Mondays, April 24th - May 22nd

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This course is specifically focused to offer you tools and techniques to have a successful musical theater audition. The process will offer you specific ideas to explore- making strong choices, standing out, interaction with the team, what to do/what not to do, handling nerves, the dreaded accompanist, and more!

Each week, students will have the opportunity to hold a mock audition for the room, as well as observe other auditions. You will learn as much from giving your audition as you will from seeing others.  The five-week course will cover different genres of musical theater- Golden Age, Modern, Sondheim, and Pop.

The course instructor, Austin Cook, is no stranger to the audition room. Austin has seen thousands of auditions as both a music director and accompanist, as well as an actor giving the audition. Being in the audition room, Austin has a unique perspective into the minds of the casting director, director, producers, accompanist, reader and the musical director. Austin has served as an accompanist in the room to Broadway, Off-Broadway, Chicago’s Paramount, Marriott, Drury Lane, Writers, Court Theater, Goodman, Porchlight and many more. No one knows both the New York and Chicago musical theater scenes better.

By the end of this session, you will have 5 new songs for your audition book, coached and ready to go, and you will have the confidence and tools you need to have a successful audition!


Each week, you will be asked to prepare 1 song to perform a mock audition. The song chosen will be in collaboration between you & Austin Cook. The genres of song will differ week to week as chosen by the instructor. 
Classes take place at the Porchlight Rehearsal Studio, 4200 W Diversey Ave. (Just west of Pulaski)

Parking available on the street or in the adjacent lot. By Public Trans, #76 bus pulls up right in front!

About the Instructor


Austin is an award winning music director and pianist currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. After spending 7 years as a music director in Chicago, Austin made the move to New York in 2016. He is now a vocal coach & accompanist in the prestigious graduate acting school of NYU. In addition to music directing productions and new musical workshops in Broadway development, Austin serves as one of the top audition accompanists to the largest hiring agencies in New York City.

Before becoming a full-time musical theatre music director. Austin toured the United States & Europe performing as a classical solo pianist and accompanist. Austin has collaborated with many great classical voices including Dominique Labelle & Bradley Williams. In 2009 Austin moved his home base to Chicago where he began his work in the musical theatre. In 2011-2013, Austin toured with the 1st Broadway National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet as the tour musical director before returning to Chicago until 2016.

Austin is an Artistic Associate of Porchlight Music Theatre & an ensemble member of American Blues Theater in Chicago. He has received three Jeff Awards for Music Direction & Artistic Specialization. His latest produced album “The Beast in Me” won the Independent Music Award for Best Roots Album.

At Porchlight, Austin music directed the Jeff-Award winning productions of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, PUTTING IT TOGETHER & AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’. Other recent Chicago projects include the pre-Broadway premiere of WAR PAINT at the Goodman Theater & the reenvisioned MARRY ME A LITTLE with Porchlight.


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