Fall Professional Auditions

2020 Fall Auditions

August 30-31, 2020 or online digitally

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, Uptown Charlotte, NC

Applications open June 15, 2020
Early Bird Deadline – Before 12:00 PM EST, July 1, 2020 – $35
Regular Deadline – Before 12:00 PM EST, August 1, 2020 – $45

NOTE: You will not be charged fees until you are accepted.

Audition Changes for 2020:

The 2020 Fall Auditions are traditionally in person, however as a result of Covid-19, the process has been altered to increase the opportunities for those who are not able or willing to travel or attend in person.

All applicants are required to provide an audition video. This will initially serve as your screening audition.

If you are selected to pass through, and we are able to hold in-person auditions, you have two options:

  1. Choose to attend the in-person auditions in Charlotte, NC
  2. Defer attendence, and your initial screening audition video will be shared with the hiring companies.

If we are unable to hold in-person auditions, all passed auditionees initial screening videos will be shared with the hiring companies.

NOTE: We must have a minimum of 100 auditionees (including actors/singers and dancers) who sign up for in person in order to have a one-day audition, and a minimum of 175 for two days.

Guidelines

Please review eligibility and procedures below.
Each section offers information regarding two specific groups:

  • Acting, Singing, or Acting & Singing
  • Dancer-Only

Please make sure to read the proper information based on the audition type you plan to complete.

Acting, Singing, or Acting & Singing

To participate in SETC’s Fall Professional Auditions, actors/singers must meet the following professional qualifications:

  • Have a minimum of two paid, professional, acting credits in live theatres approved by the SETC Auditions Committee OR be a fully current member of AEA (EMC does not qualify)
  • Provide two professional director recommendations from credits listed in your work experience (Non-Equity) OR proof of current AEA membership
  • Ability to accept year-round employment within a reasonable time after the auditions
  • 19 years of age or older and not still a student

Dancer-Only

To participate in SETC’s Fall Professional Auditions, actors/singers must meet the following professional qualifications:

  • Have a minimum of two paid, professional positions in dance OR minimum of four years training, plus extensive performance experience.
  • Provide two recommendations from professional directors/choreographers from credits listed on your application.
  • Proficiency in basic dance routines and formal training. In particular, a high level of skill in technique and ballet is expected. Tap is not required but is highly sought after.
  • Ability to accept year-round employment within a reasonable time after the auditions
  • 19 years of age or older and not still a student

Acting, Singing, or Acting & Singing

  • Video Length – Videos that exceed these time limits may not be considered.
    • 60 seconds – whether singing, acting or BOTH.
  • Required Video Elements
    • State your name
    • Material (order does not matter if doing BOTH)
      • Monologue
      • Song (song MUST be accompanied with music)
  • File Format
    • Your file must be one of these types
      • .MOV
      • .AVI
      • .MP4
      • .MKV

Dancer-Only

  • Video Length
    • 3 Minutes (180 seconds) – Videos that exceed this time may not be considered.
  • Required Video Elements
    • State your name
    • Material
      • If you wish to be considered as a singer, you must include 16 bars of you singing and doing scales at the beginning of your video.
      • Include turns such as pirouettes, chainés and any other turns you would like to show.
      • Include leaps such as grand jetés, russians (for the guys) and other leaps you would like to show.
      • Display your extension through battements and/or developpés.
      • Show off your technique, specialties and performance skill. Tap skills are not required, but you may include them if you like.
      • You should be the only dancer in the video.
  • File Format
    • Your file must be one of these types
      • .MOV
      • .AVI
      • .MP4
      • .MKV
    • Your submitted file should be name accordingly
      • [First] [Last] – Dance – SETC Fall 2020

Acting, Singing, or Acting & Singing

    1. Attendance:  
      Auditionees must attend the Mandatory Auditionee Briefing, the General Audition, and Callbacks, all of which are scheduled for the same day corresponding to your audition number. Dance Call is optional. Changes or corrections to the information supplied on the website or this document will be announced at the briefing(s).
    2. Material:  
      Auditionees should use material they perform exceedingly well. Typically, theatres are looking for stage presence, type, quality and projection of sound, and general acting talent. Dialects should not be used and profanity for shock value is discouraged. Depth and range of talent can be explored at the callbacks. Those who do not sing well are discouraged from doing so in the audition.
    3. Time Limits: 
      All Non-Equity Auditionees have 60 seconds for their audition whether doing just a monologue or song – or if doing Both.
      EQUITY auditionees have 90 seconds for their audition, regardless the type of audition.
    4. Accompaniment: 
      An accompanist is provided. Your music must be in the correct key; the pianist will not transpose. Mount music on a manila folder, or in a small binder. Auditionees MAY accompany themselves on piano or small instruments – time limits remain the same.
    5. Grouping: 
      Auditionees will be seen individually and are NOT required to be in the audition room until they are on deck. Limited seating will be available if an auditionee wishes to sit in and watch the auditions.
    6. Headshots: 
      Bring 20 copies of your complete resume/headshot to distribute at callbacks.
    7. Callbacks:
      At the end of each group, actors will be admitted into the Callback Posting Room. The audition numbers of those called back will be listed under the headings of the individual companies. Locations and general time frame for callbacks will also be posted.

