Auditions

Updated Information?

  • Open registration for Auditions will close on Dec. 15th.  Onsite registration for Auditions will take place if slots are available.

  • As of 11/25/16, Technical Auditions has many slots still available.  However, Acting Auditions already have over 150 registered for the 120 slots.  However, 37 students have not paid.  Even more have not completed the online applications and supporting documentation.  For this reason, we are still accepting registration until all slots are filled by paid registrants and have their online requirements fulfilled.

  • Technical Auditions, please remember that this year you will exhibit in the DesignFest area, but this does not mean you are part of the DesignFest Competition.  You can be in both at no extra charge or submission requirements.  If you are already registered for Technical Auditions and desire to be part of the DesignFest Competition, please email John Ogden, DesignFest Chair, ASAP: JOGDEN@newcaneyisd.org

  • There are many slots still available for College Auditors.



What Are The TETA Auditions? 

The Texas Educational Theatre Association, Inc. offers Texas theatre students who are already attending the TheatreFest Convention an opportunity to audition for Colleges and Universities from across the nation.


Students perform a two-minute acting audition (one-minute audition for high school juniors) or a five-minute technical portfolio presentation for up to 50 different college/university programs. Auditions are held at TETA's TheatreFest each year. During call-back interviews, college & university representatives visit with selected students.


What Is New For Students Participating In The 2017 TETA Auditions? 

There are some exciting changes to the 2017 Auditions to come!

  • Auditioning:

    • No separate registration for Auditions – Starting this year, all students participating in the Auditions will no longer have a separate registration.  All students will pay $20 for a TETA membership and register for the Convention ($120 for the full Convention, or $50 for a one-day pass (Technical on Friday and Acting on Saturday).  When registering for the Convention, participating in the Auditions will be an add-on feature.  There will be no separate fee for Auditions, as it was in the past.

    • No limitations on the number of students auditioning from each school – Signing up for Auditions will be a simple matter of registering and paying for membership in TETA and Convention registration!  An online application will be required after registration is paid.

      • The first 100 high school seniors or community college transferring students to register and pay for membership in TETA and Convention registration will receive auditioning slots in the Acting category.

      • The first 20 high school juniors to register and pay for membership in TETA and Convention registration will receive auditioning slots in the Acting category.

      • The first 50 students (high school seniors, juniors or community college students) to register and pay for membership in TETA and Convention registration will receive auditioning slots in the Technical category.  Note: There will be a separate section of DesignFest devoted to the Technical Audition participants that desire to register for the one-day Convention pass.  If the student desires to participate in the DesignFest completion and have their work adjudicated by the DesignFest team, they must register for the entire Convention.

      • After the Dec. 15th deadline for registration for the Auditions, an Open Audition will be available for any student to register at the actual Convention for any remaining open Audition slots, if any.

    • Participants of the Technical auditions will sign up for TETA’s DesignFest (also a choice as an add-on within the Convention registration) and showcase their designs through this event.

  • Founders Scholarship

    • All past requirements for the Founders Scholarships remain the same except for:

      • The limited number of students per school must be from an institution that has the new designation of Texas Exemplary Institution (T.E.I.), or from a school that once held Institutional Membership with TETA.

      • Recipients of the scholarship must still major in Theatre, however, instead of attending just an I.M. school, they must attend any Texas college or university.


What Is New For College And University Auditor Participants The 2017 TETA Auditions? 

No separate registration for college and University Audition Auditors – Starting this year, all Auditors participating in the Auditions will no longer have a separate registration.  All college and university participants will pay $50 for a TETA membership and register for the Convention ($170 for the full Convention, or $50 for a single day pass).  When registering for the Convention, participating in the Auditions will be an add-on feature.

  • There will be a limit of 50 colleges and universities at the Auditions, with a maximum of two representatives that may attend the Acting and/or Technical auditions.

  • The first 100 college or university participants to register and pay for membership in TETA and Convention registration will receive a seat at the Audition.  Limit to two participants from a single college or university.

  • There is no longer a separate fees for Auditions.  Texas Institutional schools never had to pay, but non-I.M. schools and out-of-state schools had to pay $300.  This fee has been waived.  Instead, all participants will now just register for TETA membership and the Convention.


