WHAT IS NEXT STEPS?
AUDITIONS AND PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
KCACTF Region 2 now offers Festival participants a new opportunity to take the next step in their educational growth with this chance to be seen and heard by professional theatre companies in search of year around work and/or seasonal work. BA and BFA schools, as well as graduate and summer training programs. Jobs, internships, summer work, 4 year schools and graduate programs will be represented at the auditions and interviews.
WHAT IS GENERAL REGISTRATION?
We need to have an idea how many of you want to take advantage of this opportunity so we can design an event that will serve both students and invited companies. The general registration will help us determine how many students want to perform and how many want to participate in a DTM Design/Tech/Management interview.
For this General Registration, you do not have to be registered for the festival
- Click on the Registration link.
- Fill out the brief information form (Name, email, cell phone, and audition option (Acting, Design, or Stage Management, or Combination)
Next Steps Registration
WHAT SCHOOLS AND COMPANIES ARE ATTENDING NEXT STEPS?
- CASE WESTERN RESERVE/CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE, MFA ACTING PROGRAM
- UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, MFA ACTING PROGRAM
- ETP: ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE, NYC
- FESTIVAL 56, PRINCETON, IL
- UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS/PIG IRON THEATRE COMPANY
- TOWSON UNIVERSITY MFA IN THEATRE ARTS
- TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT, LLC
WHAT DO I PREPARE FOR NEXT STEPS?
- Performers: Performers will be given 60 seconds to perform a monologue and 90 seconds if they want to act and sing. An accompanist will NOT be provided so students who want to sing will need to do it without accompaniment.
- Designers: Companies will be at the festival looking for designers and/or technicians. Students should prepare materials (digital or hard copy portfolio) they can bring that highlights their work and experience.
- Technicians/Managers: be prepared to discuss your resume and discuss your experience.
More specific information will be posted as it becomes available.
Next Steps invites theatre companies and graduate schools to hold auditions and interviews at every KCACTF festival.
BROOKLYN COLLEGE, CUNY MFA IN ACTING
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
MFA in Design
THE CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY/CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE MFA ACTING PROGRAM
Graduating seniors looking to continue their training in an MFA Acting Program. Prefer seeing both a short classical and a short contemporary monologue. Call back could include 16 bar A Capella song.
Since 1996, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has partnered with Cleveland Play House (CPH), recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award, to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting.
Every two years, eight actors are chosen from the hundreds who audition nationwide to join this rigorous three-year conservatory program. The CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program admits committed young artists who possess a love of language, empathy for the human experience, a vivid imagination and the desire to develop the necessary physical and vocal skills for a successful and sustained career in the ever evolving performing arts scene.
The Program is designed to train the 21st century theatre artist capable of performing skillfully in works from the classical to contemporary canons in a variety of genres so that they are prepared to meet any artistic challenge.
The training is enhanced by a professional collaboration with award-winning Cleveland Play House, America’s first regional theatre. CPH’s lauded history and its deep roots in the nation’s artistic landscape, provide a tangible example of creative excellence and invaluable practical experience for the Program’s actors. The MFA Program occupies spacious rehearsal and class facilities at CPH in the heart of Cleveland’s thriving theatre district.
- Three years of rigorous conservatory training including Acting, Movement, Voice, Speech and Dialects, Period Styles, Singing, Audition Technique, On-Camera Acting and Stage Combat.
- Free tuition
- Generous yearly living stipend.
- A professional residency at Cleveland Play House performing and understudying in the mainstage season.
- MFA Ensemble productions with faculty and guest directors.
- Membership in Actor Equity Association upon successful completion of the program.
- New York City Industry Showcase.
- Nationally and internationally recognized faculty and guest instructors.
PROGRAM INFORMATION AND AUDITION DETAILS AT clevelandplayhouse.com/mfa
COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY APPRENTICE PROGRAM
All college age performers.
CSC is committed to preparing future generations of actors for productive and satisfying careers in theatre. The CSC Academy education and training programs are aimed at professional and pre-professionals at various stages of their careers. 2021 offerings Include:
Virtual Shakespeare Intensive: May 17-23 2021, 11a-4p EST - A one-week online program that provides instruction and practice in bringing Shakespeare’s characters to life on stage: how to decipher his words, unlock secrets in the meter and rhythm, act on the line, and embody actions. Our VSI program includes: text and voice classes, monologue coaching, masterclasses with guest artists and a virtual showcase. Participation in a VSI is a prerequisite for students who wished to be considered for the "fast track" of our summer apprentice program
Summer Apprentice Program*: June 13- Aug 8, 2021- An 8 week intensive training program that offers a robust Shakespearean performance focus. In 2021 we will also add a 6 week "fast track option" for students who have completed one of our Virtual programs. Program components include:
- Learn voice and classical text in core classes and receive personalized monologue and scene coaching.
- Earn Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) points towards union membership and engage in professional development opportunities through interaction with CSC's Equity artists.
