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Placement in Conservatory is by audition only.These classes offer a more rigorous track of study for students looking for advanced training in School of Theatre Training (SOTT). They are conducted by a small group of master teaching artists, which allows for an in depth, yet flexible curriculum that meets the individualized needs of each student. Students are placed in companies based on ability.

  • Every session ends with a showcase for families and friends to see the materials Conservatory students have explored throughout the year. Demonstrations of exercises and activities facilitated by both students and the teaching artists surround selections of monologues, scenes and songs.
  • Every Conservatory student is given a mid-point and end-of-year evaluation written by their teaching artist to track progress throughout the class. Additionally, class recommendations are given for the following year. Conservatory students must submit an audition every year. Placement is not guaranteed based on the previous year’s enrollment.
  • OnStage is an opportunity for Conservatory students to apply their skills in a professional theatre experience. Conservatory students are offered early registration into this program before it is offered to our Open Enrollment students in SOTT.
  • Conservatory students are required to either take dance classes provided by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s or provide a record for an outside equivalent class.
  • We offer a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for tuition for classes.
  • For a more detailed explanation of Conservatory requirements, read through the Conservatory Handbook .

Auditions for 2020-21 are postponed until further notice.

Postponed Conservatory Audition Sign-up - Reserve your audition slot for the 2020-21 Conservatory auditions. See requirements below.

Students will indicate on their audition forms for which classes they wish to be considered, and prepare different audition materials as needed. What should my student prepare?

16-32 bar cut of a song and one 60-second (maximum) monologue for the following classes:

  • Young Company
  • Jr. Musical Theatre Company
  • Musical Theatre Company

Two 60-second, contrasting monologues (maximum of 2 minutes) for the following classes:

  • Jr. Acting Company
  • Acting Company
  • New Works Company

All students should be prepared to dance, even actors who consider themselves non-dancers. In small groups, everyone is taught and then performs a short dance combination to assess proficiency.

For auditions, it is not required, but considered best practice to bring an additional monologue or song in the event a teaching artist requests to see additional material. Be prepared for teaching artists to ask you to perform your monologue or song multiple times with re-directs.

If you have questions, contact Adam Montague, Early Childhood and SOTT Manager.
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Class Schedule - This PDF shows the days and times of our School of Theatre Training classes.

New Works | Grades 6-12 | Tuition: $400/session
Students collaborate in the devising of a new play with our master teacher/director. Then the students rehearse and perform the touring production throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community.

Final Dress Rehearsal and Tour Dates will be listed soon for our 2020-21 season.

Young Company | Grades 6-8 | Tuition: $500/session

Students train in a conservatory-style setting, rotating between acting and musical theatre focuses. This collaborative method emphasizes training of the whole actor and brings awareness to the student’s areas of needed growth. This class introduces students to different acting methodologies and choral vocal training. There is an expectation of additional work outside of class, including script reading and extensive memorization.

Junior Acting / Musical Theatre Company | Grades 7-12 | Tuition: $450/session

Junior Company offers two separate tracks: Jr. Acting Company and Jr. Musical Theatre Company. Both companies have a technique-driven curriculum integrating the skills necessary for performance (beats, objectives, tactics, etc.). Acting track emphasizes strengthening the mind-body connection, cultivating observable physical choices in the student’s work, and Musical Theatre track emphasizes cultivating breathwork to make a strong emotional connection to the song and support the “story of the song.” There is an expectation of additional work outside of class, including script reading and extensive memorization. Students should arrive warmed-up and ready to begin work.

Acting Company / Musical Theatre Company | Grades 7-12 | Tuition: $500/session

Company offers two separate tracks: Acting Company and Musical Theatre Company. Students work in a masterclass setting performing and receiving feedback on materials prepared/memorized outside of class. Both companies strive to cultivate the student’s individual artistic voice. Acting track provides specializations including deeper exploration of psychological gesture (Chekhov), and Musical Theatre track provides specializations including advanced vocal training and breathwork. There is an expectation of additional work outside of class, including script reading and extensive memorization. Students should arrive warmed-up and ready to begin work.

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Education Team

Michelle Long
Director of Education

Adam Montague
Early Childhood & School of Theatre Training Manager

Karen Steele
Resident Teaching Artist

Stephanie Hurtado-Hoyos
Education Administrative Assistant

For more information about our education programs call 704-973-2837. Se habla español.