Next Steps - Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

June 24th to June 29th, 2024

Scholarships Available

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 14–19 (entering grades 10-12). 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 participants (30 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 12th. Students registering before April 12th 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. 
Important Information:

Cost breakdown with on-campus housing and food

6-day Musical Theatre (housing and food)*


6-day Musical Theatre (no housing and only Lunch)**


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

** These prices are for tuition costs and only include lunch on campus 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 – All prices above (even those selecting options for no housing/food) include lunch in the dining hall on campus.

All payments are 100% refundable up until May 31st, 2024.

Important Deadlines:

  1. Early-bird Registration Deadline: April 12th, 2024
    1. Register before April 14th to receive free JMU SWAG!
  2. Scholarship Deadline: May 17th, 2024
    1. Award emails will be sent out on or before May 22nd, 2024.  All applicants will be notified either way.
  3. Registration withdraw deadline for a 100% refund: May 31st, 2024

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, 1 pillowcase, 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).
  • Pillows are provided (free of charge) for each bed; blankets for air-conditioned dorms.

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, Lunch at the campus dining hall is included in your tuition cost.

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 is not provided. 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 - on campus, across the street from the Forbes Center
  2. Hyatt Place Harrisonburg - 2.4 miles away
  3. Double Tree by Hilton Harrisonburg - 2.4 miles away
  4. Clarion Pointe Harrisonburg - 2.4 miles away
  5. Courtyard by Marriot Harrisonburg - 2.4 miles away

Next Steps will offer a limited number of  scholarships for the 2023 Summer Intensive. Scholarships are awarded by filling out the Next Steps Scholarship Form before the deadline of May 20th, 2023. 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, 2023 and the award recipients will receive a refund for their awarded amount via a check in the mail.   All payments are 100% refundable up until June 1st, 2023.

  • 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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