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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 to be cast in our shows. See our casting policy 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.

Scripts for productions can be accessed as read-only files at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bza3TBYkOt4yRnZrSE05b3Zab2s

 

Fall Audition Workshop

Saturday, September 9, 2-4 p.m. in the Curtain Theater. FREE, open to all.

Anyone planning to audition for UMass Theater shows this year (including non-majors) is encouraged to attend this workshop, which will include tips about choosing materials, dealing with nerves, audition etiquette, and more. Led by faculty members Martha L. Cuomo and Julie Nelson.


2017-2018 Auditions

Runaways

Auditions Sept. 11 & 12, 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Rand Theater and Green Room, with Callbacks Sept. 13 & 14, 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Rand Theater and Green Room.

The UMass Department of Theater is holding auditions for its production of Runaways, a musical that calls for a large cast that includes members of the LGBT community, performers of color, and deaf actors who use ASL. We also look forward to welcoming to our cast those who have personal experience as members of the homeless or runaway community. Extensive theater training is not required, and we welcome high school and younger members of the community to audition, too!

Audition details:

Sign up for an audition slot at https://tinyurl.com/umassrunaways.
Please prepare about 30-60 seconds of your favorite song (musical or your favorite pop song). This will be sung a cappella. In addition to a song please also prepare a one-minute monologue or poem. Actors may be asked to move, so please dress comfortably in attire that allows for easy unrestricted movement. 
Please check in with the stage management staff in the Theater Green Room when you arrive. 
Please BE READY TO BEGIN YOUR AUDITION PROMPTLY at your chosen audition time (Plan to arrive 15 minutes early for your audition to allow check-in, paperwork and warm-up time.)
CALLBACKS: Will be posted on the UMass Department of Theater blog page: http://umassauditions.blogspot.com/
Runaways will have performances Nov. 1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., and a school matinee at Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.
Questions? Contact stage manager Matt Morin (mgmorin@umass.edu).


Dream Play

Auditions Sept. 17, 1:30-5:30, Sept. 18, 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Curtain Theater, with Callbacks Sept. 19, 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Curtain Theater.For the Dream Play auditions, actors will be asked to sign up for a 1 hour time slot and should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled time to fill out the necessary paperwork.  Actors do not need to prepare anything in advance, but may be asked to cold read material for the Audition and will be given material to prepare if they are asked to attend Callbacks. Actors should come dressed to move and be prepared to participate in some collaborative devising exercises. 

We are looking to cast an ensemble of 12-14 actors and seeking a diverse cast with all roles open to students and members of the community of all ages, races, genders and identities. Dancers, singers & musicians are encouraged to attend! 

Theater majors who are cast in Runaways may also be in Dream Play.

Further details:

Sign up for an audition slot at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aa5a92aabfe3-dream
Please check in with the stage management staff in Purple Lobby when you arrive for your audition.
Please sign-up below for an One Hour audition session. You will audition with a group of up to ten performers per hour slot.
You do not need to prepare anything prior to arriving at your audition. During auditions you will be participating in some corroborative devising exercises. You may also be asked to do some cold readings from the play. 
Please come dressed to move comfortably.
Please BE READY TO BEGIN YOUR AUDITION PROMPTLY at your chosen audition time (Plan to arrive 15 minutes early for your audition to allow check-in and warm-up time.)
CALLBACKS: Please check the callboard on Tuesday morning for the callback list and schedule. Callbacks will also be posted on the UMass Department of Theater blog page: http://umassauditions.blogspot.com/

Scripts for productions can be accessed as read-only files at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bza3TBYkOt4yRnZrSE05b3Zab2s


UMass New Play Lab

Auditions Oct. 4, 6-10:30 p.m., with Callbacks Oct. 6, 6:30-10:30 p.m.

The UMass Theater Play Lab offers actors an opportunity to be part of the first group of artists to shape the characters and arc of a brand new play. We are seeking a diverse group of actors to embody these new characters in three different plays

Further details:

  • Sign up for an audition slot at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4aa5a92aabfe3-playlab
  • Auditions for PLAYLAB will be held in the Curtain Theater. Please check in with the stage management staff in the Purple Lobby when you arrive for your audition.
  •  Please sign up for a Half - Hour audition session. You will audition with a group of up to eight performers per thirty minute slot.

  • If you wish to familiarize yourself with the plays prior to auditioning, a link to the scripts is on the sign-up page.
  • Please have a short, contemporary monologue available. During auditions you may be asked to do some cold readings from the plays. 
  • Please come dressed to move comfortably.
  • Please BE READY TO BEGIN YOUR AUDITION PROMPTLY at your chosen audition time (Plan to arrive 15 minutes early for your audition to allow check-in and warm-up time.)
  • CALLBACKS: Callbacks will also be posted on the UMass Department of Theater blog page: http://umassauditions.blogspot.com/

Scripts for productions can be accessed as read-only files at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0Bza3TBYkOt4yRnZrSE05b3Zab2s

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!