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Benefits of Membership

Beyond listing the Musical Theatre Educators' Alliance in your professional memberships, you'll also help create and promote the international standards for the education of pre-professional musical theatre artists.

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Unlock access to MTEA Conferences, Journals, Resources, Directory and more. Our library has years of archives and is always updated with our latest members-only content! 

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Join the top trainers in the world's foremost organization for musical theatre educators. Discover a generous family of support, professional and personal development, and astonishing networking opportunities. 

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Members get preferred rates on our Annual Conferences, as well as special offers from our industry partners. We're constantly looking for new ways to increase membership value, too!

"When Cary, Charlie, and Joe sat down to 'have a chat' about what makes a solid musical theatre curriculum some 22 years ago, they came away with the idea to have a symposium where they would invite others to join in on the conversation. It was fruitful. Others came from a select few musical theatre programs to share ideas for a couple of days. Not only could none of these scholars possibly foresee the evolution their proposed training would take thanks to the every changing Broadway marquees that would bring us shows like HAIRSPRAY, COMET OF 1812, DEAR EVAN HANSEN, IN THE HEIGHTS, HAMILTON, and THE CHER SHOW, but I doubt that they could envision how expansive the fine art of musical theatre would become in the colleges and university around the world. And yet, here we are. The Musical Theatre Educators Alliance is now 280+ strong and still growing. What’s next? Let’s have a chat. The sky’s the limit."

Lara Teeter
Past President, MTEA, Head, Musical Theatre Program, Webster University (St. Louis, MO)

Frequently Asked Questions

We serve as a resource for all musical theatre teachers, students, organizations, and professional associates who wish to be a part of a large and growing community which represents the future of the industry. 

 

We’re challenging established norms and promoting conversations on race, gender, sex, and more. You won’t find any hidden garbage or BS. You will find honest people and direct messaging on strengthening teaching skills, curriculum, and the reputation of your program or studio. 

 

We’re an international organization of artists and scholars who are open to sharing best practices in a community setting, as well as supporting one another when it comes to sharing learning materials; exchanging ideas on how we have tackled certain challenges within our various institutions; creating exchange opportunities for students and faculty; and evaluating each other for tenure and promotion. 

 

Our active community is your go-to resource for personal/professional development and world class networking opportunities. You can discuss pedagogy, request evaluation of a program for accreditation, conduct a poll regarding curriculum, or get feedback for the purposes of promotion and tenure. We can even help finding a script, scores or libretto—especially those out of print!

 

Since 1999, we’ve been the constant resource for the exchange of advice and information. We’ve consistently held annual conferences, both in the US and abroad, with a high standard of educational value, professional development opportunities, and connections—while still maintaining a fun, light, casual atmosphere! 20+ years of this organization have also shown that we create bonds across organizations in order to share information and resources to strengthen all of our respective programs. Knowing that there exists a network of colleagues from “competing” schools actually makes all programs stronger. 

MTEA provides a platform for the exchange of ideas about training musical theatre professionals. We share solutions for curricular, production, recruitment and placement questions; broaden visibility; and strengthen credibility for training professionals in the academic and professional arenas. MTEA makes available services, publications, programs, meetings, and other activities designed to meet the needs of professional musical theatre trainers and educators.

We are the only Musical Theatre-specific organization—focused on the singing, acting, dancing, and business training needed to succeed in today’s market. Other organizations tend to be more academic and theoretical. We tend to lean way more practical. And fun!

We have created many international connections for teachers, students, and university partnerships over the years and essentially broadened the conversation on musical theatre training to a global level. We have connected junior faculty with mentors at other institutions to help them through the processes of creating curriculum and applying for promotion and tenure. We have also helped many programs get accredited. 

  • If you are part of a larger institution with multiple colleagues who would benefit from access to MTEA, we recommend you choose the Organizational Membership.

This will allow you to create unique profiles for each member of your faculty or team; access discounted conference fees; have your school’s logo up on the MTEA website as a partner institution; and have your school’s full profile listed in our database for prospective students, thus elevating your visibility in the high school community.

  • If you are a private studio teacher without an extended team and you just wish to access our library and other resources and attend our conferences at a discounted rate, then Individual Membership is right for you.
  • If you are currently a graduate student, with interest in pursuing work in higher education for musical theatre training, then choose our Apprentice Membership.

We hold an annual conference in early January, which alternates between host institutions in New York City, various regions of the United States, and International Member schools. Recent conferences have been held in: New York City; Orlando, FL; Oslo, Norway; San Diego, CA; Austin, TX; Perth, Australia; St. Louis, MO; Gothenburg, Sweden; Fredericia, Denmark/Hamburg, Germany. We update our conferences page as we prepare to open enrollment and session proposals, usually in early September of each year.

We are thrilled to be launching a free database to help prospective students find their “homes” among our member institutions. There is so much information available from various sources, that it becomes incredibly overwhelming. MTEA’s aim is to be THE resource for direct and clear information about all of the options available to prospective students. Each institution has a profile rich with information about the school, the program, the faculty, and audition information. Browse through and let us know if there’s more we can help you with.

This conference’s theme, RIDING THE WAVE OF MUSICAL THEATRE, pays homage to our site-host, sunny San Diego.  It will feature panels and workshops presented by musical theatre educators and professionals from all over the world, each focusing on how musical theatre is changing while both honoring and challenging the past.  The conference will also feature how Musical Theatre is thriving on the West Coast as well as an exciting keynote speaker yet to be announced.
 
While meeting like-minded people and industry peers, conference attendance can enhance both your professional and personal development, as well as providing you with various tools and skills that allow you to dig deeper into this crazy world we call Musical Theatre.
 
  • Three full days of wonderful content from all areas of musical theatre
  • A light breakfast/coffee and lunch each day
  • An exciting Keynote presentation
  • An invaluable network of colleagues and friends
  • Conference swag!
  • Meet like-minded people and industry peers.

As an academic professional, making connections and sharing research is vital to the development of open discussion and education. Some of the best ideas and discoveries come from great minds joining together in the pursuit of knowledge and inspiration.  By meeting others in this community, you can learn new ways to achieve your career goals and take advantage of other methods of success.

  • Expand your knowledge and learn beyond your field or interest.

By attending a conference, you may learn things about other areas of musical theatre research outside of your particular discipline, professional development, or career.  We are all united by a love of musical theatre but projects and presentations are often multidisciplinary, and usually extremely inspiring and entertaining.

  • Meet and learn from people you admire.

Industry professionals are often members of MTEA and always part of our conference content, thus giving you the opportunity to meet and possibly work with experts and mentors face to face.

  • Focus on you.

Visit a fun city and take the time to focus on yourself as a student.  Give yourself permission to slow down and reflect on the work so that once you go back to your regular routine, you'll feel re-energized.

If your institution requires you to pay by a method other than credit card, please contact Stephen Brotebeck at stephen@musicaltheatreeducators.org.

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