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Paper Mill Prep is a new offering from the Paper Mill Education department that prepares high school seniors and juniors for their college career through informational seminars, assessment workshops, and private audition coaching. We know that the college audition and application process can be a daunting prospect, so we hope to provide you with some guidance and peace of mind about choosing the college, degree program, and audition material that will best fulfill your needs.

Commercial college coaching businesses exist in NYC with huge packaged price tags and costly commutes. They are often staffed by Broadway performers who have compelling acting credits, but do not have the depth of teaching experience that our faculty have. As a community non-profit arts organization, Paper Mill’s goal is to provide a New Jersey based option for serious students with our trusted faculty, and a pricing structure that allows you to opt in for only those events of interest to you.

College Discovery Seminar

Our College Discovery Seminar is an informational seminar and open forum discussion with the Paper Mill Prep faculty. It is an opportunity to gather information about college theatre programs and the ever changing and growing audition requirements and timeline. We first offered this seminar last May and received very positive feedback from students and parents. Register today! Space is limited.

Assessment Workshop/Private Coaching

Following the group discovery seminar, students desiring individual attention may elect to continue to work with one of our Paper Mill coaches to discuss their hopes for college, and to select and prepare the best audition material to showcase their unique gift. The Paper Mill Prep faculty – Stephen Agosto, John Armstrong and Sara Louise Lazarus – have taught for Paper Mill for many years and have extensive experience coaching young artists, and they have a broad knowledge about the current college landscape. Students who elect a private coaching package will be asked to participate in an Assessment Workshop with the faculty prior to commencing their private sessions.

College Prep Schedule

Below are the dates for our Seminars and Assessment Workshop, and at the bottom of the page you will find registration forms available for download:



Saturday, November 1st, 2014 1-4pm College Discovery Seminar Paper Mill Black Box Theatre
Saturday, November 8th, 2014 1-4pm College Discovery Seminar Paper Mill Black Box Theatre
Saturday, November 15th, 2014 1-4pm Assessment Workshop Paper Mill Black Box Theatre

 College Prep Faculty

agosto headshot 80-120Stephen Agosto is a graduate of DePaul University (Acting, BFA) and The Neighborhood Playhouse, home of The Meisner Technique. He has directed, choreographed or provided musical staging for such shows as The Drowsy Chaperone (The Blue Hill Troupe), Triangle Logic (Crosshatch Theatre Co.), West Side Story (Westminster), Modotti (Off-Broadway), Methtacular (Cincinnati and NYC Runs), Assassins and The Wild Party (Fordham), Scene and Be Seen (The Neighborhood Playhouse), and more. In 2011, Stephen directed The New York Musical Theatre Festival “Best of Fest” winner, Crazy, Just Like Me. He has directed various concerts and cabarets around the city including three shows for Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre and Separate: Battle Songs of Youth at Ars Nova.

8xJohn-Armstrong-031-RTJohn Armstong is an experienced actor, director, and instructor with years of experience in the professional theatre. While performing as an equity actor in all genres of theatre, from classical plays to contemporary musicals, John has continually used the acting studio as a proving ground for developing effective and efficient performance techniques. John holds a bachelor's degree in musical theatre and an MFA in acting from Indiana University. He began his training as a classical singer, eventually discovering his passion for acting. He was instrumental in the development of curriculum for musical theatre at Indiana University and Ohio Northern University (where he served as professor of acting and musical theatre for five years).

531275 10151205094538946 1832541516 n80-120Sara Louise Lazarus is currently on the faculty of Circle in the Square Theatre School, where she teaches, directs, and developed their musical theatre curriculum. As one of NY and LA’s foremost musical performance teachers, Sara has coached actors appearing in the Broadway and National tours of ONCE, BOOK OF MORMON, WICKED,THE PRODUCERS, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, LES MISERABLES, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY and on TV’s SMASH and GLEE. She counts among her former students Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga!) Sara has a certificate in acting from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. In her former life, Sara played leading roles on and off Broadway and in National tours of FOLLIES, NO, NO NANETTE, and FIDDLER…

Meg Web 80-120Meg Zervoulis(Accompanist) Off-Broadway: Chuckleball at the Snapple Theatre. Regional: Oliver at Paper Mill Playhouse, Rated P...for Parenthood at SOPAC (Midtown DirectRep). Workshops/Concerts: Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl in the ASCAP/Disney Workshop with Stephen Schwartz. Meg has provided Musical direction for many special events including collaboration with Ms. Lauryn Hill, Max Weinberg, Christiane Noll and more. Meg also arranges and accompanies many Paper Mill special events including Master Classes and Benefit Galas. As a Musical director/Pianist, ROCK THE AUDITION with Sheri Sanders. Film: New Brooklyn and Blaming George Romero. Current Residencies: Paper Mill Playhouse, Midtown Direct Repertory Company and the NJPAC. Previous: Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Ballet, Carnegie Mellon University, Wrecking Crew Music, and Mile Square Theatre. Meg is also a Musical Director and Adjunct Keyboard Professor at Montclair State University. Education: Carnegie Mellon University - B.F.A. University Honors in piano performance and conducting. Meg was selected internationally as one of 20 musical directors for the inaugural Goodspeed Opera House Musical Direction Intensive. She is a member of Local 802 AFM NYC.

If you have any questions about our program, don't hesitate to contact Jason Gillis, Education Program Manager, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or by calling 973.315.1668



 College Prep Staff

Jason Gillis, Program Coordinator
Lisa Cooney, Director of Education