Thanks to MTEA and to Jonathan Flom, MTS – MUSICAL! THE SCHOOL has formalized the international twinning with the prestigious SHENANDOAH CONSERVATORY, a university of the state of Virginia, USA. This twinning has the goal of bringing together cultures and high level professionalism within international exchanges of teachers and study trips for students. Each year, two American and two MTS Italian students will study abroad for two weeks in their seats.
The professionalism of MTS – MUSICAL! THE SCHOOL is internationally acknowledged thanks to this important twinning with University of Oklahoma’s musical course, which provides a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance. To seal this twinning the US University organized a workshop with teacher Shawn Churchman from June 4 th until June 7 th , 2014 at “MTS” in Milan. MTS students participated along with seven students from University of Oklahoma, who came to Italy right on purpose.
MTS – MUSICAL! THE SCHOOL, an MTEA – Musical Theatre Educators Alliance member since 2008, participated at the international meeting of Göteborg – Sweden, which took place from September 7 th to 10 th , 2011. An incredible experience where academies, colleges and universities from all over the world compared to each other. This exchange opportunity gave MTS the chance to secure international alliances in Europe and in the USA, all aimed for this global cooperation project in the professional training in musical theatre. These alliances will surely be the source of professional and cultural enrichment for students and teachers alike!
MTS – MUSICAL! THE SCHOOL, a training institution able to provide a high profile instruction, both theoretical and practical, twinned with the prestigious “MMM” – MADÁCH MUSICAL MŰHELY academy of MADÁCH Theatre of Budapest, directed by Szirtes Tamás. This twinning has the goal of bringing together European high level cultures and professionalism within exchanges of teachers and study trips for students. In 2007, 2009 and 2011 “MTS” students were guests of “MMM” academy in Budapest, which later changed name to “MMTI”. Our girls and boys took all the classes, studying with high level artists and attending the shows staged in the theatre, seat of the academy; Budapest’s most prestigious theatre. Check out the photos of the twinning, a witness of the first encounter in February 24 th , 2007. Select images to enlarge.
Another fundamental didactic collaboration was the one with the prestigious Accademia d’Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo Teatro alla Scala (Performing Arts and Show Professions Academy of Teatro La Scala). The collaboration was aimed to increase the value of the competences of our Academy as well as providing a specialized support to some activities of the La Scala Academy. The first interaction between the two artistic institutions happened with the debut of musical comedy ‘Anything Goes’, on stage at Carcano Theatre from the end of June until the first days of July 2005 and produced by ‘MTS’. The course ‘Stage photographers’ had the chance to work during the shows and a particular shot by Mary Rogliano was chosen and included in the exhibition “The scene of the picture” and in the respective catalogue, published by Théatron and distributed by the monthly magazine “L’Opera” (The Opera). The two academies then cooperated in the production of “Cuore di cane” (Dog heart) on stage at Teatro Nazionale of Milan; the show was a group effort, reuniting the contributions of the main Milanese academies; graduated students from the Filodrammatici and Paolo Grassi Academy performed in the show. Various are the collaborations with the “Photographers” course that hosted some MTS – MUSICAL! THE SCHOOL students in its prestigious seat at the Politecnico, for the release of some coffee-table books. A very meaningful event was the visit of “Photographers” at the seat of MTS – MUSICAL! THE SCHOOL where a photo shoot was set up for the day! Another collaboration was a cycle of open classes called “3 PASSI NEL MUSICAL!” (Three steps into the musical), a series of lessons dedicated to big musical authors and curated by the MTS teachers Luca Bragalini and Davide Garattini. All the classes were held at the aula magna of the La Scala Academy in via Santa Marta, 18 in Milan. This MTS initiative, supported by La Scala Academy, provided a cultural contribution to the city life.