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college auditions

  • 1.  college auditions

    Posted 18 days ago
    I've heard of performing arts colleges teaming up and holding auditions for potential students en masse, allowing high school kids the opportunity to audition once in front of several schools at the same time.  Anyone know how I could my high school involved with such?  Where and when are these held?  What do the students need to prepare?

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    Christopher Engler
    Theater director
    Loves Park IL
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  • 2.  RE: college auditions

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hi Christopher,

    Yes, there are several places where performing arts colleges gather for auditions. The largest one is called the National Unified Auditions. They are held in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. From late February to early March. Chicago has the most programs attending. http://www.unifiedauditions.com/

    There is also SETC - Southeast Theatre Conference - this one also holds auditions. Late February/Early March each year. It's a good resource for juniors planning on auditioning the next year. It's a consortium style audition. This year it's in Louisville, KY. https://www.setc.org/convention/

    International Thespian Conference in the summer - https://www.schooltheatre.org/blogs/edta-news/2018/04/04/international-thespian-festival-is-moving-to-a-new

    MARCAS - Mid-Atlantic Regional Auditions - early November in New Jersey - https://www.midatlanticauditions.com/about-marcas

    Ohio Thespians - open to anyone. Mostly colleges from Ohio and surrounding areas attend and it's only open to seniors. https://ohedta.org/

    If you are looking for what each college requires - we have created a platform called STAR - it has a database of over 325 colleges, with information about each program, contacts, audition requirements and financial information. It is a software that helps students stay organized through the crazy audition process. We have special pricing for Educators and their students. We don't recommend any one college, we believe each student is unique and there is a perfect school out there for everyone that wants to study theatre in college. You can see how the platform works here. www.theatreadvisors.com

    Hope this helps.

    Christie Matte


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    Christie Matte
    Johns Creek GA
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  • 3.  RE: college auditions

    Posted 16 days ago
    "We don't recommend any one college, we believe each student is unique and there is a perfect school out there for everyone that wants to study theatre in college."

    i want to underscore score the importance of this statement and encourage students, parents, and educators to take it to heart and consider the broadest possible set of criteria as you are making your initial list.

    Approach this search with an open mind, clear eyes, and little emotion as you consider the ramifications of any single possibility.

    'There are many paths up the mountain - find and follow yours.'

    good luck and enjoy the search and the journey!

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    John (Jerf) Friedenberg
    Director Of Theatre
    Associate Teaching Professor
    Wake Forest University Dept of Theatre & Dance
    Winston-salem NC
    Jerf@wfu.edu
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