One of the largest theatre festivals in the South – right in your own backyard. Held at Santa Fe College – Gainesville, Florida
We are pleased to note that this will be our fifth year at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. This beautiful campus is walking accessible, and includes a food court, lush grounds, and ample free parking. Parking will also be provided on campus for trucks and buses. You can download an SFC map by clicking the ‘Campus Map’ link on the menu on the top of the page. The Florida Theatre Conference has blocked rooms in several nearby hotels to ensure a reasonable rate. You will find information on the blocked hotels with registration contact numbers by clicking the ‘Hotel’ link on the menu above. There will be NO FTC COURTESY BUS service provided by FTC. Upon registration you will receive the FTC Festival Program and a personalized nametag. The program will include every workshop, play, and showcase presented at the Festival. You will also receive a specially designed festival t-shirt. The Festival begins Wednesday, November 2nd at 3:00PM with registration in the lobby of the Fine Arts Hall. That evening we will be offering free to our festivalgoers a production tentatively staged by the Asolo Theatre. They will be presenting their touring production with a cast composed of third-year Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training students. This adaptation of the bard’s classic is especially geared for the middle, high, and college student. Immediately following the production, audience members will have a chance to talk directly with the cast and crew in a mini-workshop. Over the next 3½ days, the FTC Festival will cover the SFC campus. Play festivals, workshops, and auditions will be held in the Fine Arts Hall, Buildings E, R, and S and use the many specialized performing arts rooms – choral rooms, dance studios and the Black Box Theatre.The Festival will include over 65 workshops in all areas of theatre – including singing, acting, pantomime, dance, stage combat, directing, improvisation, play writing, and all technical areas of the stage.The High School One-Act Play Festival and Theatre for Youth Play Festival will be housed in the Fine Arts Hall Theatre. The Middle School Play, Inclusion Showcase, the College 10 Minute Play Showcase and the Community Theatre Play Festival will be housed in the E Building Auditorium Theatre and the DraMature Showcase will be found in the E Building Black Box Theatre. Entrance to these play festivals is included in your Festival registration. Inexpensive day passes are available for all of the play festivals and can be purchased on the day at the registration desk in the Fine Arts Hall. The Festival will also provide the venue where junior and senior high school students, and transferring state college students may Audition for the more than 50 colleges/universities/conservatories attending the Festival. These auditions will be held Thursday afternoon, and all day on Friday and ALL technical auditions will be held on Thursday early afternoon. More detailed information and helpful guidelines can be found on the High School and College Student web pages.
The Festival hosts the SETC Preliminary State Screening Professional Auditions for college and university students on Friday and Saturday. SETC directly manages registration for these auditions – more information and links to the SETC website (www.setc.org) can be found on the College Student page (click on the College Student link at the top of the web page). This is the necessary first step for their participation at the Spring SETC conference.
We have also organized a College Fair and Vendor Expo in the Lobby and Dance Studio of the Fine Arts Hall. The Theatre mezzanine will no longer be used for booths. Specialty performing arts vendors and over 50 colleges/universities/Conservatories have set up booths and can meet with you personally.
The Festival will end with the Closing Ceremony held in the Fine Arts Hall, Saturday evening. This year will feature the Music Theatre students from the Daytona State College under the direction of Samantha Stern who will open the Ceremony. A slide show reflecting the activities of Conference will hold center stage, and play festival and distinguished career awards will be given out. The FTC Fran Walker and Vern Bryant scholarships will also be awarded to two deserving high school seniors.
To register your group for the Festival, simply click on the Division Link at the top of the main page. Group registration and play festival registration forms can be found on the left side of the pages. To register as an individual – click on the Festival Registration form found on the menu at the top of this page. If you would like help with registering or have questions about the Festival we can be reached through the website contact page. We can also be reached by phone at 727-544-8915.
Come join the fun – we look forward to seeing you at the Festival!