College Prep 101 is a 2-day musical theatre workshop designed for students interested in continuing their training in a college musical theatre program. Led by Gail Becker, this session focuses on researching schools, applying for acceptance and preparing for college program talent auditions. The second day consists of an optional mock college talent audition in front of distinguished university faculty and professional directors from across the country. This is an excellent workshop to learn what college programs are expecting from auditioners and how to give yourself a leg up against the competition.

Get all the “Need To Know” information about researching, applying, and auditioning for college musical theatre programs in this 2 day workshop. See below for class details, registration and payment information.

Adjudicators Bios

Victoria Bussert


Victoria Bussert is currently the Director of Musical Theatre at Baldwin Wallace University. Victoria Bussert is also a resident director at Great Lakes Theatre Festival. She has been a guest faculty member at North Carolina School for the Arts and Northwestern University. Her academic service includes serving as a curriculum consultant, director of music theatre workshops and guest lecturer. Her directing credits include Off-Broadway and Regional theatres at Manhattan Theatre Club, New World Stages, Goodspeed Opera, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts and Idaho Shakespeare Festival to name a few. National Tours include “Into the Woods”, “Barnum”, “Once on this Island”, “The Secret Garden”, “Guys and Dolls”, “The Who’s Tommy”.

M.F.A., M.A., Northwestern University

Daniel Stetzel

Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University

Dan is a musical director, arranger, vocal instructor and pianist. He has worked at most of the major equity theatres in Chicago, and for many of the LORT theatres across the United States. As a conductor, he has toured nationally, and continues to accompany many of the major Broadway auditions in Chicago. Dan has long been affiliated with the Chicago Humanities festival, overseeing and directing programs featuring Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, John Bucchino, Craig Carnelia, Cy Coleman, and a host of performers, lyricists, and composers. His work in musical theatre has been recognized many times by the Joseph Jefferson committee. Dan is proud to be a member of the faculty at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

George Keating

The Theatre School, DePaul University

George Keating is a busy member of Actors’ Equity Association known for roles at The Paramount Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Marriott, Drury Lane, Fox Valley Rep, Court Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and The Goodman. He played opposite Richard Chamberlain on the National Tour of Scrooge. Favorite roles include George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Thenardier in Les Miserables, Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins, P.T. Barnum in Barnum, Gus/Growltiger in Cats, Enoch Snow in Carousel and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show. He performed solo at The Gershwin Theatre on Broadway as the Emcee of The Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz. He has often been a guest artist, director and acting teacher at New Trier High School and at many colleges and universities. He was Core Faculty at the Cherubs theatre program at Northwestern where he taught acting and voice and movement for 11 years and directed 8 productions. He is a co-founder of TheatreBAM Chicago and originated the role of George in Schoolhouse Rock Live!. He stopped counting after 2,000 performances of SRL! in Chicago, cities from coast-to-coast and off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre. He directed the most recent production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! at the Marriott Theatre. George received his B.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

2017 Registration


DAY 1: Monday August 21, 2017 6pm-9pm (workshop and lecture)

Learn about different degrees, deadlines, songs on the Do Not Sing list and audition preparation. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend Day 1 of the workshop to acquire pertinent checklists and knowledge regarding the application and audition process.

DAY 2: Saturday August 26th 2pm-5pm (mock auditions and critiques)

Mock Audition with expert auditors who will provide feedback and insight. These sessions are paramount for Seniors thinking of going on to higher training in Musical Theatre, however, open to anyone interested in learning about college auditions.

$200 for participation on both days (Limit 20 students)
$125 for audit or only first day

$125.00$200.00 Add to Cart

Please note –  to participate on Sunday in the mock auditions, you MUST attend on Monday the 21st.


Madison Ballet Studios
160 Westgate
in the Westgate Mall


You can reserve your spot and pay by credit card right away, or register with the button on the right and send a check to:

219 Nautilus Dr. Apt. A
Madison, WI 53705