Virtual Teen Arden College + Career Fair

Do you want to pursue a career in theatre? Find out how at this FREE, virtual event for 9th-12th graders and their parents!

Saturday, January 23rd from 11:30am-4pm

*Please note that this event will be held on Zoom, and participants will need access to a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to participate.

Event Details and Schedule

11:30am-12:20pm, A Life in Theatre: Forging a Career in the Arts 
Join a panel of Philadelphia’s leading theatre professionals as they discuss their unique careers in the Arts. From formal education and early jobs to key decisions and driving goals, they will share their best (and worst) career choices, giving teens food for thought as they begin their own artistic journeys.  

12:30-1:20pm, Making a Virtual Impression: Auditioning in the Digital World 
Build the skills you need to nail your next virtual audition, whether you’re applying for a collegiate program or trying-out for your high school play. This exciting and informative workshop will be led by a professional casting director and will feature industry best-practices, from choosing appropriate material to new virtual audition techniques.  

2-2:50pm, The College Experience: Choosing the Right Program for YOU 
Gain access to local theatre professors from Philadelphia colleges and universities, as they discuss the future of their programs and what makes them unique. Parents and teens will have the opportunity to ask questions about the admissions process and the day-to-day life of a theatre student at each of the featured institutions.  

3-3:50pm, Broadway Bound: A Conversation with Philly’s own Rob McClure 
Meet Tony-nominated Rob McClure, as he sits down with Terry Nolen, the Arden’s Producing Artistic Director, to discuss his path from local New Milford High School to Broadway. His Broadway credits include: Beetlejuice, Something Rotten!, Noises Off, Honeymoon in Vegas, Chaplin, Avenue Q, and I’m Not Rappaport. He is currently cast as the title role in Mrs. Doubtfire, which will resume once Broadway re-opens.

All participants MUST register!

If you have questions, please contact Sam Pedings, Director of Drama School, at spedings@ardentheatre.org.
All registered participants will receive an email detailing Zoom information the day prior to the virtual event. 

Additional Resources

Financial Preparedness

A collection of  financial aid and scholarship informational links HERE

Next Steps

A collection of tips and tools, whether you are searching for a college, taking a gap year, or jumping straight into your career HERE

Advice

Philly theatre professionals share the best piece of advice they’ve ever received or what they wish they had known in high school!

Sanchel Brown

Liz Filios

Daniel Ison

Bi Jean Ngo

Peter Danzig

Jaqueline Goldfinger

Travoye Joyner

Rob Tucker

Jordan Dobson

Makoto Hirano

Madi Juleskusky

*The Teen Arden College + Career Fair is made possible by generous contributions to the Dr. Andrea Mengel Fund. Andy Mengel was an Arden friend and Board member who believed passionately in the power of education and who dedicated herself to helping others achieve their potential.