Theatre Artist Program

Theatre Artist Program

The Theatre Artist Program within COCA’s Pre-Professional Division (PPD) is designed for students who want rigorous training to prepare them for a professional career in theatre as well as for students who want an intensive style of conservatory training. COCA offers three tracks of study taught by leading theatre artists from St. Louis and beyond:

  • Musical Theatre 
  • Design-Tech​ 
  • Stage & Screen

Student Ensembles & Placements

Theatre Artist Program Auditions

Students audition for acceptance into the Theatre Artist program. Auditions are held annually in May. Once accepted, students enter the Junior Division or Senior Division based on age and receive individual guidance through course selections, ensembles, and placement opportunities based on technique and ability demonstrated in their audition or with faculty approval. 

Audition for the Theatre Artist Program

Students ages 10–18 are invited to audition for the Theatre Artist Program. Auditions are held annually in May.

Students in the program participate in a required Ensemble Class as a part of their placement. The Ensemble Class, taught by COCA’s Artistic Director of Theatre Jennifer Wintzer, is designed to build an ensemble theatre practice while providing regular opportunities to meet with master artists. 

Students may elect to take introductory- or beginner-level classes outside their area of study as long as they meet the age requirements.

COCA Theatre Artist Program

Musical Theatre

For artists who want to perform on stage

Requirements: Minimum of 3 classes per week, Ensemble Class, and rehearsals

We also recommend Musical Theatre students receive a full year training in the following genres: Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, Tap, and Ballet.

Annual Dues:

Senior Division (Ages 14–18) | $425
Junior Division (Ages 10–13) | $425

Ensemble and Placement Options:
Vocal Company
COCAwrites
Performance placement in A Christmas Carol with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Summer Rep
Youth Musical

Junior Division or Senior Division students may take another placement or class in place of the Ensemble Class with approval from the Artistic Director of Theatre.

COCA Design Tech Students

Design-Tech

For artists with a vision to lead behind the scenes

Requirements: Minimum of 3 classes per week, Ensemble Class, and rehearsals

Annual Dues:

Senior Division (Ages 14–18) | $425
Junior Division (Ages 10–13) | $425

Ensemble and Placement Options:
COCAwrites
Design-Tech placement with The Black Rep

COCA Productions, as assigned

Junior Division or Senior Division students may take another placement or class in place of the Ensemble Class with approval from the Artistic Director of Theatre.

COCA Stage and Screen Student

Stage & Screen

For artists who want to create and tell stories on-screen, on stage, and beyond

Requirements: Minimum of 3 classes per week, Ensemble Class, and rehearsals

Annual Dues:

Senior Division (Ages 14–18) | $425
Junior Division (Ages 10–13) | $425

Ensemble and Placement Options:
Improv Troupe
COCAwrites
Performance placement in A Christmas Carol with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
Summer Rep: Professional Workshop

Junior Division or Senior Division students may take another placement or class in place of the Ensemble Class with approval from the Artistic Director of Theatre.