Catalyst: NWCT’s Youth Company

Catalyst: NWCT’s Youth Company is an advanced training program for performing arts and technical and design theater students ages 10 to 18. Through a combination of classes, workshops, performance, and production opportunities, students develop their craft under the mentorship of professional theater artists. 

Participation in Catalyst is by application and audition, or invitation only. Company members will have access to three types of opportunities:

  • Self-selected classes, workshops, projects, and performances based on age and interest
  • Catalyst productions cast by the director based on students’ audition submissions and possible callbacks
  • Mainstage productions cast by the director based on students’ audition submissions and possible callbacks

Students must be at least 10 years old by September 1, 2021 to audition for Catalyst in the 2021-22 season.

Do you have questions about Catalyst or want to learn more?
Sign up for the Catalyst Town Hall on Monday, August 9 at 6pm on Zoom. This meeting will be recorded and posted on this webpage for anyone who is unable to attend. 

Application & Audition Process

Catalyst applications are accepted throughout the year, however the deadline to be considered for Fall programming is Monday, August 23, 2021.

All students interested in joining Catalyst must complete an application and submit a photo of themselves (a professional headshot is not required).

Applicants will also be asked about theater-related & performance experience, and will have the option to provide a resume. Click here to view a sample resume.

Students do NOT need to have extensive experience in every area to be considered.

All audition materials submitted should be based on the types of projects the student is interested in (see chart below).

Each video submission should be approximately one minute or less.

Applicants do NOT need to submit audition materials in all categories. 

To be considered for these types of projects:

Submit this item:

Instructions and details:

• Vocal technique classes
• Performing in a musical, revue, or cabaret
• Performing in a Mainstage musical

Video Performance of a Song
 

Choose an NWCT-provided song or select your own. 

• Acting classes
• Performing in a play or One Act Festival
• Performing in a Mainstage musical or play

Video Performance of a Monologue

Choose an NWCT-provided monologue or select your own. 

• Improv classes
• NWCT’s Improv Team (BEAT)

Video Performance of an Improvised Sales Pitch

• Dance classes
• Performing in a musical or revue
• Performing in a Mainstage musical

Video Performance of a Musical Theater Dance

Choose an NWCT-provided dance, one by another dance teacher, or choreograph your own.

• Dance classes
• Performing in a musical or revue
• Performing in a Mainstage musical
• Unique production opportunities
• Student-led projects

Video performance in a different Dance Style

Students trained in dance styles other than musical theater are encouraged to showcase their talent here. All styles and levels are welcome.  

• Musical support or composition
• Unique production opportunities
• Student-led projects

Video performance of playing a Musical Instrument

Students who play a musical instrument are encouraged to showcase their talent here. All styles and levels are welcome.

• Unique production opportunities
• Student-led projects

Video performance of Circus Art

Students with circus arts experience (i.e. tumbling, juggling, trapeze, mime, puppetry) are encouraged to showcase their talent here. All levels and styles are welcome. 

• Playwriting projects (i.e. 24-Hour Play or One Act Festival)
• Student-led projects

PDF of a Creative Writing sample

Students interested in developing new works are encouraged to submit a writing sample. This could be a poem, short story, one act play, or something else.All levels welcome.

• Production support
• Student-led projects

PDF of a Visual Art Sample

Students interested in creating visual art to support theatrical projects are encouraged to submit an art sample. This includes traditional and digital art mediums. All styles and levels are welcome.

Students interested in design or technical theater will indicate this in the “material submission” section on the application form. There are no specific audition materials required for design or tech.

Deadlines

Students ages 10 to 18 may submit an application and audition materials any time throughout the year; however there are deadlines per term:

Term:

Program Dates:

Application Deadline:

Notification from NWCT:

Fall

September  - December 

August 23, 2021

No later than September 15, 2021

Winter

January - March

TBD

TBD

Spring

April - June

TBD

TBD

Summer

July - August

TBD

TBD

NWCT will contact applicants via the email listed on the application form whether or not they have been accepted into Catalyst.

Tuition

Catalyst programs are tuition-based. There is an annual $50 registration fee, paid when artists are accepted into the program. Class, workshop, and performance tuition varies from $75 – $350. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying students.

Mainstage performers of all ages are paid.

Thank You NWCT Sponsors

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