Who We Are

Our Beginnings

Our founder, Ellen Lettrich, has been working with young musical theatre and acting performers for almost 28 years, first as a high school classroom teacher and theatre director and, after receiving her MS 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 20 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.

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Our Board of Directors

Ellen Lettrich, MS, CCC-SLP

Ellen Lettrich, MS, CCC-SLP

President & Executive Director

Michael J. Moran, MBA, MS

Michael J. Moran, MBA, MS

First Vice President

Karen Coleman, MS, MSW

Karen Coleman, MS, MSW

Second Vice President

Kimberly Mullaney

Kimberly Mullaney

Secretary

Christopher Graff, JD, CPA

Christopher Graff, JD, CPA

Treasurer

Angela Green

Angela Green

Recording Secretary

Deirdre Basile

Deirdre Basile

Family Resource Coordinator

Alejandro Rodriguez

Alejandro Rodriguez

Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

Tracy Nagel

Tracy Nagel

Development, Corporate and Organizational Giving

Our Educational Advisory Board

Ellen Lettrich, MS, CCC-SLP

Ellen Lettrich, MS, CCC-SLP

Gabriel Lawrence

Gabriel Lawrence

Carrie Maliszewski

Carrie Maliszewski

Alejandro Rodriguez

Alejandro Rodriguez

Kris Saucedo

Kris Saucedo

Our Education Partners

TFCA scholarship recipients may use their scholarship funds to train with any of the following:

College Audition Coaches

MTCA - NYC, Southern CA, and worldwide via Skype/Facetime

(includes monologue coaches, song coaches, dance coaches, voice teachers, and college guidance)

theatreMAJOR - Baltimore/Washington DC, and worldwide via Skype/Facetime

(monologue coaching and college guidance including essay work)

Dance Studios

Our Support Partners

 

 

The following organizations partner with us to support our TFCA scholarship recipients by donating their products and services:

 

STAR app by Theatre Audition Advisors

A fully automated, web-based information management platform that guides students and families through the entire audition process.

We are always open to connecting with education partners with whom our Scholars can work on a regular basis to prepare artistically for college auditions and/or who can provide college guidance for the audition process, in particular with applications and financial aid paperwork.

 

For our song and monologue coaching partners, we seek theatre educators who have all of the following:

  • an undergraduate degree or beyond. 
  • at least 5 years experience as a teaching artist of the specific discipline they will be coaching (must be in a supervised capacity for all years that occurred during your undergraduate education).
  • experience preparing 10+ students for undergrad college acting and musical theatre auditions over each of the last 5 years or beyond and can provide references from your alumni students and families.

To avoid conflicts of interest, we seek song and monologue coaching partners who are not currently faculty people or auditors for audition-based acting or musical theatre programs.

 

For our vocal technique teaching partners, we seek those who have:

  • an advanced degree or equivalent coursework & teaching experience in Musical Theatre Vocal Pedagogy or Contemporary/Commercial Voice.
  • 3+ years of teaching experience with a combination of MT and/or gospel and/or pop professional students, college students, and high school students.

Exceptions can be made to the above criteria at the discretion of the TFCA Education Committee.

 

Each year, we also seek out dance studio partners in the geographic areas where our Scholars from that year live and rigorous, regular ballet and theatre jazz virtual dance classes for beginner and beginner-intermediate teens.