Master Classes

Spend an afternoon with some of CMT’s most talented guest and resident teaching artists and directors. Learn about the audition process, how to perfect an audition song, how to make the most of a cold reading and how to stand out during a dance audition. All participants will take part in a mock audition and receive personal feedback from instructors.

Audition Master Classes CMT San Jose

 Who Can Attend?

Audition Master Classes are now offered for Rising Stars and Mainstage performers before the fall, winter and spring auditions. There’s also a special class for Junior Talents performers (aged 6 to 9) in May—just in time for their summer production auditions.

When is Class?

Sun. Sept. 10Rising StarsAge 8 - 154pm - 8pm
Sun. Dec. 10Rising StarsAge 8 - 14*4pm - 8pm
Mon. Dec. 11MainstageAge 14* - 204pm - 8pm
Sun. March 4Rising StarsAge 8-14*4pm - 8pm
Mon. May 7Rising Stars & Mainstage (split class)Age 10- 204pm - 8pm
Sat. May 19Junior TalentsAge 6 - 912:30pm - 4pm

*High school rule applies

If the class is full please Email with your interest!

About our Instructors

Claire Alexander: Claire Alexander grew up dancing at her mother’s studio in southern California. After receiving her BA in Dance from San Jose State University she began teaching and choreographing for many Bay Area studios and schools. Claire’s first time on stage with CMT was in Hairspray where she quickly fell in love with musical theater and came back for more the following season in 9 to 5. With CMT’s Rising Stars productions Claire has directed Schoolhouse Rock at CMT and choreographed for Aladdin Jr. and The Wizard of Oz. When she is not choreographing or performing she is the curator for San Jose’s Dance in Transit event. She is also an active leader in the San Jose arts community and is a graduate of the San Jose Leadership Council’s Community Leadership Program.

Tony Panighetti: Tony—or “Mr. Tony” to many CMT campers and students—is a resident artist from Starting Arts and has been a theater arts teacher and performer for a dozen years. He has performed throughout California and on the high seas through Alaska, Canada, Europe and the Bahamas. He was CMT’s director of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 2007.

What To Bring

  • A prepared song.
  • An accompaniment CD (with background or karaoke music) is highly encouraged but not required.
  • Wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that they can easily move around in.
  • A water bottle.
  • A notebook.
  • A pen or pencil.

Where is Class Held?

All Audition Master Classes are held at the CMT Rehearsal Hall in Studio A.


Each Audition Master Class is $95.

Cancellation Policy

Registration deadlines are set for 5 p.m., one week prior to each class start date.

Cancellations requested prior to the registration deadlines are subject to a $25 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations or transfers will be honored after the registration deadlines. Check payments written with insufficient funds will be subject to a $35 fee.

To request a cancellation or transfer, contact Please include: your reason for cancelling/transferring; the registrant’s name; the participant’s name; the title of the class or event; the date and time of the class or event; the age group and/or session number.

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Special Guest Series

CMT offers exclusive one-time-only lectures, workshops, seminars, special events and more presented by various guests artists who are currently working professionals in their field of performing arts.

Recent guest artists included Ryan Vasquez and Jennifer Gellman from the National touring production of Hamilton. Other notable guests include: Disney Theatricals producer, Thomas Schumacher, Broadway stage and film actor, Anthony Rapp, Tony nominated actor and CMT alumn Alex Brightman, Broadway composers Jason Robert Brown, and Drew Gasparini, Broadway actor and CMT alumn Aaron Albano (Cats, Newsies, mary Poppins, Wicked, Bombay Dreams, A Chorus Line)Broadway casting direcotr Rachel Hoffman (Telsey + Company), Broadway actor and choreographer Jacob Brent.

Check back soon for CMT’s 2018 Guest Artist Series.