SETC Professional Screening Auditions


Spring Professional Auditions

The SETC conducts one of the country’s largest combined auditions. Approximately 85 companies gather at our Annual Convention to audition over 800 actors. To be eligible to audition as a professional you must be 18 years of age or older, not be currently enrolled in school and have had a minimum of two paid professional jobs in live theatre since completing your training. Dancer Only Auditions also occur at the Spring Convention.

SETC plans for an in-person Convention in Lexington, KY from March 1-5, 2023 where live Spring Professional Auditions & Theatre Job Fair will happen. Accessibility options for those who cannot travel will be available.

Screening for Pre-Professionals and College Students

Individuals (including students) interested in auditioning at the Spring Auditions who do not meet the above professional qualifications must first audition and be passed on at the state level before being allowed to audition as a part of the Spring Auditions.

The SETC Professional Screening Auditions will be achieved again this Fall 2022, not as in-person, but as video auditions for all States.

SETC Screening Auditions 2022 – Virtual
SETC Spring Professional Auditions – In-Person in Lexington, KY – March 1-5, 2023


  • Screening Audition Registration Closes – November 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET *
  • Submissions Adjudicated – November 14 thru December 4, 2022
  • Candidates Notified of Pass or No Pass – December 9, 2022
  • Early Bird Deadline for Convention Registration – January 12, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET
  • Lexington Convention & Spring Professional Auditions – March 1 thru 5, 2023

* Screening Auditions will be capped at 2,400.  Registration is scheduled for approximately nine weeks and will be closed when 2,400 Auditionees are reached.  Notifications will go out each week to the States updating them on the registration numbers.


    • Video auditions can be taped with a cell phone or in-home equipment (professional studio not necessary).
    • Time limit is 60 seconds for all auditions and can include acting, singing, or both (in either order).
    • The “video progress” or “scrubber bar” should read no more than 60 seconds or audition will be disqualified. (Do not use the system’s options to shorten your video, this will result in the adjudicators not seeing your video at all, it will result in technical difficulties. Make sure your video is exactly 60 seconds).
    • Please no slate.  Do not state your name or the piece you are performing.  Audition material only.
    • Please frame your body in the audition video from the knees up.
    • Musical pieces should be accompanied by piano/keyboard only, either live or piano-only track.
    • Musical pieces should not be accompanied by instrumental tracks, karaoke, or sung a cappella.
    • Required file format includes .MOV .AVI .MP4 .MKV (most phones use .MP4 format).
    • SETC’s Professional Services Manager is available to help anyone with limited technology or issues.
    • Please no performance reels, commercial clips, or professionally edited studio tapes.
    • Audition file must be titled “YOUR NAME 2022 – YOUR STATE”.  If you are an out-of-region Auditionee, please title “YOUR NAME 2022 – OUT-OF-REGION”.  (We don’t need your state.)


Self-Tape Tips –

Video Audition Examples –

TTC Video Auditions Prep –

What makes you stop and really watch an audition? –

What’s one thing good auditionees do really well? –

How do you choose between two equally talented actors? –

What happens when there’s no space in your season for an actor you want to hire? –

What is proper audition attire? –

SETC Services Overview Video –

SETC One Sheet – 

For details and to register, CLICK HERE

For questions about the audition process, please contact:

Marci Duncan,
SETC Auditions Committee Chair

[email protected]

For questions about SETC, your account, or the online applications, please email:

[email protected]


Friday, Oct. 19, 2018
2:00pm Registration is open – Lobby of Dept of Theatre, UAB Aly Stephens Center
3:30pm Mandatory Briefing – Hulsey Recital Hall*All Friday auditionees must attend!
4:00-7:00pm Auditions – Hulsey Recital Hall
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018
8:30am Registration is open – Lobby of Dept of Theatre, UAB Aly Stephens Center
9:30am Mandatory Briefing – Hulsey Recital Hall*All Saturday morning auditionees must attend!
10:00am-1:00pm Auditions morning session
1:00-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00 Mandatory Briefing  – Hulsey Recital Hall*All Saturday afternoon auditionees must attend!
2:30-5:30pm Auditions afternoon session – Hulsey Recital Hall