Stage One

July 27 – August 7, 2020
Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM

Ages 14 to 17

“The most beneficial part of Stage One was the hard work and dedication that the teachers had. Seeing them and learning from them has been an honor because they love what they do so much. The teachers were easy to talk to and never gave up on us. I learned and benefitted from everything.”

“I love that Stage One is really adapted to our abilities, to what we need to work on.”

Stage One is great because it focuses on the specific weakness of the group.”

– Past Stage One students

The Workshop

Stage One is not your typical musical theatre program. It is a two-week musical theatre workshop for the young, aspiring musical theatre student with an emphasis on reaching the individuals where they are. Stage One’s emphasis is on personalized, intimate training that helps each individual student reach their level best and helps them overcome their personal weaknesses.

This popular program provides in-depth experience in the world of professional musical theater. Throughout the two weeks, students hone their vocal, dance and acting skills under personalized, supportive instruction from a group of core faculty members, each a theatrical professional. In addition to daily training in acting, music and dance, Stage One also incorporates daily master classes from different DC theater professionals and local university faculty. With a different master class instructor every day, this is an incredible opportunity for high school students to work with award-winning actors, directors, choreographers, musicians, casting directors and university faculty. Master classes help students find a balanced approach between increasing theatrical skills and tackling the practical challenges of college auditions.

At the end of the two weeks, students are given the opportunity to share their experiences in an informal class demonstration for family and friends. There is no formal showcase. Every moment of Stage One is focused on pure training, enabling the students to give stronger performances long after the program has ended.

The Auditions

Auditions for Stage One 2020 will take place on February 29, 2020 beginning at 10AM. Auditioning for Stage One is a three step process:

1. Register: If you want to guarantee an early slot for the private audition portion of the audition, we recommend that you call 571 527 1857 to set up a specific audition time. Those who do not register in advance will be seen for the private portion once pre-registered students have been seen. Pre-registration appointments can be made beginning January 27, 2020.

2. Dance audition: All auditioning students begin the day promptly at 10AM for a group dance call. This is a mandatory step of the audition. Following the dance audition, students will be given time to change clothing and prepare for the next step.

3. Vocal and Acting audition: Following the dance call, students will be seen individually for a vocal and acting audition (this is the part you can preregister for!). Auditioning students need two things: A prepared, memorized, contemporary, 1-minute monologue; A 32-bar musical theatre song. An accompanist will be provided. Following your private audition, you’re free to go!

If you cannot attend the on-site auditions at Signature, you may apply by sending a video submission to consisting of:

  • A prepared and memorized contemporary one-minute monologue.
  • A 32-bar musical theater song.
  • A demonstration of your dance and movement experience.
  • Resume with contact information.

Video submissions must be submitted by March 5, 2020

The Tuition

Tuition for Stage One 2020 will be $955. There is currently no fellowship assistance available for Stage One.

Have questions about Stage One?

Want to know if this program is right for you? Email us at or call 571 527 1854 to learn more.