The Drama Book Shop is thrilled to offer an event featuring MASTERING COLLEGE MUSICAL THEATRE AUDITIONS by David Sisco and Laura Josepher. This event will include a masterclass as well as a signing. 

Giving a successful college audition is incredibly challenging and takes months of preparation. Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions will walk you through every step of this process, from figuring out where to audition and choosing audition material to deciding where to attend. Each chapter focuses on a question central to the audition process with special sections for the student, teacher, and parent. This book, which has been vetted by professionals on both sides of the table, offers honest, practical advice that will make auditioning for college a positive experience for all involved.

Any guests interested in participating should sign up in advance of the event by emailing We would like to offer the first 4 people** who sign up a chance to participate in the masterclass, with an additional person signed up as an alternate. They should prepare one 16-bar song and 1 one-minute monologue.

**Please note somewhere that participants in the masterclass must be high school Juniors or Seniors.

David Sisco has served on the voice faculties of Northeastern and Suffolk University, and Marymount Manhattan College. He currently maintains a private studio in New York and leads masterclasses around the country and internationally on preparing contemporary art song and musical theatre. He has presented papers at the 2010 NMTA (National Music Teachers Association) Conference, 2012 & 2016 NATS Conferences, and the 2013 & 2017 ICVT (International Congress of Voice Teachers) Conferences. In October, David will be a keynote speaker for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing outside of Sydney. David is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop (Advanced) and is an alumnus of the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio in New York. He is the author of Here I Am: A Musical Personal AdVariations on a Theme of You, and BAIT n’ SWISH. David is currently collaborating with Tom Gualtieri on two musicals: Falling to Earth, and an adaptation of Henry James’ The Wings of the Dove book writer Michael Zam. A winner of the 2010 NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Composition Award, David is a prolific art song composer. His songs have been heard at concerts produced by Friends & Enemies of New Music, New Music New York, Joy in Singing, Lyricfest, Songfest, Songfusion, and at Carnegie Hall. Sisco has been commissioned by Manhattan Girls Chorus, Cayuga Vocal Ensemble, and twice by Minnesota State University Moorhead. He has musical directed HairLa Cage aux FollesSmall Town Stories, (Wagner College), Our Country’s GoodSpring Awakening (original score, Marymount Manhattan College) and Searching for Romeo (NYMF). With business partner Laura Josepher, David runs, the largest online database of contemporary musical theatre writers and songs. Last year, David and Laura released their book, “Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for the Student, Teacher, and Parent,” which is available on Amazon. David earned a BA in Vocal Performance with Composition Honors from Syracuse University and a MM in Vocal Performance from Boston University.

Laura Josepher is a director, teacher, dramaturg, and audition coach. Recent credits include Edges at Den Danske Scenekunstskole in Frederericia, Denmark, Godspell, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for American Musical Theatre Academy (AMTA), Searching for Romeo at New York Musical Festival, Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco's Falling to Earth at Syracuse University, and David Sisco’s Bait ‘n Swish (NYC & Atlantis Cruises). For Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston she directed Dirty Blonde, The Turn of The Screw, and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. For Provincetown Rep: Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie. For Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: Winning and the award-winning Car Pool.  With partner, David Sisco, she runs, a resource that helps teachers, students and professionals find well-written, largely unpublished contemporary musical theatre songs. For the company she directed Vow at Marymount Manhattan College, as well as three concerts: Binders Full of Womens Songs at 54 Below, A Celebration of Contemporary Musical Theatre at Second Stage Theater, and most recently a concert to celebrate the company’s fifth anniversary at The Green Room 42. Together they wrote the book, Mastering College Musical Theatre Auditions: Sound Advice for the Student, Teacher, and Parent available on Amazon. Laura has an MA in Educational Theatre, and a BM, both from NYU. She is a member of SDC.


Event date: 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

Arthur Seelen Theatre
250 West 40th Street