Our auditions are open to everyone, including all members of the greater UMass community, the Five Colleges, and all local performers. You need not be a theater major or minor to be cast in our shows. See our casting policy at the bottom of the page for more details.
UMass Theater productions are cast throughout the year; check here for audition information.
Time and place maybe subject to change; updates will be posted as they become available.
Read-only scripts and other relevant information for productions will be posted in a shared folder online.
WHEN: Sept. 8, 2-4 p.m.
WHERE: Curtain Theater
DETAILS: FREE, open to all who are considering auditioning for the Department of Theater season in the 2018-2019 school year. Advice on selecting a monologue, best audition practices, etc.; led by a UMass Theater instructor.
FALL 2018 AUDITIONS for SNOWFLAKES, OR RARE WHITE PEOPLE and WHAT OF THE NIGHT?
Snowflakes or Rare White People
Auditions: Sept. 10 & 11, 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Rand Theater, with callbacks Sept. 12 & 13, 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Rand Theater.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Oct. 25, 26, 27, Nov. 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
School Matinee Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.
SHOW DESCRIPTION: We start our season funny, with Dustin Chinn's pointed, futuristic comedy Snowflakes, or Rare White People. In Nueva New York in the 23rd Century, a cadre of nearly-extinct white hipsters escape the museum exhibit in which they live, bringing a perilous level of Caucasity to the rest of society. We’re thrilled for a second opportunity to engage with Chinn's sly, hysterical commentary, which we first encountered in last year’s Play Lab.
AUDITION DETAILS: Seeking a racially diverse cast.
Please read the ENTIRE script prior to auditioning. It can be accessed in PDF format in our audition folder.
Performers who audition will be asked to read from the script; no monolgue required.
Sides to be read at auditions:
All of pgs. 2 & 3
Characters: Director, Hassan, Fei Fong Torres
Pgs. 28, 29 & 30
From Benedict's line: "Whoa!"
To bottom of pg. 30
Characters: Hassan, Megan, Benedict, Riggoberto
Pgs. 43, 44 & 45
From Precious's line: "There, got it!"
To bottom of scene 4
Characters: Precious, Riggoberto, Megan, Benedict
Pgs. 64, 65 & 66
From Puja's line: "Hi Cousin!"
To Puja's exit
Characters: Puja, Megan, Benedict, Riggoberto
What of the Night?
Auditions Sept. 10 & 11, 6-10 p.m., in the Curtain Theater, with callbacks Sept. 12 & 13, 6-10 p.m., in the Curtain Theater.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.
SHOW DESCRIPTION: This production is a cycle of four linked short plays by Maria Irene Fornes, one of our greatest and most influential living playwrights. She presents a thrillingly dangerous dystopian vision that spans 60 years, tracking an extended family of desperate characters whose lives are intertwined as they try to eke out a precarious living in the city's violent underground. This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play is Fornes’ incisive exploration of the human hunger for survival by any means.
This event is part of Celebrando Fornés/Celebrating Fornés, a year-long effort to raise awareness of Fornés’ legacy and her impact on American theater.
AUDITION DETAILS: Audition details, including what to prepare, a link to the script, and a link to sign up for a slot online will be posted around the start of the school year; please check back then.
General Casting Policies
The Department of Theater is committed to racial, cultural and individual diversity.
Casting for all department-sponsored productions is open to any student, staff, or faculty member of the Five College Consortium, any member of the community, or any invited guest artist regardless of race, ethnic origin, abilty, sexual orientation or gender identification.
Equal-opportunity casting is encouraged.
All Theater majors are welcomed and strongly encouraged to audition. The Department chooses plays each year with the intention of using as many majors as possible, but casting of any individual theater major student is not guaranteed.
Most casting will be determined by open auditions.
You are expected to sign up for a given audition appointment, and to arrive at the audition site well ahead of the scheduled time. Performers who arrive after their scheduled time may not be allowed to audition.
After open auditions have been completed, the director will post call back announcements. If you are called back, you are expected to initial next to your name to acknowledge the call back.
Auditioning for multiple shows
Our experience has shown that having cast members in shows with overlapping rehearsal and/or performance schedules is complicated and disruptive to both shows.
Cast members are still welcome to be in multiple shows whose rehearsal schedules do not overlap; please check with stage managers or production staff if you have questions about scheduling.
Please note: This does NOT mean that actors cannot audition for all the shows -- just that they will have to consider their options and limitations wisely. Casting decisions will result in the production's exclusive service of the actor when rehearsal/performance periods overlap.
Thank you and break a leg!