April 23, 2014


Students Succeed at Southeastern Theatre Conference

Nine Northeast Alabama Community College theatre students (including 8 theatre scholarship students) recently travelled to the 65th Annual Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in Mobile, AL. While this was the ninth year for NACC students to attend the convention (previous conventions were in Orlando, Louisville, and Lexington), each year has brought new and exciting workshops, play festivals, job interviews, and audition opportunities for the students.

This was the college’s largest number of students to attend the convention and was by far the most successful year. All nine students did undergraduate auditions for colleges and received a total of 250 callbacks from those colleges interested in them. One technical student, James Seymour, prepared a presentation of his lighting design from last year’s Blood Brothers as well as a presentation of his work as Lighting/Automation/Video designer for Northeast’s upcoming production of Les Misérables. He alone received a total of 50 callbacks from colleges interested in him.

Five students, Kelsey Gilbert, Erin Martin, Ty Trotter, Will Vickers, and Lauren Williams, qualified for professional auditions by passing the highly competitive state level auditions. They received a total of ten callbacks for professional employment. State level competition includes ALL college students in Alabama, including college seniors with four years of acting experience. All five received callbacks for summer work in theatre. Will Vickers accepted summer employment at Cortland Theatre in New York. Several students were offered scholarships after their undergraduate audition. Schools interested in NACC students included Rutgers University, Carnegie Mellon University, Elon University, Gainsville Theatre Alliance, Savannah College of Art & Design, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Northern Illinois University, and Valdosta State University.

Also qualifying for professional auditions and receiving callbacks for summer work were former students Cody Brown and Laura Spears. Both of them are now at Savannah College of Art & Design as a result of scholarships they received through their attendance to SETC while at Northeast. Additionally, Laura Spears was recently invited to participate as part of SCAD’s finest actors to perform during an exclusive senior showcase in New York and Los Angeles.

Theatre office manager and audition coordinator Regan McClung, who accompanied the NACC students, stated that over 4,000 theatre professionals were in attendance. “Each year at the convention we recognize the reality and enormity of show business. Our students glean priceless knowledge about making choices that will affect their careers for years to come,” said McClung. “This year we were able to hear from the cast and faculty from The Laramie Project at Ole Miss. They were involved in an event that received national media attention with some very vocal hecklers. In addition to this relevant and informative panel discussion, we were able to hear a keynote from Terrance Mann. He has played significant roles on Broadway including Javert, the Beast, Rum Tum Tugger, and last year a lead role in Pippin. Mann began where our students are starting--SETC.”

McClung continued, “At NACC theatre we train students to embrace their passions, and we help them to achieve their goals. Conferences such as SETC provide our students the opportunity, training, and experience to become effective communicators, which helps them find success no matter where their career path leads them. The wide array of professional opportunities offered at NACC give students the training to face tough auditions for scholarships, roles, or even job interviews.”

“We are pleased for Northeast to provide these type opportunities to our students to advance their careers,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “As with any of our programs, we want to do what we can to see that our students successfully transfer or obtain employment in their field after attending Northeast. Sending our students to conferences such as this help us achieve this career goal for the college with our Theatre students.”

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NACC students attending the 65th Annual SETC included (L-R) Jordon Johnson from Fort Payne, Ty Trotter from Plainview, James Seymour from Scottsboro, Lauren Williams from Scottsboro, Joseph Baude from Arab, Mark Nelson from Fort Payne, Will Vickers from Arab, Erin Martin from Fort Payne, and Kelsey Gilbert from Fyffe.