Going Pro Career Fair 2021: Resilience and Change

Saturday, April 17 at 10:00am to 4:30pm

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A full day of free career preparation, mentorship, and networking, designed to prepare students to step directly from higher education into a rewarding career in live theatre and entertainment.

Going Pro Career Fair 2021: Resilience and Change

Saturday, April 17, 2021
10am - 4:30pm

This year, we celebrate the resilience of theatre artists and imagine a new theatre landscape in this fully-virtual, free daylong event. Sessions will focus on how the events of the past year have impacted theatre artists; how students and emerging professionals can prepare to jump into the field as live theatre returns; and how we demand and create change. The event will mix live, interactive content with prerecorded sessions available for viewing at any time.


Going Pro is a free, daylong virtual event, and is open to current college and graduate students, early-career individuals, and college, university and trade tech educators. The event includes:

  • Live panels focused on how the field will return post-pandemic, and the impact of We See You, White American Theatre and other calls for equity and justice in the performing arts;
  • Access to one-on-one “Speed Mentorship” sessions with field professionals;
  • A Resource Fair featuring local and national unions and service organizations;
  • Interactive small-group discussion sessions focused on the future of field leadership;
  • A series of pre-recorded sessions that will also be accessible after the event, on a variety of topics.


The casual virtual format means that participants can attend all or a portion of the day. A complete schedule will be sent to registered participants, along with instructions for how to create a Hopin profile and confirm a Speed Mentorship appointment, if desired.  

Through April 12, registration is open only to students attending a college or university in California, educators currently teaching at college or university in California, and early-career individuals, based in California, intending to pursue a career in theatre and live entertainment. If space remains in the event, we will open it to others.

Do I count as early-career?
We think of ‘early-career’ as someone who has begun pursuing a career in their intended field, and who has been working in it for fewer than 8 years. However, we believe ‘early-career’ is self-defined. If you identify as an early-career individual, please RSVP.

REGISTRATION CLOSES: 5:00pm on April 15, 2021.


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