1 year Musical Theatre Foundation Course


Associated Studios is thrilled to bring this fast-paced Musical Theatre Foundation course to Australia. The ASA Foundation course is an accelerated programme taught by the same industry professionals teaching on the Advanced courses.

Our coaches understand industry requirements and will be training you with  passion and discipline. You will be on a fast track programme and should be ready to commit to a rigorous training regime.

Associated Studios take pride in developing performers of the highest calibre. You will be challenged and nurtured, inspired to work to the best of your ability in singing, acting and dance in order to develop as an outstanding triple-threat performer.


  • Applicants must be 18 at the beginning of the academic year.
  • Less experienced performers who need to build the essential skills for Musical Theatre performance.
  • Recent High School graduates with a passion for the Performing Arts.
  • Performers with one strong element, who wish to develop as a triple threat performer.
  • Applicants with extensive amateur dramatic experience looking to develop into a professional performer.

At the completion of this course, students can go on to complete the 1-year Musical Theatre Intensive course. Combining the Foundation and Intensive courses makes up a complete 2 year vocational training for students wishing to embark on a career in Musical Theatre, comparable to degree courses offered at other Drama schools.

Patron Sir Tim Rice says: ‘Associated Studios will prepare you for a competitive but thrilling business and inspire you as a performer. You will be working with brilliant practitioners who have an extraordinary wealth of knowledge.’ Other Associated Studios patrons include actors Jeremy Irons and Timothy West, composer Scott Alan, comedian/impersonator Rory Bremner, the Opera singer Rosalind Plowright OBE and other luminaries of the UK Theatre scene.

Australian performers such as Erin Cornell (Cats & Wicked) and Rachael Ward (EvitaSingin’ in the Rain & The Wizard of Oz) have studied with Associated Studios in London and have gone on to very successful careers.

Courses at Associated Studios provide unparalleled individual attention in order to develop you as a person, as an individual and as an artist. You will need to be prepared to work hard, push yourself to the limit and be available to grow and learn.

All our coaches are leading industry practitioners from both Australia & the UK including Musical Directors, Directors, Vocal Coaches, Choreographers, Writers, Composers and experienced Performers.


Throughout your year of training you will work on developing a strong foundational technique in the craft of Acting, Singing and Dance. You will be given the opportunity to perform every week and gain feedback by staff and other industry professionals to help develop your artistry.


Acting lies at the heart of every good Musical Theatre Performance. In your Foundation year at Associated Studios you will learn how to build your understanding of how to reach your acting potential. You will do this through working with Directors, Voice Teachers, Writers and Actors/Acting Practitioners who will use a range of classes and techniques to help you discover how to harness the power of drama.

Areas of Work Include:

  • Improvisation
  • Text Class: Including work on the seminal classical and contemporary playwrights which may include Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Pinter and David Hare.
  • Acting Technique: Looking at the approach of practitioners such as Stanislavski, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Stanford Meisner and Mike Alfreds. You will create a tool-box of techniques you can draw on to create a truthful performance.
  • Monologues: You will explore how to choose and perform monologues suitable for acting and musical theatre auditions.
  • Voice classes: Voice work includes learning the basic techniques of the actors voice such as: Resonance, Articulation, ‘Forward Placement’, Breath Control and work on accents.
  • Scene Study: Putting your technical skills into practice, you will work on scenes from set plays with a director

Singing and Music:

The study of singing and music is fundamental to developing into a professional Musical Theatre Artist. The Foundation year is about understanding your singing voice and building the strength and flexibility required to perform 8 times a week. You will also develop your versatility for approaching different styles of Musical Theatre from ‘legit’ classical MT and Operetta through to Contemporary Musicals and Pop/Rock. You will work with a number of Musical Directors, Singing Teachers, Directors, Movement Directors, Vocal Coaches and Composers.

Areas of Work Include:

  • Vocal Technique: You will build the vocal, physical and mental strength, flexibility and stamina required to succeed in the competitive singing industry, through establishing a rigorous practice regime.
  • 1-to-1 Singing Technique: Work individually with a singing teacher on a regular basis throughout your training.
  • Repertoire: Learn how to find appropriate songs from across the breadth of the Musical Theatre genre. Understand how to cut and present sheet music required for professional auditions.
  • Vocal Performance: Work with Musical, Movement and Acting Directors to develop your individual performance by acting through song.
  • Audition Technique: Working with Musical Directors, Agents and Casting Directors you will gain greater understanding of the techniques behind successful singing auditions for further study, including how to cut for 32-bar auditions.
  • Musical Theatre History: You will learn the history of the rise and development of Musical Theatre. This will allow you to contextualise your work effectively and build your working knowledge of Musical Theatre writers, composers and styles.
  • Performance Confidence: Work through the common problems of anxiety and lack of confidence in a safe, nurturing environment.

