MTAS with Mr. DiCenzo

March 13, 2023

The Musical Theatre & Actors Studio [MTAS] is a thriving performing arts program that provides students with one-of-a-kind educational experiences, professional-level training, and unique industry exposure. Professional partnerships are a very special aspect of MTAS. The Tony Award®-winning professional theatre, Signature Theatre, gives our young artists access to Signature's staff and affiliated artists in an unprecedented manner, while Performing Arts Chairs of several colleges and conservatories deliberately plan visits to MTAS to pre-screen and scout students for admission to their programs.

Put simply, the Musical Theatre & Actor’s Studio at Fairfax Academy is all about opportunity…the perfect place for students who are passionate about the arts to spend their day singing, dancing, and acting with an equally passionate instructor and peers! By offering a diverse, specialized curriculum focused on professional pursuits and college & career readiness, students have the opportunity to build their craft, hone their skills, and discover their identities as artists.

Mr D dancing

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [and big time Steelers fan], Erich DiCenzo attended the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University, where he graduated with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Mr. DiCenzo has performed with some of the country’s most reputable regional theatres, including North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre, and Prather Entertainment Group, with whom he toured in Disney’s High School Musical. However, it is Erich’s oceanic adventure on the seven seas which he gives most credit: Cast as a Featured Singer/Dancer aboard one of Regent’s luxury cruise liners, Erich had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sail around-the-world, resulting in an exploration of over sixty countries. If you ever want to talk travel, he’s your man!

A newlywed as of New Year’s Eve, Mr. DiCenzo finds his balance by working as a fitness coach at Orangetheory Fitness and going on adventures with his husband and their pup, Blake...who you may have seen star as Rufus in our production of Legally Blonde the Musical. They hope to expand their family soon as they begin the adoption process. Until then…

Mr. DiCenzo looks forward to continuing blending his performance career with his teaching! ​"Producing professional theatrical productions through unique educational opportunities." That has been Mr. DiCenzo’s vision since he arrived in Fairfax, Virginia. Be sure to keep a look out for the Musical Theatre & Actors Studio calendar of performances.

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