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Thank you for your interest in MT College Prep. We are excited at the prospect of working with you! Here’s a little about who we are and how we work. If it sounds good to you, contact us for a free consultation.
We are a boutique coaching company. We do not accept more than 15 clients per audition season, and we will not shop you out to a huge list of coaches. We tailor each client experience based on individual needs, and are interested in quality, not quantity.
We start with the END in mind, grooming you for admission to the school of your dreams while preparing you for a successful CAREER. We go beyond the monologue, songs and dance technique needed for your audition- We coach our clients on everything from cutting and pasting a 16-bar, to structuring a gap year, to fitness, nutrition and time management.
We host live, free events. Whether it’s to introduce you to current Broadway performers and hear their college stories and lessons, or host an online masterclass, you can check out what we’re all about before committing financially. These hangouts give you the chance to talk to people who are doing EXACTLY what you want to do, and they are always free.
We know it’s not just about the material. It’s about passion. Discipline. Work ethic. Clear communication. Mutual respect. Imagination. Individuality. YOU.
We are fun. But we mean business. We will have a great time, while holding you to the highest standard of accountability.
About Our Faculty
Erika Shannon-Hathaway, (Co-Founder and Dance Coach) is a passionate, New York-based dancer, choreographer, and coach. She thrives in her multi-faceted career, in which, in any given week, she works with professional dancers, aspiring pop stars, and recreational booty shakers alike. Her witty, upbeat teaching style has earned her features in Glamour Magazine and Gals Magazine.
A seasoned performer and consummate student of life, Erika firmly believes that education is paramount. She holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan, where she first learned that practice and persistence unlock the door to success. Combining her education with her experience as a theatrical General Manager, Erika co-founded MT College Prep with Tom Burke in 2011. She has taught for The University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department, New York University, The Inhouse Allstars, Dance Masters of America, Abby Lee Miller Dance Company, The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Academy of Musical Theatre, et. al. Erika is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, Theatre Communications Group, and The American Council on Exercise. She is also a new mommy!
Choreography projects include “Lovestruck: The Musical” (ABC Family- Dance Coordinator and Assistant to the Choreographer), “Ugly Betty” (ABC- Assistant Choreographer), “The Tyra Banks Show “(CW11- Assistant Choreographer), Warner Music Group (WMG), “Crumble” music video by ASTR, Ars Nova, QMack Clothing, et. al.
You may have seen Erika in Rock of Ages (both the show and feature film), Lovestruck: The Musical, “The Celebrity Apprentice,” “Lopez Tonight,” It’s Complicated, “30 Rock,” All My Children, or on commercials for L’Oréal, Lotrimin, Jello, Cottonelle, or Weight Watchers. She has worked with Beyonce, Chelsea Kane, Jane Seymour, Tyra Banks, and more, and is excited to work with YOU.
Tom Burke (Co-Founder and Vocal Coach) is a licensed speech-language pathologist and “holistic vocologist,” whose practice focuses on training and rehabilitating the speaking and singing voice for optimal performance. He provides services to a range of clientele including Broadway singers, voiceover artists, film actors, broadcasters, and executives at Fortune 500 companies. Tom’s clients can currently be seen in NEWSIES, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, WICKED, ROCK OF AGES, SPIDERMAN (TURN OFF THE DARK), KINKY BOOTS, and more!
Recognizing the integration of mind, body, spirit and voice, Tom collaborates in-house with Axiom Acupuncture and Studio Anya in NYC, which feature: 50+ private and group movement classes/week based in Pilates, Yoga and Healing work. His space offers unique video and audio recording, voice biofeedback software, small-group workspace and videoconferencing capabilities for out-of-town clients. For more on Tom, visit www.tomburkevoice.com.
Lauren Shannon (Faculty: Monologue Coaching) is a seasoned actress based in NYC who earned her B.F.A. in Acting from Emerson College in Boston. As an actress she has performed on stage with Incubator Arts, The Flea, The Attic, The Claque, Columbia University, et. al., and played supporting roles in two feature films (The Unidentified and Northeast), one foreign short film (Night Ships, shot in Tel Aviv), as well as created and performed original works in NYC. Lauren is also the Assistant Artistic Director and Acting teacher at Camp Stanley For The Performing Arts, where she assists campers to build an original musical from scratch and produce it in two weeks.
To keep things fresh and challenging she continues to take classes throughout the city in Linklater and Lecoq techniques, (vocal and clown/mime, respectively), and to keep her mind and body flexible she practices Ashtanga yoga.
Lauren is thrilled to join MT College Prep, and to share her passion for monologue and audition work with you!
For more info on Lauren www.laurenshannon.org
Jen DeRosa (Faculty: Voice and Repertoire Coach) is an associate voice teacher at Tom Burke Voice Studio, where she works with students of all ages. In addition to teaching at TBVS, recent teaching credits include working with participants in the Overtures program at the Tony Award Winning Signature Theatre in Washington D.C., Destination Broadway with Michael Rafter, and The Studio in New Canaan, Connecticut, She has facilitated vocal technique courses at Pace University’s annual Summer Scholars program for high school students for the past four years. Jen holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Pace University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Theatre from City College of New York. Favorite on-stage credits include Darling and Rated RSO: music + lyrics of Ryan Scott Oliver. Visit her blog: chickswhomix.blogspot.com.