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Why My Son’s High School Counselor Couldn’t Help With College Theatre Auditions!

As the mother of a theatre kid, I know the pain of going through the college audition process up close and personal. It is not a feat for the weak of heart! Why is this process so difficult and why aren’t high school counselors and teachers better equipped to guide their students on this journey? When my son was a senior we met with his guidance counselor early in the school year to discuss his college visits as he was most… Continue Reading

Myth Busters – My First Month As A Musical Theatre Freshman

I’ve officially been a Musical Theatre major and Dance minor at Otterbein University for a month. College life is both everything I expected it would be, but nothing like I thought it would be at the same time. The journey to become a college theatre major is intense and many times overwhelming, but once you’re over the hurdle of pre-screens, auditions and offers the experience of entering college, as a freshman looks pretty much the same for all majors. Ok,… Continue Reading

Preparation Is Key To College Auditions

As a college professor with a thriving Musical Theatre program, I watch hundreds of auditions every year.  I see every level of preparation that range from perfection to a giant question mark.  If you’re a high school student trying to sort through the application and audition process for an assortment of college performance programs, there are a good many things you need to know.   Performance programs are not like any other major. They are anything but straight forward. Every program… Continue Reading

How To Get The Perfect Headshot For College Auditions

Your headshot will either introduce you to a potential college or be left behind after your audition for adjudicators to remember you by. So, it’s important to have a headshot that not only looks great but one that conveys your personality. Make sure your personality comes through in the way you dress, your hair and make-up choices as well as the way you present yourself in front of the camera. Practice Makes Perfect! Rehearse at home in front of a mirror.… Continue Reading

Summer “To Do” List For Seniors

It’s tempting to take the summer off after a very busy Junior year of HS, but using this time wisely will help make a very busy fall college application/audition season a little more manageable. Below is Alison’s suggested “To Do” list for the summer before your senior year. Research Summer is a great time to research colleges and theatre programs. Learn the differences between BA and BFA programs, find out which schools will allow you to double-major, find schools that offer minors… Continue Reading

Diary Of A Performing Arts Mom

Dear Diary: If I only knew then what I know now! I’ve realized the most valuable lessons are not taught, they’re experienced. This has been a crazy year full of ups and downs, highs and lows; now we are at the finish line. My son has made a commitment to his dream school and soon he will begin a new chapter. When I look back over this past year, I ask myself, is there anything I would have done differently? The short… Continue Reading

The Changing Landscape Of Training For College Auditions

Performing arts training has traditionally been a brick and mortar business, but the marketplace is changing. An evolving demographic of customers in conjunction with the boom of e-commerce and digital platforms has created a new space for teachers in the arts. People now research and shop differently for goods and services. 8 in 10 Americans are doing business online and almost 9 out of 10 U.S. consumers say they would pay more to ensure a superior customer experience. How does that impact performing… Continue Reading



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