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This podcast is an exploration of the daunting College Theater (+ Musical Theater) Audition process led by an expert in the field, as well as an exploration of the paths to success from college to beyond. We talk with Colleges about their training programs and Artists about their unique careers fostered by their training. Join Charlie Murphy, actor & Director of Musical Theatre College Auditions (MTCA) as he chats with Broadway performers, college faculty members and industry pros about navigating the college audition process, earning a performing arts degree, and the role education plays in pursuing a career in the arts. Charlie will provide bonus tips and insights from 17+ years of expertise in this niche of the industry. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us at mailbag@mappingthecollegeaudition.com. If you want to learn more about MTCA, you can check us out at mtca.nyc.
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    • 4.8 • 56 Ratings

This podcast is an exploration of the daunting College Theater (+ Musical Theater) Audition process led by an expert in the field, as well as an exploration of the paths to success from college to beyond. We talk with Colleges about their training programs and Artists about their unique careers fostered by their training. Join Charlie Murphy, actor & Director of Musical Theatre College Auditions (MTCA) as he chats with Broadway performers, college faculty members and industry pros about navigating the college audition process, earning a performing arts degree, and the role education plays in pursuing a career in the arts. Charlie will provide bonus tips and insights from 17+ years of expertise in this niche of the industry. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us at mailbag@mappingthecollegeaudition.com. If you want to learn more about MTCA, you can check us out at mtca.nyc.
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    (AE): Eric Tucker (Bedlam Theater Company) on Directing

    (AE): Eric Tucker (Bedlam Theater Company) on Directing

    In this Artist Exploration, Eric Tucker the Artistic Director of the Bedlam Theater Company and MTCA Director Charlie Murphy discuss: 

    How a director should approach giving notes

    Different ways to approach the rehearsal room 

    Financial realities of the business

    Striving for wrong and specific rather than neutral and safe 


    Join us for the MTCA Junior Workshop! 

    If you have any questions about the college audition process, feel free to reach out at mailbag@mappingthecollegeaudition.com. If you’re interested in working with MTCA for help with your individualized preparation for your College Audition journey, please check us out at mtcollegeauditions.com, or on Instagram or Facebook. 

    Follow Us! 
    Instagram: @mappingthecollegeaudition
    YouTube: @MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions) 
    TikTok: @mtcollegeauditions 
    Charlie Murphy:@charmur7 
    Meghan Cordier:@meghanmarie2014

    About MTCA: 
    Musical Theater College Auditions (MTCA) is the leader in coaching acting and musical theater students through the college audition process and beyond with superlative results. MTCA has assembled a roster of expert artist-educators who can guide students artistically, organizationally, strategically, and psychologically through the competitive college audition process. MTCA provides the tools, resources, and expertise along with a vast and strong support system. They train the unique individual, empowering the artist to bring their true, authentic self to their work. MTCA believes that by helping students reveal their potential it allows each school to connect with those who are truly right for their programs, which in turn guides each student toward their best college fit. 

    About Charlie Murphy: 
    Charlie is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s BFA program. As an Actor he has performed with theaters such as: NY Public Theatre’s “Shakespeare in the Park”, The Pearl Theatre Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Kinetic Theatre Company, and the Shakespeare Theatre of DC.

    With MTCA [Musical Theater College Auditions -- mtca.nyc], he has been helping prospective theatre students through the college process for over 15 years. As a Teacher and Director, he is able to do a few of his favorite things in life: help students to find their authentic selves as artists, and then help them find their best fit for their collegiate journey. Through this podcast, he hopes to continue that work as well as help demystify this intricate process.

    This episode was produced by Meghan Cordier and Charlie Murphy. Episode theme music is created by Will Reynolds. 

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    (CDD): Brigham Young University with Korianne Orton-Johnson

    (CDD): Brigham Young University with Korianne Orton-Johnson

    In this College Deep Dive, Korianne Orton-Johnson the Assistant Professor and Head of Music Dance Theatre at BYU and MTCA Director Charlie Murphy discuss:


    Why BYU uses MDT for their Music Theater students 

    How mormon ideals impacts artistic training 

    The strong dance training 

    Telsey relationship’s with BYU 


    If you have any questions about the college audition process, feel free to reach out at mailbag@mappingthecollegeaudition.com. If you’re interested in working with MTCA for help with your individualized preparation for your College Audition journey, please check us out at mtcollegeauditions.com, or on Instagram or Facebook. 

