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.

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

  1. Click on the Registration link.
  2. Fill out the brief information form (including Name, school name, email, cell phone, and audition option (Acting, Design, or Stage Management, or Combination)

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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Next Steps Coordinator: Jack Cirillo (colclough@marshall.edu)

ACTOR AUDITION and PRODUCTION INTERVIEWS

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

ETP: ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

Interviewing

Internships, Part Time and Fulltime opportunities for those interested in event technology careers.

ETP Is the parent company to a collection of exceptional brands in the live event and entertainment technology services industry. WE are one of the largest providers of corporate and concert touring show services including design, scenic, audio, video, lighting and LED. 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. We provide nationwide part-time, full-time and internship opportunities for students interest in event technology careers. The session will highlight a comprehensive overview of event technology careers and available programs. Former students who have participated in relevant career paths will also be on hand to discuss their experience.

FESTIVAL 56

Princeton, IL

Interviewing

Seasonal (summer) designers, technicians, and stage managers.

Festival 56 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 to 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. The summer 2020 season will include Matilda, Fun Home, Polkadots, King Lear, 4000 Miles, and Tuck Everlasting.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAYHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE THEATRE

Auditioning

Graduating seniors seeking professional training for theatre, film, and television, NYC based network, and industry launch (two year certificate program only).

And/or

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the summer intensive programs.

Home of the Meisner Technique is a professional conservatory in New York City celebrating 90 years of excellence in actor training for theatre, film, & television. Our approach focuses on the artistic growth of the actor through technical training in acting, movement, speech, and voice. The Neighborhood Playhouse offers the serious acting student what few other acting schools can provide – a rich tradition of excellence in actor training coupled with the practical skills for building a career. We have two programs of study. The Two Year Certificate Professional Actor Training program is our legendary full-time program for those students ready for professional training and an industry launch in two years time. The Six Week Summer Intensive is a terrific course to supplement a Bachelor’s program with an immersion in the Meisner Technique and NYC. Our faculty are master teachers who are experts in their field of instruction. The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre is a non-profit, tax-exempt institution of higher education offering post-secondary training in dramatic arts: acting. Check out www.neighborhoodplayhouse.org.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, MFA ACTING PROGRAM

Louisville, KY

Auditioning

Graduating seniors looking to continue their training. Prepare an audition of a short classical and a short contemporary monologue

The mission of the University of Louisville’s graduate program in performance is based on the idea of creating Art in Action: theatre that is engaged and inclusive, rigorous and enjoyable, thoughtful and transformative. Theatre Arts at Uof L 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, critical analysis, craftsmanship, problem solving, social awareness and collaboration.

THE CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY/CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE MFA ACTING PROGRAM

Auditioning

Seeing Juniors and Graduating seniors looking to continue their training. Please prepare both a short classical and a short contemporary monologue (90 seconds total)-call back may include 16 bar A Capella song. BRING PICTURE AND RESUME

NEXT INTAKE, FALL 2021

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 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.
  • Full tuition waiver.
  • Healthcare
  • Generous yearly living stipend.
  • A third-year 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

6. 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

Auditioning

Graduating seniors looking to continue their training.

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.

TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT

Interviewing

Graduating seniors with interest in touring full-time. Experience/training in technical theatre required in one or more departments: carpentry, electrics, audio, props, wardrobe, wigs, and/or stage management.
No design or intern positions available.

As a full-service theatrical production company with roots in our successful past and adaptable to the ever-changing needs of the present and future marketplace, TROIKA Entertainment prides itself on high quality productions for the road. We extend that ethic of partnership beyond the proscenium as we build long-term relationships with our associated producers and presenters, deepening our existing bonds and forging new ones. We’re putting our experience to use by providing a portfolio of products to delight audiences for many seasons to come. To learn more about our productions and all the great people who make TROIKA run, please explore our website.

Some of our exciting productions this year include: CATS, My Fair Lady, The Color Purple, Escape to Margaritaville, and The Heroin Diaries. We are always looking for new faces to join our teams on the road. If you are a technician or a stage manager we’d like to get to know you.

www.Troika.com

TOWSON UNIVERSITY MFA IN THEATRE ARTS

MFA Audition

Auditioning

Portfolio reviews/interviews. The program is quite interdisciplinary: portfolio of design work, performance art, visual art, choreography, directing, dramaturgy, playwrighting, etc. Actors (dancers, singers, etc) are welcome to come in and discuss how they want to expand as artists into the creation of original works.

Towson University’s MFA in Theatre Arts cultivates the self-generative artist through an interdisciplinary, process-oriented and collaborative experience. Engaging with diverse practical approaches and theoretical perspectives each student develops an individual aesthetic through the creation of new work. Designed as an experimental, self-directed process, this program is for artists who cannot be content working in a single discipline and wish to engage deeply in local and global communities, combining the life of an artist with the skills and sensibilities of entrepreneurs and educators.

ROUND HOUSE THEATRE COMPANY

Auditioning

Fulltime employees with experience/training in technical theatre.

11. THE NATIONAL PLAYERS

Auditioning for

A Raisin in the Sun &

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

National Players is a unique ensemble bringing innovative theater to communities large and small across the United States. National Players presents self-sustained productions of Shakespeare and other classics to learners of all ages and in all environments. Through performances and integrated educational programs, National Players empowers these learners to build stronger communities through artistic collaboration. Celebrating its 72nd season, National Players is the hallmark outreach program of Olney Theatre Center, a Helen Hayes Award-winning theatre in suburban Washington, DC.

  • RUTH YOUNGER / HERMIA – African-American
  • TRAVIS YOUNGER / PUCK – African-American
  • WALTER LEE YOUNGER / OBERON – African-American
  • BENEATHA YOUNGER / HELENA – African-American
  • LENA YOUNGER (MAMA) / TITANIA – African-American
  • JOSEPH ASAGAI / DEMETRIUS or LYSANDER – African-American
  • GEORGE MURCHISON / African-American
  • KARL LINDNER / DEMETRIUS or LYSANDER – Caucasian

National Players’ casting representatives will be attending the Next Step cattle call at KCACTF. If you are selected for a callback, please be prepared with a brief Shakespeare monologue and a monologue from a classic American drama. If you have any questions, please contact casting@nationalplayers.org.

Next Steps Registration

Contact

Jack Cirillo

Jack Cirillo

Next Steps Coordinator

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