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College Connection is a unique, one of a kind program, designed to help high school students and their parents navigate what can be a confusing and challenging application process. Through our dynamic program, we have interactive panel events that provide information about the various types of programs, we use are massive alumni base to help make personal connections, and offer classes that touch on every part of the audition. We find the authentic you and help you prepare for a virtual audition.  

We started our program to meet the needs of the many families that expressed a need for Stagedoor to help guide them through the complicated college application journey. How do I choose the right program? How can I speak to some students who actually go to my schools of interest? How do I tackle the audition? Do I need a coach?


As educators, we decided to make a program that was affordable, help the students find their individual selves in their audition pieces, figure out how to look for a program that suits their needs, educate them on programs they haven't heard of yet, and bring our students to a place where they can breath a sigh of relief and feel the excitement in finding their new home, beyond Stagedoor.

Our program is not like any other, it is dynamic, informative, and helps the student elevate themselves to their full potential.

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Monologue Teacher 

Justin is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the Head of Performance for the Theatre & Dance department at Indiana University South Bend where he founded the department’s concentration in musical theatre performance (as a part of their B.F.A. degree offerings) and also specializes in teaching all levels of acting and directing.  A proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s M.F.A. program in Theatre/Movement Pedagogy and an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Justin is so excited to be working with Stagedoor on this new College Connection program. 

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Vocal Coach  

Marcus graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Master's Degree in Music Piano Performance in 1992. He learned the craft of being a music director in the vibrant theatre community of Cleveland and its numerous suburbs. On moving to New York in 2003, Mr. Baker has worked at all levels of theatre, from Assistant Music Director at the Arizona Theatre Company's production of Oh, Coward to 15 summers at Stagedoor Manor. Mostly working with students in educational theatre, Mr. Baker has spent 20 plus years working with young artists to bring it the best of their abilities acting through song. He is very excited to be a part of College Connections and continue this work. 

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Dance Teacher

Maggie Savoie currently serves as the Director of Dance and has spent the last four summers as a choreographer at Stagedoor Manor. Maggie is a proud graduate of Otterbein University, where she earned her Bachelors in theatre with a concentration in choreography before moving to New York City. She currently teaches and choreographs in the city focusing on ballet, musical theatre, and contemporary dance.  Maggie's choreography has been seen at Stagedoor Manor, Youth America Grand Prix, Otterbein University, and at various theatres throughout the city. She has performed with BalletMet, Megan Doyle Dance, Mitra Dance, and AbunDance. Maggie is so excited to be involved with College Connections and Stagedoor Manor Studios!

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Quae Simpson

Monologue Teacher 

Quae is a native of Baltimore with over 25 years experience traveling the globe as an entertainer, educator, director, choreographer and music director. He is the CEO /Executive Artistic Director of Q Entertainment a multifaceted entertainment company. Q Entertainment specializes in vocal coaching, college preparatory and mentorship. Quae is also a teaching artist and choreographer at the acclaimed Baltimore School for the Arts and Carver Center for the Arts and Technology. Over the last four summers Quae has had the privilege to work at Stagedoor manor as a director/choreographer. He is also the resident director/choreographer for the Iron Crow Theatre and is on the board of directors for the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.  Quae is simply overjoyed to be a part of the College Connections program.

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