Mentoring for your college auditions | The MT Project

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

Whatever your goal may be, it’s our mission to ensure that you achieve it.

And with us, advice is always free.

What we’re all about


A few years back, I was working with a couple of students who were incredibly talented and incredibly resourceful. Each of them were applying to 10+ musical theatre programs. I thought they’d be shoe-ins and knew that any program would be lucky to have them. Audition season came and went. And neither of them got in. Anywhere.

It was a horrifying, devastating process. I knew these students were both talented enough to have gotten in somewhere. Watching them put so much work into something that they were both so passionate about to receive rejection after rejection after rejection lit a fire under me. Where did we go wrong? What made the students who receive loads of acceptances different? How can I help others so they never have to go through that?

First, what set others apart that got them in? The consensus of what I found was that an extraordinary amount of students employ an audition coach, and those are the ones who consistently get in. But I also found out that hiring a coach can cost an extraordinary amount of money. Where I’m from, the students I work with don’t have several thousand dollars to invest in something like that, especially on top of the steeps costs associated with college applications and travel to auditions.

Next, how could I help make a difference? I had gone through the process of converting my music studio into a non-profit performing arts initiative, and I knew that would be the platform that could springboard a program helping students achieve their goals. Thus, The MT Project was born.

Since its inception, The MT Project has helped students from all over the country achieve their goals. I am truly proud to say that each and every student I’ve worked with has gotten into a program for which they’ve auditioned.

You have the talent. You just need someone to guide you through this extremely complicated process. That’s what The MT Project can help you with…without the price tag that comes with a typical audition coach.

“Find out who you are, and do it on purpose.”

Dolly Parton

Hello! My name is Adriane Galea, and I am the founder of The MT Project and its parent organisation, Center Stage Studios.

By now, I hope that you’ve read the main reasons why I started this project. But I’d also like to tell you about myself. First and foremost, I primarily identify as a teacher. I began teaching piano just before my thirteenth birthday and opened my first music studio in 2005, which still operates today and for which I teach voice, piano, and acting.

Originally, I was a classically trainer singer and pianist, but in high school, I had worked several times as vocal director for our school musicals, so when I opened my studio, I took work as a music/vocal director for a couple of youth theatre productions to supplement my income. Through that, I wound up with a student base that was comprised primarily of musical theatre students. I found myself branching out from classical instruction to focusing on the various musical theatre genres. And. I. Loved. It.

Over the years, I’ve found myself immersed in theatre, even getting involved with local professional theatres. As of today, I am a company member of two Detroit-area professional theatres, for whom I have worked as a director, musical/vocal director, stage manager, and actor, and in 2015, I founded my own professional theatre, the Outvisible Theatre Company. Through my work in understanding the college audition process, I have travelled across the country visiting schools and learning about what different programs have to offer and are looking for, have sat in on classes, and spoken with students about their experiences and their own college auditions. I have also been fortunate to become an auditor for the Detroit General Theatre Auditions, where I have learned the unique position of being on the other side of the table, as well as seeing where some of those actors have gone to school and what those programs have given them.

Today, I have students, both that I have taught privately and as well as have mentored but never met, all across the country, in programs of all shapes and sizes. Some of them have now graduated and are working professionally. Each time someone comes to me with their goals and enthusiasm for theatre, I find myself renewed and re-invigourated through their passion!

I hope that you will consider working with me, or at least consider working with another professional within the field for your college audition. This process is such a hectic, stressful, wonderful experience which will allow you to grow both as a person and as an artist. I would love to be a part of that with you to be a sounding board, someone to whom you can freak out and vent and ask questions, a resource…a MENTOR.

Wherever this process takes you, I wish you all the best.

Break a leg!

Adriane
adriane@themtproject.org

Adriane Galea

Adriane Galea

Mentor

What can we do for you?

Song and monologue coaching and selection


This can range from helping to chose that ‘money’ piece for you to helping to perfect what you’ve already been working on. What’s free? Upload a video of yourself in order to receive feedback on what you could be doing differently and what is working well or to receive material suggestions. What’s not? One-on-one coaching, which is done via Skype or in-person, and provides an individual and interactive session to help build your rep.

Vocal instruction


If you want to work on technique, we can help. This is one of the rate instances where free coaching isn’t available, since this type of instruction is always an interactive teaching experience. Vocal instruction is done via Skype or in-person.

For more information about our performing arts school, click here.

Mock auditions and master classes


If we have enough interest within one geographic area, we will arrange workshops and classes that will help you throughout the audition process. The goal is always to fundraiser in order to cover fees, but the reality is that these classes will likely not be offered free of charge, though it will be minimal, only to cover room rental and the hiring of our auditors, accompanist, etc.

Support at Unifieds


If you are planning to audition at Chicago Unifieds at the beginning of February, we will make every effort to be there with you, regardless of what our background together has been. At Unifieds, we can have last minute rep sessions, and we will be there to help keep you focused and prepared throughout the process!

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Resume building & headshot preparation


Almost all schools are going to ask you to submit a headshot and a resume. This is not your parents’ resume and potentially not even the resume you take to auditions with you. There’s also a ‘formula’ to a musical theatre headshot. We can help with all of this. (This also includes building your rep list, if your school(s) require one.) No charge!

College counselling


What schools would be your best fit? Where should you audition? Where should you spend money to visit? What does School X vs. School Y vs. School Z look for, specialise in, etc? What does the waiting game look like after your audition is over? Now that you’ve gotten in (and hopefully have choices), how do you make the best decision, navigate financial packages, etc? We can help with all of this! Advice is always free, spending dedicated time together or via Skype is not. (But it’s minimal…promise.)

...and more!

So many questions, so little time! We can help you understand audition etiquette, what to/not to wear, how to send a proper follow-up, and all of the little details in between!

If you’re interested in working together, please contact us!

Ready for the next step?

Get in touch with us

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Drop us an email | adriane@themtproject.org

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Our place in the world | we’re located in Allen Park, Michigan, a suburb just south of Detroit. If you’re local or going to be in the area, we’d be happy to meet with you in person!

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