Academy Showcase

Each fall prospective students from the greater Austin area are invited to attend the McCallum Fine Arts Academy Showcase. Each major at McCallum (Theatre, Choral Studies, Dance, Band, Orchestra, Classical Guitar, Piano, Visual Arts, and Cinematic Arts) offers a special live performance on the MAC stage and arts faculty members as well as current Academy students offer talkbacks, Q&A sessions, and tours of all the various arts departments. October each year.

Assistant Director Responsibilities


MacTheatre will hold auditions for their spring musical, Grand Hotel, on Monday November 18, 2019 with the dance call (mandatory) on Tuesday November 19, 2019.


Back To School Bash

The Royale Theatre Society hosts a “Meet and Greet” party each year to kick off the school year. This informal get-together at the JCC provides an opportunity for parents to get introduced, chat with faculty members, and get informed about upcoming initiatives, events, and performances. It is very important that ALL THEATRE PARENTS ATTEND. Food is served and there is a pool party for students. August each year. 


MacTheatre Annual Budget


Coffee Houses 

Another MFAA tradition, approximately once per semester an afternoon talent show is held that is open to all students through auditions. Performances are only limited by student’s imagination.

College Audition PORTAL 

Auditions are a key part of admissions for college Theatre programs. The top programs are extremely selective for admission, with several hundred students auditioning for 10-20 slots. MFAA Theatre students train extensively for college auditions including mock audition sessions as part of their coursework as well as one-on-one coaching and guidance from the theatre faculty.  In addition MacTheatre students gain access to a step-by-step college audition plan in the College Audition Portal.


Crew Sign Up

When you think you would like to crew a MacTheatre show you should sign as soon as possible up by filling out this online form.

Can anyone crew a MacTheatre production?

MacTheatre productions are open to any McCallum student either in the Academy or in the general population.

dance instructors (RECOMMENDED)

Designer Timelines

Fair Share Fees

Fair Share Fees are due for all Theatre majors on the first day of classes: AUGUST 20, 2019.

Fine Arts Building Theatre- FABT

The smaller theatre at MFAA. Most Theatre Department productions are performed in the FABT including the mainstage straight plays and The Rep: Student Directed One Act Play Festival.

Freshman Orientation- Artist Academy

The MacTheatre Artist Academy is a 2 day-long event for Freshmen and other new students to get acquainted with MFAA and MacTheatre. August each year.

Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards

Headshots, resumes, & social media

How to Spell and Say “Theatre”

Always spell “theatre” with an “re” at the end, not “theater.” Avoid pronouncing it “thee-ate-er.” The cognoscenti say, “thee-ah-ter.”

London TRIP 2020

  • March 14 - 21, 2020

MacTheatre Code of Ethics

MacTheatre Parents Googlegroup

Sign up for our Google listserve group where we talk about upcoming volunteer opportunities to support the Theatre Department and our thespians. You do not have to have a gmail address to participate.

If you want to be manually added to the group, send an email with your request to

  • Once registered you can easily contact all listserve members by simply sending an email to

Mainstage Productions

MacTheatre produces four major productions per year, two in the fall semester and two in the spring semester, always including a play and a musical each semester. Auditions for the next show of the season promptly follow the performances of the previous show.

Can anyone audition for a MacTheatre production?

MacTheatre productions are open to any McCallum student either in the Academy or in the general population.

McCallum Arts Center- MAC 

The large theatre at MFAA. The mainstage musicals are usually the only theatre productions in the MAC.

MTAPP: Musical Theatre & Acting Preparatory Program

Now promising young performers can hone their talents in the summer through the Musical Theatre and Acting Preparatory Program at McCallum Fine Arts Academy.

