1PM at Signature Theatre. Video submissions were accepted through March 11, 2024, at 11:59PM. Information on how to submit video auditions will be available in early 2024.
Students must be at least 18 years old to audition for Overtures. Students 14 to 17 years old are invited to audition for Signature’s acclaimed Stage One workshop. Click here for more information on Stage One.
Tuition for Overtures 2024 will be $1,756. Housing availability is very limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis, should it be available. Additional costs for housing can be expected.
Signature Education believes that no one should miss out on arts training because they cannot afford it. 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. Click here to apply for a fellowship.
Health and Safety
Signature Theatre is continually updating its plans in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. All students accepted into the program will need to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to participate. We promise that we will continue our proven track record of providing the highest artistic development in an environment that adheres to protocol that ensures safety and comfort of each participant. If you have questions about health and safety protocol, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest instructors have included:
- Broadway performers: Jelani Alladin, Kate Baldwin, Nick Blaemire, Heidi Blickenstaff, Sierra Boggess, Alex Brightman, Carolee Carmello, Ariana Debose, Natascia Diaz, Eden Espinosa, Tim Federle, Rachel Bay Jones, Marc Kudisch, Judy Kuhn, Norm Lewis, Emily Skinner
- Songwriters: Jeff Bowen, Zina Goldrich, Ricky Ian Gordon, Marcy Heisler and Richard Maltby
- New York Casting Directors: Stuart Howard and Tara Rubin
- Broadway Directors: Jeff Calhoun and Michael Arden