Center Theatre Group Hosts The Going Pro Career Fair


Workshops and More Offered to Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Center Theatre Group invites current undergraduate and graduate students to attend the free Going Pro Career Fair on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (514 S. Spring St. in Downtown L.A.) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Co-presented by LA STAGE Alliance, the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the USC School of Dramatic Arts, the event is free but reservations are recommended.

The Going Pro Career Fair is intended to help current students prepare for a professional theatre career. The fair will feature tables hosted by LA STAGE Alliance, Actors Fund and Actors’ Equity for students to learn more about their work and the resources they offer theatre artists. The event will also feature a technical theatre jobs networking mixer, 20-minute speed mentorship sessions and three free workshops.

Students who sign up in advance have the opportunity to secure a slot for the professional theatre open auditions, organized by LA STAGE Alliance. The auditions allow students to be seen by producers and directors from Los Angeles theatre companies. These auditions are not for a specific production or to join a particular company’s membership, but rather a way for actors to introduce themselves to the performing arts community.

The first 100 students who register and attend the event will receive a free headshot session with a professional photographer. Photos will be taken on-site and available digitally afterward.

The three workshops offered at the Going Pro Career Fair are “Casting & Type” (11 a.m.), “Financial Empowerment” (2 p.m.) and “Mapping Your Goals, Visions & Dreams” (3 p.m.). Led by Center Theatre Group casting staff, “Casting & Type” is an interactive workshop for actors, where they explore what roles to audition for and what kind of artist they want to be. The second workshop, “Financial Empowerment,” is about learning how to manage money and best practices for independent artists. The final workshop, “Mapping Your Goals, Visions & Dreams” is a creative and interactive workshop to help students plan their next steps beyond college (all participants walk away with a personal career map).

The Going Pro Career Fair is open to current undergraduate and graduate students only. While guests are welcome to stop by at any point during the fair, reservations are free and required to guarantee admission, be eligible for on-site auditions and headshots and to receive a free, one-year subscription to Backstage (available upon check-in). To RSVP to the Going Pro Career Fair and for more information about the fair, students can visit Reservations are free and accepted through Thursday, April 5 at 5 p.m.

Center Theatre Group’s Education and Community Partnerships Department is one of the most active theatre education programs in the country. In the 2016-2017 season, the Education and Community Partnerships department reached roughly 34,000 students, teachers, patrons and community members throughout Southern California.

Center Theatre Group, one of the nation’s preeminent arts and cultural organizations, is Los Angeles’ leading nonprofit theatre company, which, under Artistic Director Michael Ritchie, programs seasons at the 736-seat Mark Taper Forum and 1600 to 2000-seat Ahmanson Theatre at The Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and the 317-seat Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. In addition to presenting and producing the broadest range of theatrical entertainment in the country, Center Theatre Group is one of the nation’s leading producers of ambitious new works through commissions and world premiere productions and a leader in interactive community engagement and education programs that reach across generations, demographics and circumstance to serve Los Angeles.

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February 13, 2018