Going Pro Career Fair
This year’s totally free event for college and university undergraduate and graduate students will focus on Money: How to Ask for It, Make It, and Manage It. Last summer, we asked more than 325 local theatre program alumni what they wish they’d known before stepping into their careers in theatre. Almost everyone wanted to hear about one thing: money, from how to create and read contracts to personal finance and how to find jobs. Get ahead of the game and prepare for your future at Going Pro!
- Check-In 9:30am
- RSVP in advance and arrive early to sign up for free headshots, auditions, and speed mentorship sessions—which are first-come, first-served.
- Resource Fair 9:30am – 2pm
- Visit tables hosted by local unions and service organizations to learn more about their work and the resources they offer theatre artists.
- Free Headshots 10am – 4pm
- Professional photographers are donating free headshots to the first 100 students who register and attend. Photos will be taken on-site and available digitally afterward. RSVP in advance and arrive early to get yours taken.
- Professional Theatre Open Auditions 12–3pm
- RSVP in advance to be eligible for a limited number of audition slots, performing for producers and directors from Los Angeles theatre companies. Auditions organized by LA STAGE Alliance. 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.
- Technical Theatre Jobs Networking Mixer 12–1pm
- Technicians, carpenters, electricians, stage managers, and designers: meet employers from multiple sectors, including theme parks and lighting companies, at this casual networking mixer. Food will be provided. Bring your resume!
- Speed Mentorship 1–4pm
- Need a mentor? Sit down for a 20-minute meeting with a working professional. When you RSVP, let us know if you’d like to meet with a dramaturg, lighting designer, scenic designer, costume designer, sound designer, technical director, director, artistic director, producer, casting director, or stage manager. Speed mentorship sessions with actors and directors will be first-come, first-served.
- Navigating the First Three Years (10–11am):
- This panel discussion features recent college alumni talking about how they made the leap from college to career, focused on how they found work, paid their bills, and navigated life as artists.
- What Theatres Need (11:15am – 12pm):
- What skills make people want to hire you, whether you’re an actor, technician, playwright, designer, or manager? Learn from Center Theatre Group staff and independent producers in this quick overview of what makes you an asset in rehearsal and beyond.
- Financial Empowerment for Artists (1–2pm):
- Presented by East Los Angeles College, this workshop will help you understand how to create a personal budget, plan for and submit taxes, and embrace the financial realities of being a theatre artist.
- Contracts & Negotiation 101 (2:15–3:15pm):
- What does it mean to be an independent contractor? How does union membership play into your earning potential, and how does negotiation work? Learn the ins and outs of contracts in this practical workshop.
Free box lunches will be provided (vegetarian & vegan options).
For questions or more information, email CareerFair@CTGLA.org.
RSVPs are required to guarantee admission and be eligible for on-site auditions and headshots and a free one-year subscription to Backstage upon check-in.
RSVPs close on Thursday, April 18 at 5pm for general registration. To be eligible for advanced Speed Mentorship sign-ups, make sure to RSVP by Wednesday, April 10 at 5pm.
Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Food sponsor and lead school partner:
Auditions supported by LA STAGE Alliance