New York, NY 10036
Hofstra University's Department of Psychology, in collaboration with Michael Jacobs Vocal Studio, is seeking participants for an upcoming 8-week group training program that is being tested as a novel treatment for audition anxiety in musical theater performers. We are seeking performers who are actively pursuing a career in musical theater, who are age 18+, and who have anxiety surrounding auditioning, which they feel significantly impacts their career. Examples of audition anxiety symptoms include:
- Avoidance of looking for auditions
- Avoidance of audition or callback attendance
- Avoidance of appropriate audition or callback preparation
- Significantly impaired performance at auditions despite adequate preparation/skill
- Physical anxiety symptoms at auditions that significantly impede performance such as (shallow breathing, shaking, sweating, etc.)
These are just a few examples of the many symptoms which audition anxiety sufferers experience. Although most performers experience some anxiety surrounding auditions, we are seeking those who feel that they are significantly affected by audition anxiety.
The 8-week group therapy treatment will be administered by NYC voice teacher and vocal coach Michael Jacobs. Michael has more than a decade of experience working with musical theater performers, including those who experience anxiety. He is currently a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Hofstra University, and holds an MA in clinical psychology. Participants who complete the study will receive a $100 payment. Participants must be available for 8 weeks of treatment sessions on either Wednesday afternoons or Sunday mornings starting in March. Each 2-hour session will be held at a studio in Times Square. Participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time. Note that this study is pending approval by the Hofstra University Institutional Review Board.
For more information, and to sign up for participation, please visit:
March 3, 2019 - June 5, 2019