This past weekend, CTG hosted their annual College and Career Fair. I participate every year as an actor, answering questions and providing feedback to young artists. This year, CTG really stepped up to the plate in terms of making sure their participants were following stay-at-home orders while still getting the full experience. So, how did they do that? Those of us who were there as artists and guides were asked to submit videos that the students could watch online. How amazing is that? And guess what--these videos are now available to you!
You can find the full playlist of videos here.
In addition, CTG has blasted out a BUNCH of resources. I've copied and pasted them below. Enjoy :)
Resource Fair Document: We asked the colleges, universities and programs originally scheduled for the in-person Resource Fair to answer a few questions. The information is attached, and we encourage you to reach out to them directly for more info! (Attachment at bottom of this blog post)
Southern California Theatre Alumni Survey: Two years ago, we surveyed recent graduates from Southern California theatre programs about their experience with career training. The survey might help you think about the skills and training you’ll need to make that transition from college into a career. (Attachment at bottom of this blog post)
The Career Content portal: Check out this interactive portal on our website. It has videos, our Theatre Career Quiz, even a Teacher Resource Page with downloadable worksheets if you’re doing remote learning.
The Art Goes On project: Center Theatre Group has been talking about new ways to inspire conversation and build community around art—and what that can look like while our stages are dark. We believe this can also be a powerful time of reflection, reimagining, and innovation around how we bring our artists, audiences, and community together. That’s why we’re sharing a new series of videos from members of the Center Theatre Group family. We asked them to speak to what theatre means to them right now and to share some of their favorite pieces of art. Art goes on. And so do we.
Our podcast, 30 to Curtain: Center Theatre Group’s Artistic Director Michael Ritchie hosts "30 to Curtain," a podcast featuring interviews with some of the theatre artists creating work across the stages of the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, and Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Perfect for the drive to the show—or really any time—"30 to Curtain" allows audiences to hear from some of the leading theatre artists of our time and discover how their work made it to Center Theatre Group's stages.
Claiming your Backstage Subscription: Backstage is offering a free year subscription to students attending the College & Career Fair. Offer only available for first-time Backstage subscribers. Those signing up must be ages 16+ if signing up on their own; otherwise a parent/guardian must be in charge of creating and monitoring the account. To claim, go here (https://www.backstage.com/accounts/offer/get-cast-CTG). Backstage is the resource for actors, movers, and shakers in the performing arts—expert advice, casting news intel, inspiration, opportunities, and more, provided by industry pros and fellow artists.
Claiming your free CollegeWise Advising Session: CollegeWise has been a College & Career Fair partner for several years. As they weren’t able to offer free counseling at the in-person fair, they have generously offered completely free, 30-minute advising sessions to current high school students. There are up to 100 sessions available, first-come, first-served. Here’s how to claim one, shared by Tara Swoboda from CollegeWise:
We’ll be in touch later in the spring, as soon as we know when we’ll be able to re-schedule free headshots for participants. Look for that email, and in the meantime, I recommend signing up for CTG Education & Community Partnerships emails--just click here, enter your email, and click Next. You’ll see an option for “Education” once you sign up or log in.
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