- Perform in fully-produced Shakespeare plays directed by professional artists and presented in the city of Boston.
- Work as an Audience Ambassador on the Boston Common by assisting with front-of-house duties and engaging with our diverse audiences through pre-show educational conversations, play and performance moments.
*Currently planned as an in-person program for summer 2021. We continue to monitor the national and local situation as regards the coronavirus pandemic. In the event an in person program is not possible this summer, students will have the opportunity to defer their acceptance to a future summer and/or participate in a virtual version of this program as we ran in summer 2020.
Actors of all genders, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for all CSC Academy Programs.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company: CSC Academy: https://commshakes.org/csc-academy/
ETP: ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS
Fulltime employees with experience/training in technical theatre.
ETP Is the parent company to a collection of exceptional brands in the live event and entertainment technology services industry. Our shared philosophy embraces a distinctive approach to quality, service, and support. We are integrated industry leaders driven by client relationships, all with a simple goal in mind: to build and grow business. We’re relentlessly looking for new and innovative ways to do it, be it a new technology or a more efficient way to better serve our customers.
Seasonal (summer) technicians and tech interns.
(PRINCETON, IL) was founded in 2004 by a group of artists with the mission to present a wide selection of plays and musicals throughout history, from Shakespeare contemporary Broadway fare. Since its inception, Festival 56 has produced over 100 productions by bringing artists from across the country to Princeton, Illinois, where they produce live productions in the Grace Performing Arts Center, a renovated newspaper publishing building and in a public park. 2019 will be the Year of Women at Festival 56, with a season of shows telling women’s stories, featuring casts with at least gender parity, and women in major artistic leadership positions both onstage and offstage. The productions included in our summer production are: Pinkalicious, Rabbit Hole, Othello (cross-gender cast), Mary Poppins, I Do! I Do!, Little Women.
MFA IN PERFROMANCE CREATION
Well-rounded theatre artists looking to continue their training in an MFA Performance Creation.
The Moravian College Master of Fine Arts in Performance Creation, in partnership with Touchstone Theatre, is a unique opportunity for artists to hone their vision and see their work through from artistic impulse to realization on stage. This program is for artists who want to create their own performances, instead of playing a supporting role in someone else’s vision.
Earn a degree steeped in both the practical and the theoretical. Part arts incubator, part apprenticeship, students create original solo and ensemble performance in both production and lab settings and teach theatre in the community while receiving hands-on experience in arts administration and production. They’ll be embedded with Touchstone Theatre for the entire program, adding professional credits to their resumes alongside their education. Specializing in socially engaged performance creation and community-based work, Touchstone Theatre is a professional resident ensemble committed to using art to make a positive impact.
This regional first:
- is an accelerated, full-time, two-year program.
- includes international travel and performance.
- is embedded in a professional ensemble.
- features a low, 2:1 faculty-student ratio.
- provides hands-on arts administration, production and teaching experience to create well-rounded professionals who get the job done.
THE NATIONAL THEATRE INSTITUTE
EUGENE O’NEILL THEATRE CENTER
Any interested theater student looking for a semester-long, multidisciplinary theater training. Callback may include some piece/monologue working and an introduction into the National Theater Institute’s intensive programs. Students called back must also complete the rest of the NTI application.
The National Theater Institute (NTI), founded in 1970, is a nationally recognized training program housed at the 2016 National Medal of the Arts Recipient, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut and the Moscow Art Theater School in Moscow, Russia. With a singular schedule and an unmatched breadth of training, NTI’s credit-earning training programs offer students a spring board to the professional theater world. These programs include a two-week residency in London or NYC, tickets to 20+ shows, and classes in: Acting, Scene Study, Playwriting, Movement, Shakespeare, Microaggressions & Racial Biases in Theater, Musical Theater, Producing, and more. Financial aid is transferable to our semester-long programs.
- The National Theater Institute (Fall or Spring)
- National Music Theater Institute (Fall-only)
- Moscow Art Theatre Semester (Fall-only)
- Advanced Playwriting ( Spring-only)
- Advanced Directing (Fall or Spring)
- Theatermakers Summer Intensive
- Graduate Programs (MA/MFA) in International Theater Practice & Performance
Who is NTI right for?
The National Theater Institute seeks a driven, unique ensemble of (20-40) theater-makers each semester to train at a two-time Tony Award-winning theater. This 14-week long conservatory-style theater-immersion program is offered every fall and spring and is geared towards students who want to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, ensemble-driven training space, and take a diverse array of theater classes from over 60 industry professionals and notable theater practitioners. The Program is designed to train students who love various aspects of theater, and are hungry to expand and strengthen their theater toolbelt, while making direct connections to professional artists that are leading the industry.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE
Graduating seniors seeking professional training for theatre, film, and television, NYC based network, and industry launch (two year certificate program only).
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the summer intensive programs.
