NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts announces Stephen Agosto as the new director for its Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, which provides musical theater training for students in grades 9 to 12 preparing for collegiate study. Agosto’s vision for the Academy builds upon the foundation built by RHSMTA founding director, Alistair Williams. 

The audition date for the 2016-17 year is June 25, with the option of a digital audition if there is a conflict for the student on that date.

Audition requirements and registration information can be found here:

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Now in its fourth year, RHSMTA has taught students from as far south as Atlantic City and as far west as Doylestown, Pa. Most continue on to performing arts programs on the collegiate level. 


The Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy provides talented high school students from the tri-state area with the skills needed to excel in the professional world of musical theater. Students undergo rigorous training in dance (jazz and ballet), voice, acting, and stage performance.

Additionally, conservatory students will receive audition and industry coaching as well as technical feedback from New York theater professionals. At the end of the semester, students will perform in an original performance showcase where industry executives, including talent agents and casting directors, will be invited to attend.

About Stephen Agosto

Agosto, a veteran of arts education, has co-written numerous programs including “Across the Pond: The Musical Theatre Bridge Project,” an arts exchange program with London’s famed BRIT School. He is also a contributor of Musical Theatre curriculum for the New York City Department of Education.

In 2010, Stephen took over as Director of Musical Theatre at Talent Unlimited High School for the Arts in Manhattan. For his production of Godspell, he and his students were Circle in the Square “Teens on Broadway” honorees, recipients of “Special Honors” from the Gershwin Theatre Awards, and recipients of The Shubert Organization High School Theatre Award (Top Honors). Stephen’s program received a special grant from Exploring the Arts founder and acclaimed recording artist, Tony Bennett. Bennett tweeted, “I just heard the Musical Theatre kids at TUHS. Mr. Agosto provides the best training!”

He is the co-founder/conceiver of Paper Mill Prep, which prepares students and their families for college BFA auditions. In addition to directing, Agosto holds teaching artist positions at Paper Mill Playhouse, Rutgers Summer Acting Conservatory, Fordham University, and The Neighborhood Playhouse and has guest taught at numerous colleges and universities.

Prior to directing, Agosto enjoyed a career as an actor, having been seen regionally, on tour, and in New York City in over 40 plays and musicals.

He has directed, choreographed and/or provided musical staging for such shows as The Drowsy Chaperone andThe Lucky Stiff (The Blue Hill Troup, NYC); Triangle Logic (Crosshatch Theatre Co.); A Christmas Story: the Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse; Asst. Dir.); West Side Story (Westminster); Modotti (Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Assassins, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and The Wild Party (Fordham University); Methtacular (Cincinnati and NYC Runs); and Scene and Be Seen (The Neighborhood Playhouse).

In 2011, Agosto directed The 2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival’s “Best of Fest” winner, Crazy, Just Like Me. He has directed various concerts and cabarets around the city including three shows for Joe’s Pub at The Public Theatre and Separate: Battle Songs of Youth at Ars Nova. He is the winner of the 2001 MTI Young Director’s Fellowship where he directed the world premiere of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler’s Dear Edwina.

He is a graduate of DePaul University (Acting, BFA) and The Neighborhood Playhouse, home of The Meisner Technique.