Events & Festivals
Southeastern Theatre Conference offers an array of national caliber events and festivals for theatre professionals and students of every theatre discipline. You can find information on our events by clicking any menu item to the left. Or read more below!
September 6-9, 2013: Atlanta, GA - Hilton Atlanta Airport Hotel.
Chekhov Master Class presented by Joanna Merlin
SETC is pleased to host this once in a lifetime opportunity to study with the last surviving student of Michael Chekhov, who is still teaching. Joanna Merlin studied with Chekhov from 1949 to 1955 and is the co-founder and President of MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association).
Join Joanna for this day-long introduction to Michael Chekhov's Psychological Gesture, incorporating some basic elements in Chekhov's psycho-physical approach. Psychological Gesture is considered the jewel of the Chekhov technique, leading the actor to creative discoveries of the essence of their character.
Michael Chekhov's Psychological Gesture
Saturday, Sept. 7
Hilton Atlanta Airport
10 AM - 5 PM
Cost: $125 - limit 15 participants
Observe the session: $75 - limit 10 observers
Joanna Merlin received the Solzhenitsyn medal for Excellence in 2008 in Moscow for her work in passing on the legacy of Michael Chekhov. She is a faculty member at New York University's Graduate Acting program at the Tisch School of the Arts and teaches workshops nationally and internationally.
As an actor, Merlin's Broadway credits include Becket, opposite Laurence Olivier; and Fiddler on the Roof, in which she created the role of Tzeitel, Tevye’s eldest daughter. Films include Sarah's Key, City of Angels, Class Action, Mystic Pizza, Fame, The Killing Fields and The Ten Commandments. On TV, she plays Judge Petrovsky on Law and Order Special Victims Unit.
Merlin was an award winning Casting Director for Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Cimino and James Ivory. She is a co-founder and Vice-President of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, advocating diversity, and was a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. Her book,”Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide”, published in 2001, is still in print. Ms. Merlin is the co-founder and President of MICHA and is the last surviving student of Michael Chekhov who is still teaching.
Our signature annual convention, held every March for over 60 years, features more than 4,000 attendees, 300+ workshops, an Education Expo with 90+schools represented, 40+ Commercial Exhibitors, a Job Fair geared towards Off-Stage work and much more. This is where it all comes together to create an exciting, dynamic event that truly has a life of its own.
We offer five Theatre Performance Festivals, where the best and the brightest talent in the nation showcases originial and revised works of art. It's blood, sweat and tears for the months of preparation, and then, community theatres, high school winners, fringe performers and theatre's creative class from across ten southeastern states unveil their work before packed audiences who share the joy of live performance in a glittering array of emotions.
Fall, Spring, Professional, Grad, Undergrad - SETC has something for everyone. Dozens of venerated theatre companies from across the country gather twice a year to review top talent at SETC's fall and spring professional auditions. The atmosphere is electric as outstanding singers, dancers and actors gather to give it their all to land a coveted role in theatre. In Spring, institutions of higher education audition and interview potential students for their programs.
Board of Director Meetings
Talent, dedication and commitment are all words that describe SETC's Board of Directors. You can learn more about our leadership by visiting About Us and clicking on Leadership. From ExCom to Advisory, our Board carves out a dynamic future for the nation's top theatre organization, while honoring our history and working tirelessly (and often without member's knowledge) behind the scenes to make it all happen.
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