The Musical Theatre Intensive

What does our Performance Training look like?

Supervised by the renowned, award-winning actor/director Brian McDonald and a seasoned faculty, this intensive 1-week program is tailored for aspiring musical theatre actors seeking a collegiate-level training experience. Each day commences with an in-depth exploration of vocal techniques and performance skills, laying the groundwork for artistic growth and creativity. In the afternoons, students delve into chosen songs, guided by a curriculum emphasizing vocal mastery, character depth, and stage charisma. The program culminates in a grand showcase wherein students showcase their progress and dedication to a captivated audience of supporters. Tailored for individuals with an unwavering passion for honing their musical theatre prowess and aiming to pursue a path in the theatrical world, this intensive serves as a launchpad for committed performers to enhance their talents and refine their artistry.

Dates and Times

Dates: July 22 – 27, 2024
Times: Monday through Friday 10am-3pm
Performance: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.


Acceptance is by Audition. 

Ages: 14 to 22
Requirements: Previous performance experience is helpful for those interested in participating.

Level: Intermediate – Advanced 


Tuition: $450 (Students participating in both The Acting Intensive and The Musical Theare Intensive can save $100 off their total tuition cost)
Tuition covers all materials needed for the duration of the camp.

This includes:

  • Young Actors Conservatory T-shirt
  • Student headshot
  • A video of the final presentation

Families seeking assistance in covering tuition costs are invited to apply for a scholarship.

Scholarship Application

Submit an Audition Video

Refund Policy


  1. Refund requests must be made in writing: All refund requests must be made in writing via email or postal mail to the Director of Education.
  2. Refund deadlines: If a refund is requested before a specified deadline (e.g., two weeks prior to the start of the camp), the full amount of the registration fee will be refunded.
  3. No refunds after the deadline: If a refund is requested after the deadline, no refund will be given unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as a medical emergency or a family crisis. In such cases, the Director of Education will review the request and determine whether a partial refund is possible.
  4. No refunds for missed days: No refunds will be given for missed days of camp due to illness, family vacations, or other personal reasons.
  5. No refunds for disciplinary actions: No refunds will be given for campers who are dismissed from camp due to disciplinary actions or violation of camp rules.
  6. Transfer option: If a camper cannot attend camp, they may transfer their registration to another camper, provided that the camp director is notified of the transfer at least one week before the start of camp.
  7. Non-transferable fees: Registration fees, deposit fees, and other fees are non-transferable and cannot be applied to future camps or programs.
  8. Other conditions: ETC reserves the right to modify or adjust the refund policy at any time, with or without notice, in its sole discretion.

We hope that this policy will be fair to all parties and help ensure that all students have a positive and fulfilling educational experience.

Instructor Bio

Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald (ETC Director of Education and Outreach) is an award-winning actor, director, and educator. He appeared in the national tours of Miss Saigon and Forever Plaid. Regionally, he appeared on the stages of Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre Virginia, The Lyric Stage, La Miranda Performing Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, Rubicon Theatre Company and the Ahmanson.

Brian has been honored with many awards, including the Ventura Mayors’ Award for Emerging Artist, LA Weekly’s Best Supporting Actor Award and an Independent Award for his most recent performance in the one-man-show, Buyer and Cellar.

Most recently, he directed It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at ETC. Other directing credits include the critically acclaimed world premiere of A Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Other Desert Cities, A Tuna Christmas, The Sunset Limited (with Joe Spano and Tucker Smallwood), Bus Stop (5 Ovation nominations including Best Play), MASTER HAROLDand the boys (nominated for 3 Ovation awards Including Best Play) and the World Premiere musical, Hello! My Baby, written and conceived by Cheri Steinkellner.

He also conceived and directed the critically acclaimed holiday musical review, A Rubicon Family Christmas. Brian’s work as a director has earned him an Independent Award and StageScene LA Award for Best Director. He is a graduate of Boston Conservatory and a member of Actors Equity Association, The Screen Actors Guild and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

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