Next Steps 2016-12-06T12:01:18+00:00


The purpose of NEXT STEPS is to give you some resources for job hunting, auditions, graduate school, career options and networking. You may not know yet what to do with your theatre degree—or even what you CAN do with your degree. WAITER/WAITRESSING IS NOT THE ONLY OPTION!

The programming in this series will involve what to do next—after getting your BA degree, after completing your two-year degree, after changing your mind about which area of theatre you want to work in—what are your options?

Below you will find a list of the workshops being offered at Festival 47 on resume building, graduate school applications, audition techniques, portfolio reviews, and internships so that you a better understanding of how to handle what comes NEXT!

We are committed to providing you with as many resources, contacts and workshops as we can to help you in your journey.


Next Steps invites theatre companies and graduate schools to hold auditions and interviews at every KCACTF festival. 

Information on companies and schools at Festival 49 is coming soon!


The CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program looks for committed and bold young artists who possess a love of language, empathy for the human experience, a vivid imagination, curiosity and the desire to develop the necessary physical and vocal skills for a successful and sustained career in the ever-evolving arts scene. The intimate class size allows the program the flexibility to tailor curriculum and performance experiences to suit the specific training needs of each class.

The core curriculum consists of training in Acting, Voice, Speech and Movement taught by CWRU faculty, CPH staff as well as internationally renowned guest artists. The program is further supplemented by specialized modules: On-camera acting, singing tutorials, commercial voice-over technique and extensive audition training have become important elements of the program.

The third year of actor training is spent in a professional internship with the 2015 Recipient of the Regional Theatre Tony Award, Cleveland Play House. All MFA students perform in at least one CPH production resulting in full Actors’ Equity Association membership. Designers and directors are drawn from the profession as well as from CWRU faculty and CPH staff. MFA productions are presented in state of the art facilities with the support of CPH craftspeople and support staff.


  • Three-year MFA Acting program.
  • A full tuition waiver
  • A highly competitive yearly stipend as well as healthcare
  • Two years of rigorous conservatory training including Acting, Voice, Speech & Dialects, Movement, Period Styles, Acting for the Camera
  • A third-year residency at CPH with performance and understudy assignments.
  • Full membership in Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) upon successful completion of the program.
  • New York City Industry Showcase

For more information and application and audition instructions, please visit or contact Donald Carrier at


The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival / Merry Go Round Playhouse, a multiple venue, musical theatre producing company, seeks summer staff for the 2017 season consisting of: Guys and Dolls, Parade, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Ghost the Musical and Always, Patsy Cline. They seek stagehands, carpenters, painters, props artisans, electricians, sound crew, wardrobe crew, company management interns, a production management assistant and a production management intern. All positions are paid and local housing is provided.

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is comprised of two principal divisions: one of the largest producing professional musical theatre organization in New York state, outside of New York City, and one of the nation’s largest resident touring youth theatre operations. With two summer stages in concurrent operation and almost year-round youth touring operations, the Festival is a growing and very well-regarded arts organization in the region.

Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival showcases musical theatre from on, off, and beyond Broadway at two venues dedicated exclusively to bringing you the finest that musical theatre has to offer:

  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse presents a successful mix of recent Broadway releases and revivals of classics in the Preston H. Thomas Theatre on the shores of Lake Owasco.
  • Theater Mack, home of The PiTCH, the Festival’s innovative new play development series, presents seven original musicals in a cabaret-style theater. The audiences interact with the creative team to become a part of the creative process.

Having been in existence for over forty years, and home to over 200 performers, artists and technicians each summer, the Festival provides top-notch entertainment to over 125,000 students and over 65,000 patrons each season. FLMTF has been a spring board in the careers of young professionals who have gone on to elite scenic studios building scenery for Broadway productions such as Rocky the Musical; working with Disney Imagineering; touring nationally and internationally with companies such as Networks, Troika, and Feld Entertainment; and leadership positions with Lincoln Center Theatre.

TECUMSEH! (Chillicothe, OH)

Be a part of the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to defend his sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700’s. “Tecumseh!” has been labeled as one of the most mesmerizing dramas in the nation.

Presented on an outdoor stage, audiences are afforded a unique experience, beneath the stars, in the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre. This play offers amazing spectacle with a herd of galloping horses, live military cannon in action, and the most dazzling battle sequences offered on the American stage.

The drama has grown in popularity worldwide over the years. It has drawn well over 2.5 million visitors to Chillicothe during the past 42 years.


The CSC Apprentice Program is an intensive summer training program for young professionals who are actively pursuing a career in theatre. Besides invaluable training, CSC offers a unique opportunity to work alongside theatre professionals on a truly massive scale. Our summer programming reaches over 100,000 audience members every year, and our Apprentices are an integral part of each successful season, as staff, company representatives and as performers.

In Fall of 2013 CSC became the Theater in Residence at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. Thanks to this exciting partnership, much of CSC’s training will take place at Babson’s beautiful campus and in the state-of-the-art Richard W. Sorenson Center for the Arts.

Training at CSC means preparing yourself for the next stage in your career as an actor while developing the skills that are crucial to performing classical drama. Our faculty focuses on the fundamental skills necessary to unleash Shakespeare’s text onto the modern stage. Meanwhile, Apprentices work with professional directors and designers on Apprentice Showcase performances. Faculty and directors review rehearsal work weekly and collaborate to tailor the classroom learning in order to address issues raised in rehearsals. The result is a fully integrated approach to actor training that blends theory and practice, eroding the gap between classroom and rehearsal room.

Apprentices must be at least 18 years of age and have completed their freshman year of undergraduate or equivalent training. There is no age limit on the program.


Core classes include instruction in voice, movement and classical text analyses.

Occasionally, members of the CSC professional company will lead master classes for Apprentices. Topics vary depending on the main-stage cast and individual actors’ specialties. Pass masterclasses have included: Acting for the Camera, Stage Combat, Yoga for the Actor, Improvisation, Voiceover and more.

As part of a cross-mentorship program with CSC2 (CSC’s advanced actor training program for MFA level actors), Apprentices will thoroughly work through a Shakespeare monologue with guidance from a member of CSC2 and CSC staff.


The Academy Showcase is directed and designed by professional Boston artists and performed at various venues in and around the city. Two shows will be produced and each will feature a cast of half of the Apprentice class.

Apprentices will develop scene work as part of their training that will be incorporated into CSC’s “Greenshow”, a short piece that will be performed on the Boston Common as a prelude to the main-stage production.

Twelve Apprentices will be asked to understudy small and ensemble roles in CSC’s main-stage production of King Lear. Additional rehearsals will be required for those Apprentices.

Each Apprentice will receive a thorough introduction to the Actor’s Equity Association and is eligible to earn seven Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) points towards union membership. Points are earned through rehearsal observations and by rotating through various front-of-house responsibilities for performances of King Lear.


Workshops are offered to help you with preparing to be a theatre professional. You will find descriptions for these workshops in workshop section of this program.

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Bill Gillett
Bill GillettNext Steps Coordinator
Howard Community College