    Follow Us! 
    Instagram: @mappingthecollegeaudition
    YouTube: @MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions) 
    TikTok: @mtcollegeauditions 
    Charlie Murphy:@charmur7 
    Meghan Cordier:@meghanmarie2014

    About MTCA: 
    Musical Theater College Auditions (MTCA) is the leader in coaching acting and musical theater students through the college audition process and beyond with superlative results. MTCA has assembled a roster of expert artist-educators who can guide students artistically, organizationally, strategically, and psychologically through the competitive college audition process. MTCA provides the tools, resources, and expertise along with a vast and strong support system. They train the unique individual, empowering the artist to bring their true, authentic self to their work. MTCA believes that by helping students reveal their potential it allows each school to connect with those who are truly right for their programs, which in turn guides each student toward their best college fit. 

    About Charlie Murphy: 
    Charlie is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s BFA program. As an Actor he has performed with theaters such as: NY Public Theatre’s “Shakespeare in the Park”, The Pearl Theatre Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Kinetic Theatre Company, and the Shakespeare Theatre of DC.

    With MTCA [Musical Theater College Auditions -- mtca.nyc], he has been helping prospective theatre students through the college process for over 15 years. As a Teacher and Director, he is able to do a few of his favorite things in life: help students to find their authentic selves as artists, and then help them find their best fit for their collegiate journey. Through this podcast, he hopes to continue that work as well as help demystify this intricate process.

    This episode was produced by Meghan Cordier and Charlie Murphy. Episode theme music is created by Will Reynolds. 
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    (AE): Derek Klena (Anastasia) on the Sports of Theater

    (AE): Derek Klena (Anastasia) on the Sports of Theater

    In this Artist Exploration, Derek Klena from Broadway’s Anastasia and MTCA Director Charlie Murphy discuss:


     Originally playing baseball in college 

     Defining his pathway for success 

    Pursuing career opportunities or finishing school 

    The pressure of Social Media 



    If you have any questions about the college audition process, feel free to reach out at mailbag@mappingthecollegeaudition.com. If you’re interested in working with MTCA for help with your individualized preparation for your College Audition journey, please check us out at mtcollegeauditions.com, or on Instagram or Facebook. 

    Follow Us! 
    Instagram: @mappingthecollegeaudition
    YouTube: @MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions) 
    TikTok: @mtcollegeauditions 
    Charlie Murphy:@charmur7 
    Meghan Cordier:@meghanmarie2014

    About MTCA: 
    Musical Theater College Auditions (MTCA) is the leader in coaching acting and musical theater students through the college audition process and beyond with superlative results. MTCA has assembled a roster of expert artist-educators who can guide students artistically, organizationally, strategically, and psychologically through the competitive college audition process. MTCA provides the tools, resources, and expertise along with a vast and strong support system. They train the unique individual, empowering the artist to bring their true, authentic self to their work. MTCA believes that by helping students reveal their potential it allows each school to connect with those who are truly right for their programs, which in turn guides each student toward their best college fit. 

    About Charlie Murphy: 
    Charlie is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s BFA program. As an Actor he has performed with theaters such as: NY Public Theatre’s “Shakespeare in the Park”, The Pearl Theatre Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Kinetic Theatre Company, and the Shakespeare Theatre of DC.

    With MTCA [Musical Theater College Auditions -- mtca.nyc], he has been helping prospective theatre students through the college process for over 15 years. As a Teacher and Director, he is able to do a few of his favorite things in life: help students to find their authentic selves as artists, and then help them find their best fit for their collegiate journey. Through this podcast, he hopes to continue that work as well as help demystify this intricate process.

