Graduate School Auditions and Design/Tech Interviews

A prospective graduate student sits smiling at a portfolio display table while talking to a recruiter.
Graduate Design/Tech Interviews at the 2019 SETC Convention. Photo by Caitie McMekin.
An actor presents a monologue before seated graduate school recruiters.
Graduate Auditions at the 2019 SETC Convention. Photo by Caitie McMekin.

Find Your Grad School at the SETC Convention

Looking for the perfect school to get your advanced theatre degree? Theatre school representatives seek students for their graduate theatre programs at the annual SETC Convention. Prospective students can audition or interview and display design/tech portfolios for all participating recruiting schools in one convenient location.

  • Audition/Interview Date: Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
  • Where: 71st annual SETC Convention | Louisville, KY

SETC’s Graduate Auditions/Interviews are ideal if you:

  • want to enter graduate school for theatre;
  • seek exposure to multiple schools with one trip and one audition/interview;
  • are a working theatre professional who’s looking into an advanced degree.

Graduate Candidate Application Deadlines and Fees

  • Online Registration Opens: Oct. 15, 2019 @ Noon ET
  • Early-Bird Application Deadline ($20): Dec. 13, 2019 @ Noon ET
  • Final Application Deadline ($30): Jan. 22, 2020 @ Noon ET

All participants must pre-register for the SETC Convention and complete an online application by the Jan. 22 deadline.

Questions?

Contact SETC Educational Services Manager Cadie Burks if you have any questions about auditioning or interviewing for graduate programs at the annual SETC Convention.

Email Cadie
336-272-3645

Info for Recruiters

Visit our Educational Recruiting Services page for an overview of information and opportunities intended for recruiting representatives from colleges, universities and training programs, or go ahead and download the Recruiting Institution Form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I audition AND interview for graduate school?

While this is an option, please keep in mind that graduate schools are most interested in students who are completely set on what they want to study. Graduate schools are not keen on students who have multiple interests, as it appears they are not ready to truly focus on graduate level studies.

Can I pay for my convention registration before my audition/interview application is complete?

Yes. If you have already started your application, you will need to un-check the application in your profile, submit your payment for convention registration, and then check the application again. The application will be saved at the last point you saved it and you can continue to work on it.  Please note that you will need to pay the increased application fee if it is not submitted by the early-bird deadline.

I am having issues with my application. Is there anyone who can help me?

Yes! Please email Cadie Burks at cadie@setc.org! She is MORE than willing to help you with any section of your application! She can’t help if you don’t ask! You must reach out for help with your application before the application deadline.

Can I submit my application before my references respond?

No. References are a required section of the application. You will not be able to submit or pay for your application until your references are complete!

My reference is having trouble accessing the application. What do I tell them to do?

Have them call Cadie Burks at 336-272-3645. Cadie can walk your reference through the process or take the reference over the phone.

If I miss the deadline, can I still send in my audition/interview application?

No. Because of the amount of time it takes to process applications, assign audition numbers, book venue space and schedule auditions, we are unable to allow students to submit late applications.

My school is paying for my registration with a check mailed to SETC. How do I finish my application and registration without payment?

Make sure your school alerts Cadie Burks that they are paying for your registration so that she can submit your application materials and assign you an audition number. Group payment will need to be received by the deadline. If this is not possible, special arrangements will need to be made before the deadline for an extension.

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