Marriott Theatre College Audition Intensive

Sep 7
Sep 14, 2024

Calling all High School Rising Seniors! Prepare your Auditions and Applications for Musical Theatre College Programs from Marriott Theatre's best and brightest.

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Are you considering a degree in Musical Theatre? Feeling overwhelmed with the entire audition process and unsure where to start?

Join us for a one week, one-stop-shop, ONE-ON-ONE college audition intensive! 

Our faculty has watched thousands of college prescreen auditions, served on admissions committees, and coached a multitude of high school seniors for their college auditions. They know the in's and out's of the college audition process, and will walk you through the process step by step to help find the right college for YOU. Leave our program with your prescreens filmed, new headshot/resumes, a healthy college list and much much more. Get the inside scoop about what college programs are looking for and learn how to give a great college audition!

Marriott Theatre’s Artistic Leadership, who also serve as professors at renowned musical theatre programs, will guide you through this intense process to ensure you are ready for auditions!

September 7-14
September 7th and 8th: 10am-6pm, September 9th-13th: 4pm-7pm, Sept 14th: 10am-6pm

Deadline to register - July 31st, 2024



  • An in-depth song analysis process
  • Two contrasting songs: picked, cut and coached specifically for you
  • High-quality piano tracks for piano accompaniment


  • An in-depth monologue analysis process
  • Two contrasting monologues: picked, cut and coached specifically for you


  • Dance prescreen combination: choreographed, coached and filmed in our studio


  • Filmed and edited prescreen videos
  • Optional headshot session
  • A healthy, personalized college list based on what you are looking for in your college experience
  • Outfit consultation
  • Mock auditions with the Marriott Artistic team and college panel Q&A session
  • Parent information session to help guide parents through the process


Led by some of Marriott Theatre's best and brightest!

Katie Johannigman (she/her)- Program Head

Katie  is the Associate Artistic Director at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago. For the last 5 years, she served on the faculty in the Musical Theatre Department at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre. At CCM, in addition to directing and choreographing productions, she also taught Tap, Jazz and The Senior Showcase.

Choreography/Directing credits include: Oklahoma! (MacHaydn Theater), Bernstein's Mass (Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Shrek (Connecticut Repertory Theater), Lizzie and Mame (The Human Race Theater), Jesus Christ Superstar (Clinton Showboat Theater), Santa Claus (Cincinnati Children's Theater). Bright Star, 42nd Street, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, Sondheim On Sondheim, Candide, The Theory Of Relativity, and Godspell at CCM. Katie served  as the Resident Choreographer of the St. Louis MUNY for their 2020 virtual season. Katie served as the Tap Consultant for the Public Theater's current production of Soft Power, written by Janine Tesori and David Henry Hwang. She is currently working on a new show for Disney Cruise Lines with director/choreographer, Connor Gallagher.

Select performing credits include the National Tour of Oliver!, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Pirates! at The MUNY, The Light In The Piazza, Elf and Anything Goes at The Marriott Theatre, Mary Poppins at Kansas City Starlight Theatre, Company at The Gallery Players, and Cats and Chicago at the West Virginia Public Theatre.

Recently she served as Artistic Director at Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield, CT, and recently taught at the Poly WeDo Academy in Beijing, China. Katie also teaches masterclasses around the country including Interlochen Arts Camp, Broadway Dreams Foundation, The Broadway Vocal Coach, Broadway Collective, Stage Door Manor, and the MUNY.  Katie is a certified Tap Teacher with the American Tap Dance Foundation, is currently working towards her certification as an Intimacy Director/Choreographer with IDC and is a proud member of Actor's Equity Association.

Plus guest classes and private coaching from the Marriott artistic team, Chicagoland actors, college professors, and industry professionals!


$800+tax (price of headshot not included)

Scholarships available!

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Who: High School Rising Seniors or Transfer Students

When: Week of September 7-14th

September 7th and 8th: 10am-6pm, September 9th-13th: 4pm-7pm, Sept 14th: 10am-6pm

Where: Marriott Theatre Rehearsal Warehouse

1342 Barclay Blvd, Buffalo Grove IL 60089