Audition Master Classes

Audition Classes with Children's Musical Theater San Jose

The Ultimate Audition Training

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 are held prior to the fall and summer productions.

Who Can Attend?

Audition Master Classes are offered for Rising Stars and Mainstage performers twice a year, in September and May.  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?

Rising Stars Ages 8-15 Sunday, September 13th 4:00pm-8:00pm  
Rising Stars Ages 8-15 Monday, September 14th 5:00pm-9:00pm  
Rising Stars/Mainstage Ages 10+ Monday, May 9th  5:00pm-9:00pm Click to Register
Junior Talents Ages 6-9 Saturday, May 21st 12:30pm-4:00pm Click to Register

About our Instructors:

Ian LeonardIan Leonard

Ian is a CMT alum and has directed several shows here including The Sound of MusicYou're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Evita, Bye Bye Birdie; Starmites; and Schoolhouse Rock Live. As an actor, Ian appeared in the world premiere of Fly By Night (Harold McClam) at TheatreWorks, where he's also played roles in A Christmas Memory, Dessa Rose, and more. He's appeared locally at San Jose Rep., AMT, Cabrillo Stage, and 42nd Street Moon.





Claire AlexanderClaire 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 theatre 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, Europen and the Bahamas. He was CMT's director of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 2007.


Monday, September 14 (ages 8-15)

Sunday, September 13 (ages 8-15) - added class!

if the class is full, please email with your interest!

What To Bring

  • 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.

1401 Parkmoor Avenue
Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95126


Each Audition Master Class requires a fee of $95.

Cancellation Policy

Registration deadlines are set for 5:00 PM, one week prior to each class start date.

Cancellations or transfers requested prior to the registration deadlines are subject to a $25 processing fee (within first 60 days of purchase) or $50 processing fee (after 60 days of purchase).

No refunds for cancellations or transfers will be honored after the registration deadlines.

Check payments written with non-sufficient 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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