Stage One

July 25 – August 5, 2022

Monday – Friday, 10AM – 6PM

Ages 14 to 18

“The best acting training in the area. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to really dive deep into acting and how it interacts with movement and voice.”
— Eli, Stage One Student (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)

“I feel that Stage One has made me a more well-rounded artist. I would recommend this program to any serious, musical theatre performer.”
— Clare, Stage One Student (2020)

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 masterclasses from different DC theater professionals and local university faculty. With a different masterclass 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. Masterclasses 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 Daily Schedule

A typical in-person day’s schedule follows this model:

10AM – 12PM: Dance

12PM – 12:30PM: LUNCH

12:30PM – 2:30PM: Voice

2:30 – 2:45PM: BREAK

2:45PM – 4:45PM: Acting

4:45PM – 5PM: BREAK

5PM – 6PM: Masterclass

The final day of the program concludes with a one-hour informal class demonstration for friends and family.

The Auditions

Auditions for Stage One 2022 will take place on February 5, 2022 on Zoom from 11AM-1PM. Auditioning for Stage One is a three-step process:

1.) Register. Sign up for a slot and submit your registration information here.

2.) Vocal and Acting audition: Auditioning students need a prepared, memorized and contemporary one-minute monologue and a 32-bar musical theatre song. The song must be accompanied (you may use a live accompaniment or a pre-recorded track. If using a track, please play your track on a different device than the one you are running Zoom on.)

3.) Dance audition: Shortly after you have registered for an audition, Signature Education will send you a dance video from an area choreographer. You will be responsible for practicing with the video and then filming yourself doing the dance in appropriate dance attire and in sufficient space for dancing. The video will be due on February 7, 2022. More information will be provided when the dance video is sent to you.

Only applicants who fulfill all parts of the audition process will be considered.

Pre-Recorded Audition Option

If you cannot attend the live auditions on February 5, you may apply by submitting three separate pre-recorded audition videos:

Video 1: A prepared and memorized contemporary one-minute monologue.

Video 2: A 32-bar musical theater song (you may use a live accompaniment or a pre-recorded track. If using a track, please play your track on a different device than the one you are filming on.)

Video 3: A dance video that showcases your dance experience and ability.

Once you have takes that you are satisfied with, upload them as separate YouTube videos. When you upload your videos, please make sure that it is uploaded as an “Unlisted” video and not as a “Private” video as several faculty members may view it.

Once you have created the three required videos, please upload them, along with a headshot and resume here.

Pre-recorded video auditions are due by February 7.

Health and Safety

Stage One 2022 will take place in person. All students attending auditions and participating in the program will need to provide proof of vaccination. Additional health and safety protocol will reflect current guidelines from the CDC and the State of Virginia and will be released as we get closer to the program’s start date.

The Tuition

Tuition for Stage One 2022 will be $890. 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.