Hi all and happy hump day!

As I sit here at my desk on this lovely Wednesday afternoon, I decided to jot down some thoughts about going to train at a performing arts school. I myself, studied Musical Theatre at the London College of Music a few years back. Since then, I have worked at West End Stage, Cameron Mackintosh, The American Musical Theatre Academy and whilst I decided not to pursue performing myself, I still very much indulge myself in the stagey world and live vicariously through our students here at Associated Studios.

        Auditioning for Performing Arts Schools/Drama Schools can be scary and daunting. But the first thing you need to realise is that the institutions you are auditioning for, want to accept you and are genuinely rooting for you.

There are so many articles and ‘do’s and don’ts’ around auditioning, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. My biggest advice to you is quite simple and extremely cliché. ‘You do you’.
           Apply for schools that YOU like the look of, not the school that just seems ‘the place to be’ or because your favourite Actor trained there. There are so many wonderful schools and academies out there but it’s important you apply to the right ones for you and not just the schools who have the biggest names. When it comes to auditions, be yourself. You will be spending a lot of money, time and effort attending these auditions so make it worthwhile. Be yourself, ask those questions you’re too nervous to ask. Be confident. Be honest. And be true to yourself. That’s all schools want to see at auditions.
         When it comes to choosing your audition pieces, choose something that you love singing and that shows you off to your absolute best. People get so bogged down with trying to find the most obscure Musical Theatre song that no one else could possibly be singing. Now whilst I wouldn’t advise singing the likes of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ or ‘On my Own’, I wouldn’t rule out a Musical Theatre ‘classic’ just because it’s overdone. If you can sing it brilliantly, then why the devil not?

Remember, an audition is just as much for the school as it is for you. Get your money’s worth. Speak to the staff. Speak to the students. Ask questions. Communicate and soak up all of the things you learn whilst auditioning.

Performing Arts Schools audition hundreds of hopeful applicants throughout the year. Don’t get too invested in thinking “What are they looking for?” “Am I the right kind of person for this school?” “How can I be the person they want?” Don’t try to be anything else other than YOUR best. Not the person sitting next to you who is singing the same audition song. Relish in your unique qualities and enjoy the healthy competition. After all, that’s what this industry is all about.

Above all, be a good company member. People want to work with nice people. Take the lows with the highs and enjoy the ride.  

And most importantly, be nice to the office staff.

Joshua Yeardley
Office Manager

Leontine Hass – CEO

Founding Principal | Vocal Coach
Leontine Hass is an internationally renowned Vocal Coach and Principal of the Associated Studios London Performing Arts Academy.

Leontine Hass is currently vocal coach for Motown at The Shaftesbury Theatre London. She has served as vocal coach to Matt Henry (Lola in Kinky Boots West End), Alice Stokoe (Sophie in Mamma Mia, West End), Gloria Onitiri (Lead in The Bodyguard & Hair, West End), Claire Sweeney (Tell Me on a Sunday) and many other leads and swings in the West End, national and international tours of productions such as Thriller-Live, Oliver!, Carousel, Parade, Tell Me on a Sunday, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, Witches of Eastwick, Nine, The Wizard of Oz, Ragtime, Sweeney Todd, Cats, Sister Act, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Wicked, The Sound of Music, Ghost, Hairspray, Porgy and Bess, The Bodyguard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Jersey Boys, Barnum, Miss Saigon, Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia, In the Heights, The Color Purple, Memphis, Spamalot, Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Aladdin, Chicago, The Pyjama Game, Kinky Boots and the upcoming production of Dreamgirls.

Leontine coaches members of The Swingle Singers, Collabro, The Magnets, The Sons of Pitches and classical singers with ENO, Welsh National Opera and ROH, as well as Pop/Rock/Jazz singers. Leontine was the Vocal Coach for shows including the London premiere of Bernarda Alba the Musical, and currently the a cappella hit, ‘Gobsmacked’.

Leontine teaches workshops and lectures internationally on singing, voice and performance. She rehabilitates voices after surgery, or as surgery prevention. She has taught at leading Music & Drama Schools including GSA Conservatoire, the Oxford School of Drama, Mountview, LSMT, YMT, The Brit School, La Salle (Singapore), the Queensland Conservatorium, Centre Stage and The VCA (Melbourne).

Leontine has acted as vocal consultant to various music management/production companies, including ITV and the BBC. Leontine is vocal coach for ‘The Voice’ for BBC TV. She was featured as a mentor/vocal coach on the Gareth Malone show, ‘The Naked Choir’, for BBC2 and will also be involved with Series 2. She is a regular columnist at voicecouncil.com and for The Stage newspaper. She is a contributor to ‘The Singer’s Complete Guide to Vocal Health’ (Oxford Uni. Press), and advisor/contributor to ‘The Ultimate Guide to Singing’ published by TC Helicon in 2014.

Having originally trained as a classical singer (BA, Melb. Uni, BMus. Kings College London, Dip. RAM), Leontine has performed as a singer and actress in concert, theatre and TV.

Leontine is the CEO/Founding Principal of the Associated Studios Performing Arts Academy London, which she founded in 2007, then based at The Royal Academy of Music. Associated Studios provides full-time and part-time training and professional development in Musical Theatre and Opera (www.associatedstudios.co.uk). The Board of Directors includes Rory Bremner (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Dr Christopher Stewardson. Patrons include Sir Tim Rice, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Herrin, Timothy West and Scott Alan.

Leontine is represented by Lesley Duff at Diamond Management.