    This episode was produced by Meghan Cordier and Charlie Murphy. Episode theme music is created by Will Reynolds. 
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    (CDD): Shenandoah University (Act 2!) with Matt Edwards

    (CDD): Shenandoah University (Act 2!) with Matt Edwards

    In this College Deep Dive, Matt Edwards Associate Professor of Voice and Musical Theatre at Shenandoah University and MTCA Director Charlie Murphy discuss:


    Vocal Pedagogy

    Building repertoire based on a student’s vision board 


    Holistic evaluation during the audition process 

    Do I need to be a vocal chameleon? 


    Check out the following information about Shenandoah and Matt: 


    https://www.su.edu/conservatory/ 


    CCM Institute 

    Broadway Singers On and Off Mic 

    TikTok: @edwards_voice 

    Instagram: @edwards_voice



    If you have any questions about the college audition process, feel free to reach out at mailbag@mappingthecollegeaudition.com. If you’re interested in working with MTCA for help with your individualized preparation for your College Audition journey, please check us out at mtcollegeauditions.com, or on Instagram or Facebook. 

    Follow Us! 
    Instagram: @mappingthecollegeaudition
    YouTube: @MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions) 
    TikTok: @mtcollegeauditions 
    Charlie Murphy:@charmur7 
    Meghan Cordier:@meghanmarie2014

    About MTCA: 
    Musical Theater College Auditions (MTCA) is the leader in coaching acting and musical theater students through the college audition process and beyond with superlative results. MTCA has assembled a roster of expert artist-educators who can guide students artistically, organizationally, strategically, and psychologically through the competitive college audition process. MTCA provides the tools, resources, and expertise along with a vast and strong support system. They train the unique individual, empowering the artist to bring their true, authentic self to their work. MTCA believes that by helping students reveal their potential it allows each school to connect with those who are truly right for their programs, which in turn guides each student toward their best college fit. 
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    (AE): Brandon Gardner (UCB/Peacock's In the Know) on Improv and Sketch Comedy

    (AE): Brandon Gardner (UCB/Peacock's In the Know) on Improv and Sketch Comedy

    In this Artist Exploration, Brandon Gardner from UCB and Peacock's In the Know discusses with MTCA Director Charlie Murphy about:

    Training for yourself, not training for the grade 

    Playing comedy truthfully 

    Being a writer or teacher of comedy 

    Stretching yourself  


    Be sure to check Brandon out at @brandonjgardner and Peacocks’s In the Know 

    If you have any questions about the college audition process, feel free to reach out at mailbag@mappingthecollegeaudition.com. If you’re interested in working with MTCA for help with your individualized preparation for your College Audition journey, please check us out at mtcollegeauditions.com, or on Instagram or Facebook. 

    Follow Us! 
    Instagram: @mappingthecollegeaudition
    YouTube: @MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions) 
    TikTok: @mtcollegeauditions 
    Charlie Murphy:@charmur7 
    Meghan Cordier:@meghanmarie2014

    About MTCA: 
    Musical Theater College Auditions (MTCA) is the leader in coaching acting and musical theater students through the college audition process and beyond with superlative results. MTCA has assembled a roster of expert artist-educators who can guide students artistically, organizationally, strategically, and psychologically through the competitive college audition process. MTCA provides the tools, resources, and expertise along with a vast and strong support system. They train the unique individual, empowering the artist to bring their true, authentic self to their work. MTCA believes that by helping students reveal their potential it allows each school to connect with those who are truly right for their programs, which in turn guides each student toward their best college fit. 

    About Charlie Murphy: 
    Charlie is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s BFA program. As an Actor he has performed with theaters such as: NY Public Theatre’s “Shakespeare in the Park”, The Pearl Theatre Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Kinetic Theatre Company, and the Shakespeare Theatre of DC.

    With MTCA [Musical Theater College Auditions -- mtca.nyc], he has been helping prospective theatre students through the college process for over 15 years. As a Teacher and Director, he is able to do a few of his favorite things in life: help students to find their authentic selves as artists, and then help them find their best fit for their collegiate journey. Through this podcast, he hopes to continue that work as well as help demystify this intricate process.