      1. You should INITIAL by your audition number if you accept the callback.
      2. Write THANK YOU if you do NOT accept that callback.
      3. Go to the location posted on the company’s callback form (either in meetings rooms or rooms/suites in the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel) and sign up for a specific callback time on the schedule/sheet they have posted.
      4. Attend callback to act or sing (no dancing) during appointed times.
    8. Dance Call: 
      Any auditionees who wish to show their dance skills, or who are called back by the hiring companies will attend the Dancer Briefing at the specified time. The confirmed time will be announced at the morning briefing. You should schedule your callbacks around the Dance Call. All three of the following combinations will be taught, with time to practice, then the combinations will be divided into male/female groups and you will be given a chance to perform the combinations for the theatres:

      1. Combination #1 Movement combination for the actor who moves well.
      2. Combination #2 Combination that includes both advanced ballet and jazz.
      3. Combination #3:  Intermediate/advanced tap combination.
        NOTE:
        You may perform a single combination or two combinations, but not all three. You may perform combinations 1 and 3 or combinations 2 and 3. You may not do combinations 1 and 2.
        More callback sheets are posted after the Dance Call. Auditionees should repeat procedure 7 as above.
    9. Hiring:
      Final casting decisions may not be made until several weeks after the SETC Fall Professional Auditions. If a callback is received, it’s a good idea for the auditionee to drop the company a note during the coming days, especially if your contact information or availability changes from what is on your application. Companies also collect resumes/pictures to keep on file for the future.
SETC prohibits contracts being offered on site at this event.
Companies may contact you beginning Tuesday at 5:00pm

Dancer-Only

    1. Attendance:  
      Auditionees must attend the Mandatory Dancer Briefing & Instruction, followed by the Dance Call. Callbacks follow. Any changes or corrections to the information supplied on the website or this document will be announced at the briefing(s).
    2. Headshots: 
      Bring 20 copies of your complete resume/headshot to distribute at callbacks.
    3. Callbacks:
      At the end of the Dance Call, actors will be admitted into the Callback Posting Room. The audition/dancer numbers of those called back will be listed under the headings of the individual companies. Locations within the hotel and general time frame for callbacks will also be posted.

      1. You should INITIAL by your audition number if you accept the callback.
      2. Write THANK YOU if you do NOT accept that callback.
      3. Go to the location posted on the company’s callback form (either in meetings rooms or rooms/suites in the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel) and sign up for a specific callback time on the schedule/sheet they have posted.
      4. Attend callback to act or sing (no dancing) during appointed times.
    4. Dance Call: 
      The briefing, warmup and instruction will take place just prior to the Dance Call. All three of the following combinations will be taught, with time to practice, then the combinations will be divided into male/female groups and you will be given a chance to perform the combinations for the theatres:

      1. Combination #1 (not an option for Dancer-Only): Movement combination for the actor who moves well.
      2. Combination #2Combination that includes both advanced ballet and jazz.
      3. Combination #3: For those who tap well. A Marley floor will be used for this intermediate/advanced tap combination.
    5. Hiring:
      Final casting decisions may not be made until several weeks after the SETC Fall Professional Auditions. If a callback is received, it’s a good idea for the auditionee to drop the company a note during the coming days, especially if your contact information or availability changes from what is on your application. Companies also collect resumes/pictures to keep on file for the future.
SETC prohibits contracts being offered on site at this event.
Companies may contact you beginning Tuesday at 5:00pm

Special Event: The Stage is Yours!!

Don’t forget to attend this fun event on Saturday evening. (Sign up in advance or on site.)

Showcase your traditional or unique talents in competition with other attendees for the chance to be crowned champion!

All types of acts are welcome!

  • Must be PG acceptable
  • A mic and digital audio will be provided
  • Dancers – keep in mind that there is a small stage, or you can dance on the carpet.
  • A piano is also available if you play, but feel free to also bring your instruments
  • Get creative, and enjoy some laughs and great talent!

You’ll also get a chance to hear from the theatre reps themselves about their theatres and shows for which they are hiring!

Hiring Companies

A wide variety of theatre and entertainment companies from across the nation come to SETC for their casting/hiring needs. Professional theatres from across the U.S. attend to find talent for their upcoming season. Producing companies include regional, repertory, dinner theatres, cruise ships, touring and production companies and other entities that provide monetary compensation/salary on a contracted basis to a majority of its staff. A minimum of two years production history and solid financial standing are required.

Looking to Hire?  Visit our Professional Casting Services page for an overview of information and opportunities intended for companies and casting directors.

Questions?

Please contact April Marshall for more information about professional auditions.

Email April
336-272-3645

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