FAQ

What is the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop?


The Texas Musical Theatre Workshop is a summer musical theatre intensive for high school students and a writing retreat for composers and playwrights of new musicals. It was designed by its Founding Artistic Directors, Kaitlin Hopkins and Jim Price of Texas State University and Lyn Koenning of The University of Texas at Austin, to be a creative destination in the development of new musicals and a bridge between young artists and the professional world of musical theatre.

What is the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop’s summer musical theatre intensive?


The Texas Musical Theatre Workshop summer musical theatre intensive is a three-week residential program held during the last three weeks of June on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The intensive delivers studio and master classes in musical theatre skills taught by Broadway professionals and university faculty to high school students as they explore their potential for a career in musical theatre. 

What happens in a typical day at the TXMTW summer musical theatre intensive?


The TXMTW summer intensive combines a core set of studio and master classes taught by university faculty and Broadway professionals. All classes divide our student artists into smaller groups and focus on acting, singing, dancing, auditioning and performance skills. Students will also learn and rehearse a production number from a Broadway musical, culminating in a performance for family and friends in the TXMTW Showcase on the final day of the Workshop.

Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout each week, with rehearsals for the TXMTW Showcase and other fun activities scheduled most evenings between 7 and 9 p.m.

Students will also have the extraordinary opportunity to observe the development of new musicals by attending the staged readings of new musicals in progress at TXMTW before they are commercially produced.

View our Schedule Page for a detailed breakdown of a typical day at TXMTW.

What are the age requirements?


You must have completed your freshman year of high school by the beginning of the TXMTW summer musical theatre intensive, but if you are a graduating senior in the spring of 2016, we want you to come, too! You’ll definitely benefit from this intense training and experience regardless of where you’re attending college.

What are the qualifications to be accepted into the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop summer musical theatre intensive?


Students attending the TXMTW summer musical theatre intensive should possess a serious interest in musical theatre performance and a strong desire to receive pre-professional training from college faculty and top Broadway artists. The TXMTW summer musical theatre intensive will help you explore your potential for a career in musical theatre. 

How many students are accepted?


The TXMTW summer musical theatre intensive is limited to the first 72 students who register. Students are split into smaller groups for studio and master classes. 

How do I get accepted?


Secure your spot in TXMTW by paying a deposit and registering your name, email, mailing address, and the high school you attend.  

When will I find out if I am accepted into the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop?


Once we receive your deposit, we will send you a form to complete that more fully tells us about you and your training and experience, as well as a comprehensive camp information packet.  

What is the cost?

All-inclusive tuition (housing for three weeks at The University of Texas plus all meals and scheduled classes and activities) for this three-week summer musical theatre intensive is $3,150. A non-refundable $500 deposit is required upon registration. The remaining balance of $2,650 must be made on or before May 1st.  Pay in full at registration and receive a $315 tuition discount.  Austin-Area students may choose to register as a Day Student.  Austin-Area Day Student tuition is $2,000 and includes professional training but not housing or recreational activities; students purchase or bring their own meals.

 View the Registration & Tuition Page 

Are scholarships available?


We are not able to offer scholarships at this time; however, we encourage students to request funding for this experience through their local high school’s PTA or booster organization. The TXMTW Artistic Directors will be happy to write letters in support of scholarship applicants or more fully discuss the program with PTA or school officials. 

What is included in the tuition?


Non-refundable tuition includes housing at The University of Texas at Austin, three meals a day, and all scheduled classes and activities for the entire three weeks.  

What paperwork has to be completed before the program?


Once we receive your deposit, we will send you a form to complete that more fully tells us about you and your training and experience, as well as a comprehensive camp information packet with forms to complete and return relating to your emergency contact, food and other allergies, and health insurance information.  

What are the housing and dining details?


TXMTW students will spend their three-week stay at Jester Center – an air-conditioned residential complex with mail and onsite food service, a campus store and many other features to meet your basic needs.

You will share a room with a fellow TXMTW participant, and each floor has multiple community bathrooms. Floors are separated by gender, and students will be accompanied at all times by TXMTW college student Residential Mentors under the supervision of the TXMTW Residential Coordinator.

Meals at Jester Center are served cafeteria-style/all-you-care-to-eat and are designed to accommodate students’ eating preferences including vegetarians, vegans and those with food allergies to nuts, gluten and lactose.