Musical Theatre Institute
Your Broadway Connection
Now accepting new students to Voice Studio. Email or call 469-516-9652 for studio policies, tuition and philosophy. 

Our Retro Christmas Spectacular Dinner Show is back due to popular demand! Continue or begin a cherished holiday tradition at the Plaza Theater on the Historic Downtown Carrollton Square. We love sharing this production with new patrons and with those who have made this event an annual family outing that includes our salute to classic television Christmas specials and a catered dinner by the award-winning Nuevo Leon Restaurant (Texas Monthly, D Magazine and Dallas Observer.) This heartwarming, toe-tapping variety show is in the spirit of those wonderful Christmas shows of yesteryear. Think Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Carol Burnett, Perry Como. Click on "Christmas Spectacular" for more information or call the ticket line at 972-877-6118.


"Let us help you face the challenges of a performing arts career. This profession requires not only your technical 
best, but the energy, spontaneity and artistry to be believable. We've been on both sides of the casting process, and want to share with you what casting directors, agents, and the creative teams behind the shows expect you to know. Remember, there are literally thousands of people who want the same job and possess knowledge of over 100 years of  literature, shows, styles and personalities. Learn how (and how not) to set yourself apart from the rest! Be sure you know the lingo, rules and etiquette that apply from audition to rehearsal to Opening Night and beyond! " 

Broadway veterans John Wilkerson and Margaret Shafer have over 50 years of theatrical experience between them.  After practicing their craft in New York City for many years, they are now based in Dallas, Texas. They have been fortunate to work with some of the finest performers, directors, choreographers, musical directors and technicians, including Tony, Emmy and Oscar-winners from the Broadway and British stages. They have worked at every level of performance from major concert halls to cruise ships, Broadway shows and Equity (union) national tours, Las Vegas and overseas. Members of  Actor's Equity Association, they have served as Deputies on various contracts.  Whether singing opera or country music, playing rednecks or royalty, they feel it is  imperative to learn and practice the highest standards of professionalism. They strive to pass on practical skills and information through private voice and acting instruction, master classes, and their acclaimed summer camp

Performances/Auditions  John continued to direct critically acclaimed productions at Artisan Center Theater this year, with Beauty and the Beast and Oklahoma!, after directing productions of My Fair Lady, Les Miserables, Jr., Phantom last year. 

Thankful to work with those that support our vision personally and professionally. Thanks to all involved including those that came specifically due to their love of John and his previous work at Artisan and to those who had not attended an Artisan show before, but came based on their expectation and enjoyment of previous experiences with John's shows elsewhere.


Proud of our students who recently made their college selections after a grueling audition season. It's a beating! Congratulations to Maggie Bossalini - Elon, Alexis Farrell - Montclair and Katie Love - Baylor! 

Congratulations to Aden Black for making Texas All State Choir!

Current college students and grads with performing-related degree plans include Sarah Johnson - Brigham Young, Paige Davis - University of Wyoming, Sarah Boyd - University of North Texas, Lindy Jones and Natalie Renfro - Missouri State University, Mady Rogers - Rider, Caroline Norton - TCU, Caroline Ellis - Baldwin Wallace, Maddy Young - Central Oklahoma University, Alyssa Jones - Central Oklahoma University,  Helen Han - Oklahoma City University, Brooke Viegut - Webster University, Jamie Greco - Lindenwood University, Ashley Rose - University of Central Oklahoma, Tyler Le Doux - University of North Texas, Leah Beth Etheredge - Baylor University, Melissa Feldman (MTI camper) - Oklahoma City University, Blake Rushing - AMDA, NYC, Mandy Foster- UT-Austin, Maggie Hunter-Tulsa University, Sean Murphy-Otterbein University, Christa Schmidt - St. Olaf, Sarah Yarbrough - ACU, Tori Smith - University of Minnesota,  Madeline Steiner-American University, Alex Branton-Carnegie Mellon University, Michael Madrinkian-Boston Conservatory/Loyola and Oxford, Louisa Adams-Oklahoma City University, Travis Adams - UT-Austin, Rachel Reininger - Millikin University, and Brigitte Goldman-Oklahoma City University and Nick Uebele - Johns Hopkins University, a member of the school's a cappella group, The Vocal Chords. 





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