Faculty members of McCallum’s acclaimed Acting, Musical Theatre and Dance programs offer private lessons and group classes in voice, acting, dance, and stage combat throughout the summer. MTAPP helps students gain professional-level skills and prepare for roles in high school, community theatre, and professional theatre performances. MTAPP also equips high school students for auditions to gain entrance into highly competitive college and university theatre programs. MTAPP can assist students at all levels of performance ability, and no auditions are required. Students may register for the musical theatre package of classes, encompassing acting, voice and dance or in classes in a single discipline. MTAPP at McCallum is designed for students ages 12 to 18, who want to improve their technique in voice, acting, dance, or all three disciplines by participating in weekly private lessons and/or group classes.

New York trip

Every other year the Theatre Department at McCallum sponsors a spring break Theatre Education trip to New York or London to see Broadway shows and take master classes from Broadway or West End professionals.

Playbill Bios and Headshots

Cast and Crew members for each show must submit their Bio and Headshot and by the deadline (3 weeks prior to opening night) or it will not be included the Playbill.

paramount story wranglers internship

The Paramount Theatre has formed an exclusive partnership with Theatre majors from McCallum Fine Arts Academy. Theatre majors from the McCallum can apply to participate in a Story Wranglers production, which involves collaboratively adapting stories written by 3rd graders into a theatrical production performed at their elementary school.


Princess Tea Party Fundraiser 

The Royale Court Players Thespian Troupe #4229 officers organize a Princess Tea Party fundraiser each Halloween where kids can have tea with their favorite fairy tale characters followed by a special live performance by the princesses. 


Production Timeline Cheat Sheet


Simply text the class code @mact to 81010 to receive MFAA Theatre Department text message updates directly on your phone.



The Royale Court players or RCP is the official name of McCallum's Thespian troupe. The difference between the school's Thespian troupe and the theatre program: The Thespian troupe is a subset of the theatre arts program. It is the student honor society, a separate student organization, and membership is earned.

What is the Thespian Club?

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is a drama organization for high-school theatre students.

What are thespian points?

A point system helps track student work, as high school and middle school students earn induction and the designation of Thespian or Junior Thespian, respectively. Students go on to earn progressively higher honors.

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the honor society for middle and secondary school theatre students. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts that meets the Society's general guidelines. Students meet one important induction requirement by earning Thespian points.

What is the International Thespian Society?

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the Educational Theatre Association's student honorary organization. ITS recognizes the achievements of high school and middle school theatre students. Since 1929, EdTA has inducted more than 2 million Thespians into ITS.

What is a thespian induction?

The International Thespian Society (ITS) is the honor society for secondary school theatre students. Membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts. High school Thespian induction eligibility requirements and procedures are detailed in the Thespian Troupe Handbook.


  • The National Honor Society for Theatre

MFAA Theatre Students who accrue 10 points based on after-school volunteer service for the Theatre Department (approximately 10 hours per point) are eligible for induction into International Thespian Society Troupe #4229. Hours are tracked by the Royale Theatre Society Thespian Union Steward parent volunteer.

What Students Get:

  1. Official membership pin, card, and certificate

  2.  Exclusive Thespian interviews for college admission and scholarships

  3. School, state, and international leadership opportunities

  4. Eligibility for state and international Thespian opportunities including training, mentoring, and assessment from theatre arts educators and stage professionals

  5. Dramatics magazine subscription, the only publication edited exclusively for theatre students and teachers 

  6. Pride, recognition, and affirmation in earning induction into an international honor society


A Thespian Point Record should be submitted to or in hard copy to the RTS mailbox in the FABT each year by May 1. Each student should keep a cumulative point record throughout their time at McCallum even after they have been inducted. Point accumulation may begin during the first semester at McCallum

Possible Honors

Thespians who demonstrate high academic success in overall coursework while achieving excellent work in theatre earn the distinction "scholar." The scholar distinction always follows the student’s rank to create his or her full designation:

  • Thespian Scholar

  • Honor Thespian President's List Scholar

  • National Honor Thespian Scholar

  • Students with a 3.5 GPA become Vice President's List Scholars, and students with a 4.0 GPA are awarded the President's List Scholar distinction.


