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Introducing the College Audition Conference

January 11, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn, Fresno, CA

February 1, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn/Morton’s Steakhouse, Chicago, IL; 65 East Wacker Place, Chicago, IL

February 22, 2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton – Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Breakfast, Lunch, and an afternoon snack provided

The College Audition is thrilled to announce The College Audition Conference! A full-day seminar for parents and students to learn about the ins-and-outs of the college audition process.

In recent years, some colleges have reported an increase in applicant numbers of over 300%, driving acceptance rates BELOW 1% in some cases. It is officially harder to get accepted into the top musical theatre programs than it is to get accepted to Harvard, Yale, and Princeton combined!

Don’t be caught in a situation where you are making costly mistakes or missing deadlines you didn’t know existed!

Featured Speakers:

Tim Evanicki

President, The College Audition

Mr. Evanicki is a celebrated Juilliard-educated voice teacher, singer, college audition coach, and author who has traveled the world singing on some of the world’s most prestigious stages, as well as presenting workshops and master classes on vocal technique and the college audition process.

With 16 years experience as a voice teacher and college audition coach, Mr. Evanicki has prepared his students go on to follow in his footsteps, attending some of the nation’s leading music schools and musical theater programs. His students have been seen on the stages of Broadway, Regional Theatre, National Tours, London’s West End, and in Feature Films.

Tim has been preparing students for their college auditions for 14 years. His clients have been admitted to  NYU Tisch, NYU Steinhardt, Carnegie Mellon, Point Park, Baldwin Wallace, CCM, Boston Conservatory, Syracuse, Pace, and other top musical theatre programs across the country. He is author of the book “The College Audition: A Guide for High School Students Pursuing a Degree in Theatre.”

Adam Kaplan

Broadway Veteran, College Audition Coach

Adam recently starred in the hit Broadway musical ​A Bronx Tale​ opposite Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri. Other Broadway/National Tours: ​Kinky Boots​ (Charlie Price), ​Newsies​ (Jack Kelly u/s), ​Show Boat​ (NY Philharmonic and PBS). TV: Deception (ABC). Multiple shows at Goodspeed, Flat Rock Playhouse and Music Theatre Wichita. Numerous concerts and productions internationally and across the US, including a solo performance for the Obamas at the White House.

Erica Flener

College Counselor, Big Picture College Planning

Before earning a MA in Counseling, Erica graduated from UC Berkeley with High Distinction. She created her approach to exploring students’ passions and locating best-fit colleges when she worked as a high school counselor for Americorps: Destination College 14 years ago.

Since then, Erica spent seven years as Assistant Director of Admissions & Undergraduate Studies, for both undergraduate and graduate programs at UCLA, including within the School of Theater, Film & Television. At UCLA, she also taught an academic readiness course and facilitated workshops on serving students with learning differences. Erica served as a Freshman Application Reader for UC Berkeley and sits on the California Alumni Association Scholarship Committee, where she reads essays and interviews applicants. Erica is also a member of the Dean’s Society for The School of Engineering at UC Berkeley. Erica has consulted for the Admissions Office of Pepperdine University and Chapman University.

Lisa Perez

Co-Founder : Theatre Auditions Advisors/The STAR App

Lisa brings a wealth of sales, editorial and business acumen to her role as co-founder of Theatre Audition Advisors, where her primary focus is sales, content marketing and customer consultation. With 25 years of experience working for companies like BellSouth Advertising and Publishing Corp, The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, and Mars Petcare, Lisa has written for print, digital and direct marketing mediums, as well managing new business generation and sales to local and national companies. She has a B.S. degree in educational psychology from the University of Georgia and is a recipient of the Jack McDonough Editorial Award from The Southern Company.

As an active mom, Lisa has been involved in all aspects of the business of theatre and in supervising the college audition process as a parent. Her son, Aidan, has been involved in theatre since 5th grade, and is a BFA acting sophomore at Wright State University. This process inspired Lisa to help simplify the experience for other parents by creating the STAR platform.

Christie Matte

Co-Founder : Theatre Auditions Advisors/The STAR App

Christie was a founding partner of MAX Advertising, where she was vice president of operations & social media for 20 years. Before founding the advertising agency, she worked for the Portman Companies in-house advertising agency, overseeing all internal & external print, digital & executive communications and marketing efforts.

Christie’s “mom” credentials are also impressive; her experiences led to inspiration for creating STAR. Her youngest son, Carson, showed a gift for musical theatre in middle school and honed his skills through vocal, acting & dance training as well as lead performances in high school & community theatre.

Christie holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia.

* Speakers are subject to change.

Questions that will be answered:

  • What are the different types of college degrees available in Theatre and Musical Theatre?
  • Do these degrees mean I’m either going to be an actor or a waiter my whole life?
  • What do I have to do to prepare for the academic admission process to these universities and colleges?
  • How do I navigate through all the financial aid nonsense?
  • I think we make too much money to qualify for aid, but that’s only on paper. We can’t afford college without it! What do we do? What do I need to be doing RIGHT NOW, both academically and artistically to set myself up for success?
  • How do I pick a list of colleges that will best ensure my chances of getting accepted?
  • How do I stay organized and sane?
  • How do I choose my audition material?
  • What are the different types of auditions available out there?
  • How do we get a feel for the personality of a program when the MT program is such a small part of the overall school?
  • How students differentiate themselves with so many talented applicants out there?
  • What is a college audition coach, and do I really need one to be successful during this process?

What parents are saying about The College Audition:

  • “Our son told us he wanted to attend college to pursue a career in the theatre- and we were terrified, as the world of theater is completely foreign to us. We had no idea how to guide him. Enter Tim Evanicki. Tim became our son’s voice coach, acting consultant, audition director and mentor. His methods for teaching and coaching brought out our son’s full potential, and his dedication to his students was unmatched.”

    John and Kay Stanney
  • “A big fan! As the parent of a [senior], Tim’s guidance in the college audition process has been invaluable. His positive attitude and sense of humor are much appreciated!

    Julie Lowndes
  • Tim was a Godsend in our daughter Laura’s audition process and acceptance into three competitive BFA programs in Musical Theatre…Tim asked all the right questions and gave all the much-needed answers, including answers to questions we didn’t even know to ask. The Choices for what to do, how to do it, and where to do it are mind-blowing. Don’t navigate it alone!

    Reverend Lisa Degrenia
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