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Join 800+ educators, coaches, and consultants who are committed to raising the standards on musical theatre training. Since 1999, we're leading discussions about the future of musical theatre pedagogy. Join us!


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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.

On-Demand Library

Unlock access to MTEA Conferences, Journals, New Works Collaboration Catalog (NWCC), and much more! Our library has years of archives and is always updated with our latest members-only content! 

Global Network

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. 

Private Community

Following a 30-day free trial, Members are invited to join private Facebook groups, including affinity groups of MTEA Dance, MTEA Voice,  MTEA International, and more!

Exclusive Discounts

Members often receive 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

When you join MTEA you are joining an international organization of artists and scholars who are open to sharing best practices in a supportive community setting.

You will get access for our private Facebook group. 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!

You will get a discount on our annual conferences. Since 1999, our annual conferences have been a resource for the exchange of scholarship and advancement in Musical Theatre education and pedagogy. Held both in the US and abroad, our conferences will fill your mind, heart and soul while meeting new colleagues and forming new connections.

You will have access to MTEA’s New Works Collaboration Catalog. Developing new works and amplifying new voices and stories directly align with our mission. We have created the New Works Collaboration Catalog exclusively for our members to connect with new musical creators. Members can search through the catalog of over 300 new works catalogued by cast size, musical style, stage of development and much more.

Let us help you find a mentor. Join MTEA and you can take part in our mentorship program. Our mentor program director pairs mentors and mentees for a year-long program. This can be incredibly helpful at any stage of one’s career.

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.

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!

If you would like to speak with someone about MTEA in a language other than English, please reach out to our Vice President for International Representatives, Dale Cox at [email protected]. We will connect you with an executive committee member that you can speak within whatever language is most comfortable for you.

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Economic Hardship Policy: MTEA recognizes that many individuals experience economic hardship. If you are an MTEA member who needs financial assistance for membership or conference fees, please email [email protected] with subject line "MTEA Financial Assistance" explaining your need and we will be in touch with you.


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2019 MTEA Journal

Discover practical teaching tools and scholarly articles on pedagogy. Become a part of the musical theatre revolution!