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:


These workshops touch on every part of the audition process for colleges. Musical Theater Classes include: vocal oaching, monologue prep, and dance uudition prep. Our Monoluge Prep Classis include monologe prep classes as well as other acting classes



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 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! Please scroll down to learn more about each offering:


Our prep courses are taught by our prestigious Stagedoor staff who are knowledgeable about the college audition process. These class intensives will meet  to provide our students with guidance to help prepare them for what lies ahead in the college application process.

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


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Taught by Justin Amellio - Ashbrook

"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 Marcus Baker

"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 Nichole Chamberlain

"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 less well known college programs continuing their theater education in many ways around the country. 

Past Events

All Three Events $60

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Central Schools

East Coast Schools


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: 



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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 Catholic University of America

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

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

Washington University

Wesleyan University 

West Chester University

Western Connecticut State University

Yale University

and many more...


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Monologue Coach

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. 


Dance Coach

Nicole is an actor and dancer originally from Chicago, IL. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in dance from Millikin University. Prior to working with Stagedoor, Nicole choreographed the first collegiate production of Strangest Things: The Musical at Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre in Decatur, IL and assistant choreographed Millikin’s mainstage production of 9 to 5: The Musical. While at Stagedoor, Nicole assistant choreographed Rent, Rags, and The Addams Family. She also has experience teaching Jazz, Tap, and Theatre Dance, in addition to previously teaching for the college audition workshop at Stagedoor Manor Studios in the past.