SETC Professional Screening Auditions

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19 related issues, the 2020 SETC Professional Screening Auditions will be held online via video auditions for ALL STATES.  Please check with your State organization about how your State Conference/Convention will be convened.

SETC hopes to achieve live Spring Professional Auditions & Theatre Job Fair in Memphis March 3-7, 2020

All details below are subject to change.

Questions?

For questions about the audition process, please contact:
Marci Duncan,
Auditions Committee Chair
Email Marci

For questions about SETC, your account, or the online applications, please email:
info@setc.org

Schedule, Deadlines, & Fees

The 2020 Screening Audition fee is $85

Registration Opens:  Monday, October 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM ET
Professional Registration Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon ET
Undergraduate Registration Deadline: 
Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon ET
Auditionees Notified of Screening Results: Monday, November 30, 2020
Deadline for Selected Auditionees to Register/Pay for Memphis:  Wednesday, December 18, 2020 at Noon ET

  • All applications, videos, and payments must be complete by Nov 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon ET
  • Early submission is important.  A cap for submissions may apply.

Register

Use the links below to register for the 2020 screening auditions.

Are the SETC Professional Screening Auditions for me?

These preliminary auditions are for those actors who wish to participate in the Spring Professional Auditions at the annual SETC Convention.

Adults, senior citizens, and certain students* may register for SETC Screening Auditions. Please Note: Only a percentage of those participating in the Screening Auditions will be invited to advance to the Spring Professional Auditions held at the annual SETC Convention.

High School students are generally not eligible to participate in the SETC Professional Screening Auditions.  Applicants must be 18 years of age before the close of screening auditions registration.  If you are not enrolled in any school and meet the age requirement, please see “Professional Actors/Singers” below.  Please contact the SETC Central Office for any questions.

Undergraduate students, whether or not they have earned a salary acting and/or have passed through SETC Professional Screening Auditions in the past, are required to apply, pay screening fee, and pass screening auditions in order to move forward to SETC Spring Professional Auditions.  If advanced, associated Convention registration fees will apply.  Please contact the SETC Central Office for any questions.

Graduate students in MFA Theatre Performance programs may apply to SETC Professional Screening Auditions as a Professional (see “+ Professional Actors/Singers” below), provided they meet all other Professional requirements.  However, new policies require these auditionees to apply, pay screening fee, and pass screening auditions in order to move forward to SETC Spring Professional Auditions.  If advanced, associated Convention registration fees will apply.  Please contact the SETC Central Office for any questions.

 

Please note the registration deadline for Professional applications is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon ET (different than the Undergraduate deadline).

Non-Equity professional actors/singers must apply for the SETC Professional Screening Auditions.  New policies require these auditionees to apply, pay screening fee, and pass screening auditions in order to move forward to SETC Spring Professional Auditions.  If advanced, associated Convention registration fees will apply.  In order to qualify:

  • 18 years of age or older prior to screening auditions registration deadline
  • Not enrolled in high school or college/university (except MFA students)
  • Available to accept full-time/year-round or seasonal work

Please note the registration deadline for Professional applications is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon ET (different than the Undergraduate deadline).

Please contact the SETC Central Office for any questions.

Equity professional actor/singers must apply for the SETC Professional Screening Auditions.  New policies require these auditionees to apply, pay screening fee, and pass screening auditions in order to move forward to SETC Spring Professional Auditions.  If advanced, associated Convention registration fees will apply.  In order to qualify:

  • 18 years of age or older prior to screening auditions registration deadline
  • Not enrolled in high school or college/university (except MFA students)
  • Available to accept full-time/year-round or seasonal work
  • Provide two director references.  These can be directors from college/university, community, or professional theatre.
  • Current member of Actors’ Equity Association (EMC does not qualify)
  • Provide valid AEA membership number and expiration date on the application
  • Present your AEA membership card at Convention for badge pick-up

Please note the registration deadline for Professional applications is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon ET (different than the Undergraduate deadline).

Please contact the SETC Central Office for any questions.

