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ZACH Academy (Grade 6 to 12)

 The ZACH  Academy (ZACH ACADEMY) is a well-rounded training program that offers our students an Academic Curriculum in addition to Performing Arts classes on ZACH Theatre’s Downtown Campus.

In partnership with virtual schools, such as iUniversity Prep, we can offer an academic and artistic program that can exceed national standards of excellence. Students now have the opportunity to have affordable private education that allows more time for training, creative projects, professional opportunities, and travel. This results in a flexible academic model for students to compete at an elite artistic and academic level. iUniversity graduates have been accepted into America’s foremost colleges including Harvard, Yale and Juilliard

2019-20 School Year
6th-12th Grade
$5,700 Tuition for the school year

Starting the registration process for 2019-2020  ZACH ACADEMY
Two things to get the process started:
  1. Please make sure that you have set up a meeting or have already met with Jen Mahlstedt.
  2. You have submitted one or two recommendation letters.
  3. You have contacted a virtual school system
  4. Audition


An Audition is required for new students. At this time, we are encouraging all students that are interested in auditioning to please submit a video audition. This will save time and gas:) If we need to see any additional work from the student, then we will email and let you know.

VIDEO SUBMISSION AUDITIONS: All Materials are due by March 22, 2019

What do I need to prepare for a video audition?

  • Two contrasting songs that are cut into 32- bars
  • A one minute monologue
  • One of each (30-60 seconds) : jazz, ballet and tap combinations. Students can also submit recording of a dance class that they are currently in. 
  • Please submit your recordings to Jyoung@zachtheatre.org

ON CAMPUS AUDITIONS: Friday, March 1st from 5-7 p.m. 

Please email jyoung@zachtheatre.org schedule an audition time . There will be a short technique section in the dance call. Please submit a video of songs and monologues prior to the on campus audition. There will be a short technique section in the dance call.

  • Two contrasting songs that are cut into 32- bars
  • A one minute monologue
  • Be prepared to learn a jazz, ballet and tap combination and wear proper dance clothes. 

Please email jyoung@zachtheatre.org for more information about the audition process.


  • Fill out the Pre-Registration Form 
  • March 1, 2019: On campus auditions (Video submission is preferred)
  • March 22, 2019: Video Audition Submission Deadline to jyoung@zachtheatre.org
  • Please send one or more recommendation letters to jyoung@zachtheatre.org
  • Virtual School System Confirmation
  • May 31: ZAPAA Application Deadline
  • June 11: ZAPAA Acceptance Notification
  • June 20: TDCA Deposit of $400 due

Learn more today about ZACH ACADEMY for your young artist. To schedule a private tour please email jyoung@zachtheatre.org.

Space is extremely limited.


Students are supervised and guided by a ZACH Academic Coach from 9:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Monday- Thursday. The Academic Coach  provides students with support and guidance through their learning.


Monday through Thursday 9:00 am- 4 pm on ZACH Campus for Academics and Performing Arts classes. Fridays being a flex day, are reserved for master classes, rehearsals, and workshops from 2-4 p.m. Fridays are also open for private instruction.

Please note that the Academy schedule is very flexible.
Students are not required to be on campus for academic hours. For example, Students have the option to attend virtual academic classes at home, they can also travel. ZACH is providing the “Home-base”, community, professional staff, and additional performing arts classes.


Is my Student required to audition for ZACH ACADEMY ?

Yes, all students are required to audition to be considered for the Academy. This is to ensure that all students that are admitted are serious about training and academics. 

Is it preferred to audition on campus?

No, we would like for you to do whatever is easiest for you.

May I submit a video audition?

Yes, you can. You can submit your materials before March 22, 2019.

What do I need to prepare for a video audition?

  • Two contrasting songs that are cut into 32- bars
  • A one minute monologue
  • One of each (60 seconds) : jazz, ballet and tap combinations. 

How do I register for iUniversity Prep? 

Please go to iUniversity Prep Website for more details. 

What Performing Arts Classes do you Offer?

  • Acting | 1 hour
  • Jazz Technique | 1.5 Hours
  • Choreography Workshop | 1 hour
  • Theater Jazz | 1 hour
  • Power Yoga | 1 hour
  • Advanced Piano | 1 hour
  • Beginning Piano (second semester) | 1 hour
  • Musical Ensemble | 1 hour
  • Commercial Jazz | 1 hour
  • Tumbling | 1 hour
  • Tap | 1 hour

Is it possible for me to enroll in the second semester? 

At this time 2019 Spring Semester is closed.  

Is it possible for me to just attend the Performing Arts Classes? 

Yes, please email Jyoung@zachtheatre.org for more information. 

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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