THE STELLA ADLER STUDIO OF ACTING
Any college-age performer
The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York and Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles are excited to attend KCACTF's Next Step auditions. Actors may audition for programs including: 3-Year Conservatory, 2-Year Evening Conservatory, LA Conservatory, or summer programs including the Summer Conservatory, Shakespeare Intensive, Chekhov Intensive, Physical Theater Intensive, Musical Theater Intensive, and Black Arts Intensive. Through auditions, the studio is seeking to connect with the most gifted, ambitious actors who have an appetite for rigorous training and an interest in studying acting in New York or Los Angeles to take their craft to the next level. Founded in 1949, the Stella Adler Studio occupies a unique place in the history of both theater and actor training in the United States. Rooted in the spirit of Stella Adler, and the insight that growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous, students are challenged on every level by world-class faculty and by a mission to nurture theater artists so that they value humanity, their own and others, as their first priority, while bringing art and education to the community. Alumni include Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Warren Beatty, Elaine Stritch, among many others.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
PIG IRON THEATRE COMPANY
University of the Arts/Pig Iron Theatre Company MFA in Devised Performance
Graduate Training Program Audition
Well-rounded theatre artists looking to continue their training in an MFA in Devised Performance.
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Devised Performance, a collaboration between UArts and Pig Iron, is one of the first programs of its kind, marrying ensemble theatre practice with the rigors of graduate education. The program brings together daring and passionate theatre artists from around the globe to train their bodies and imaginations, creating original performance works in response to the world around us. Pig Iron Theatre Company, described by The New York Times as "one of the few groups successfully taking theater in new directions", brings to the program over 20 years of award-winning devised work that is rooted in Lecoq pedagogy. The unique MFA program is directed by Pig Iron co-founder Quinn Bauriedel within the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts. A graduate degree in Devised Performance that combines the groundbreaking programming created by Pig Iron with the collaboration of the Brind School enables students to not only become a practitioner in the theatre world today, but to define and lead the theater of tomorrow.
For more information: https://www.uarts.edu/academics/graduate/mfa-devised-performance
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
MFA ACTING PROGRAM
AFRICAN-AMERICAN THEATRE PROGRAM
Graduating seniors looking to continue their training in an MFA Acting Program. Students interested in participating in the African-American Theatre Program
The mission of the UofL MFA Acting Program is to create Art in Action: theatre that is engaged and inclusive, rigorous and enjoyable, thoughtful and transformative. Theatre Arts at UofL challenges students to become critical thinkers who take pleasure connecting with local, national, and global communities through live performance. Graduates explore the world with the courage, discipline, and practical skills required of theatre artists—imagination, empathy, research, critical analysis, craftsmanship, problem solving, social awareness and collaboration. Through its African American Theatre Program (AATP) the University of Louisville's Theatre Department offers the unique opportunity to gain in-depth experience in African American and African Diaspora Theatre.
Founded in 1993, the AATP is integral to the Theatre Arts Department. It develops theatre artists trained in the traditions of African American theatre and contributes to the movement for equity and inclusivity in the arts. The program is committed to staging works by new and established African-descended
dramatists, developing a broad audience for Black Theatre, and offering an in-depth curriculum that includes acting and directing techniques, history, literature and aesthetics of Black performance. We are excited to offer Louisville audiences the chance to see an array of classic and cutting edge African American performances. The AATP includes two Mainstage productions a season, community service, touring, and eight courses for graduate and undergraduate students. Undergraduates can earn a minor in Black Performance Studies while graduate students can earn a Graduate Certificate in African American Theatre. These studies in African American theatre are unique among American universities.
The MFA program offers 4 Graduate Teaching Assistantships per year which include an annual stipend, health insurance, and free tuition. In addition to training in Voice, Movement, and Acting with our resident faculty, MFA students study with professionals from Actors Theatre of Louisville and may be awarded internships with the company.
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
MFA IN THEATRE
MFA in Theatre
VIRGINA TECH UNIVERSITY
Offering specialized programs in a range of design, technology, and management areas
Virginia Tech’s three-year MFA Program in Theatre is committed to a student’s professional advancement and creative journey. Providing autonomy for self-discovery, the program prepares students through experiential learning reinforced by fundamental practices.
The foundation of our program lies in practical application centered in production experience and management of production processes. Each student, working closely with a primary advisor and graduate committee, develops a personalized program of study that responds to the student’s background, needs, and goals in their specific area of study.
Features of our program
- Personalized plan of study
- Direct practice and hands-on projects
- One-on-one instruction and small group study
- Culminating project
- Paid assistantship
- Full tuition waiver
- Technical Direction
Areas of study
- Arts Leadership
- Costume Design and Technology
- Directing and Public Dialogue
- Lighting Design
- Prop Design and Management
- Stage Management
For more information, please go to https://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/school-of-performing-arts/academic-programs.html#graduates
Vice Chair and Next Steps
West Liberty University