Who We Are
Our founder, Ellen Lettrich, has been working with young musical theatre and acting performers for 31 years, first as a high school classroom teacher and theatre director and, after receiving her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, as a medical voice therapist.
Her diverse teaching experiences led her to found Musical Theatre College Auditions (MTCA), a college theatre audition preparation company. Ellen built MTCA’s team of actively working teaching artists who themselves are grads of rigorous theatre training programs such as Juilliard, Yale School of Drama, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Michigan, the Boston Conservatory, and NYU Tisch.
Over the past 25 years, MTCA has prepared hundreds of students for college theatre auditions and yielded exceptional success rates. Through her work with MTCA, Ellen saw how difficult it can be for low-income students and those from underrepresented communities to access the information and financial resources needed to be competitive in the audition process for college-level acting and musical theatre programs.
Ellen founded The Fund for College Auditions to bridge this information and financial gap: to support the expenses that are part of college auditions, to provide fair compensation to experienced, innovative, student-centered teaching artists who can help these students excel artistically, and to subsidize college audition information workshops for underserved high schools and theatre groups.
Our Board of Directors
Ellen M. Lettrich, M.S., CCC-SLP
Founder & Board President
Our Education Partners
TFCA scholarship recipients may use their scholarship funds to train with any of the following:
Our Donor Partners
We are grateful to the following companies for their continued and generous support of our Scholars through donations and fundraisers.
Steve is the Managing Partner of SR Capital Advisors, which he co-founded in 2004, and serves as the CFO of AMR Songs. SR Capital is focused on managing private equity investments, with a focus on the media, telecommunications and entertainment sectors. AMR Songs is dedicated to helping songwriters create successful new compositions and adding value to older songs.
Previously, Steve served as Co-Head of TD Capital’s New York-based private equity group (“TD”) which invested private equity and mezzanine capital on behalf of the TD Bank Financial Group, a leading North American bank.
Steve attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.A. with High Distinction in Economics, and the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he earned an MBA. He has served on 5 corporate boards and also on the Advisory Board of the MIT Venture Capital/Private Equity Club, a student-run organization, which provides educational, informational and relationship-building opportunities to MIT Sloan School students that are interested in careers in private equity or venture capital.
Responsibilities include advising the club's leadership, facilitating and participating in speaking engagements and other events at MIT, and helping to preserve the institutional memory of the club as the leadership changes over time.
Steve is also the proud father of a recent NYU Tisch Musical Theater graduate.
Michael J. Moran, MBA, MS
First Vice President
Karen Coleman, MS, MSW
Second Vice President
First Vice President
Kimberly Mullaney is a veteran education innovator, relatively new to theatre education. She is the associate director of station relations at WNET New York Public Media, supporting programs such as PBS NewsHour Weekend, Nature and Firing Line with Margaret Hoover. As WNET’s associate education director, she was the project director for American Graduate Day, an annual eight-hour live television broadcast highlighting educational innovation in at-risk communities, and a co-founder of the Celebration of Teaching and Learning, an annual conference of thousands of educators designed to spotlight and incubate innovation. Earlier, she served as a consultant to the Public Broadcasting Service’s Ready to Learn preschool initiative, and as education director at Planned Parenthood of Maryland, where her work with at-risk youth earned one of the Centers for Disease Control’s first Community Block Grants for HIV/AIDS prevention.
Kimberly has a B.A. from Hollins University and has served on the board of InterACT Theatre Productions in South Orange, N.J. Her son is an up-and-coming actor whose college audition process was overseen by Ellen Lettrich and her MTCA colleagues.
Chris McCarrell, AEA, BFA
Krizia is currently working a part of the Global Client Experience Team at Herman Miller. As part of her role, she oversees the day-to-day operations at the New York City Flagship showroom, while managing client tours, showroom events, and digital marketing initiatives. As liaison to the marketing team at HQ, she has been exposed to the creative process of event planning, which she expertly utilizes with the Herman Miller-TFCA client appreciation concerts as part of the guest committee and facilitator. Krizia is soon to be a co-chair for the next event.
While working full time at Herman Miller, Krizia supports a Racial Equity team as an associate manager and is a part of Herman Miller Cares, the philanthropic arm of Herman Miller Group that supports initiatives that advance social justice in its communities worldwide. Krizia is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Georgetown University (remotely) as she moves her career in that direction.
Caitlin Belcik is a New York-based performer/choreographer who also works for Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County as the Staff Accountant and Development Coordinator. At BGCOKC, Caitlin is responsible for bookkeeping, 401K reporting, federal and local grant reporting, and assisting in donor stewardship and event planning. She is an alumna of TFCA education partner MTCA and has come full circle to now work for MTCA as a dance coach. Through her time as an MTCA dance coach, Caitlin has had the pleasure of coaching TFCA scholars every year.
Caitlin is currently getting her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership with an emphasis in Arts Administration from Oklahoma City University. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Pennsylvania State University and a Business Fundamentals Certificate from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State. While at Penn State she received the campus-wide Provost Award and Scholarship as well as a Student Leadership Award and Excellence in Dance Award from The School of Theatre.
As a performer, Caitlin has been seen on Broadway and in 30+ regional productions. Since graduating from Penn State in 2018, she has choreographed over 13 productions. Most recently, Caitlin choreographed Georgia Stitt’s new musical The Danger Year, directed by Hunter Foster at CLOC. Before that, she choreographed the Off-Broadway revival of Seesaw at Theatre Row.
Diversity and Equity