New School

Testimonial from Nicole Lamonaca, whose son Charles participates in The Media Theatre’s New School:
Attending New School has been a positive and worthwhile experience for my son, Charles. He’s found himself on stage and found that passion cultivated by his New School lessons and peers. Charles comes home energized after every class, and he seems to thrive under Jesse and Ben’s instruction, gaining confidence and demonstrating growth that continually surprises me. I couldn’t be happier knowing he’s found a home at the Media Theatre.”
The Media Theatre’s New School is a conservatory-style educational approach to music theatre. It is instructed by Jesse Cline, the theatre’s Artistic Director.
Cline, who led the theatre to garnering 92 Broadway World Awards for “Best of Philadelphia Theatre”, instructs the acting classes within The New School.
Resident Music Director Ben Kapilow works with each student individually within a group setting on a song chosen by the instructors and the student. 
The Acting and Vocal portions are rehearsed each week, with each week’s progress being critiqued and analyzed by the other students as well as the instructors.

The Spring Semester begins the week of Feb 3. 

The New School is a two-semester educational program in which students learn advanced elements of acting and vocal music.

If one were to synthesize the fundamental premise of the training it would be that ‘the truth is everything’. This premise is essential and should maintain itself in everything that takes place on stage. Each student finds the truth within himself or herself.

New School students are given priority when it comes to casting shows at The Media Theatre which have roles for young actors.  

There are classes (split into two groups of 15 each)
on Mondays for ages 8-11
and Thursdays for ages 12 and up
Both days are from 4:30-6: 30 pm

Age 8-11 meets on Mondays from 4:30-6:30

 Ages 12 and up meets on Thursdays from 4:30-6: 30 pm


Semester One Meets On:

Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5

Recital Performance Dec. 8

Semester Two Meets On:

Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27

March 5, 12, 19, 26

Recital Performance March 29



Semester One Meets On:

Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, Dec. 2

Performance Dec. 8

Semester Two Meets On:

Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, March 2, 9, 16, 23

Performance March 29


The Media Theatre’s New School, a conservatory-style educational approach to music theatre, is headed into its 11th year. Enrollment is by invitation, interview or audition only. Jesse Cline, the theatre’s Artistic Director, oversees the conservatory-style approach to music theatre.