Southeastern Theatre Conference

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at the Renasant Convention Center
& Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

Graduate Auditions & Interviews

2022 Applications

Applications for the 2022 SETC Graduate Auditions and Design/Tech Interviews will become available on October 12, 2021. All auditions and interviews will be held at the Renasant Convention Center in Memphis, TN on March 11, 2022.

Candidates

To access the candidate application, you are first required to register for Convention and select your participation in the Graduate Auditions/Interviews. Upon successful submission, you will be provided with a link to to the graduate auditions/interviews application.

Recruiting Institutions

To access the recruiting application, you are first required to register for Convention and select your participation in the Graduate Auditions/Interviews. Upon successful submission, you will be provided with an additional application to provide your recruiting materials.

Find your dream graduate program!

Looking for the perfect school to get your advanced theatre degree? Theatre school representatives seek students for their graduate theatre programs at the annual SETC Convention. Prospective students can audition or interview and display design/tech portfolios for all participating recruiting schools in one convenient location.

SETC’s Graduate Auditions/Interviews are ideal if you:

  • Are interested in attending graduate school for theatre
  • Are seeking exposure to multiple schools with one trip and one audition/interview
  • Are a working theatre professional who’s interested in obtaining an advanced degree

Program Areas

Auditions
Acting
Singing
Both Acting and Singing
Interviews
Design
Technical
Management
Directing
Playwriting

Fees

Candidates

FREE

There is no additional cost to participate in the Graduate Auditions and Interviews, however, Convention registration and SETC membership is required for all participating individuals


Recruiting Institutions

$25

Per Institution

Convention registration and SETC membership is required for all individuals participating as a recruiter.

Organizational membership is required for all organizations.

Everyone will receive candidate information digitally. Hardcopy Audition/Interview packets are no longer available for pre-purchase. A very limited quantity will be available for purchase ($25) on site.

Convention registration opens Oct. 12, 2021.


Questions?

Lee Crouse
lee@setc.org

Graduate Auditions & Interviews Timeline

Applications Opens
October 12, 2021

Submission Deadline
February 17, 2022

Recruiters Receive Access to Materials
February 28, 2022

Auditions and Interviews
March 11, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I audition AND interview for graduate school?

While this is an option, please keep in mind that graduate schools are most interested in students who are completely set on what they want to study. Graduate schools are not keen on students who have multiple interests, as it appears they are not ready to truly focus on graduate-level studies.

I am having issues with my application. Is there anyone who can help me?

Yes! Please email Lee Crouse lee@setc.org. We are happy to help you with any section of your application, however, you MUST reach out for help with your application before the application deadline.

If I miss the deadline, can I still send in my audition/interview application?

No. Because of the amount of time it takes to process applications, assign audition numbers, book venue space and schedule auditions, we are unable to allow students to submit late applications.

My school is paying for my registration with a check mailed to SETC. How do I finish my application and registration without payment?

Make sure your school alerts Lee Crouse that they are paying for your registration so that we can submit your application materials and assign you an audition number. Group payment will need to be received by the deadline. If this is not possible, special arrangements will need to be made before the deadline for an extension.

Feb. 28, 2021

Recommended date for candidates to register for convention, select Graduate Auditions/Interviews, and upload audition/interview materials.

Mar. 1, 2021

Recruiting Colleges/Universities will be given access to candidate submissions to begin reviewing and and make plans to connect with candidates.

Mar. 2, 2021

Hard deadline for candidates to register for convention, select Graduate Auditions/Interviews, and upload audition/interview materials.


Theatre school representatives seek students for their graduate theatre programs at the annual SETC Convention. Prospective students can submit a virtual audition or display design/tech portfolios for all participating recruiting schools in one convenient location. SETC’s Graduate Auditions/Interviews are ideal if you want to enter graduate school for theatre, seek exposure to multiple schools with one trip and one audition/interview, and/or are a working theatre professional wishing to pursue an advanced degree. Candidates will upload audition materials/digital portfolios and recruiting institutions will both create a gallery page in our virtual convention platform. Students from anywhere in the country can register for convention and participate in the audition/interview process.

In order to participate in the 2021 SETC Graduate Auditions/Interviews, students are required to register as individuals and colleges/universities are required to register as organizations. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with further information and instructions about how to access your selected opportunities.

Fees

For Recruiting College/University

$25
Also must pay organizational membership fee

Fees

For students

$20

Candidates

Due to the recent weather events causing school closures, power outages and delays, recruiting institutions will receive a link to access candidate materials on March 1. If you have not registered, the deadline is Feb. 28. To register for the convention, click here and select the Undergraduate or Graduate Auditions add-on. Once you complete and pay for registration, you will be sent a link to complete the Undergraduate or Graduate Auditions application. Here you will need to upload any materials that you wish to share including audition video or portfolio items depending on if you are auditioning for performance programs or interviewing for technical programs.
Due to the recent weather events causing school closures and power outages, we have delayed the release of the recruiting schools list. The link to the galleries will be emailed to you at 8 a.m. ET, Monday, March 1. You can search, filter and sort the schools – and “star” programs that are most interesting to you.