Dance and Movement:
Building your understanding of dance and movement will underpin the physical work required for the other disciplines. We stream our dance classes to allow you to work at the level suitable for your current experience and skill level. Dance classes aim to bring you up to the standard required to successfully audition for further full-time training. As well as undertaking work to condition your body to be at its peak fitness, you will learn to use your technique to adapt into different dance styles and genres, learning how to connect your acting to your movement and vice versa. You will work with a range of Dance Practitioners, Choreographers and Movement experts on a wide range of classes to give you a rounded experience through your year.

Areas of Work Include:

  • Dance Technique: You will work on a range of dance techniques from Ballet to Jazz and Contemporary Dance. Building your language of the body and how to use it.
  • Musical Theatre Routine: Working with choreographers and current industry performers, you will explore the different styles and genres of dance and movement within the world of Musical Theatre which may include work inspired by choreographers and practitioners including: Agnes de Mille, Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly, Michael Bennett, Jerome Robbins, Twyla Tharp and Matthew Bourne.
  • Movement Practice: You will build your strength, flexibility and stamina by using body conditioning practices which may include: Cardio, Pilates, Yoga and Alexander Technique.


Industry classes at Associated Studios are given throughout the course of your study. We are incredibly proud of the strong links we have within the wider theatre industry and through your training you will come into contact with a number of different agents and casting directors, as well as visiting directors, choreographers and musicals directors currently working in the industry both nationally and internationally:

There are many projects throughout the year which aim to build the other tools you will require to succeed in the professional Musical Theatre Industry. Some of these are listed below:

  • New Writing: Work with leading contemporary theatre composers on new musicals.
  • Open Mic: Participation in monthly nights in Melbourne is encouraged in order for you to perform and hone your skills in a public arena.

*Please note all course content is subject to change.

Please be aware that we offer four streams, and only accommodate a limited intake, in order to maximise your learning potential:
  • 1-year Accelerated Foundation Course in Musical Theatre 
  • 1-year Musical Theatre Diploma (includes a final industry showcase)
  • 1-year Advanced Musical Theatre Diploma (includes a final industry showcase)
  • 1-year Part-Time Advanced Musical Theatre Course (includes a final industry showcase)
Where a student has shown particular commitment and a notable improvement in all the required ‘triple-threat’ disciplines, the Staff Board may decide to accelerate this student to a more ‘advanced’ course.

There may also be some instances where a student on an ‘advanced course’ will be advised not to take part in the industry showcase, should the Staff Board deem this to be the best course of action. However no decision would be made until an agreed consultation period, during which the student would have the opportunity to improve.

To apply:


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There is a $50 audition fee to cover the cost of the panel and accompanist. The fee must be paid in advance of your audition to complete your application.

Please note that this fee is non-refundable.


  • $16,600 + GST for 1-year full time course (includes 1-2-1 singing lessons)
  • Following acceptance of an offer to join the course, the deposit for the course is 25% ($4150) of the full fee
  • Course fees may be paid in quarterly or monthly instalments. Each termly fee is due one month before the beginning of term.

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Please note that courses at Associated Studios Australia can be taken on a modular basis. Students are awarded 20 credits per Discipline per module. Students need minimum credits to be considered for participation in our end of year industry showcase.


‘I studied with the Associated Studios London in their 4 month part-time professional program in 2014. The wealth of knowledge gained, personal growth achieved and lifelong relationships developed throughout the time was remarkable. I recommend the studio and it’s teaching to anyone out there starting out in the field or looking to finesse their craft. As an Aussie who flew to London for this training, I am thrilled at the news of its opening in Melbourne and can’t wait for the future generation of Australian Musical Theatre artists to have the opportunity to thrive like I did.’ – Rachael Ward (Evita, Singin’ in the Rain & The Wizard of Oz)

‘Associated Studios opened up many doors for me.  This course is unique and fresh. Constantly working with industry professionals keeps you ready and seen. Associated Studios provides an environment of inspiration, nurture and challenge. I can’t recommend this course enough’ – Erin Cornell (Cats & Wicked)


Start Date: 14th February 2022

Times: Monday to Thursday 8.00am – 4.00pm

Fee: $16,600 + GST per year (includes 1-2-1 singing lessons)

Finance: Interest-free instalment plans available

Entry: Via audition,
To apply, please send through your Headshot and a Cover Letter detailing your performance experience to info@associatedstudios.com.au.