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Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre

Audition date: Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am - 3pm.
25th Anniversary Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre
May 27 - July 2, 2014

Welcome to the magical 27th season of the Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre (SCT) preparing students for the professional world of theater! This professional training program is the only one of its kind offered in Arizona!  Our “boot-camp” in theatre training meets Monday –Thursday from 8:30am -6pm and is an audition/interview process that accepts only 20 students in each track so you will be surrounded by people who are as committed to your craft as you are!

Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre is a six-week summer program that offers an exciting opportunity for acting and technical students to earn college credit while studying with professional actors and designers who are currently working in their field.

The acting program consists of 10 college credits!

Classes are in stage movement, mask, dance, voice and diction, and text analysis, character development, scene study, and all students will have performance opportunities alongside professional actors working in the industry in the fully produced main stage production during the final week of SCT.

The SCT Technical Track consists of 9 college credits!

Also, for the first time in many years the SCT Technical Track is being offered to those technical students interested in designing sets, lights, props, sound, costumes and make up.

This is an intensive and nurturing program that will benefit students at every level! Auditions and/or interviews are required, and students aged 16 and up are eligible to join this year’s lucky group of 20 students.

I hope you will join us for this life changing experience as we celebrate 27 years of excellence.  Click on the video clip about last year’s amazing SCT students and their production. Also, click on the tab to download an application and apply today!

Randy Messersmith
Randy Messersmith
Director, Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre
Scottsdale Community College Theatre Arts

1. Download application form located in the box on this page.

2. Actors send:
- completed application form
- a photograph of yourself
- a resume of your acting experience
Randy Messersmith
Scottsdale Community College Theatre Arts
9000 E. Chaparral Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Technicians send:
- completed application form
- resume of technical theatre work
- portfolio or photos of your work
Amanda Embry
Scottsdale Community College Theatre Arts
9000 E. Chaparral Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

3. Call (480) 423-6356 to set up an appointment.

Note: All application materials must be received by April 18, 2014.

Conservatory auditions and interviews will take palace on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 10am - 3pm in the Performing Arts Center.

  • Actors auditions will take place on the Main Stage.
  • A personal audition and interview is required for all acting participants. The audition must consist of two contrasting monologues, not to exceed four minutes combined.
  • Technician interviews will take place in the Black Box (PAC 1027
  • A personal interview is required for all technicians.

Voice and Diction
Stage Movement
Script Analysis
Career Development
Scene Study

Theatre Technology
Script Analysis from a Technical Viewpoint
Career Development

In addition to the above courses, the actor and technician will be involved with a production selection in which he or she will be in rehearsal or the shop every day working on the student showcase. The showcase is a summation of the six weeks and will be a public performance where the actor and technician has the opportunity to utilize the tools they have discovered within the course work.

There is ongoing student / teacher communication throughout the session. In addition, the faculty meets to evaluate each student's progress and make recommendations for future direction. The student receives evaluations and official grades from all faculty members, consisting of class assignments, projects and attitude.

The SCT student is involved in classes and production work from 8:30am through 6:00pm, Monday through Thursday. In addition, there are evening and weekend events, including rehearsals and public performances.

SCT is a demanding, practical program which requires serious commitment from all participants, to the exclusion of other full-time employment or classes for the duration of the program.

All classes and rehearsals will take place at:
Scottsdale Community College 9000 East Chaparral Road Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Cost of tuition is $84 per credit hour
Actors receive 10 Credit Hours.
Technicians receive 9 Credit Hours.
A special conservatory fee of $125
$15 registration fee.

A limited number of scholarships are available for SCC Theatre Arts majors. Call (480) 423-6718 for more details and an application.