  • Back To School Bash

  • Halloween- Princess Tea Party Fundraiser

  • Texas Thespian State Festival- a convention of over 7000 high school Thespians!

  • Current Student and Alumni Holiday Party

  • RCP Lock In

  • Thespian Banquet

Royale Theatre Society- RTS

An organization of Theatre Department parents who volunteer their time to assist the department with concessions, Tech Week food, events, and fund-raising. The Royale Theatre Society meets one evening each month and begins the year with a meet-and-greet party for all department parents and faculty called the Back To School Bash.


Summer Programs

Take extreme caution when choosing summer training programs.  Make sure they aren’t charging you a fee to use you as labor on shows that the organizers profit from. Be sure to check out these programs to ensure there is more emphasis on training and learning and less emphasis on cranking out multiple shows.

Technical Theatre Guidebook

Tech Week and Tech Week Food

The week before a production when final rehearsals are held in the evening (cue to cue rehearsal, dress rehearsal, run-throughs). The Royale Theatre Society parents supply dinner each evening for up to 100 students.

Texas Thespian Festival

Each year each Performance Theatre (Acting), Musical Theatre Certificate, and Technical Theatre student travels with the Theatre Department to the Texas Thespian Festival. 

Texas Thespian State Festival is filled with:

  • Workshops

  • Main Stage Performances

  • Play Marathons

  • College Auditions

  • Performance Competitions

  • Technical Competitions

  • Nationally Acclaimed Guest Speakers

  • All Convention Events

  • Late Night Social Events

  • Thespian-related vendors

  • Opportunities to advance to the International Thespian Society National Festival

  • Opportunities to meet other Thespians from all over TX who share a great passion for Theatre

November 21-23, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort

1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051

The Rep: Student-Directed One Act Play Festival 

Cutting-edge, innovative, student-conceived productions in one act, held in the spring. The Rep also includes McCallum's unique student-written musical. Only Level 3 and 4 students are able to direct for The Rep and only Level 2, 3, and 4 students may serve as cast or crew for The Rep. 

Theatre Department College Night

At Theatre Department College Night in the fall, the Theatre faculty explain all the in’s and out’s of the college admission process for theatre students: BA vs. BFA, the audition process, how to prepare for college, the best schools for theatre, and more. In addition MacTheatre students gain access to a step-by-step college audition plan in the College Audition Portal:

Theatre Department Website 

The MFAA Theatre Department website is You can download forms and important Theatre Department information from the CURRENT STUDENTS page and tickets for MacTheatre shows can be purchased from this site.

Theatre Tickets

Tickets to MacTheatre productions can be purchased via the WHAT'S ON and TICKETS links at

Thespian Banquet

MFAA Theatre Students who accrue 10 points based on after-school volunteer service for the Theatre Department (approximately 10 hours per point) are eligible for induction into International Thespian Society Troupe #4229. Hours are tracked by the Royale Theatre Society Thespian Union Steward parent volunteer. The Induction Ceremony and Banquet is sponsored by the Royale Court Players Thespian Troupe #4229 elected officers and the Royale Theatre Society parent advocacy organization and is held at the end of the school year at Gather Norht Lamar near the campus. Thespian officers are also elected at the end of each school year.

UIL One Act Play Contest 

All freshman Acting majors participate in the production of McCallum's University Interscholastic League One Act Play Contest entry. At the start of the spring semester the play is cast and rehearsed in the freshmen Acting major's class and performed not only at the various locations and dates of the competition, but also in repertory with The Rep: Student Directed One Act Play Festival productions. 


Each year in February 50+ college programs hold auditions in Chicago called “National Unified Auditions” (also held in NYC, Las Vegas, and LA). 


During the first two weeks of each academic year private voice teachers register McCallum students for on-campus private voice lessons. These private lessons can be taken during the student's Theatre, Musical Theatre, or Choral Studies class periods.