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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.
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AUDITIONS for BALTIMORE
Auditions for Baltimore by Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden
When a racist incident divides her first-year students, reluctant resident advisor Shelby finds herself in the middle of a conversation she does not want to have. As pressure to address the issue mounts from residents, the new dean, and even her best friend, Shelby must decide if she will enter the fray or watch her community come apart at the seams. Sharp, funny, and searing, Baltimore is about racism on college campuses and how we learn to talk to each other.
This production is a collaboration with the Office for Equity & Inclusion and Student Affairs & Campus Life
We will be holding auditions on the evenings of Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 6:30-10:30 pm. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, May 2 from 5-9 pm.
All auditions and callbacks will be on the Rand Theater in the Fine Arts Center
Actors will be asked to read sides from the play. You can access sides and sign for slots on the Sign Up Genius.
This production will have an intensive rehearsal period Aug. 28-30; the University will provide housing.
Performance dates are Oct. 10-12, 17-19.
Sign up for your audition slot at SignUp Genius.
Shelby - 20, African-American, resident advisor, sheltered upbringing but outspoken, naive despite her many academic and extracurricular achievements, female.
Alyssa - 18, African-American, one of Shelby's residents on the floor, smart, female
Fiona - 18, white, American, one of Shelby's residents on the floor. Also smart, loves pranks, female.
Rachel - 18, American, Latina. Also identified as being a Latina with light skin, one of Shelby's residents on the floor. Smart. Socially conscious, perhaps overtly so, female
Grace - 20, Shelby's best friend, lives off-campus, Asian-American
Bryant - 18, African-American, one of Shelby's residents, male. Trusting.
Carson - 18, white, American, one of Shelby's residents, male. A bit sheltered.
Leigh - 18, African-American, one of Shelby's residents on the floor, female. Powerful.
Dean Hernandez - 50s, black and Latino male
Shelby - pg 45 from "There are no mirrors in our house" to "I never learned how to talk about any of it"
Leigh - pg 32 from "And this car, right..." to "like it was 1855"
Rachel - pgs 36-37 from "I hate that fucking caf" to "Ask Sheby what she sees, when she sees you"
Alyssa - pgs 53-54 from "I took the SATs" to "I Have A Voice"
Grace - pg 47 from "You know I almost didn't come back this fall" to "I don't know what I am to you"
Bryant - pgs 49-50 from "Stop and frisk" to "I don't think that is very much to ask. Actually"
Fiona - pgs 22-23 from "At home...I'm..." to "I look pretty good"
Carson - pg 50 from "Actually, she is, she is my grandmother" to "I do not see color"
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.
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