Professional dancer-only performers must apply for the SETC Professional Screening Auditions.  New policies require these auditionees to apply, pay a screening fee, and pass screening auditions in order to move forward to SETC Spring Professional Auditions.  If advanced, associated Convention registration fees will apply.  In order to qualify:

  • 18 years of age or older prior to screening auditions registration deadline
  • Available to accept full-time/year-round or seasonal work
  • Provide two director/choreographer references or have a minimum of four years of formal training.  The references can be directors/choreographers from college/university, community, or professional theatre.
  • Proficient in basic dance routines; high level of technique and ballet expected; tap not required, but highly sought
  • Dance reel required for the application
  • Dance reels should be no more than 3 minutes in length.

Please note the registration deadline for Professional applications is Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon ET (different than the Undergraduate deadline).

Please contact the SETC Central Office for any questions.

Video Screening Auditions

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Submit an application and 60-second video audition
A one-sheet will be provided to help you navigate this process.

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SETC will provide training videos and virtual audition coaches.
These resources will be made available to all auditionees.

  • Video can include acting, singing, or both (in either order).
  • No slate. Your name and application materials will coincide with your video.
  • Your 60 seconds begins with your first word. Over 60 seconds and your submission will not be considered.
    • Dance reels should be no more than 3 minutes in length
  • 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
  • Please no commercial clips
  • Files must be labeled:
    • Undergraduate –YOUR NAME 2020 for STATE ASSIGNMENT. i.e. “Mary Smith 2020 – Kentucky”
    • Graduate/Equity/Non-Equity/Dancer-Only – YOUR NAME 2020 for AUDITION TYPE. i.e. “Mary Smith 2020 – Equity”
  • If you are an out-of-region auditionee, please use the map below to locate your state assignment

Frequently Asked Questions

If Auditionees advance to the Spring Professional Auditions and live auditions are not possible as a whole or individually due to travel restrictions, the submitted screening video auditions will be passed on to all registered Professional Companies for an additional (TBD) fee paid by the Auditionee which will include virtual Convention access.  The live slot not filled will be replaced by one of the next highest scoring 200 Auditionees (see below).  There will be no alternates chosen by State.

If an Auditionee advances, re-submitted replacement video auditions will not be accepted. The only exception to this would be if two or more Adjudicators recommend that the Auditionee advancing should change their piece.  SETC will work directly with that Auditionee to obtain a new video with the same guidelines to apply.

Auditionees will receive a score of 1-5 for each numbered item

ACTING SKILLS

  1. Choices are specific with clear objectives & intentions
  2. A variety of choices are made appropriate to the character
  3. Commits and follows through with choices

VOICE

  1. Volume is appropriate to the material, space & character
  2. Articulation & enunciation are clear and un-affected
  3. Vocal Variety- pitch, rate and expressiveness is appropriate to material

PHYSICALITY

  1. Movement is appropriately justified
  2. Movement is integrated naturally & according to character
  3. Movement shows variety & transition

PROFESSIONALISM

  1. Confidence & Command of the stage
  2. Actor appears focused and well-rehearsed
  3. Material is professionally executed and true to the art form

Previous Coaching Sessions

2020 SETC Screening Host States

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Alabama
Contact: Ellen Peck, Email Ellen

Florida
Contact: Marci Duncan, Email Marci

Georgia
Contact: Celeste Morris, Email Celeste

Kentucky
Includes Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin
Contact: Jeremy Kisling, Email Jeremy

Mississippi
Includes Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana
Contact: Christi Mitchell, Email Christi; or Elissa Sartwell, Email Elissa

New Jersey
Includes New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine
Contact: Trent Blanton, Email Trent

North Carolina
Contact: Amanda Clark, Email Amanda

South Carolina
Contact: Kris Rau McIntyre, Email Kris

Tennessee
Includes California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Alaska, Hawaii
Contact: Talon Beeson, Email Talon

Virginia
Includes Maryland
Contact: Kate Arecchi, Email Kate

West Virginia
Includes Ohio, Pennsylvania
Contact: Jason Young, Email Jason

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