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In 2004, I noticed that the radio was changing the climate of Musical Theatre, and I created "Rock the Audition" in response, a Masterclass in NYC specifically for Pop/Rock Musicals. From then until 2020, I have published my first book on the subject (Hal Leonard), collaborated with 89 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, I decided to build RTA as the first house of accountability, repair, and liberation in the theatre industry.

In 2020, I was taken to task for racist content on my platform. I responded with absolute non-defensiveness, and with immediate and long term changes to what already was, still is, and will always be the first inclusive educational program...I created it entirely as an un-dignosed
autistic person, finally diagnosed in December, 2022.


 Meet the RTA Team!

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Sheri Sanders

RTA Pioneer
Autistic Activist, Ally, Educator,

Actor, and Innovator

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Mary Nickson





Ways to Play with Us

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Some of our Partner Institutions Include:

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