Interviews/Callbacks:
When a recruiting program is interested in speaking with you, they will email you directly and ask you to visit their page, review their information, and click on the “Schedule a Meeting” button. This will allow you to schedule a meeting with a program’s representative.
Please Note: Some schools may not have a page or button to schedule a meeting. Those schools will directly email you and provide instructions on how they plan to connect with you.

Recruiting Schools

All candidates have created individual pages that include their contact information and interview materials (for technical candidates) or audition videos (for performance candidates). Due to the recent weather events causing school closures, power outages and delays, recruiting institutions will receive a link to access the Undergraduate and Graduate Candidate materials at 8 a.m. ET, Monday, March 1. Candidates are sortable, searchable, and you will have the ability to “star” candidates most interesting to you.

Interviews:
You need to provide a link that provides auditionees with the ability to schedule an interview during the week of the convention (we recommend outlook, calendly, appointlet, or acquity scheduling) and a video conferencing platform (we recommend zoom or gotomeeting) where the interview can occur. You set the times and dates that work for you.
If you have not already provided this link when registering, you will need to contact SETC with your link to insert that onto your page for you.

Interviews can happen in two ways

  1. You reach out to a candidate
    Using the candidate materials we provide you, identify the candidates you wish to invite to an interview, locate their contact information on their candidate page, and reach out to them directly to utilize your scheduling link to set up an interview.
  2. The candidate reaches out to you
    Similar to a traditional in-person year, if you are participating in the Educational Expo, attendees will also be able to view your organization’s materials via the virtual Educational Expo. If you have provided a scheduling link, they will be able to book an interview even if you do not contact them.

Please Note: If your institution has opted out of an Educational Expo booth and communicates with a candidate, please establish a process for how the candidate should connect with you.

Guidelines

Audition Guidelines:

  • Upload recent headshot or photo (Headshot file format: png; jpg, jpeg, less than 1 mb)
  • Video can include acting, singing, or both (in either order)
  • Your 90 seconds begins with your first word. The time stamp must reflect this
  • No slate. Your name and application materials will coincide with your video
  • Frame your body from the knees up
  • Face forward, but do not audition straight into the camera lens
  • Musical pieces should be accompanied by piano or keyboard-only – either live or piano-only track
  • Required file format includes .MOV .AVI .MP4 .MKV (most phones use .MP4 format)
  • Files cannot be larger than 200mb
  • Files must be labeled: Undergraduate – “YOUR NAME 2021 GRADUATE AUDITION”. i.e. “Mary Smith 2021 Graduate Audition”

Design/Technical/Management/Directing Guidelines:

DIRECTING:

Required Documents for Upload (All documents should be submitted in PDF format)

  • Resume
  • Headshot (png; jpg, jpeg, less than 1 mb)
  • Letter of intent/career goals
  • Example Script Analysis
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript

Reccomended Documents for Upload

  • Personal Website
  • Directing Reel

ARTS MANAGEMENT:

Required Documents for Upload (All documents should be submitted in PDF format)

  • Resume
  • Headshot (png; jpg, jpeg, less than 1 mb)
  • Letter of intent/career goals
  • Representative sample documents (Examples: marketing materials, grant writing, budgets, research writing, fundraising, etc)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript

Reccomended Documents for Upload

  • Personal Website

STAGE MANAGEMENT:

Required Documents for Upload (All documents should be submitted in PDF format)

  • Resume
  • Headshot (png; jpg, jpeg, less than 1 mb)
  • Letter of intent/career goals
  • Representative sample documents (Examples: Brief blocking selection, prompt book selection, rehearsal report, etc)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript

Reccomended Documents for Upload

  • Personal Website

DESIGN/TECHNICAL:

Required Documents for Upload (All documents should be submitted in PDF format)

  • Resume
  • Headshot (png; jpg, jpeg, less than 1 mb)
  • Letter of intent/career goals
  • Representative sample documents (Examples: Design Statement, Process images, construction work, etc)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript

Reccomended Documents for Upload

  • Personal Website

PLAYWRITING:

Required Documents for Upload (All documents should be submitted in PDF format)

  • Resume
  • Headshot (png; jpg, jpeg, less than 1 mb)
  • Letter of intent/career goals
  • Representative sample documents (Examples: play samples, creative writing samples, etc)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcript

Reccomended Documents for Upload

  • Personal Website

Graduate Auditions & Interviews Timeline

October 12, 2021
Applications Open
February 17, 2022
Submission Deadline
TBD
Recruiters Receive Access to Materials
March 11, 2022
Auditions and Interviews

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

REGISTRATION INFORMATION