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Pre-Professional Company (Grade 5 to 12)

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 rehearsal.

**Those students accepted into PPC A Company and PPC Apprentice will be considered to be cast in ZACH’s Productions of MATILDA and A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

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 students that commute from Frederiksberg, San Marcos, Wimberley, Lampasas, Buda, Temple, Seguin in addition to Austin and the surrounding areas.

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

PPC B: Grades 8th-10th
Mondays | 5:30- 9:15 p.m.
1.5 hours Dance Technique
1.5 hours Musical Theatre workshop, MT Audition technique, MT Acting
1.5 hours Material | Choreography

PPC ELITE: Grades 10th-12th
Sundays | 1:00- 8:30 p.m.
5 hour technique class roation

Fall Semester
• Students attend weekly technique and master classes.
• Junior and Senior High School PPC students focus on College Rep and Technique for College Auditions.
• Past PPC Performances include: 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.

Spring Semester
• Students continue their technique work while rehearsing for the PPC Musical Showcase. The PPC showcase is designed to highlight specific performance abilities and their skills learned.
• Perform at ZACH’s annual Red Hot and Soul Gala at the Topfer Theatre

2018-19 AUDITION INFORMATION: PPC and ZACH’s Main stage Season

WE WILL BE CASTING ZACH’s MAIN STAGE MATILDA AND A CHRISTMAS CAROL. ALL PPC  and PPC Apprentice program members will be considered for Main Stage performance opportunities.

SIGN UP HERE for 2018-19 Auditions
Auditions for PPC 2018-19 will be held at ZACH Theatre in July and August.

AUDITIONS 5th-8th Grade:


  • Friday, August 10 | 9- 10:30 a.m.
  • Friday, August 17 | 9- 10:30 a.m.


  • Friday, August 10 | 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16 | 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17 | 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 18 (FULL)

AUDITIONS 9th-12th Grade:


  • Friday, August 10 | 12:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Monday, August 20 | 6:30- 8:30 p.m.


  • Friday, August 10 | 2:30- 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 16 | 1- 4 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17 | 1-4 p.m. (ALMOST FULL)
  • Monday, August 20 (FULL)

Please arrive 15 minutes early and with a head shot and resume.
Requirements: Two contrasting, 32 bar cuts of a song (Sheet music) and a one minute monologue. We will have an accompanist, so please do not sing with a track or acapella. ALL Students are required to attend a dance call on the same day of their audition time. Please know that you may be in the audition room from 1- 10 ten minutes. Each audition is different, so please do not get discouraged if your student is only in the room for a short period of time. Please be prepared for the possibility to wait longer than your scheduled audition time.

Students will follow a warm up and also be taught choreography. All students should wear appropriate clothes to move in. Suggested attire: Leotard or fitted tank top, tights, dance skirt or shorts. Dance shoes.

VIDEO SUBMISSIONS: Please continue to fill out the form (all the way down the page).
Onsite auditions are strongly preferred. However, You may send in a video submission if you are unable to attend audition dates.
Deadline for materials is August 15, 2018.
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.
Please submit your materials to jyoung@zachtheatre.org .

SIGN UP HERE for 2018-19 Auditions
Auditions for PPC 2018-19 will be held at ZACH Theatre in July and August.

Click here for the Current PPC Company Member Website




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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin, Texas.

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