The purpose of NEXT STEPS is to give you 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!

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.


Wellesley/Boston, MA


Any college-age performer

The CSC Apprentice Program is an intensive summer training program for young actors who are actively pursuing a career in theatre. This eight-week training runs concurrently with CSC’s signature event, free outdoor Shakespeare on the Common, founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Steve Maler’s vision that Shakespeare “belongs and should be accessible to everyone.” The apprenticeship offers a robust Shakespearean performance focus through professionally directed productions held in and around Boston. CSC faculty support the work in the rehearsal room through classes in voice and text analysis. At the beginning of the program, we work with each apprentice to identify personal goals and track these goals together with faculty and staff throughout the summer. Apprentices will also bring their work and enthusiasm to audience engagement work on The Boston Common, where they are an integral part of our show’s success.



Full-time employees with experience/training in technical theatre.

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Princeton, IL


Seasonal (summer) technicians and tech interns.

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 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.


Auburn, NY


Seasonal (summer/fall) technicians and summer interns.

The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival is an award winning arts organization committed to diversity, inclusion and creating theatrical experiences at the highest levels of artistic integrity. We leverage the power of the arts as a tool for entertainment, education, social awareness and cultural development in our community and the Finger Lakes region. The Festival is situated in the picturesque Finger Lakes wine region of Central New York. Our 2019 season includes: Grease, Grand Hotel, South Pacific, Working, and Lochness: A New Musical. Our second venue, The Carriage House Theater (formerly Theatre Mack), is a cabaret-style environment, housed in a converted and beautifully restored carriage house. There, we present a new musical in development each week, encouraging audience feedback and discourse in our new works series, “The PiTCH.” This year, we celebrate the eighth anniversary of “The PiTCH,” which will launch with our 65th new musical to date.

We provide top-notch entertainment to over 67,000 patrons each season, are routinely recognized by industry press and maintain a high regard in the professional theatre community for our artistry and execution.



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.

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



Graduating seniors looking to continue their training.

Embrace an approach to theatre that is as progressive as Sarah Lawrence College itself. The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre program helps students find themselves and their individual aesthetic voice in the art form. Under the guidance of a faculty of artists who are working professionals, the program offers an advanced study of theatre that is multi-disciplinary, collaborative, extensive, and practical. Like the College at large, the Graduate Program in Theatre emphasizes an individualized learning process. Each student’s course of study is unique, and is created in consultation with the program director and faculty in response to the student’s background, interests, strengths, and artistic training requirements.


New York, NY


Graduating seniors looking to continue their training.

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 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, critical analysis, craftsmanship, problem solving, social awareness and collaboration.


Louisville, KY


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.

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 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.


Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian

Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian

Irene Ryans

Lycoming College

Wolf Sherrill

Wolf Sherrill

Irene Ryans

James Madison University

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