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Xan Oliva

Xan is a recent graduate of Arizona State University's Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre Performance program. She is now based in Manhattan, NYC and is represented by the Carson-Adler Agency, Inc. Since moving to NYC, she has been seen in Ramona, a New Musical (Swing) and Scandusical (Swing). She was also performing on The Polar Express Train Ride during the holiday season. Coming from a musical family, Xan has been involved in the musical arts since the age of 5. Since then, she has been seen in countless musicals and operas throughout California, Arizona, and New York City. She has had over 10 years of vocal training that has helped her find a passion for teaching others to use their own unique voices. Xan has many awards and nominations such as the NATS Cal-Western Regional Student Competition (second place), CMEA State Solo and Ensemble Festival Rating Superior/Gold, the Asya Pleskach Scholarship for Young Choral Singers, as well as the SARTA Elly Award nomination (Best Actress in a Play). She also has released her self-written pop singles, "Sorry For Myself" and "Already Missing You", available on all streaming platforms. Xan loves teaching all styles of vocal performance, but specializes in musical theatre and pop. She is also known for her impersonations of unique voices, such as that of Britney Spears. Xan is great at preparing students for musical theatre auditions-she can teach everything from finding that perfect 16 bars, to talking to the accompanist and what actually happens in the audition room. She has the inside scoop on the NYC musical theatre audition scene. Xan also teaches beginning piano and songwriting. With a Bachelor of Music, she is not only proficient in the performance arts, but also knowledgeable of music theory, piano, sight-singing, harmony, music history, choral conducting, and more. Xan is extremely outgoing, energetic and positive. She believes encouragement is necessary for her students to gain confidence and make improvement. She tries to make her classroom a safe place to make mistakes so that students may try things that ultimately lead to growth. She truly believes that everyone can and should engage in musical activities!

Musical Theatre Audition Prep (Beginner to Intermediate) Academic and Teaching, Music, Singing, Teaching Online

New York
  • Price: 15 $
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 1 Hour

Welcome to Introduction to Musical Theatre Auditions!

Do you have a passion for musical theatre? Does the sound of an audience applauding take you to your “happy place”? Do you dream of making it big in New York City? Or maybe just want to step out of your comfort zone and be part of your high school or community theatre production?

In order to do that, odds are you will have to audition at some point!

Auditions can be nerve-wracking, but they don’t have to be. There is a whole psychological component to auditioning, and through being a professional performer in New York City, I have accumulated tips and tricks to help you put on your best performance.

This course is for those of you who have never auditioned before and those of you who have experience in the audition room, but believe you could be more prepared or confident.

Here is the outline of the course:

Lesson 1: Cuts, Cuts, Cuts! : 


This lesson is all about finding a perfect cut for your audition. We will cover musical theatre and pop/rock songs.


  • Picking the best song in the style of the show for which you are auditioning
  • Finding the 16 or 32 bars that will best show off your talents
  • Learn how to prepare your music for the accompanist in the proper way, helping your audition go as smoothly as possible

Assignment Example: You will be assigned a musical recently  on Broadway and will pick and “cut” an audition song, as if you were auditioning for that show.

Lesson 2: Repertoire Real Talk: 

This lesson is all about your repertoire book, also known as “any musical theatre performer’s prized possession”.


  • Learn all about the “rep book”: What is its purpose? How does it come in handy?
  • You will learn about the genres that need to be in your book at all times. For example: contemporary uptempo, Golden Age ballad, Disney, Comedy, and SO MUCH MORE.
  • Tips on organizing your book and how to keep it fresh, updated, and exciting!

Assignment Example: Students will begin to create a repertoire book. By the end of the course, the student should have 5 songs in their book.

Lesson 3: Headshots and Resumes:

Headshots and resumes are essential to the performer. You will need a headshot and resume at almost every audition.


  • What does your headshot say about you? Does it reflect who you are as a performer? Let’s talk about it.
  • Your resume is what helps the casting directors get an understanding of who you are and what you do, all before even talking to you. Let’s make a great first impression.

Lesson 4: In the Room: 

You’ve done the prep work…now is where it’s put to the test.


  • Standing out and showing your personality and uniqueness as soon as you walk into the room
  • Talking to the accompanist (Etiquette, giving the tempo, showing the cuts, etc)
  • Body language is everything- looking and moving naturally and true to character
  • Eye contact or not? Where do I look? We’ll figure it out
  • What normally happens in an NYC  audition room- the whole process

Lesson 5: It’s All In The Mind: 

Worrying will not help you before an audition. You’ve done the work…now it’s time to show ‘em what you’ve got.


  • Tips on dealing with nerves
  • Reframing the way you look at auditioning
  • Things to remember right before an audition
  • The audition is over- let it go

Lesson 6: Let’s Try It: 

Now is the time you can put all of your new knowledge about auditioning to use!


  • We will do mock auditions! You will perform a 16-32 bar cut and receive detailed feedback from the instructor

And that’s it! Your Auditioning 101 class is complete! Go out and get some roles!


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