Who are Atlanta Unified auditions for?

The Atlanta Unified Auditions are ideal for actors and performers looking for the next step in their theatre careers. They are meant to connect working, professional actors to theatres and casting directors across the Southeast region. 

After multiple surveys and conversations with artistic and casting directors from across the greater Atlanta area, C4 Atlanta recognized that auditors are interested in seeing new talent on the Atlanta Unified’s stage. “New” does not necessarily “young”. Auditors are interested in a diverse and professional group of Equity, Non-Equity, or recent college graduates who they may not have seen in the past. 

This may mean that if you have been seen at Unifieds in the past or are already a regular working actor in the area the Selection Committee may choose not to allot you an audition slot. This is not because you’re not qualified but because they may know/understand the scope of your talent and work already.

How does the selection committee and the review process work?

First: Applications are sorted by category and eliminated based on whether or not the applicant submitted a resume that meets the minimum requirements and a headshot that is of professional quality. All headshots and resumes must be in PDF format when submitted. Due to the volume of applications staff members cannot inspect submissions until all the applications have been received. Therefore C4 Atlanta cannot follow up with actors to request missing information or to reformat their submission materials. Failure to follow instructions during the submission process may result in automatic disqualification.

Second: Once applications have closed, a selection committee comprised of local Atlanta professionals will convene in private to review all qualifying resumes within their respective categories.

DOWNLOAD THE SELECTION SCORING CARD HERE

The committee will be looking at several key factors in the determining the acting pool for the 2020 Unified Auditions. These include but are not limited to: 

New, Qualified talent

Theatre organizations are always excited to be wowed by new talent. This is a key consideration after meeting minimum resume requirements.

After multiple surveys and conversations with artistic and casting directors from across the greater Atlanta area, C4 Atlanta recognized that auditors are interested in seeing new talent on the Atlanta Unified’s stage. “New” does not necessarily “young”. Auditors are interested in a diverse and professional group of Equity, Non-Equity, or recent college graduates who they may not have seen in the past

This may mean that if you have been seen at Unifieds at the past or are already a regular working actor in the area the Selection Committee may choose not to allot you an audition slot. This is not because you’re not qualified but because they may already know/understand the scope of your talent and work.

Diversity

C4 believes that Atlanta’s diversity is a fundamental strength, and that C4’s mission is best fulfilled by embracing diversity as both a value and a practice.  This means that in all aspects of its operations and at all levels of the organization, C4 will work to ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of, but not limited to, age, disability status, economic circumstance, ethnicity, gender identity, sex, race, political affiliation, nationality, religion, and sexual orientation. 

This means that a diverse auditioning pool for Unifieds is a key consideration of the Selection Committee. Theatre companies and auditors want to see a range of ages, races, and genders that best represent that Atlanta theatre community and create the most equitable opportunities. 

READ C4 ATLANTA’S DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION POLICY HERE

Strong Resume

Simply meeting the minimum resume requirements does not automatically guarantee acceptance into that Atlanta Unified Auditions. The Selection Committee goes to great lengths to review every qualifying resume and compare them against other qualifying resumes.  The strongest and most professional resumes within the qualifying pool will be considered for audition slots.

Strong Presentation

A strong presentation is key in the selection process. Atlanta Unified Auditions are meant for professional, working actors. Qualifications are important but the overall presentation of your application packet including your headshot, previous training, and resume layout will also be considered. 

  • Headshots need to be professional quality. Do not use selfies or poor quality photos. Use a headshot that is for theatre.
  • Resume layout and presentation should be of professional theatre quality. This mean theatre credits should be at the top not Film/TV. 
  • Previous training will also be considered as a key factor. This includes collegiate programs, internships, and on going classes. 

You can learn more about best practices for your headshot and resume by consulting our Auditioning Guide.

Scoring System & Key Factors

All of the previously mentioned factors are ranked by the Selection Committee on a scoring system to rank key factors based on best practices in our field. There are a limited number of auditioning slots available and the Selection Committee uses the scoring system to help decide and navigate the vast pool of qualifying talent which will receive and auditioning slot. The highest scoring and ranking individuals will be considered first. 

It is important to note that the submission pool changes from year to year. Meeting minimum resume requirements and being accepted the previous one year does not guarantee acceptance. 

C4 Atlanta does NOT select actors for Unifieds. We are here to facilitate the process and provide administrative support. 

Why do I need to be a member of C4 Atlanta?

