Florida Theatre Conference

College & University Students

Each year more than 50 colleges/universities/conservatories from around the United States gather at the Florida Theatre Conference Annual Festival. College and University students from around Florida will attend – to participate in Transfer Auditions, SETC State Screening Professional Auditions, and the State College 10 Minute Play Festival.
If you are applying for the SETC Preliminary Professional Auditions you register directly through the SETC website at www.setc.org.

Students transferring from community and/or state colleges can participate in the transfer auditions at the FTC Annual Festival. The top-flight colleges, conservatories and universities who attend the auditions have programs specializing in the theatre arts, and their representatives will be able to help you make an informed and effective decision about your future. The Festival also stages a College Fair, which is free to audition candidates. You will be able to meet directly with representatives from the same institutions you will be auditioning for – and gather important information regarding grants and scholarships.This Festival is also the host for college and university students who will complete a Preliminary State Professional Screening Audition for the Southeastern Theatre Conference. SETC stages a conference every spring which can introduce you to more than 100 theatre companies seeking performers for seasonal and year-round employment. They also offer a number of grants and scholarships – the list with web links can be found at the side of this page.The auditions for college and university students are a part of the larger FTC Annual Festival. The festival is held on the Santa Fe College campus, in Gainesville, Florida. The festival begins Wednesday, November 2nd, and concludes on Saturday, November 5th, with a closing ceremony. With your audition registration fees, you will gain access to all seven play festivals and showcases and more than 65 workshops which cover everything from advanced acting workshops and finding an agent to stage combat and successfully auditioning on Broadway.

Student Auditions and Interviews

As one of the largest state theatre conference in the southeastern United States, the auditions and interviews with high school and transfer students afford you the opportunity to meet, to evaluate, and to most vital educational institutions in the country. This is the first audition of the school year, and is very well attended.

Our Festival will be held at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida, from October 24, 2018 – October 27, 2018. Transfer auditions will take place on Thursday afternoon, with the high school auditions taking place on Friday. NEW!!! ALL Technical auditions will be set up and held on LATE  THURSDAY MORNING (Tech set up at 11:00 AM and Auditions from 11:30 PM until 2:00 PM).

If interested simply complete the “Individual College Student Registration Form” found at the left side of this page. This online form will register you for the Annual Festival.  At the end of the form, you will have the opportunity to pay using a credit card through PayPal. If you are uncomfortable using the online forms, hard-copy forms are available by simply calling us at 727-544-8915. We may also be reached through our contact page on this website.


Florida Theatre Conference’s Transfer Auditions allow you to further pursue your training with any number of four-year institutions to work toward a successful future in the theatre arts.

Transfer auditions fall into two categories:

• Acting, Musical, and Directing auditions

• Technical, Design, and Management interviews

The Acting, Musical, and Directing Auditions will be conducted at the Florida Theatre Conference Annual Festival on late Thursday afternoon. Be sure to allow enough time to check in at Registration first (in the Fine Arts Hall), where you will receive a nametag, festival program, and a map to guide you to the location of the Transfer Audition Warm-up Room. Both audition guidelines and forms can be found to the left of this page. The guidelines will give you helpful insights into exactly how the audition will be run, and how best to succeed.

The Technical, Design, and Management Interviews will be held on NEW!!!! EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON Auditions run from 12:30 PM until 3:00 PM (set-up beginning at NOON). Please check in at the Registration desk first in the Fine Arts Hall, where you will be issued a nametag, program, and guided to the room where you can begin set-up. Audition guidelines and registration forms can be found to the left of this page.

All callback interviews are held on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. Specific individual callback times will be arranged by the college and university representatives.

The deadline for registration is SEPTEMBER 21, 2018. Late payments and registrations will be accepted through OCTOBER 1, 2018 however a late penalty will be assessed. To register simply download the guidelines for your specialty found at the left of this screen. Then click on the appropriate registration form to register online. After clicking on submit at the bottom of the registration form, you will be guided to the PayPal site where you can pay using a credit card. If you are uncomfortable using online registration, you can request a hard copy by using the FTC contact page or calling us directly at 727-544-8915. FTC will email confirmation of receipt of complete registration and payment, which is not refundable.

SETC State Screening Professional Auditions


The Southeastern Theatre Conference sponsors auditions for actors, singers, and dancers at their annual spring conference. This conference is attended by more than 100 theatre companies seeking performers for both summer and year-round roles – and are the most reliable and longest serving auditions of their kind.

