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Train with experts in preparation for your performing arts career

The UCLA Musical Theater Summer Institute is a three-week intensive, conservatory-style program for high school musical theater students encompassing acting, singing, dancing, and guest workshops which culminates in a final showcase. Students will also be introduced to the technical aspects of theater through master classes as it is an essential component of the learning process.

The program is designed for high school students completing grades 9 through 12 who have a serious interest in musical theater and who seek the discipline and training required for participation in a university theater program and a career in the performing arts.

Fees and Payment Info

The program fee includes the unit fees for the UCLA coursework offered as part of the program and thus varies by UC student status. The program fee also includes the cost of UCLA Housing (for mandatory housing programs). In addition to the program fee, students are assessed other campus and administrative fees during the summer. This is a summary of fees that commonly apply to the selected student type.

Actual tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of California. Visit the fees, payment, and financial aid section for important disclaimer, as well as more details on fees, payment instructions, and information on delinquency, refunds, and financial aid.


Program Fee
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Document Fee (for first-time Summer Sessions students)
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* Fees only apply for certain student types

Meet your instructors

Jeff Maynard


Jeff Maynard (Director) has been an active member of the Los Angeles theatre community for over 20 years. Recent directing work includes – LA Times Critic’s Choice Good People at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and Musical Theatre West’s The Music Man, starring Davis Gaines at The Carpenter Center in Long Beach. Other shows of his include Broadway Bound, Boeing Boeing, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife starring Marilu Henner, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – all at La Mirada, Tales of Tinseltown– at the Actor’s Co-op, and Dave Rossmer & Dan Lipton’s new musical Shoot! Cut! Print! Kill! Die!. He collaborated with Jason Robert Brown on a new, revised version of 13, and directed a musical half-hour pilot presentation for ABC television’s “Rated P for Parenthood.”

As a professor, Maynard previously taught musical theater at USC and directed their “Spring at the Bing” musical – Grease. He is most proud to be a founding member of UCLA Alumni’s Buffalo Nights Theatre Company, having directed, acted, or produced over 15 productions. He won a Drama-Logue Award for The Firebugs, a Backstage West award for The Apollo of Bellac and LA Weekly’s Revival Production of the Year award for Modigliani. As an actor, Maynard appeared in the First National Tour of Lost In Yonkers and TV appearances on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Diagnosis Murder.” He runs the theatre program at the Mirman School, holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA, and teaches private acting classes throughout Los Angeles.

Danielle Kay


Danielle Kay is excited to be choreographing Pippin after having assistant choreographed the musical this spring with the UCLA Theater students. She is happy to be returning to her alma mater where she studied dance and theater. Since graduating, Danielle has taught and choreographed Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Tap around Los Angeles in various educational and professional spheres. In addition to choreography, Danielle is a working actor, having performed regionally (West Side Story, Hello Dolly, Young Frankenstein) and in film/tv (Dramarama on Hulu).

Paul Kay

Musical Director

Paul Kay holds a B.M. in Instrumental and Choral Education from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Paul began his college level musical training at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and years later continued developing his craft at Cal State University in Los Angeles, and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Paul resides in Kailua Kona, Hawaii and is currently the music and movement director at Kokua Academy. He has an active private studio of talented music students in Kona. Since moving to Hawaii, he has musical directed shows at the Aloha Theater in Kealakekua, Hawaii. Recent show credits include The Rocky Horror Show and Seth Rudetsky’s musical, Disaster.

Paul has musical directed over 20 fully staged musicals including Grease, The Boyfriend, Annie, Once Upon a Mattress, Guys and Dolls, Seussical, The Drowsy Chaperone, My Fair Lady, Oliver, Damn Yankees, Little Shop of Horrors, Kiss Me Kate, Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, Pippin, Now. Here. This. (virtually) to name a few. He is the former director of musical programs at the Palm Valley School in Rancho Mirage, California, former music specialist of Nasri Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the former music department chair and choral director of the Mirman School in Los Angeles, California. Special honors include a conducting fellowship in 2013 at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with the Cincinnati Youth Choir and a Bravo Award Honorable Mention for Los Angeles music educators.

Paul was a quarterfinalist for the 2018 Grammy Music Educator Award. In his role as an active music director and conductor, Paul has conducted vocal ensembles in some of the finest concert venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Riverside Church in New York, Symphony Center in Chicago, Segerstrom Concert Hall in Orange County, CA, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Davies Symphony Concert Hall in San Francisco, and the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal, Canada.

This is Paul’s sixth year as musical director at the UCLA Musical Theater Summer Institute.