Spring Professional Auditions

Real Work.  Real Theatres.  Real Opportunity

The 2017 Spring Professional Auditions will be held March 2-4, 2017, as part of the 68th annual SETC Convention in Lexington Kentucky.

For more than 66 years, SETC has been bringing hiring theatre companies together with professional actors, singers and dancers all in one place: SETC’s Annual Convention. Last year's Spring Professional Auditions were a huge success, with more than 875 actors, singers and dancers auditioning for roles with 66 hiring companies. This year’s convention in Lexington, KY, will once again offer a one-stop shop for auditions and callbacks where actors can find quality work and companies can discover quality talent.

Take a look at these production photos from companies who frequently hire through SETC:

Check out which companies hired in 2016 »

Companies can count on excellence. SETC hosts the nation's most reliable, longest running combined auditions — where quality has counted for over 66 years. Theatre companies come to these auditions knowing they’ll discover carefully screened, professional talent (from over 800 actors, dancers and singers) who you’ll be eager to hire. (Don't forget there's also Theatre Job Fair for all non-acting hiring!)

Auditionees can count on vast opportunities. Actors, dancers and singers audition for thousands of jobs with a wide variety of companies from across the nation. Find a job that fits your schedule with summer and year-round/job-in employment opportunities. Audition for a variety of entertainment venues, including repertory, stock, touring and dinner theatres, cruise ships, theme parks, etc. Audition for straight shows, musicals and/or cabaret and corporate entertainment shows. 

Check Your Eligibility

To participate, actors, singers and dancers must register for the annual convention and apply and be approved for an audition slot. Actors must meet the following criteria to be considered a career professional and eligible to audition as an actor:

  • You’ve had at least two paid acting contracts in professional theatres. Theatres must be recognized as a fully operational professional theatre.
  • AND You must be able to include recommendations by two directors of professional credits from your application.
  • AND You are at least 18 years old AND are not enrolled in school. 
    • OR, you must have been passed through the SETC Professional Screening Auditions: Actors enrolled in undergraduate programs at the time of the professional screenings, must have successfully passed SETC Professional Screening Auditions in one of the 10 Southeastern states. MFA graduate students in Theatre Performance programs are eligible to apply directly to SETC, provided they meet all professional criteria for career (except enrollment). Graduate students in non-performance programs or who do NOT meet the professional criteria are required to pass the SETC Screening Auditions in their assigned state.
  • OR You are a current, fully paid member of Actor's Equity (AEA Not EMC)  or Screen Actor's Guild (SAG/AFTRA)
    • You must be able to provide your SAG/AFTRA or Equity Card number in your application, AND present your SAG/AFTRA or Equity Card onsite at auditions to pick up your namebadge.
    • DANCERS apply directly to SETC along with the Spring Convention Registration
  • Packets for Career Actors (Union & Non-Union) and Dancer-Only coming soon

Learn More

Read more about the auditions in the Handbook for Auditionees »
Read past success stories »


Call the SETC Central Office at (336) 272-3645 to speak with April.

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Southeastern Theatre Conference, Inc.

1175 Revolution Mill Drive, Studio 14

Greensboro, NC 27405

Phone 336-272-3645

Fax 336-272-8810