Memberships are a key factor in the Unifieds process. Not only does C4 Atlanta’s Basic Artist membership:

  • Connects You to other artists through classes and member gatherings
  • Amplifies Your artistic voice through advocacy work
  • Creates a thriving and healthy arts community for You

It also helps to make the Atlanta Unified auditions possible. Prior to any actor stepping foot on stage the C4 Atlanta staff has worked many hours to make this two day event possible. There are may cost associated with an event of this size such as table rentals, venue expenses, accompanist compensation, and so much more. Your $45 membership not only provides you with continued support and membership benefits (discounts, KP Bridge health insurance, cross memberships, etc) throughout the year, but it helps to make the Atlanta Unified Auditions a reality. 

What if I don’t meet the minimum resume requirements?

As an actor it is often hard to self-evaluate your work and know exactly which category to apply under. The minimum resume requirements have been designed and established by the Atlanta theatre community as away identify if you’re ready for a professional audition such as Atlanta Unifieds. 

If you do not meet the minimum resume requirements and qualifications for a specific category it may not be wise to “apply anyways” as membership dues will not be returned if you’re not accepted. Resumes which do not meet minimum requirements will not be see by the Selection Committee and will receive an automatic “No Thank You”. 

This is no judgement upon your skills or previous history. Remember that a “no” is not a “never”. It may mean you’re not ready for Unifieds this year. Spend the year building up new credits and introducing yourself to companies in the area. Unifieds is not the only way to be seen in Atlanta. Consider mailing in your resume or attending open call auditions, and remember that regardless of whether you are accepted for an audition slot your headshot and resume will be made available to ALL participating auditing companies.

The Logistics…

  • When is the 2020 Atlanta Unified Auditions? Auditions will take place from 10:00am to 4:45pm on Monday, March 16, 2020 and from 10:00am to 4:45pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The location for this year is the Fine Arts Building at Georgia State University – Clarkston Campus, 3735 Memorial College Ave, Clarkston, GA 30021.
  • When is the Atlanta Unified Designer/Technician Meet & Greet? Attendance in the the Designer Meet and Greet is optional for all designers and technicians who apply. All resumes submitted will be provided to participating theatres regardless of attendance. The in-person Designer Meet will take place Monday, March 16th from 1:00pm to 2:15pm. Additional information can be found on the “Designer Meet & Greet” page.
  • Who is eligible to apply for Atlanta Unifieds? Application to Atlanta Unifieds is open to current C4 Atlanta Basic Artist members. ALL applicants are required to hold a current C4 Atlanta Basic Artist Membership. Basic Artist Memberships are $45 for the year, and you can register for this membership during the application process. All memberships must be active through April 1, 2020. Individuals who paid for membership between November 2018 and February 2019 (during registration for the 2019 Atlanta Unifieds) should renew their membership during the application process for the 2020 Unifieds. Note: Application to Unifieds is a benefit of Basic Artist membership only. Artists holding a C4 Atlanta Student Membership are not eligible to apply for Unifieds.

In order to apply as an actor in either the Equity, Non-Equity or Recent Grad divisions, you must meet the minimum requirements for that division in order to be considered for an audition slot. All applicants MUST meet the Unified’s minimum resume requirements. These requirements differ by division and can be found in the “Resume” section of each division’s application page. Lastly, all applicants must be 18 or older, no exceptions.

