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The Institute for American Musical Theatre
By Michelle Corr
Traditional college is not for everyone. Sometimes, heading right into the work force or attending a job-specific program is better for your happiness and future. For those who wish to jump right into musical theatre after high school, but don’t necessarily want to participate in a four-year program or just start auditioning, a brand new musical theatre conservatory may be the answer you’re looking for.
The Institute for American Musical Theatre (IAMT) is a brand new New York-based musical theatre conservatory. At IAMT, you will be studying acting, singing, dancing, musical theatre history, and fitness 30 hours a week. This two-year program sounds like any other conservatory-style program, but it has a few extremely unique facets that set it apart.
The most unique part of IAMT is the staff. Not only did two current Broadway cast members of Phantom of the Opera found this conservatory, the entire staff are currently on Broadway or have had extremely successful careers on-stage in New York City. What that means is that all IAMT students will be in the classroom with Broadway professionals, learning from the people who actually do what they teach eight times a week in front of thousands of people. Our staff sets us apart – the majority of conservatory-style programs in the country have teachers who know how to perform, but never have done it professionally. In addition to this, part of IAMT’s tuition includes “field trips” to six Broadway shows a year, meaning you will be in an acting class with Jersey Boys star and IAMT teacher Dominic Scaglione, Jr. in the morning and see him sing his heart out as Frankie Valle that night.
IAMT is also unique in that it separates its students into a Singer Program and Dancer Program, much like you would be separated in a professional audition. In each program, you will take singing and dancing classes with the same all-star staff members, but all classes will be level appropriate: meaning, if you have been singing your whole life but cannot dance to save your life (like me!), then you would be in beginner dance classes with more challenging vocal pieces given to you. If you have experience in both, you will work with our founders to place you in level-appropriate classes.
The program’s founders are Broadway vets Andrew Drost and Matthew Prescott, both current cast members in Broadway’s longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Drost is head of the vocal program, where in addition to one-on-one lessons with some of Broadway’s top vocalists, you will have a once a week group VoiceBarre® class. VoiceBarre® is a unique method of teaching voice that Mr. Drost developed through his many years of teaching voice. Mr. Prescott will head the dance program, in addition to teaching ballet, jazz, and musical theatre dance classes.
If you’re a current high school senior and would like to audition, IAMT will have a live audition day on March 20th, 2016 at Pearl Studios in New York City. If you can’t make that audition day, we are accepting video auditions through our website at www.IAMusicalTheatre.com.
The IAMT website is the best place to get more information about the program, “meet” all of our incredible staff members, learn about tuition and scholarships, and (of course) to submit your audition! If you have any questions about it, you can also send us an email via our website.
Also, be sure to follow @IAMusicalTheatre on Instagram and @IAMT_NYC on Twitter! We post fun pictures and a lot of information about our school!
Michelle Corr (CB South ’13) is a junior at Fordham University studying Journalism and New Media. Besides performing with the Mimes, she is an intern at Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, head of social media for the Institute for American Musical Theatre, and working towards her goal of performing on Broadway. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @themichellecorr.