Paper Mill Prep 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 guidance and peace of mind about choosing the college, degree program, and audition material that will best fulfill your needs.
Commercial college audition 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. As a producing partner for Broadway and the birthplace of many notable performers' careers, the faculty at Paper Mill Playhouse knows the demands of the industry, and which colleges will best prepare you for a professional career.
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:
College Discovery Seminar
Designed for both students and parents, our College Discovery Seminar is a series of informational sessions and open forum discussion with the Paper Mill Prep faculty. It is an opportunity to gather information about various college theatre programs, the types of degrees available and the ever changing and growing audition requirements and timeline. Space is limited, register today!
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 Prep coaches to discuss your hopes for college, and to select and prepare the best audition material to showcase your unique gift. The Paper Mill Prep faculty – Stephen Agosto, John Armstrong and Sara Louise Lazarus – have taught for Paper Mill for many years, have extensive experience coaching young artists, and they possess a broad knowledge about the current college landscape. Outside of their scheduled coaching sessions, our faculty remain in regular contact with their students and parents serving as an on-call advisor thorughout the entire auditon season.
Students who elect a private coaching package will be asked to first participate in a Performance Skills Assessment Workshop with faculty. Coaching sessions are available to book as a single meeting or in discounted packages of 4 or 8 sessions. Additional services are also available such as custom music arrangments and sheet music, custom audio recordings of your accompaniment, custom video recordings (necessary to submit as a pre-audition requirement at top programs), and updated headshots and resume preparation.
College Alumni Open Forum
At these sessions graduates of a wide variety of notable college theater programs lead an open forum Q&A style discussion with high school students, sharing truthful and helpful insights about the programs they attended. Unlike college admissions reps who's job it is to sell a school to you and your family, at the College Alumni Open Forum you'll have the opportunity to ask your specific questons and get feedback that will enable you to compare programs across various criteria such as faculty, curriculum, performance opportunities, senior showcases, costs, career guidance, study abroad options and campus life.
Alumni of Paper Mill Prep have had outstanding outcomes and have great things to say about their coaching experience! Both students and their partents agree....Paper Mill Prep is worth the investment, and at rates much lower than commerical competators in NYC, enroliling in Paper MIll Prep is a no-brainer!
Paper Mill Prep Alumni have been admitted into top undergraduate college theater programs to study musical theater, acting and directing.
Parents and students have great things to say about Paper Mill Prep!
"Just wanted you to know Emily was accepted to Tisch School of the Arts at NYU for the BFA in Theater with a concentration in directing. John Armstrong was her coach and we thank him for his wonderful help.....READ MORE
College Prep Faculty
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