Musical Theater Intensive

The road to your dreams begins with hard work!

AUGUST 8 – AUGUST 19, 2022

The Musical Theater Intensive is a two-week, full-day program that allows performers ages of 10 to 16 to build foundational stage skills and learn about themselves as performers. Our faculty of artist-instructors provide a safe environment to risk, grow, and succeed. Students end their two weeks with a 45-minute showcase in the Black Box Theater at Paper Mill Playhouse. Class sizes are intentionally small allowing our faculty to focus on empowering the performer and building self confidence in a non-competitive setting.

Admittance to the Musical Theater Intensive is by audition only. Accepted students are placed in one of two sessions according to age. All students are taught by the same professional faculty geared toward creating a productive learning environment.


August 8 – August 19, 2022

Monday -Friday

The Musical Theater Intensive is a full day program running 8:45AM to 5:00PM. While the daily schedule is subject to change, technique classes are generally concentrated to the morning with Showcase rehearsals taking place later in the day. All students have a 60-minute lunch break at midday.

Paper Mill Playhouse and Paper Mill Studios in Millburn, NJ.


The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) offers limited tuition assistance scholarships for Conservatory eligible students proving need. The TAP application and income guidelines are located below.


Performers ages 10 to 16 are grouped into two divisions based on age. The company divisions are as follows:

JUNIOR COMPANY – Performers ages 10 to 12

SENIOR COMPANY – Performers ages 13 to 16


Paper Mill Playhouse now welcomes audition videos (also called a pre-screen) from students seeking a coveted spot in the Musical Theater Intensive. The “pre-screen” portal opens Monday, November 29, 2021 and remains active through Thursday, January 6, 2022. Your pre-screen is the first part of the audition process and applicants must complete a pre-screen to be invited to the live audition on Sunday February 6, 2022. Students who are invited to the live audition will be notified by January 18, 2022 to schedule an audition appointment. Audition appointments fill quickly so we encourage you to submit your digital prescreen as soon as possible.

See specific digital guidelines and submission information HERE.


Tuition assistance is available in two forms to accepted students. 

Merit Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding auditioners who show promise and potential during the audition process. Merit Scholarships are indicated in determination letters.

Additionally, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides financial aid to families based on need. Please refer to the posted income guidelines for scholarship eligibility. If you are eligible and request tuition assistance, you must complete the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application by March 24, 2022 and provide all requested support material.

TAP Income Eligibility Guidelines

TAP Request Form


To participate in the Summer Training Programs, all admitted performers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” is defined by the CDC as someone who is two weeks after their second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines OR two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. As it becomes recommended by the CDC, all students must receive booster shots when available. Enrolled students must provide proof of vaccination (or documentation of a first shot) no later than March 24, 2022, when the program deposit is due.  This policy is in accordance with all Actor’s Equity Association and IATSE Local 9 guidelines who govern the rules for usage of the Paper Mill mainstage where classes and the New Voices Concert take place. Should you have questions regarding this policy, please contact Paper Mill Associate Director of Education, Stephen Agosto at