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Audition Policy

Auditions for all mainstage productions are open to the entire university community. Normally, all casting for shows in a given semester is held simultaneously.

For fall mainstage productions, auditions usually occur during the first week of classes (usually starting on the first day of classes). Occasionally, auditions for the fall mainstage are held at the end of the Spring semester in April (if rehearsals will need to start prior to the start of classes in the fall). Spring auditions are usually held toward the middle to end of the Fall semester (usually in October or November).

Consult the Waller Callboard (in the Lower Lobby in Waller Hall) and the Department of Theater and Dance website under For Current Students for specific dates and procedures.

Auditions are held in a professional manner that includes proper dress, preparation of appropriate materials, and reporting to the stage manager at the appointed time. In addition, all students auditioning are expected to have prepared a one-minute (or less) monologue for their initial audition.

Scripts and audition materials for each show are usually available in the Department of Theater and Dance office (Waller Hall, Room 104) several weeks before auditions begin. These scripts may be signed out for a restricted period of time determined by the director (usually twenty-four hours).

Again, refer to the Waller Callboard for information regarding each production’s audition expectations and process.

Helpful Hints on Auditioning

  • Prior to audition, the actor should be familiar with the script.
  • If requested, the actor should have appropriate audition piece(s) prepared.
  • Ordinarily, actors should audition for a play, not a role. In any event, there is no harm in preparing for a particular role; just keep in mind that the director is looking at a broader picture.
  • All actors are encouraged to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to any audition time/appointment. Not only will this better allow you to better deal with any anxiety concerning the audition process, it will also give the actor the time to fill out any required audition forms.
  • Actors should be prompt and ready to perform (warmed up). Auditions are a tense time; warming up will, if nothing else, help to relax you.
  • Actors should wear appropriate clothing to the audition, i.e., clothing which allows the actor freedom of movement, possibly in style with the kind of show for which he/she is auditioning, showing him/her to the best advantage.
  • Do anything the director asks of you, within reason. If you are unsure about anything, ask. Don’t stay in the dark!
  • Don’t be afraid to make a mistake; holding back is usually a greater mistake.
  • Be courteous to others; refrain from extraneous talking or actions during the audition time.
  • Do not leave the audition area until dismissed or checked out with the stage manager first.
  • Most important, be yourself. Don’t put on an act. After all, what is an audition but a bizarre kind of job interview? The director wants to see the person behind the acting mask as well as the mask itself.