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

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.

Mark Hanson

UW Steven’s Point

Mark Hanson joined the UWSP Theater and Dance Department in 2013 as Assistant Professor of Musical Theater. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Minnesota at Duluth and a Masters of Music in Music Theater Conducting from Arizona State University in Tempe. He comes to Stevens Point from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived for 22 years and taught and conducted in the music and theater departments at the College of San Mateo, Foothill College, University of San Francisco and Lick-Wilmerding High School.
Mark’s regional conducting credits span over 200 productions, including The Will Rogers Follies at American Musical Theater of San Jose, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at Contra Costa Musical Theater, Miss Saigon at Broadway By The Bay, Man of La Mancha at Musical Theater of Arizona, Beehive at San Jose Stage Company, Spring Awakening at Foothill Music Theater, Carousel and Barnum at Oakland’s Woodminster Amphitheater, My Fair Lady at Minnesota Repertory, Big River at Iowa’s Way Off-Broadway Theater, Peter Pan at Albuquerque Civic Light Opera, The Desert Song at Boston Concert Opera and Candide at Monterey Opera.
As a graduate student at ASU, Mark was selected as the Musical Director and Conductor for the second revision of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. He worked directly with Mr. Sondheim, book writer George Furth and director Randall West.
He has worked with theater, film, and television legends such as John Cullum, Rita Moreno, Harve Presnell, Nancy Dusault and Theodore Bikel, including a 2012 masterclass with Glee star, Darren Criss. Mark has worked on several national tours, including Spamalot, Legally Blonde, Cabaret, The Will Rodgers Follies and Les Miserables.

Karen Coe Miller

Karen Coe Miller, director, is the Assistant Director of the Opera and Musical Theater program at Oklahoma City University. She has directed over twenty productions since joining the faculty in 2009 including On the Town, Violet, RENT, La Traviata, and Raskol, a new play inspired by Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. She teaches Acting in Music Theater, Opera Studio, Music Theater Workshop, and Graduate Acting for the program. Her former students are currently on Broadway, in national touring productions, performing in international opera houses, and working regionally throughout the United States.

Ms. Miller developed a passion for working with the singing actor early in her career. She directed professional apprentice programs for the Des Moines Metro Opera, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Sarasota Opera, and Tulsa Opera. She is a staff director and instructor for the Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute and spent three years on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS), in Graz, Austria.

Ms. Miller is a co-founder of Nautilus Music-Theater (formerly The New Music-Theater Ensemble), a professional company in St. Paul, Minnesota that creates and produces new music-theater. As co-artistic director for the Ensemble, she produced and directed world premieres and served as producer, director, or dramaturg for over 30 sessions of work-in-progress. During her tenure, the company established Rough Cuts!, a monthly performance series, and completed the National Residency Program, a project designed to encourage the development of the creators, performers, and audiences for new music-theater. Her directing was presented at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, PICA in Portland, Oregon, and District Curators, Inc. in Washington, D.C.

Other professional engagements include directing the Dove adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle for Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. She has directed for Geva Theatre Center of Rochester, N.Y., The Southern Theater of Minneapolis, Midwest Opera Theater, Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, Skylark Opera, the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and many other universities.

Ms. Miller received a B.A. degree from Macalester College and an M.F.A. degree in directing from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

2018 Registration


DAY 1: Monday August 20 6-9pm (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 25th 1-4pm(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 mock audition audit and/or only August 20 attendance
Please note – to participate on Saturday in the mock auditions, you MUST attend on Monday the 20th.


Madison Ballet Studios
160 Westgate
in the Westgate Mall

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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