Next Steps - Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

June 27th to July 2nd, 2022


The 2022 Next Steps Musical Theatre Intensive Registration is Closed!

 To place your name and contact information on a wait list,
please email Kate Arecchi at

The School of Theatre and Dance at James Madison University is proud to present, Next Steps - Summer Musical Theatre Intensive. This intensive offers students one week of exciting, informative, and rigorous musical theatre training. 

This one week intensive is designed specifically for committed and curious students ages 13 – 19. Each student attending Next Steps will study with nationally and internationally recognized artists and experts in the field and can expect daily work in all aspects of musical theatre training and education. Our faculty meets the student where they currently are in their training and experience and presents them with insightful questions, new techniques, and appropriate repertoire that they can work on at Next Steps and well into the future. 

Space is limited for in-person participants (25 students) and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. There is no audition for the intensive.

Priority registration will be given to those who register before April 15th. Students registering before May 1st will receive JMU swag! 

Musical Theatre students will engage in:
  • Daily Musical Theatre studio classes working hands-on with each participant's audition material. 
    • This also includes the fundamentals of 'Acting the Song' taught by JMU Musical Theatre Faculty and Guest Faculty.  
  • Daily Musical Theatre dance class.
  • Professional development seminars including audition preparation.
  • College audition question and answer sessions.
  • Filming of coached material, and a headshot photography session.
  • Final Performance Showcase. 
  • All students will receive a JMU Arts T-shirt.

Important Deadlines:
  1. Early-bird Registration Deadline: April 15th, 2022
    1. Register before April 15th to receive free JMU SWAG!
  2. Scholarship Deadline: May 20th, 2022
    1. Award emails will be sent out on or before May 23rd, 2022.  All applicants will be notified either way.
  3. Registration withdraw deadline for a 100% refund: June 1st 2022
Cost Breakdown with on-campus housing and food:


6-day Musical Theatre (housing and food) – $1200.00

6-day Musical Theatre (no housing or food) – $800.00


* These prices are for a double room in a dorm and include 3 meals a day in the dining hall

*ACTIVITIES: All tuition includes  group activities on and off campus, which will be announced at a later date closer to the registration deadline.

***LUNCH – for those not staying in the dorm who would like to buy lunch in our JMU award-winning dining halls, the cost is $12.50/day


*** All payments are 100% refundable up until June 1st, 2022. ***

On Campus Housing and Food:

Next Steps participants have the option to stay in JMU dorms while in the program.  This exciting opportunity allows the students to get the full JMU student experience. 

Dorm Information:

  • Single and Double Dorm rooms are available. 
    • The price above is for double rooms
    • A single room is $12.50 more per night than a double occupancy room. 
  • Double rooms will be assigned randomly unless there is a specific request for a roommate. 
  • Linen service is included in every room: 
    • Linens include: 2 sheets, 2 towels, and 1 washcloth. 
    • Double towels will be provided for stays greater than four (4) nights.  
    • Linens are provided folded in each room (beds are not pre-made).
    • Blankets will be provided for each participant.

Campus Dining Information:

  • For participants who are staying in campus housing, you will receive 3 meals a day in JMU’s award-winning dining halls.  If you are staying in the dorm, the meal plan is required. 
  • For those participants who are not staying in the dorm, but would like to buy lunch in JMU’s award-winning dining halls, the cost is $12.50/day. Participants who are not being housed in campus housing, are NOT required to purchase any campus meals.
Hotel and Harrisonburg Information:

Next Steps participants who are not local, can utilize campus housing/food but are also welcome to stay in hotels in the Harrisonburg area.  If you choose to stay at a hotel, evening supervision or transportation is not provided. Students not staying on campus are eligible to purchase lunch tickets for $12.50 each but cannot purchase breakfast or dinner through the dining hall. Please reach out to Kate Arecchi ( with any specific questions.

For more information on Harrisonburg, please visit the Visit Harrisonburg VA website. 

Here are some local hotels that are near the beautiful Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, which will be the base of all Next Steps Summer programs…

  1. Hotel Madison – 3-star hotel – on campus, across the street from the Forbes Center
  2. Double Tree by Hilton Harrisonburg – 3 star – 2.4 miles away
  3. Clarion Pointe Harrisonburg – 3 star – 2.4 miles away
  4. Courtyard by Marriot Harrisonburg – 3 star – 2.4 miles away
  5. Red Roof Inn Harrisonburg – 2 star – 1 mile away


Covid Protocols:

For the updated Next Steps Covid policy (6/1/22), please consult the NEXT STEPS COVID POLICY.  All of our policies are in line with JMU’s Covid Protocols and we will continue to update these protocols to match JMU, the state of Virginia, and CDC guidelines as they evolve or change.


Next Steps will offer a limited number of  scholarships for the 2022 Summer Intensive. Scholarships are awarded by filling out the Next Steps Scholarship Form before the deadline of May 20th, 2022. You must register for the intensive first and pay in-full before your scholarship application can be processed. The award notifications will be sent out via email on or before May 23rd, 2022 and the award recipients will receive a refund for their awarded amount via a check in the mail.

  • Q & A session for participants with current JMU Musical Theatre majors 
  • Q & A session for parents and caregivers, with JMU faculty representatives


MT Faculty: Kate Arecchi, Kate Lumpkin, Adam Shenk, TBD guest artists



Questions? Please contact Kate Arecchi at

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