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.

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.

SETC Screening Auditions 2021 – Virtual
SETC Spring Professional Auditions – In-Person in Memphis – March 9-13, 2022


  • Screening Audition Registration Opens – September 14, 2021 at 12:00PM EST
  • Screening Audition Registration Closes – November 11, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST *
  • Submissions Adjudicated – November 12 thru December 9, 2021
  • Candidates Notified of Pass or No Pass – December 20, 2021
  • Early Bird Deadline for Convention Registration – January 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Memphis Convention & Spring Professional Auditions – March 9 thru 13, 2022

* 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.
  • 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 2021 – YOUR STATE”.  If you are an out-of-region Auditionee, please title “YOUR NAME 2021 – OUT-OF-REGION”.  (We don’t need your state.)


  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • Two References (Name, Organization, E-Mail, & Phone)
  • Audition Video (60 Seconds)
  • Dance Reel (3 Minutes) – Optional (Except for Dancer-Only)
  • Tumbling Reel (3 Minutes) – Optional

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:


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!