How To Enter as an Audition Participant:

Early registration is due on December 15th.  In order to register for Auditions, please follow these steps:

            Step #1. Register for TETA membership.  Go to this link and register for TETA Membership

(the cost will be $20 for students and $50 for adults) - https://tetatx.wildapricot.org/join-us

            Step #2. Register for the TheatreFest Convention and select that you wish to participate in the

Auditions. This must take place after you have registered for TETA Membership, go to this link and register for the Convention - https://tetatx.wildapricot.org/event-2297743  

            Step #3. Upon registering for the Convention, you will receive a confirmation email with an

invoice.  This email will give you directions on who to email for more information about the process of Auditions.  Email that individual to let them know you will be participating, ASAP.  If you will be auditioning in the Technical Auditions, an email to the Auditions Chair and the DesignFest Chair is required.

            Step #4. You will receive two separate emails for invoices.  One for TETA Membership, and

another for Convention Registration.  Use this if you did not pay each with a credit card while registering above. For more information about payments, go to http://www.tetatx.com/home/about-teta/payments

Step #5. The final step in the Audition process will be to follow the directions sent to you in the

response from your email sent to the Auditions Chair.  Instructions will include an online application and supporting documents placed in an online TETA dropbox.

Suggestion: Reserve a hotel room at Moody Gardens (only 400 of the 600 rooms per night needed for the Convention will be at Moody – We will sell out!  Other hotels will be listed at a later time).


General Advice:

Please remember that the people working the audition are all volunteers taking their personal time to make this experience possible for you; please be gracious and courteous to all of the volunteers!

  • Please be on time or early for your check-in time the day of the audition. Promptness is very important.

  • Once you check in do not leave the audition lobby.

  • Please plan to stay at the audition for approximately one hour, possibly longer depending on the schedule. You will audition in a group and you will watch everyone in your group.


How Can Teachers/Sponsors Help Their Students Participate In The TETA Auditions?

Teachers can help students select and prepare material, advise them on clothing choices, and time student’s pieces. 


Audition Orientation Workshop: 

ALL planning to participate in the Auditions are invited to an AUDITION ORIENTATION at the Convention site. The time and date will be e-mailed to the student and the workshop will be listed in the Convention program.


Acting Audition Performance Info: 

Each SENIOR student or transferring Community College Theatre student is allotted two minutes in which he/she presents:

• Two contrasting monologues from published play scripts (OR)

• One monologue and 16 bars from a musical selection


High School JUNIOR Students:

• ONE MINUTE to perform one monologue or one song).


Time begins following the introduction. The introduction should not exceed 12 seconds and should include your first and last name, your number (which will be assigned to you with your confirmation) and the titles of the plays. The introduction is not timed. Time will begin on the first moment of your first monologue or song. After two minutes the presenter will be asked to stop by the timekeeper.


An accompanist will be available for Senior and Transfer students who audition with a musical selection. Individuals may not accompany themselves nor can they sing a capella. Junior students must provide their own recorded accompaniment. The accompaniment must be instrumental and the excerpt of the track must be the only track recorded on the CD. The sound technician will NOT cue the music; the track should begin when the sound technician presses play. You will not be allowed to cue your own music or run your own sound for your audition. Each Senior singing candidate requiring accompaniment must provide legible sheet music written in the correct key for the accompanist to play. The beginning and end should be clearly marked.


A chair shall be provided for the acting auditions. No other props are allowed. Each student must provide the titles of the pieces they will provide within the audition form. Performances should be thoroughly rehearsed.


General Design/Technical Theatre Auditions Presentation Info: 

Description: Design/Technical Auditions are Mounted Based individual presentations by student designers/technicians for college/university representatives.  These mounted presentations will be through DesignFest at the Convention, and will be on display for the entire Convention participants to enjoy.  Registration for DesignFest is required for all who participate in the Technical Auditions.  Registration for DesignFest take place as an option (just like the Auditions) at the time of registering for the Convention.  Note: There will be a separate section of DesignFest devoted to the Technical Audition participants that desire to register for the one-day Convention pass.  If the student desires to participate in the DesignFest completion and have their work adjudicated by the DesignFest team, they must register for the entire Convention.


