In 2004, Sheri Sanders noticed that the radio was changing the climate of Musical Theatre, and she created Rock the Audition, a Masterclass in NYC in auditioning for Pop/Rock Musicals. From then, until 2020, Sheri has published the first book on the subject (Hal Leonard), collaborated with 86 musical theatre programs, made audition cuts on Musicnotes, created the VERY FIRST Online Musical Theatre program (2015), and self-published the revised second edition to grow and change with the cultural climate. While navigating a formal diagnosis of CPTSD in 2013, Sheri decided to build RTA as the first house of accountability, repair, and liberation in the theatre industry.
That means in 2020, when Sheri was taken to task for racist content on her platform, she was the person in the industry that no one ever gets, including her. A non-defensive, listening person, who puts her money where her mouth is as a response and acts presently.