ABOUT THE AUDITION
Each March SETC hosts combined regional Professional Auditions where actors audition for professional work at summer and year round hiring theatres from across the nation. These auditions take place as part of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Annual Convention and are the most reliable and longest serving auditions of their kind.
To participate in these auditions, persons may apply either directly to SETC as a Professional who makes a significant amount of his or her income as an actor, or as an Emerging Artist.
Emerging Artists are those individuals who do not yet qualify as a working professional but are looking for the next step of their career in theatre. This group includes adults, students, and seniors. SETC & its member states provide opportunities for these persons to attend qualifying auditions in the fall prior to the spring auditions. Each state within SETC’s 10-State Region hosts SETC Professional Screening Auditions in the Fall in order to send the most qualified actors to participate in the regional SETC Spring Professional Auditions.
Actors enrolled in school at the time of the professional screenings who are enrolled beyond high school, whether or not they have earned a salary acting, are required to attend the professional screening auditions in the state assigned for the school where they attend. High School students are not eligible to participate in state screenings. Graduate students in their final semester of an MFA Theatre Performance program may be eligible to apply directly to SETC, provided they meet professional requirements, and should contact the SETC office well in advance of State Application.
Adults and non-students, attend the professional screening auditions in the state assigned according to the state in which they live.
At SETC the casting needs of the various dinner theatre, stock & repertory companies, cruise ships, touring theatres, theme parks are so diverse that a wide-range of actors are needed to fill those needs. Adults who may have started on a career path on stage but did not continue that route are encouraged to audition and get back on that track. Community theatre actors with or without professional experience, as well as eager college students seeking that first out of school role, or this year’s summer employment are encouraged to audition.
During the Annual SETC Convention held the first week of March, there are approximately 90 professional hiring theatres. SETC requires that all pre-professional actors be screened on the state level before being accepted to these auditions.