WHAT’S NEXT? NEXT STEPS
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.
ACTOR AUDITION and PRODUCTION INTERVIEWS
Next Steps invites theatre companies and graduate schools to hold auditions and interviews at every KCACTF festival.
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CASE WESTERN RESERVE, CLEVELAND PLAYHOUSE MFA ACTING PROGRAM (Cleveland, OH)
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 intimate class size enables the program to tailor curriculum and performance experiences to suit the specific training needs of each class.
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 he/she is prepared to meet any artistic challenge.
Throughout the three years of training, the acting, voice, speech and movement instructors work in concert to assess the individual student’s progress and integrate the various disciplines in ways that will create maximum flexibility, freedom of expression and dynamic range. The program’s goal is to instill the skills, discipline, and craft that will produce a distinctive and effective actor able to encompass the full range of professional demands.
These training objectives are pursued in an environment that integrates the educational, artistic and professional resources of one of the oldest academic theatre programs in the United States (Case Western Reserve University) and the nation’s first regional theatre (Cleveland Play House).
- 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.
- Nationally and internationally recognized faculty and guest instructors
- A full tuition waiver, plus a highly competitive yearly stipend and free healthcare.
- New York City Industry Showcase
- Membership in Actors’ Equity Association upon successful completion of the program.
COMMONWEALTH SHAKESPEARE COMPANY APPRENTICE PROGRAM (Wellesley/Boston, MA)
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.
- Learn voice and classical text in core classes and receive personalized monologue and scene study 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 and designed by professional artists and presented at various venues throughout Greater 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.
Actors of all genders, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For application requirements and additional info visit commshakes.org
BRIGHT STAR TOURING THEATRE COMPANY
Bright Star Touring Theatre is a company based in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC. This educational touring theatre company sends pairs of actors out on the road to travel all across the country. As a company, Bright Star performs over 2000 times a year in schools, libraries, community centers, theatres and more! Actors travel as far west as Seattle, Washington and as far east as Moscow, Russia! Bright Star is the largest provider of both Anti-bullying and Black History programs in America, but those are only a few of the topics they cover. From STEM to Fairytales, Holidays to Literary Classics, Bright Star provides performances that entertain, educate and inspire audiences all around the world.
Every year Bright Star casts between 45-55 actors. Actors are cast in pairs, and each tour has their own set of shows. Rehearsals are held in Asheville, NC. Once the shows are set – the tours load up their sets and costumes and travel around the country! Compensation is $400 a week. Actors stay in hotels while on the road, which are all booked by Bright Star. If you want to travel or see more of the country, this is an amazing job for you!
- For your audition, please plan to provide a headshot and resume.
- Prepare a one-minute long monologue, completely memorized.
- The audition will include some improvisation.
- You may be asked to sing something A Capella.
- We want to see how you have fun!
ETP: ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS
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.
EventEQ: Enabling the emotional power of the presentation, EventEQ offers the latest and most innovative design, audio, lighting, video, LED staging and scenic solutions for event producers and organizations. The lifeline of EventEQ is our people. As a tight-knit team, we are passionate about making a measurable impact in all we do. This is a team of Pros. Cool Pros, but Pros nonetheless.
Premier: We specialize in the full-service support of mid-sized events through a broad scope of offerings to our clients. Our team provides the renderings, design, audiovisual gear, technical crew, and stage set for your show. With the ability to transform templates or build your show from scratch, Premier customizes event solutions to fit your specific timeline and budget.
LMG: For over 30 years, LMG has provided video, audio, and lighting solutions to conventions and meetings, international concert tours, nationally televised events, and FORTUNE 500 company presentations. Now you have the opportunity to explore a career at LMG. Join the hard-working and passionate team that deliver unparalleled audiovisual support to events around the world.
- For your interview, please plan to provide a resume.
- ETP is seeking entry-level audio, video, and lighting technicians who on average earn $28K-$35K annually. Rapid upward mobility for positively-minded and capable employees.
NEXT STEP WORKSHOPS
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.