From March 3–6, 2015, IUP Theater professor Rob Gretta taught a well-attended musical theater workshop as well as auditioned high students for possible recruitment at the Southeastern Theater Conference (SETC) annual convention in Greensboro, N.C.
SETC is a gathering of over 4,000 actors, professional company representatives, design and technical professionals, theater educators, students from universities and high schools, commercial exhibitors, university representatives, community theater producers, and participants coming together to celebrate and learn more about theater. This year's convention was bigger and more exciting with more job opportunities, workshops, networking opportunities, and schools and companies. Since 1949, SETC has hosted the nation's largest theater convention each year during the first week of March.
Gretta taught the Musical Theatre Audition Techniques workshop, designed to teach college and high school musical theater students how to determine their type, how to choose their music, and how to perform their piece successfully at an audition.
The 2016 SETC convention also offered an amazing opportunity to nine IUP theater and musical theater students to interview and audition for more than 100 professional theater companies hiring for their summer and year-long seasons. Participation of IUP theater students in SETC professional auditions and job interviews are real-world, effective ways of assessing the students' training as well as to celebrate the Department of Theater and Dance.