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Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

SMTI Pre-professional Program: July 11 through July 22, 2016
This program runs 9 - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

From the Program Director

The Summer Musical Theatre Intensive provides a pre-professional musical theatre experience tailored to the needs of talented and motivated young performing artists from across the globe who wish to pursue a career in musical theatre. Potential students will submit audition materials via the internet so that the creative team can evaluate and select the 2016 program participants. From these auditions, the team will choose materials for each accepted student based on both strengths and weaknesses of the individual student in order to foster their growth and development as a performing artist.

One of the unique parts of our program is the individualized approach to assuring that students not only grow and develop their talents, but that they will continue to follow a path of personal and artistic development as they prepare for college auditions. The ten days of our program are spent training in singing, dancing, and acting, and culminate in a staged showcase performance on the final day of the program.

In addition to daily work, we will provide students access to working musical theatre artists during multiple masterclasses and discussion panels. These industry professionals provide direct feedback to the students about their work, and are available to answer specific questions that students might have. We are now proud to offer housing to out-of-town students, and there will be additional learning and discussion time in the evenings to further aid students in their artisitic development. A day trip to the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam is planned for Saturday July 16, 2016.

Summer Musical Theatre Intensive Pre-professional Program is about fostering excellence, artistry, and a love of musical theatre for tomorrow's performers. We hope that you join us on an exciting artistic journey!

Michelle Murray Fiertek, DMA

Program Director

About SMTI

The Summer Musical Theatre Intensive (SMTI) is a personalized pre-professional program inteded to provide singers, actors, and dancers with a concentrated opportunity to integrate their vocal, dramatic, and dance skills, taking their abilities to the next level. SMTI is designed to address the wide-ranging needs of the outstanding young performer. Participants will reveive daily instruction in voice, acting, and dance, with individual coaching time to address the specifics of their voice and character work. In addition, this year SMTI is excited to introduce Suzuki acting training. Pioneered by Tadashi Suzuki, an acclaimed Japanese theatrical visionary, this technique emphasizes focus, concentration, body awareness, and development of the actor's center through physical exercises that harness the human body's animal energy. Masterclasses will be given on song preparation, audition technique, and performance technique by the extraordinary Sheri Saunders (author of Rock the Audition), and esteemed memebers of the Hartt Theater Division Faculty. Class work, scene work, and musical training will merge together to form a culminating showcase performance on the final day of the two-week program.

SMTI participants will focus on individual process and developmetn of their performance skills. Musical and dramatic literature is hand-picked for each student based on their audition performance. With materials and roles tailored to each individual, participants have greater opportunities to take risks, conquer challanges, and grow as performers.


  • Open to students age 14 to 20.
  • Acceptance to the program is by audition only.
  • Online recorded audition video links to YouTube and Vimeo are required for all applicants.
  • Click here for audition information.

Summer 2016 Information

SMTI provides unique opportunities for young performers to develop and integrate their acting, singing and dancing skills, connect with industry professionals, and learn about various aspects of the musical theatre business.

Intensive 2-week program: A team of experienced and enthusiastic professionals, including Artistic and Staging Director Kenneth Cavett, Music Director Wendy Cavett, and Choreographer Kaitlyn Krewson, will lead a challenging and exciting program of study for SMTI participants at Hartt’s newest state-of-the-art theatre and dance facility: the Handel Performing Arts Center.

Core Faculty

  • Michelle Murray Fiertek, DMA, Program Director / Vocal Coach
  • Kenneth Cavett, Artistic/Staging Director
  • Wendy Cavett, Music Director
  • Emmett Drake, Assitant Music Director/Accompanist
  • Kaitlyn Krewson,  Choreographer
  • Emma Tattenbaum–Fine, Acting Teacher / Scene Coach

Guest Artists and Master class teachers

  • Sheri Saunders, actress, audition coach, and Rock the Audition author
  • Diana Moller-Marino, The Hartt School Theater Dept. – Audition Techniques
  • Janelle Robinson, The Hartt School Theater Dept. - Veteran Broadway Performing Artist
  • Tracey Moore, The Hartt School Theater Depr. - Song Preparation


  • $1100 - Includes program tuition, materials, and registration fees (housing not included)
  • $25.00 - Audition fee (non-refundable)
  • New audition deadline April 1, 2016
  • Click here for audition form.

Room and Board Available

Housing and a meal plan are available on the beautiful and safe University of Hartford campus.  Students will be supervised by capable and knowledgeable staff and meets all CT camp licensure requirements. Contact us at harttcomm@hartford.edu for more information.

SVI:MTI 2013 Showcase Album

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