    This episode was produced by Meghan Cordier and Charlie Murphy. Episode theme music is created by Will Reynolds. 
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    (CDD): Boston Conservatory (Act 2!) with Tim Espinosa

    (CDD): Boston Conservatory (Act 2!) with Tim Espinosa

    In this College Deep DIve, Tim Espinosa the Chair of Theater at Boston Conservatory and MTCA Director Charlie Murphy discuss: 


    The next generation of Leadership at BOCO 


     Are the top ten school lists something to pay attention to? 

    What class size is right for me? 


    Listen HERE for Michelle Chasse Episode! 

    Join us for MTCA Events HERE!

    If you have any questions about the college audition process, feel free to reach out at mailbag@mappingthecollegeaudition.com. If you’re interested in working with MTCA for help with your individualized preparation for your College Audition journey, please check us out at mtcollegeauditions.com, or on Instagram or Facebook. 

    Follow Us! 
    Instagram: @mappingthecollegeaudition
    YouTube: @MTCA (Musical Theater College Auditions) 
    TikTok: @mtcollegeauditions 
    Charlie Murphy:@charmur7 
    Meghan Cordier:@meghanmarie2014

    About MTCA: 
    Musical Theater College Auditions (MTCA) is the leader in coaching acting and musical theater students through the college audition process and beyond with superlative results. MTCA has assembled a roster of expert artist-educators who can guide students artistically, organizationally, strategically, and psychologically through the competitive college audition process. MTCA provides the tools, resources, and expertise along with a vast and strong support system. They train the unique individual, empowering the artist to bring their true, authentic self to their work. MTCA believes that by helping students reveal their potential it allows each school to connect with those who are truly right for their programs, which in turn guides each student toward their best college fit. 

    About Charlie Murphy: 
    Charlie is a proud graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s BFA program. As an Actor he has performed with theaters such as: NY Public Theatre’s “Shakespeare in the Park”, The Pearl Theatre Company, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Kinetic Theatre Company, and the Shakespeare Theatre of DC.

    With MTCA [Musical Theater College Auditions -- mtca.nyc], he has been helping prospective theatre students through the college process for over 15 years. As a Teacher and Director, he is able to do a few of his favorite things in life: help students to find their authentic selves as artists, and then help them find their best fit for their collegiate journey. Through this podcast, he hopes to continue that work as well as help demystify this intricate process.

    This episode was produced by Meghan Cordier and Charlie Murphy. Episode theme music is created by Will Reynolds. 
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    • 1 hr 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

mmn4gr ,

A Masterclass in audition-based college research!

If you —or your child— are pondering applying to an audition-based performing arts program, or are in the midst of this daunting process and scratching your head about “how” to choose the right colleges to add to your list, look no further than this masterful podcast to gain the right knowledge!

Researching BFA programs online can leave you drained, because the information that every college chooses to highlight on their website can be wildly different. My son and I found this podcast enlightening because his knowledgeable host, Charlie Murphy —one of the directors of MTCA, leader in performing arts coaching— knows the right questions to ask the faculty he invites on his show. With debonair and friendly attitude, he extracts vital information on anything from what makes a program unique, to costs and make up of the student body. Every family going through this process creates the famed spreadsheet with the vital info to successfully arrive at the finish line of commitment day; suffice it to say that we added a “podcast notes” column to ours with the insight of Mapping the College Audition on each of my son’s chosen programs.

The college deep dive episodes alternate with others where our host interviews theatre and television actors, directors, playwrights. Though not particularly geared towards the college selection process, these episodes are instrumental to give young artists a perspective on how to build a career post-college, and to give parents an idea of how a performing arts degree can channel our children’s creativity into marketable skills. Charlie’s intelligence and humor never fail to bring a smile to my face while I’m listening to his questions and comments.

I am always looking forward to the notification buzz that a new episode is ready for me to enjoy, even now that my son has finally committed to his dream MT Conservatory!

Carhutch ,

So helpful

We are early in the process of exploring programs for our daughter (high school junior) who is an aspiring MT student. This podcast has given me such great information, and Charlie’s honesty and sincerity brings some peace to an otherwise scary and daunting process for parents & students. I finish every episode with a new tidbit and a different perspective! Many thanks to MTCA!

Nicolegpics ,

So helpful!

The content is amazing for anyone interested in the arts and so very helpful to students and families navigating the college audition process!

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