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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 programming, we offer three different options for students:


These workshops touch on every part of the audition process for colleges. Musical Theater Classes include: Vocal Coaching, Monologue and Dance Audition Prep.



Interactive Q&A sessions provide information about the various types of theater college programs through our Stagedoor alumni college students currently attending these fine institutions.



We use our massive alumni base to help you make personal connections and answer more detailed questions about specific programs.

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 is 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. Scholarships are available by contacting for more information. Please scroll down to learn more about each offering:


Breathe easy as we will help you with your college audition process from beginning to end. Our prep courses are taught by our prestigious Stagedoor staff who are knowledgeable about the college audition process. These class intensives will meet viturally to provide our students with guidance to help prepare them for what lies ahead in the college application process.


Please see our Plans & Pricing Page for package details.


College Connections is offering private lesson classes for your organizational needs in the college audition process. 


Our advisor, Nick Hrutkay, is the Director of Education of Stagedoor Manor having coached students through numerous college applications processes. He knows exactly how stressful and complicated it can all feel, and is here to help you. Our Advising and Audition Material Prep classes save parents time, energy, and frustration in guiding the organizational and strategic parts of the applying process, while allowing your child to be prepared for the artistic responsibilities involved in auditioning for universities. 

Nick will aid you in everything from school list prep, class requirements for schools, choosing appropriate audition material, and more. 

Please note that private class dates and times are scheduled on a case by case basis based on the instructor's availability.

For questions, please contact: 

(Please note that times and dates are subject to change.)


College Connections is offering two different options for high school seniors for more private coaching to focus on what your needs are one on one with our teachers. These private virtual lessons are taught by Nick Hrutkay (Monologue Coaching + Advising and Audition Material Prep) and David Carl (Music Coaching).


This opportunity is to get feedback on your material via Zoom sessions and/or by sending in a pre-taped video audition. These classes are at cost (with service fee)


This opportunity is to get advising and organized through our "Advising and Audition Material Prep" teacher, and get feedback on your monologue or song via Zoom sessions and/or by sending in a pre-taped video audition. We will aid you in everything from school list prep, class requirements for schools, choosing appropriate audition material, and workshopping your audition material. This class includes a larger premium due to workload and time constraints. 



Taught by David Weber

"This acting workshop will focus on introducing the students to the necessary skills required to get the most of their college auditions. The main points of focus for this workshop will revolve around helping students leverage material choice, prepare with individuality at the forefront, start with substance and make their marks. This workskhop seeks to provide each studen with the most imipactful tools for their individualied and continued preparations toward their college auditions"

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Taught by David Carl

"In this workshop there will be discussion of how to find material that will be not only appropriate for you but will make available the essential that is you. The student will be given the tools to activate their acting choices through textual analysis and the application of specific focus questions as well as understanding the importance of physical focus and the moment before.  Students should come to the workshop with at least one song prepared and have sent the PDF of the song-cut to me through Dropbox. I will provide an accompaniment track for the student from the PDF. There will also be discussion of how to find material that will be not only appropriate for you but will make available the distinction that is you."


dance prep class


Taught by Caty Wantland

"This workshop will focus on preparing you for the dance audition. Students will be introduced to terminology and technique commonly used in dance auditions and will work on mock audition combo’s where they will focus on learning choreography quickly, adding style to technique and learning how to really make an impact with their auditions. In addition we will cover audition etiquette, the difference between filmed and live dance auditions and how to find the dance education for you."




Our Q&A-based Panel Events are Stagedoor led by alumni attending known and less known college programs continuing their theater education in many ways around the country. 

Events 2023

 All Three Events $100

Dates are Subject to Change 

7:00pm EST 

West Coast Schools

Central Schools

East Coast Schools

October 6

October 13th 

October 20th


Our interactive events are in a Q&A forum designed for parents of students applying to theater programs. These events will be led by our Stagedoor staff, who are experts in the theater college application process. Our interactive Q&A forums will include students who are Stagedoor alumni  in college programs pursuing theater education around the country.


There will be 3 events in total. Three events will include schools by region (West Coast, Central, and East Coast) and are designed to introduce students to programs they may have not already considered but stand out to Stagedoor as elite programs.

Please note that times and dates are subject to change.

For further questions, please email: 


 4 Connections $110

This program was designed to help students and parents navigate what can be a confusing and challenging application process for college theater programs. It is especially hard to get a feel for student life during this time. 


Our goal is to put Stagedoor Manor high school students in touch with our college alumni who have successfully traveled the distance and are eager to share their knowledge and experience. 


We will match you with 1-4 students available from our list of schools per your request. In addition, we’ll share over some cheat sheets and guidelines to make sure you’re getting the most out of this opportunity. This is a great way to find out about the schools you are interested in from students who actually attend these schools. 


The college application process is challenging and intimidating, made even more so by adding in auditions that come along with theater programs. We’re looking forward to connecting you with a friendly face who can help you through it all and give you some insight to make it easier!



