Academy Professional Artist Training
About Academy Professional Artist Training
The APAT track, or Academy Stars, is the path for the most dedicated students who want to push their training to a serious level with the goal of a career in the performing arts. There is no age restriction, but there is an audition requirement. Students enroll in a training package to best prepare for musical theatre university and conservatory programs, professional regional theatres, Broadway, and other performance career choices.
Participation requires students to take Acting, Dance, Voice, the APAT class, and a production each semester. Required classes must be taken at the Academy unless otherwise checked off by the APAT instructor group. For instance, if a student dances at a studio, their classes may be considered as a stand in for MT dance.
In addition to prep classes & lessons, the Academy Stars will perform at various events throughout the year, as well as class performances. Stars will receive instruction from professionals including Lyric Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director, Michael Baron and Ashley Wells, as well as pre- screens for Lyric professional roles for which Stars may be age appropriate, including Lyric’s A Christmas Carol and summer apprentice roles. Stars will also be assigned a professional mentor in the Musical Theatre performance field with whom they can ask questions and get real world advice.
If your student aspires to attend university as an MT student or perform on Broadway, this is the program for them! Please note that while many performance opportunities will be available, Academy Professional Artist Training track is a training program first, not a performance company. Participation in the APAT program does not guarantee casting in Academy or Lyric professional shows, but will prepare students to be their best.
Scholarships are available for APAT tuition, and will apply for private voice instruction as well which is unique to the APAT program. Additionally, Work Study opportunities will be available for some Stars to offset tuition cost.
Academy Professional Artist Training Enrollment Information
There are several class requirements for this program, but the schedule will be different for each student depending on their production, dance/acting level, and whether they take Performance College Prep. The one class that will be for all participants is the Academy Stars class. Stars class will be a little something different every week including workshops and Q&As with industry professionals, performance exercises, rehearsal, and much more.
Academy Professional Artist Trainging Class (Stars Class)
Ages: by audition
Fridays 4:30-6:30 (Stars class)
Full APAT program enrollment required for this class. (Dance, Acting, Production, Stars class, optional Performance College Prep)
Students who are accepted into the APAT track must enroll in the APAT package. See the course listings for class descriptions. Some placements will be based on the 8/21 & 8/22 audition and dance call. The package includes:
- Academy Stars class
- One Dance class*: MT Dance 1, MT Dance 2, or Boys MT Dance
- One Acting class: Acting 1 or Acting 2
- One Production: 13: The Musical or SpongeBob SquarePants
- Performance College Prep: Recommended for HS Juniors and Seniors
- All Academy + OKC Broadway touring artist workshops
- Private Voice Instruction: Required but not included in the package price Voice lessons will qualify for scholarship exclusively for APAT students.
*If your student takes multiple classes at a reputable studio, they can sub their studio classes for the dance requirement, but the APAT package price will not be prorated. If you’re at a studio, ballet is highly recommended.