Musical Theater Los Angeles


“Musical Theater Los Angeles Turns Kids into Pros,” says Backstage

Nov 7th, 2017

As seen in Backstage:

“There’s a magic in children’s theater,” reads the website for Musical Theater Los Angeles. “Shy children blossom. Eager performers find their natural element. Hard work and discipline, as well as fun, are what make the magic happen.” It’s a fitting description for a thriving performing arts training ground for L.A. youngsters.

Amanda Baird, founder and director of MTLA, says she first experienced that magic as a child herself. Born in London but transplanted to L.A. at age 7, she was picked on by schoolmates for her accent. “I went to these private hoity-toity schools and the kids are brutal!” she remembers. “And of course my mom dressed me in little bows and ribbons and flowers in my hair so I was targeted to begin with.” Intensely shy and yearning to assimilate properly, Baird found her voice acting in mini-plays written and staged by her mother in their backyard.

It all came full circle in 1997 when Baird, an Oberlin Conservatory of Music–trained triple threat, was encouraged to transition from teaching kindergarten at Brentwood School to starting an after-school musical theater program. “I was, like, ‘I don’t know how to teach musical theater!’ But I think there’s nothing better than watching a child come out of their shell, and watching them learn the discipline.”

Originally titled Stage Kids Theater Company—“I [later] changed it to Musical Theater Los Angeles because kids these days don’t like to be called kids; they think they’re grown-ups,” Baird explains—the company has expanded into after-school classes, summer camps, workshops for adults, and curricular partnerships with over 15 L.A. schools. Children of all ages learn everything from dance and vocal technique to stage combat and improv comedy.

“To learn how to do all of that well, that discipline and that sense of fun, passion, and play—I think it’s like gold for any child,” says Baird. “No matter what they end up doing as human beings when they grow up, the skills they’ll learn while they’re learning this will serve them in their lives forever.”

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Sign Up Now for Summer Camps and Early Enrollment for Fall Classes!

Nov 7th, 2017

Sign up now for our exciting Fall Season and Summer Intensives 2018! Audition for Our Junior Company and The Company Classes held in Westwood, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Sherman Oaks, Malibu, Pasadena, our new location Palos Verdes and Beverly Hills!

Musical Theater Los Angeles Company Class Honored to Perform at The Motif Awards at the Walt Disney Concert Hall September 9, 2018!

Oct 19th, 2015

Musical Theater Los Angeles is honored to once again be performing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this September 9, 2018!

Musical Theater Los Angeles was honored to have been chosen once again, by a National Selections Committee to present the Opening and Closing numbers for the Motif Awards Ceremony on September 9, 2018 at the distinguished Walt Disney Concert Hall. This year we will be performing numbers from Grease!

In years past, we have performed medleys from The Lion King, Hamilton, Peter Pan and Newsies. Each year, we carefully choose the music, build the costumes, choreograph and stage the pieces. So much fun!

Here are some videos of The Company, performing medleys from years past at The Walt Disney Concert Hall! Fearless, full of heart and all in! Beautiful.  If you are interested in becoming part of The Company 2018 please visit The Company’s page to set up an audition!



Musical Theater Los Angeles Performs Highlights from the Smash Hit “Hamilton” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall 


Audition Now for The Company 2018!

Oct 18th, 2015

MTLA’s Theater Company is audition only company for the serious musical theater performer who wants to pursue the arts in college, possibly as a professional on Broadway and beyond. This Conservatory style class that will teach our company members all the tools that they will need to have a strong foundation as an artist. They will work with our top teachers, choreographers and directors.

The Company begins rehearsals for our Godspell Fundraiser and Disney Hall Performances the week of August 12th. This is a year long commitment that meets from mid August-mid June. For more information, visit our Company page.

They will have the opportunity to perform at Arts Festivals, Venues like the Staples Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and enter competitions both around Los Angeles and Internationally. We are always auditioning performers for our Theater Company.  Please contact us to set up your audition or call (310) 428-4021.

Adult Classes

Aug 1st, 2015

Exciting Musical Theater Workshop taught by Broadway Leading Lady Janet Dacal!
Connect to your song and be authentic!

Actress and singer Janet Dacal, played Stanford student Nina Rosario in the Tony Award®-winning musical In the Heights, which finished its 1,184-performance run in January 2011, and created the role of Alice in Gregory Boyd, Jack Murphy, and Frank Wildhorn’s new musical, Wonderland. She is not only a talented and inspiring performer, but a wonderful intuitive teacher as well. This will be an amazing workshop!

Janet will teach you to find the songs that show your best assets and make you shine as the person and performer that you are TODAY. Being authentic is the best way to further your musical theater career, or any other, for that matter. In this workshop, the participant comes prepared with a song of choice in the musical theatre genre, that best suits their vocal range and ability.

We will address song choice, interpretation, stage presence and delivery – how to tell a story through the song that best suits YOU!

Prior to coming to your first class, please submit a video recording of yourself singing your song of choice.

Please bring sheet music to be sung with a live accompanist and a recording device. Our Accompanist will record your song to take home and practice with.

Our mission is to have you walk away with one well-crafted song. This song will be performed in a showcase for your friends and family. Venue to be determined – a la Cabaret Club.


Looking for all available classes? View everything on our Sign Up Now page.

First, please select a class:
  • SIGN UPAdult Class: Wednesdays
    September 9, 2015 – December 16, 2015
    Los Angeles
    $595About This Class
    Adult Class with Janet Dacal 7:00-9:00

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