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SETC Professional Screening Auditions – VIRTUAL in 2020

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19 related issues, the 2020 SETC Professional Screening Auditions will be held online via video auditions for ALL STATES including Alabama. 

SETC hopes to achieve live Spring Professional Auditions & Theatre Job Fair in Memphis March 3-7, 2020

All details below are subject to change.

Schedule, Deadlines, & Fees

The 2020 Screening Audition fee for ALL STATES is $85

Registration Opens:  Monday, October 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM ET
Registration Closes:  Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM Noon ET

  • All applications, videos, payment must be complete by this date.
  • Auditions will be accepted first come, first serve.
  • Early submission is important.  A cap may apply if submissions rise to a level beyond ability to manage or detrimental to percentages below.
  • Central Office Staff will monitor submissions and communicate with the SACs as we go along.

Auditionees Notified of Screening Results: Monday, November 30, 2020
Deadline for Selected Auditionees to Accept Slot/Register/Pay for Memphis:  Wednesday, December 18, 2020 at Noon ET

For details and to register, CLICK HERE

For questions about the audition process, please contact:

Ellen Peck

ACT SETC Screening Coordinator

 Marci Duncan,
SETC Auditions Committee Chair

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


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.

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.

Three professional adjudicators review each auditionee using a rubric developed by SETC.  Note that the rubric is currently being updated and will be posted when it becomes available. Please note that college seniors who do not advance in their final year BUT have passed in previous years and have obtained work through SETC, will be able to send in a special request form, support materials and a recent employer recommendation, and may possibly still audition in the Spring.

Alabama auditions will be ONLINE in 2020.


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

If you are in production on the day of the screening auditions, you MUST contact the SETC Central Offices as soon as possible for reassignment to another state’s screening auditions. ONLY auditionees with proof of being in a production on the day of the Alabama screening auditions will be eligible for reassignment through the SETC auditions committee.

Adults not registered in a college or university MAY also go through state screening auditions if they are seeking work from professional companies at SETC. They should have a director from wherever they do theatre (community theatre, for instance) sign the application for them. If they already have 2 professional credits, they may choose to go through professional auditions instead of screening auditions.

You are encouraged to register early!