On March 5-7, twelve of NC State’s University Theatre students traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). In addition to the workshops and theatre productions they attended, all twelve students received job or internship offers!
I wrote about the students’ excitement to attend in my earlier blog post titled University Theatre Students to Attend Southeastern Theatre Conference, and their experience certainly lived up to the excitement. Kimberlin Torain, who planned to interview with more companies and build on relationships she formed during the previous conference, said that this time she was very prepared because of collaboration with other students. Sarah Thornton, the aspiring stage manager who told me she was excited to attend the job fair, said she was able to “participate in and observe professional interviews for a theatre company.” Both students will be working at jobs this summer obtained at the conference.
The SETC attracts over 6,000 theatre professionals a year, and it is the largest of its kind in the country. Over the course of three days, both acting and technical theatre students had the opportunity to look for employment at a nationwide job fair and network with theatre professionals from around the world. They learned more about their craft in theatre workshops and attended regional theatre productions.
Before the trip, the students prepared for the experience with workshops on auditioning, resumes, portfolios, and interview skills. Every one of the students who attended the conference received offers for employment. Some of the theatre companies at which NC State students will be representing NC State: Lexington Children’s Theatre, Disney World, Weston Playhouse, the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Thanks to donor support from the Thomas Stafford Travel Fund, APO Holiday Show, and University Theatre, the reduced price of attending made it possible for these students to go on the trip.
Watch the video below to see photos from their trip, as well as comments from all of the attending students.