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SETC Mission

“Connecting You to Opportunities in Theatre”

SETC Vision

SETC is the strongest and broadest network of theatre practitioners in the United States. We provide extensive resources and year-round opportunities for our constituents. Our services, publications, and products contribute significantly to the careers of emerging artists, seasoned professionals and academicians. SETC energizes the practical, intellectual and creative profile of theatre in America.

About Us

SETC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and dynamic membership organization serving a diverse constituency. Initially developed to create a thriving network between professional theatres, academic institutions and theatre practitioners and students in the Southeast, the entire United States is now represented, supported and served. Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the revenue generating and sustaining model of SETC is a vibrant, collaborative community that connects individuals to jobs and/or education opportunities, provides resources, learning and sharing opportunities for companies, organizations, individuals, staff and volunteers.

SETC Constituency

Membership: Over 4,300 active individual members and over 400 professional theatres, educational institutions and arts organization members.

Commercial Entities: Many programs and events are sponsored by theatrical suppliers who also exhibit at the annual convention.

SETC Events, Resources & Publications


SETC Annual Convention – Over 300 workshops, demonstrations and panels, five theatre festivals, design competitions, exhibits, auditions, theatre job fair, new play presentations, distinguished speakers, business meetings, awards banquet and networking opportunities. The next SETC Annual Convention takes place in Knoxville, TN, Feb. 27 Mar. 3 2019.

Outdoor Theatre Annual Conference – This conference brings practitioners and advocates of outdoor theatre together to discuss key issues affecting outdoor dramas.

Theatre Symposium – This weekend conference is held on a southeastern university campus each spring and focuses on a single scholarly topic. International attendees gather to present papers and to discuss and explore the topic as a group, thus creating an intimate opportunity for the sharing of ideas, concepts and opinions.

Teachers Institute – Held in conjunction with the SETC Annual Convention, this all-day seminar is designed for directors of theatre arts programs, teaching artists, middle and high school teachers who use theatre techniques in the classroom, and students studying to be theatre educators.


Employment Resources for Professional Theatre Companies and Theatre Professionals Seeking Positions

Theatre Job Board – SETC connects employers to potential employees seeking crew and other offstage work in theatre; offered year-round through job postings on the Theatre Job Board at theatrejobboard.setc.org.

Theatre Job Fair – Over 100 theatre companies interview candidates on site at the SETC Annual Convention.


Professional Auditions

Spring – Over 800 actors seeking summer and/or year-round employment audition for 70+ national companies at the SETC Annual Convention. Those who are not yet career professional actors qualify via the SETC Professional Screening Auditions in one of the 10 SETC states. Professionals and dancers apply directly.

Fall – Over 200 professional actors audition for 30+ national companies.

Outdoor Theatre – This annual event brings in over 200 actors and technicians seeking work in summer and seasonal theatre to audition with over 20 outdoor theatres.

Undergraduate Auditions

Spring – Over 115 college, university and theatre training school representatives audition and interview acting and technical candidates at the SETC Annual Convention.

Graduate Auditions

Spring – Graduate school representatives from all over the United States audition and interview acting, administrative and design/technical candidates at the SETC Annual Convention.

LiNK – Held annually in November, LiNK brings prospective graduate students together with over 50 schools offering advanced theatre degrees from across the nation. LiNK is presented in partnership with USITT.


Community Theatre – Theatres represent their respective southeastern states during a multi-day festival at the Annual Convention. Biennial winners advance to the National AACT Festival.

Fringe– Productions from across the theatrical spectrum (including professional, academic and community) are invited to participate.

High School Theatre – 20 high schools represent their respective southeastern states during a two-day festival that presents critiques and celebrates high school theatre.

Ten-Minute Play – Participants have 24 hours to audition, write, direct and produce 10-minute plays.

Theatre for Youth Invitational – Select theatre groups are invited to perform for convention attendees as well as children in the host city of the SETC Annual Convention.


SETC News – Bi-monthly, online newsletter keeping members informed with organizational updates and information.

Southern Theatre – Renowned theatre magazine featuring articles on theatre in the Southeast and beyond. The quarterly publication’s circulation includes SETC members, libraries, EBSCO and special interest groups.

College, University & Training Program Directory – Published annually as a special insert to the winter issue of Southern Theatre magazine, this directory serves as an easy reference guide for students looking for theatre training.

Theatre Symposium – Annual publication of scholarly works presented at the Theatre Symposium conference.

Greensboro, North Carolina

Centrally located in North Carolina’s picturesque heartland, Greensboro has a thriving art’s community and is a great place to work and live. Learn more about what Greensboro has to offer at www.visitgreensboronc.com.

The SETC Central Office at Revolution Mill

Revolution Mill is located near downtown Greensboro and is a vibrant, multi-purpose campus that includes more than 250,000 square feet and 75 tenants. Original maple floors, enormous windows, exposed brick and high ceilings create inspiring workspaces for businesses of all kinds. The facility includes a unique historic heritage and plenty of modern amenities. See more at http://revolutionmillgreensboro.com.

SETC Leadership

Leadership plays a vital role in the success of the SETC organization. Members who participate in the governance of the organization — through membership or leadership in over 35 committees as well as those who actively collaborate to plan events, programs and services collectively — play leadership roles side-by-side with the SETC Central Office team.

SETC’s governing board includes the Executive Committee, State Representatives from the 10 southeastern states, and Division Chairs. For information on the SETC Board of Directors visit www.setc.org/board-of-directors.

SETC’s Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

Education and Experience Requirements for the Executive Director’s Position

The individual will have a strong background in leadership and management; excellent verbal, written and presentation skills; a proven financial record; strong computer skills; problem solving and analytical skills; promotional and motivational experience; adept at working closely and professionally with a diverse constituency internally and externally including board members, staff, volunteers and constituents. Employee is expected to have a background in the theatre or a related field, a bachelor’s degree and minimum of 7-10 years of related experience indicating increasing levels of responsibility.


We are 110% committed to our constituents, inclusion, and the craft of theatre.