  • What are the most important dates associated with Atlanta Unifieds? When are the deadlines?
    • Applications and Membership Fees Due: January 15, 2020 No Exceptions
    • Acceptance Notifications:Notifications will go out during the week of January 27, 2020
    • 40 Printed Headshots & Resumes Due to C4 Atlanta: March 1, 2020
    • Unified Auditions (Day 1) & Designer Meet & Greet: March 16, 2020
    • Unified Auditions (Day 2): March 17, 2020
  • Where will the 2020 Atlanta Unifieds Auditions be held? The 2020 Atlanta Unified Auditions are being held at Fine Arts Building at Georgia State University – Clarkston Campus, 3735 Memorial College Ave, Clarkston, GA 30021, which is ADA compliant and physically accessible.
  • I got a confirmation email when I submitted my application. Does that mean I’ve been granted an audition slot? Applicants will receive confirmation by email that their application has been received.   A CONFIRMATION OF RECEIVED APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE AN AUDITION SLOT. Your application must still be reviewed by the selection committee.
  • Are the applications “first come, first served”? Is there any benefit to submitting early? Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications early, however the application process is NOT ‘first come – first serve’.  All completed applications received prior to the deadline that meet minimum requirements will be considered by the review committee.
  • What happens if my application is incomplete? Due to the volume of applications C4 Atlanta receives, any incomplete application submissions which do not follow provided guidelines will not be considered by the review committee and result in an automatic disqualification of your application.
  • My membership payment was returned for insufficient funds. What should I do? Applicants with membership payment returned for insufficient funds are responsible to make good on payment plus a $35 administrative fee in order for the Basic Artist Membership to be processed & Unified applications to considered. Please contact unifieds@c4atlanta.org to arrange for payment of your membership fee in order to have your application considered for 2020 Atlanta Unifieds. If your membership fee is not received by the application deadline of January 15, 2020, your application may be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration of an audition slot.
  • The application deadline passed. Can I still apply? Applications received after the deadline of January 15, 2020 will NOT be considered under any circumstances. Sorry, no wait lists either.
  • My contact information changed! How do I update my information? It is your responsibility to notify C4 Atlanta in writing of any changes to your contact information. It is important that we have your most up to date information on file in order to contact you regarding your application. Please email unifieds@c4atlanta.org with any updates to your contact information as soon as possible to avoid any confusion or delays.
  • I can no longer audition for 2020 What should I do? It is your responsibility to notify C4 Atlanta in writing if you are not able to audition and wish to either withdraw your application (prior to deadline) or, if accepted, cancel your audition. Actors who do not notify C4 Atlanta of their cancellation are marked as “no show” and risk not being invited to audition the following year. Please email unifieds@c4atlanta.org with any updates to your contact information as soon as possible to avoid any confusion or delays.
  • How many headshots and resumes do I need for Unifieds? When do they need to be received? If you are selected to audition at the Unified Auditions, you will be asked to submit approximately 40 headshots/resumes by March 1, 2020. The exact number of headshots required will be included in your acceptance letter.  NO EXCEPTIONS will be made for late headshots. C4 Atlanta is not responsible for applications, notices or headshots lost/delayed by mail/delivery service. Directions for dropping off or delivering headshots will be sent to actors selected to audition for Unifieds along with your acceptance information.
  •  I received an alternate slot. Does this mean I probably won’t be able to audition? In fact, while we cannot promise that you will be seen, it is very likely. As we approach the audition dates, we receive several cancellations due to illness, gigs getting booked, or other. We do our best to fit as many people in as humanly possible.
  • I perform all the time in Atlanta, why didn’t I get chosen? Sometimes, depending on the selection committee, actors who are well known don’t get chosen. It doesn’t mean that you are not worthy. It means that there are many factors for the selection committee to consider. Unifieds is a professional development opportunity for actors. If you are performing a lot, congratulations! You probably don’t need to attend Unifieds. Auditors like to see new talent, or a different side of your talent, or they want to see people new to Atlanta. The committee also considers (but not limited to): diversity, age, special skills, type, and more. The goal is to have a selection pool that best represents the rich diversity of the Atlanta metro area.
  • Who is on the 2020 Atlanta Unifieds Selection Committee? At this time, the Atlanta Unifieds Selection Committee is still being determined. Once committee members have been selected, those on the committee will be announced online via the main Atlanta Unifieds page. The Selection Committee is made up of theatre casting professionals from local Atlanta theatres who attend the Unified Auditions. C4 Atlanta staff is never a part of the Atlanta Unifieds Selection Committee.
  • Why do I have to pay for a membership if I didn’t get selected? What is your payment and refund policy? Full membership payment is required to along with completed application and resume submission in order to be considered. Membership fees are not refundable under any circumstances. For any artist who applies and isn’t accepted into an audition slot, please note that your resume and headshot will be made digitally available to all auditors and theatres who participated in 2020 Atlanta Unifieds. Additionally, you will maintain all additional benefits associated with C4 Atlanta’s Basic Artist Membership.
  • The application deadline passed. Can I still apply? Applications received after the deadline of January 15, 2020 will NOT be considered under any circumstances. Sorry, no wait lists either.

Organizing the Unified Auditions for our community is a BIG job. There are expenses that need to be paid and most of those occur before selection ever happens: insurance, staff fees, website updates, paying for digital ads to promote the application, consultant fees, and many more. It may be better to think of the membership as an application fee or processing fee that comes with a free membership.