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University of Alabama

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA)

Baldwin Wallace University 

Ball State University

Barnard College

Boston Conservatory at Berklee 

Boston University

California Institute of the Arts

Carnegie Mellon School of Drama

The University of Central Florida

Chapman University 

University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

Coastal Carolina University

Colgate University

Colorado College

University of Colorado Boulder

Connecticut College 

University of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Connecticut College 

Dartmouth College

Diablo Valley College

Elon University 

Emerson College 

Evansville University of Theater

Florida State University

Harvard University

The Harrt School - University of Hartford Ithaca

Ithaca College

Kenyon College

LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts)

Loyola Marymount University

Manhattan College

Marymount of Manhattan College

University of Miami 

University of Michigan

Michigan State

Middlebury College

Muhlenberg College

Nebraska Wesleyan University

University of New York - Tisch

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Northwestern University

Oberlin College

Pace University 

Point Park University

Radford University

Rider University

Rockford University

Roosevelt University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Shenandoah University

Smith College

University of Southern California 

Syracuse University

Temple State University

Trinity College in Dublin

Tufts University

Tulane University

UC Santa Cruz

University of Washington

Washington University

Wesleyan University 

West Chester University

Western Connecticut State University

Yale University

and many more...



Monologue Coach

David Weber has a MFA in Acting and Theatre Pedagogy. He has been an education artist since 2002 with the Atlanta Shakespeare Company and he has been recognized as one of the “Top Ten Actors” in Atlanta’s Sunday Paper for his work in Terrence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh. David is the current recipient of the Chicago Bar Association Award at The University of Illinois at Chicago 2013, where he also has received his BFA in Performance under the direction and mentorship of Yasen Peyankov, Tanara Marshal, Luigi Salerni, Jason Martin, Derrick Sanders, Richard Corley, and Paola Coletto. David currently acts, directs, and teaches with Stoop Feast Theatre in Chicago.

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   Vocal Coach  

David Carl is a music director and composer who is currently in his first year of law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He spent five summers at Stagedoor Manor and music directed nine different productions. Outside of Stagedoor, he's the co-founder of Little Red Light Theatre and music directed the productions of Hello Again and Thrill Me. Other favorite projects include Kragtar: An American Monster Musical with Theatre Now New York and The Dolls of New Albion with NTSA. As a composer, he collaborated with playwright Owen Panettieri to create the score for Vestments of the Gods which was featured in the 2014 NY Fringe Festival (produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda.)


Dance Coach

Caty Wantland is a choreographer, educator, and actor. She joined the Stagedoor family as Director of Dance in 2023, where she choreographed ANASTASIA, EVITA, and two sessions of Master Dance. She is based in Brownsville, TX, where she serves as the Dance Director for Gladys Porter ECHS. Caty graduated from UTRGV (Formerly UTPA), earning a degree in Dance Performance with a concentration in Flamenco and Modern Dance. As a freelance artist, Caty has choreographed a number of works for studios, competition solos, college auditions, music videos, and has served as an educational consultant for several high school and conservatory programs. She has choreographed countless musicals for Camille Playhouse, St. Joseph Academy, and Brownsville Repertory Theatre, where she currently serves as Resident Choreographer and ballet/jazz teacher for the Youth Conservatory Company. Some of her notable credits include WEST SIDE STORY, TARZAN, CABARET, NEWSIES, and IN THE HEIGHTS. Caty’s work has also been commissioned by arts activism collectives such as Activating Vacancies Arts Incubator, and Las Imaginistas’ yearlong civic engagement project, “Hacemos La Ciudad.” Caty has also collaborated with visual artist Josue Ramirez for an original performance art piece that premiered at the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival in San Antonio, TX.  Caty received Broadway World Regional nominations for Best Choreography in both 2021 and 2022. 


Advising & Material Coach

Nick Hrutkay is an award-winning director, arts administrator, and teacher based in Pittsburgh. He currently serves as the Director of Education and Assistant Artistic Director for the internationally acclaimed Stagedoor Manor, . Having directed over 75 productions, his work has been seen at theaters across the country including Central Square Theater, The Kennedy Center, Theatre Row, The Brick Theater, Alchemical Studios, Playwrights Local, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, The Huron Playhouse, Keystone Repertory Theater, Hippodrome Theatre, Stagedoor Manor, and more. Nick is the former Artistic Director of Keystone Repertory Theater and The Huron Playhouse, one the longest-running summer stock theaters in the United States. He has overseen several new work development initiatives, including serving as a Dramaturg for Dramafest at Stagedoor Manor leading the annual new work festival while mentoring students whose selected plays were published through Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc. He has also been heavily involved with The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival having three world premiere productions, The Embalmer, Black Friday: The Musical, and Discovering Eden, invited to perform in the Region 2 Fringe Festival. He has taught at Stagedoor Manor, Hippodrome Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The Huron Playhouse, Stagedoor Manor Studios, Raue Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, and Pittsburgh Musical Theater, where he was the Chair of the Acting Department for the PMT Conservatory. Nick is the recipient of an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Broadway World Award for Best Director of a Musical, and the 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 2 / Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Fellowship.

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