If you are a current Florida College student and/or have less than two professional credits on your resume, you must attend the SETC Preliminary State Screening Audition. (Professional actors – with 2 or more professional credits – are not required to complete a state screening audition, they need to apply directly to SETC for registration.)

SETC will directly handle the State Screening Audition application and fees.

SETC Strongly discourages Sandwich Auditions– Monologue,Song, Monologue or Song, Monologue, Song) because this type of audition slows down the auditions process greatly!

SETC will start accepting registrations online beginning September 15th, and will close registration at 12 noon on October 19th. To register for the SETC State Screening Professional Auditions – which includes your membership and convention fees for the Florida Theatre Conference Annual Festival – simply consult the form list at the side. You will find a direct link to the ‘Florida Specific’ SETC website page which will provide information, dates, web-links to the registration forms.

Remember, the SETC “Registration Window” closes permanently at 12 Noon on October 19th. If you have not finished the application process by that time and paid the fees in full, your application will be cancelled and you will not be allowed to participate in the state screening process.

If you have successfully registered through SETC for the State Screening Auditions, it is not necessary to complete any further paperwork with FTC. This will only result in a duplicate payment, which is not refundable.

Students Not Taking Part in Auditions

There are a number of activities for college and university students at the Festival who decide not to take part in the transfer auditions, the SETC preliminary screening auditions, or have not successfully completed the SETC registration and application process on time.

First, there are theatrical performances going on throughout the Festival. The Theatre for Youth Division, the High School Division, the Community Theatre Division, Middle School Division,  the DraMature Division ,The College 10 Minute Play Festival,  and the Inclusion Showcase all present productions as a part of their Festival activities.

In addition, there are approximately sixty-five workshops being presented. These workshops are offered by professionals and professors from all over the United States. They allow you to improve your skills – workshops in the past have featured skills such as jazz dancing, improvisation techniques, learning to speak in a foreign dialect, improving design skills, and computerized drafting.

If you are attending the Festival individually WITHOUT faculty/staff supervisors and are not auditioning or interviewing, you must use the “Individual Registration/Membership Form” you can find at the left. You can either submit this application with payment online or print the form, complete, and mail with a cashier’s check or money order (made out to Florida Theatre Conference). The deadline for registration is October 1st.


Individual Festival Registration Form

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Transfer Audition Forms

Practical Audition Advice from Coll/Univ Reps

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Transfer Audition Application Form – Acting/Musical Theatre/Directing

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Transfer Audition Guidelines – Acting/Musical Theatre/Directing

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Musical Theatre Guidelines

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Transfer Audition Application Form – Technical/Design/Management

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Transfer Audition Guidelines – Technical/Design/Management

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SETC Audition Forms

Practical Audition Advice from SETC Judges

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SETC Audition Procedural Guidelines

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SETC Audition Schedule

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Florida Specific Page
Actor Handbook

SETC Awards & Scholarships

College & University Links

American Musical and Dramatic Academy

The Atlantic Acting School

Brenau University

Broadway Artists Alliance

Broward College

CAP 21 Musical Theatre Conservatory

Carnegie Mellon University

Chicago College of Performing Arts-Roosevelt College

Chipola College

College of Central Florida

Daytona State College

Eastern Florida State College

Flagler College Drama

Florida A&M University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida International University Department of Theatre & Dance

Florida Gateway College

Florida Memorial University

Florida School of the Arts

Florida Southern College Theatre Arts Department

Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State University School of Theatre

Greensboro College

Jacksonville University Department of Theatre Arts

LaGrange College

Lees-McRae College

Louisiana State University

Loyola University
New Orleans

The New School for Drama

New World School of the Arts

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

New York Film Academy

Northwest Florida State College

Nova Southeastern University

Ohio Northern University

Palm Beach Atlantic University Theatre Department

Penn State University

Pensacola State College

Rollins College Department of Theatre and Dance

Roosevelt University Theatre Conservatory

Santa Fe College

Savannah College of Art and Design

Southeastern University

Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts

St. Petersburg College

Troy University

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of the Arts

University of Central Florida

University of Florida Department of Theatre & Dance

University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts

University of Mobile

University of Oklahoma - Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre

University of South Florida College of the Arts

University of Tampa

University of West Florida Theatre

Valdosta State University

Wake Forest University

Western Carolina University School of Stage and Screen

Winthrop University

Young Harris College