Each designer is limited to twelve pieces from no more than three productions.  Any special display materials needed as their area of emphasis requires, such as dress forms, slide projectors, head forms, sound equipment (use headsets only), etc., must be provided by the designer.  The student should have a four or five minute prepared presentation. They should be prepared to answer questions from the college and university representatives.


Presentations will be in "Round Robin" style. College/University Reps will rotate from student to student. Students should be prepared to do their presentation up to 20 times for various C/U reps who are rotating through.


About Computers: If you are using a laptop please have it fully charged.  Electricity will NOT be provided.


Call-Backs for Acting and Technical Theatre Students: 

Following the completion of each category of auditions, an interview call-back session will be held. During this period, only candidates who are called back may talk directly to representatives of colleges and universities. Called-back individuals may bring a supply of resumes and headshots to the call-back session. Parents and directors are NOT allowed in the call-back room.


Founders’ Scholarships:

Who Can Participate In The Founders' Awards: 

TETA Founders' Scholarship Auditions: These $4000 scholarships are only available to students from schools who have been awarded the Texas Exemplary Institution award by TETA.  Note:  Institutions that were once an Institutional Member of the TETA are “grandfathered” into this opportunity.


Awards - High School Level: 

This $4000 scholarship shall be awarded to the high school acting or technical student who is selected by the Texas Exemplary Institutions present (and those institutions “grandfathered” who were Institutional Members) during the Founders' Scholarship Auditions.


Eligibility Requirements: Each high school is eligible to submit one of its graduating high school seniors for audition consideration for the Founders' Scholarship for Acting and one for Technical. The candidates must be intent on making theatre their major at a Texas college or university. Students must have a GPA of 3.0.


Selection Process: A Founders' Scholarship Selection Committee shall review all completed applications and, basing its decision on the student's academic record, and theatre activities, select the finalists to audition at the regular Convention auditions. Note: Students not selected as a finalist for the Founders' Scholarship or whose application is incomplete may be given a slot in the General Acting Auditions. The Founders' Scholarship Committee shall tabulate the ballots submitted by the T.E.I. representatives. The Committee shall also tabulate the runners-up in case the winner chooses not to accept the award.


Awards - College/University Level: 

This $4000 scholarship shall be awarded to the college/university acting or technical student who is selected by the Texas Exemplary Institutions present (and those institutions “grandfathered” who were Institutional Members) during the Founders' Scholarship Auditions.


Eligibility Requirements: Each college/university is eligible to submit up to three of its transferring students for audition consideration for the Founders' Scholarship for Acting and 3 for Technical. (If submitting more than one candidate for the Founders' Scholarship, then the theatre director/chair must designate which of the candidates is the school's first, second and, if necessary, third choice for the Acting Scholarship, and then repeat for the Technical Scholarship). Candidates must be intent on making theatre their major at a Texas college or university, must have a 3.0 overall GPA and have completed 12 or more semester credit hours.


Selection Process: A Founders' Scholarship Selection Committee shall review all completed applications and, basing its decision on the student's academic record and theatre activities, select ten finalists in Acting and 10 in Technical to audition at the regular Convention auditions. If more than ten candidates have valid packets, then the Scholarship Committee will select the finalists by using all of the first choices from all of the participating schools, then the second choices (in order of date received) and then the third choices, if necessary (in order of date received).


Students not selected as a finalist for the Founders' Scholarship or whose application is incomplete may be given a slot in the General Auditions.


The finalists shall appear in the same time slot at TETA's TheatreFest during the auditions. The Founders' Scholarship Committee shall tabulate the ballots submitted. The Committee shall also tabulate the runners-up in case the winner chooses not to accept the award.


Application Procedures: To submit a student for consideration for this scholarship, please follow the regular Audition registration mentioned above.  Include the following in an email to the Audition Chairs after registration is complete.


• An official copy of the student's school transcript

• Student Code of Conduct Form (online at www.tetatx.com)

• Recommendation from teacher


For More Information:

Justin Vincent, Atascocita High School, Justin.Vincent@humble.k12.tx.us

Brian Hamlin, San Jacinto College Central, Brian.Hamlin@sjcd.edu



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Darve Smith,
Nov 4, 2016, 6:30 AM