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
Video Performance of a Song
Choose an NWCT-provided song or select your own.
• Acting classes
Video Performance of a Monologue
Choose an NWCT-provided monologue or select your own.
• Improv classes
Video Performance of an Improvised Sales Pitch
• Dance classes
Video Performance of a Musical Theater Dance
Choose an NWCT-provided dance, one by another dance teacher, or choreograph your own.
• Dance classes
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
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
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)
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
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.
Students ages 10 to 18 may submit an application and audition materials any time throughout the year; however there are deadlines per term:
Notification from NWCT:
September - December
August 23, 2021
No later than September 15, 2021
January - March
April - June
July - August
NWCT will contact applicants via the email listed on the application form whether or not they have been accepted into Catalyst.
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.