ZACH's Pre Professional Company & Acting Conservatory Auditions
Below is information on both the Pre Professional Company and Acting Conservatory classes and audition requirements. Please click next at the bottom to go to the next page to sign up for an audition.
The Pre Professional Company

The ZACH Theatre Pre-Professional Company (PPC) is an audition based program for serious students looking for a professional training experience in Musical Theatre. PPC students study year round in a conservatory structure. PPC Technique classes include: Voice, Acting, Acting The Song, Audition Technique, Nutrition for Performing Athletes, College Audition Preparatory and Rep. Students also learn various styles and methods of dance: Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Theatre Dance. PPC students work closely with Broadway and Professional Teaching Artists in classes and in rehearsals. Students from Austin and Central Texas audition for PPC each year. We typically have close to 300 students audition and we accept 89 students (Grades 5th-12th) into the program. We currently have folks that commute from Frederiksberg, San Marcos, Wimberley, Lampasas, Buda, Temple, Seguin in addition to Austin and the surrounding areas.

In the Fall Semester, all students will attend weekly technique and master classes while focusing on preparing for performances in the community including Chuy’s Day Parade, Dancing with The Stars Austin, Dell Children’s Hospital Gala, Boys and Girls Club Gala, Austin Trail of Lights, Austin Fab Five Gala, Domain Breakfast with Santa, Jr. League Armadillo Bazar. High School Junior and Senior students focus on College Rep and Technique for College Auditions.

In the Spring Semester, students will continue their technique work while rehearsing for the PPC Musical Showcase and performances at ZACH's Annual Red, Hot, and Sour Gala on the Topfer Theatre. The PPC showcase is designed to highlight specific performance abilities and their skills learned.

PPC A: Grades 5th- 8th
Mondays | 4:30- 7:30 p.m.
1.5 hours Dance technique and Event Material and Showcase Choreography
1.5 hours Audition technique, Acting Fundamentals, Musical Theatre Workshop.

PPC B: Grades 8th-10th
Mondays | 5:30- 8:30 p.m.
1.5 hours Dance Technique
1.5 hours Musical Theatre workshop, MT Audition technique
1.0 hours Material | Choreography

PPC ELITE: Grades 10th-12th
Sundays | 3:00- 9:00 p.m.
This Company has a 5 hour class rotation

PPC RETREATS (Attendance is Mandatory):



***Audition Dates and Times can be found on the next page***
Please prepare two contrasting, 32 bar cuts of a song and a one minute monologue. We will have an accompanist, so please do not sing with a track or acapella and you must bring your own sheet music cut for the accompanist.

ALL Students are required to attend a dance call.

The dance call will consist of a warm-up and will also be taught choreography. Suggested attire for the dance call only: Leotard or fitted tank top, tights, dance skirt or shorts. Dance shoes. ***Please note: the dance call may not be the same day of their audition time.

Onsite auditions are strongly preferred to video submission. However, you may send in a video submission if you are unable to attend audition dates.

You must still fill out the audition form on the next page.
Please email your head shot, resume, and video of your two contrasting songs (we would like to see the entire song, not a cut), your monologue and any additional footage of you dancing to

Acting Conservatory
GRADES 9 - 12

The Acting Conservatory is a multi-year program for high school students who have a serious desire to pursue an in depth training experience in acting. The goal of the program is to provide students with the professional acting training, resume experience, and audition preparation needed in order to pursue a life in the theatre--whether that be as an actor, director, writer, teacher, or dramaturge. Each year, company members will receive two semesters of an advanced level acting class and exclusive master-class opportunities taught by industry professionals from LA, NYC, Europe and more. In addition to individualized career and college counseling, members are also guaranteed one performance opportunity each year to build their resume. During the fourth year of the program, students will focus on audition technique of all forms including cold reading, ensemble auditioning, and material showcases with an emphasis on preparing students for their college auditions.

Conservatory students have been the recipients of B. Iden Payne Awards and Greater Austin High School Musical Awards Best Actor Awards. They have worked with Austin theatre companies such as ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, The City Theatre, and The Vortex. They have also done numerous commercial projects and worked on local and feature films. Graduates of the program are excepted into an average of 9 schools per student and receive and average of $50,000 in scholarships.

Mondays, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Acting Technique and Improv

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Classical Technique and Script Analysis

Mondays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Film Acting and Monologue Book Prep

Mondays, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Audition Technique and College Audition Preparation

***Audition Dates and Times can be found on the next page***

For Rising Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors:
Please prepare a one-minute memorized monologue from a play and be prepared to talk about why you would like to be a part of the Conservatory.

For Rising Seniors:
The audition process for seniors is somewhat more strenuous. The other students in the Conservatory have spent their sophomore and junior years building a book of appropriate monologue material to use in their college auditions and any new student to the program will need to show they are ready to join the group--not only in talent but in preparation. Rising seniors will need to present 4 one to two minute long monologues of contrasting tone. One those 4 monologues must be from Shakespeare and in verse. Students will also need to bring paper copies of their audition material and be prepared to do a short interview on why they would like to join the Conservatory.

Onsite auditions are strongly preferred to video submission. However, you may send in a video submission if you are unable to attend audition dates.

Deadline: August 17, 2019
You must still fill out the audition form on the next page.
Please email your head shot, resume, and video of two contrasting monologues (4 monologues for rising seniors--see above rising senior audition requirements) to Kate Shaw-Nappi at

Students from PPC and the Conservatory have been accepted into the following Colleges and Universities:
Adelphi University
American Academy of Dramatic Art
American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Arcadia University
Augsburg College
Austin College
Baldwin Wallace University
Baylor University
Belhaven University
Belmont University
Beloit College
Berkley School of Music
Boston Conservatory
Boston University
Brandeis University
California State University
Chapman University
Clark University
Coastal Carolina University
Colorado State University
Columbia College of Chicago
Drake University
Elon University
Emerson College
Fordham University
Hofstra University
Illinois Wesleyan University
Indiana University
Ithaca University
James Madison University
Knox College
Lawrence University
Long Island University
Lynchburg College
Missouri State University
Montclair State University
New York University
New York University Tisch School of the Arts
Northeastern University
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma City University
Otterbein University
Pace University
Pennsylvania State University
Point Park University
Rhodes College
Rider University
Rider University
Roosevelt University
Saint Mary’s College of California
Sam Houston State University
Santa Clara University
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Savannah College of Art and Design
Seattle University
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
St. Edward’s University
Texas Christian University
Texas State University
Texas Tech University
The New School of Dramatic Art
The Relativity School
The University of Texas
University of California Santa Cruz
University of Central Florida
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
University of Dallas
University of Denver
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
University of Michigan
University of North Texas
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Southern Indiana
University of Texas Arlington
University of Texas at Austin
Viterbo University
Webster University
Willamette University
Wright State University
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