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JULY  2-12  2024  9am-4pm




Participants aged 12 to 21 receive top class training from Music Theatre, Dance and Acting professionals in a supportive and fun environment from July 2-12, 2024- 9am-4pm


The Masterclass Series is currently co-run by the head of the Music Theatre department at the esteemed Etobicoke School of the Arts, Patricia Warnock, and Sharon Heldt, founder of Acting Out Kids Theatre.


Many of our participants are enrolled in Toronto specialized music theatre, dance, and vocal programs, or are high school students looking to further develop their skills. We are proud to say that our alumni have also gone on to train in post-secondary programs such as Sheridan's Music Theatre Degree Program or American Music Theatre University programs. 


The Summer Intensive participants will take part in a variety of classes lead by industry professionals:


  • Music Theatre

  • Vocal production

  • Tap

  • Hip Hop

  • Jazz                                          

  • Vocal Masterclass

  •  Acting for Film

  •  MT Scene Study

  • Movement & Mindfulness

  • Improvisation


Summer Intensive participants will perform in a final showcase on Friday, July 14th at 2pm. 

All Summer Intensive participants will perform in a group Music Theatre dance number. Advanced participants will have the opportunity to participate in an Industry Agent Showcase. 


Parents, family members and guardians are welcome to attend!

New for 2024


The Masterclass Series is pleased to introduce an enrichment opportunity! As part of our Masterclass Series program and at NO EXTRA COST, our Audition Prep is best suited for performers  who may be preparing for post secondary theatre programs & auditioning into the industry. If you would like more more support and individual feedback from our professionals and talent agents at the end of the Intensive, then this Audition Prep is for you! 


During our 2024 Masterclass, we are happy to support you with developing your two vocal pieces and one monologue. This will have you well prepared for your upcoming auditions!

Please keep in mind, ALL Masterclass participants will continue to be included in all workshops and feedback from our talented panel.



Sabrina Poncho
ESA Music Theatre Grad
Past Participant 

I've been involved with the Master Class Intensive for 4 years and have loved every single year I've participated!

The skills that you will learn from these 2 weeks will be absolutely essential in your journey throughout the performance industry. The instructors in the Master Class Series Intensive have given me feedback that I still use to this day.

They care for their students so much and try to help you to the best of their ability in order to succeed. You will also meet amazing friends along the way that can last a lifetime. I'm so fortunate enough that I've met one of my best friends from this intensive! Thankful for everyone I've met throughout this program!

I wouldn't be the performer I am today without you!


Ryan Hocking
 ESA Music
Past Participant

Attending the Master Class Series Triple Threat Intensive truly had a transformative impact on both my time at ESA and my personal journey as a performer. Initially I attended the intensive the summer before my first year at ESA in order to gain dance and acting training, as I had no previous 

experience in either discipline. After two weeks of top-notch training from ESA faculty and industry professionals, I was confidently able to call myself a triple threat performer. The Master Class Intensive provided me with a strong foundation in all three areas of Music Theatre, enabling me to build upon this foundation throughout my time at ESA.  The Master Class Intensive also connects you with other individuals who share similar passions. The training and experiences took me from someone who had no previous dance experience to being a leader and a dance captain of ESA’s Show Choir “Splash”.  I strongly recommend The Master Class Series Triple Threat Intensive.  It will take your skills to the next level, all while introducing you to a phenomenal teaching team and lifelong friends.



The Masterclass series has helped me progress so much as a performer. All the teachers, guest professionals, and students are incredibly dedicated, which makes for a really welcoming environment. As someone who, when I first came to the program, had little to no dance experience, it’s been really helpful in learning dance basics and how to pick up choreography. The one on one time with teachers and coaches is incredibly helpful for personal growth, but equally so is listening to the feedback and advice others receive. All in all, the Masterclass Series has helped me to develop as a performer and has given me the tools I need to grow in the theatre industry


Shira Bodnar
ESA Music Theatre Graduate-
Sheridan Music Theatre Graduate

The Master Class Series gave me wonderful opportunities as a passionate musical theatre student. I got the chance to explore both dance and musical theatre with young, working performers, as well as seasoned professionals. This gave me a very deep well of knowledge to pull from that still informs the work I do today as I move through my third year at Sheridan  in the Music Theatre Degree program. The Master Class Series also offered some very helpful insights into the professional world - and I met my first ever agent through the program!

Parent  of 3rd year Participant

Since day one of discovering the Masterclass Series, the curriculum has been outstanding. It never ceases to amaze me just how much is covered in the series by a variety of expert and professional coaches. From tap to hip hop, to lyrical to fosse. From acting in theatre to acting on screen. From singing Broadway theatre songs to pop and every genre in between; both in groups and solos. Nothing is overlooked. The cherry on the top: the showcase performance at the end of the 2 weeks, which has included feedback by a professional talent agent. Sharon and Trish 1000% know what they’re doing, and they do it exceptionally well! I couldn’t ask for a better experience for my daughter!

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