Professional Artist Success Stories


Jim France, an actor who works professionally across the United States, had a successful 40-year career as a hotel executive before taking the leap – and pursuing his teenage dream of becoming an actor.

France studied voice and acting privately for three years while working in community theatre and low-paying professional gigs in the Asheville, NC area and finally qualified for SETC’s professional auditions in 2006.  He has been auditioning and getting work steadily since through SETC.

Galyana Castillo was offered a job the first time she participated in the SETC Professional Auditions – and the roles have kept coming since then.

She went through screening auditions in 2009 and was approved to advance to the 2010 Spring Professional Auditions, where she was hired to play Queenie in Show Boat at Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. As she was finishing that job, they had auditions for Seussical and asked her to stay on as Sour Kangaroo in that show. She finished Show Boat and went right into the rehearsals for Seussical.  When she auditioned at the 2012 SETC Auditions, The Prizery hired her for its entire summer season. She spent her summer working there after she received a BFA in performing arts and a minor in vocal performance from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2012 and she continues to work now.

Dametria Selmore was offered three contracts after the SETC Professional Auditions in March – and has made her professional theatre debut at Mill Mountain Theatre.  She received a callback for a national tour on her first set of auditions with SETC.
She is currently playing the lead role of Effie in Dreamgirls playing at the Quincy Music Theatre in FL.


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