Signature in the Schools - for Students

Signature in the Schools is a theatrical training program unlike any other. The chance to be in a world premiere production, written, directed and designed by professional theater artists, featuring a professional actor. And beyond all of that, it’s the chance to participate in a theatrical conversation about issues that matter: citizenship and the power of the vote; freedoms of expression; immigration; feminism. These are just a few of the topics that Signature in the Schools productions have delved into. The 2020/21 production will explore the New Deal and its contemporary relevance.

For the 2020/21 season, Signature in the Schools will be producing a film that will be available to stream at home and in school settings. Set during the current pandemic, the film will be a series of conversations filmed primarily in the students ’homes, through platforms like Zoom, Skype and FaceTime. The film will also include one in-person scene involving two socially-distant/masked-wearing characters filmed outdoors.

Want to audition? Would you rather work behind the scenes? No experience necessary – we’ll teach you on the job!


Recognizing the unusual circumstances that students throughout the region this year, Signature in the Schools will be temporarily expanding, allowing any student currently enrolled in a public high school in the Northern Virginia region will be eligible to participate in this year’s production (subsequent productions will return to being exclusively for Arlington Public School students.)

Students enrolled in a high school in the following school districts are eligible to participate in the 2020/21 film production: Alexandria, Arlington County, Clarke County, Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Falls Church, Fauquier County, Frederick County, Loudoun County, Madison County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Orange County, Page County, Prince William County, Lynchburg, Nelson County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, Staunton, Waynesboro.


Interviews for technical positions (production manager, script supervisor, costume crew, directing assistant) will take place on September 24 from 3:30PM – 10PM. Those interested in technical positions will discuss their work ethic and any previous experience in a 3-5 minute long interview.

Auditions for actors will take place on September 25 from 3:30PM – 7PM. Those interested in acting in the Signature in the Schools film should come prepared with a memorized one to two-minute contemporary monologue. If you don’t have a memorized monologue, do not let that deter you from auditioning! We have a couple of monologue options that you may read for your audition in the PDF below.

Audition Monologues

You must sign up for an audition slot below. All auditions will take place over Zoom.

NOTE: When registering for an acting audition slot, you may receive a notification that says there are no more available slots. If you receive that message, we encourage you to submit a video audition. Video submissions are weighed equally with live auditions and will not be penalized in any way.

Students auditioning via pre-recorded video are asked to record a 1-2-minute contemporary, memorized monologue. Please submit videos by uploading them on YouTube. Be sure to upload them as “Unlisted” rather than “Private” as video submissions may be viewed by several Signature staff members. Email video links to In the body of your email, please state your name, grade and the school you attend.

Video submissions are due by September 25 by 8PM.

Sign up to Audition

Time Commitment

When you audition, you’ll get a chance to tell us every day that you’re unable to come to rehearsal/crew call. We will honor all submitted conflicts. Any conflicts that come up after the audition will have to be approved by the director (and they might not be approved!).

The general breakdown of how the program works are in the boxes on this page. For more information, see the Signature in the Schools student calendar in the side box on this page.

PART I – Boot Camp and Table Work: Aimed to create a true theater ensemble, these sessions are devoted to theatrical skill building and hands-on lessons about the year’s given subject matter. Additionally, there are regular opportunities for the cast and cast and crew to gather together to read through the script and to discuss it with the writer as it goes through revisions.

PART II – Rehearsals and Filming: After a week off for Thanksgiving, the cast/crew return for two weeks of filming and one week for any reshoots or rewrites that may come up.

PART III – The Release of the Film: The film will be released for streaming at home and in schools in mid-February.

Have questions about Signature in the Schools? Send your questions to See you in September!