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Dance Auditions: The Bacchae of Euripides

Event Details

September 13, 2019 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
September 14, 2019 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
September 16, 2019 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Curtain Theater

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission

The UMass Department of Theater is holding auditions for its production of The Bacchae of Euripides: A Communion Rite, Wole Soyinka’s adaptation of the classic Greek play. We are seeking energized performers with a passion to explore the “communal feast” and “tumultuous celebration of life” of this celebrated Nigerian playwright. Included below is a description of each character/chorus role. 

Acting Audition
September 9 and 10 from 6 to 10 p.m. with callbacks on September 11 and 12 from 6 to 10 p.m.
Dance Audition
September 13  from 6 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and September 14th from 1 to 2 p.m. with callbacks September 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.

All auditions are held in the Curtain Theater. Please check in with the stage management staff in the UMass Theater Green Room when you arrive. 
Sign up for an audition slot at SignUp Genius. Actors need not prepare a monologue; rather, familiarize yourself with The Bacchae story/myth and read the sides provided. Reading the play is recommended. Please plan to stay for about an hour as you may be asked to read for multiple roles.

Dancers and movers, bring your bodies, energy, and spirits. Sign up for an hour-long slot from 6-7 or 7:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 or from 1-2 p.m. on Sept. 14. Sign-ups are also encouraged for dancers but drop-ins are welcome. Interested performers feel free to attend both the acting and dancing auditions.  

The script and audition sides can be found in a read-only format in Google drive.
Callback information will be posted on the UMass Department of Theater blog page:  
The Bacchae of Euripides will have performances Nov. 7-17.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact stage manager Tom Kelleher (

Character breakdown

  • DIONYSUS, the charismatic and enigmatic god of wine, ecstasy and theatre. Exiled, he returns to Thebes to seek his rightful place on Mount Olympus.
  • PENTHEUS, autocratic king of Thebes and cousin to Dionysus. He seeks to establish Law and Order.
  • KADMOS, the Old Guard, former king of Thebes.
  • TIRESIAS, gender-fluid blind seer, an elder adviser to the throne.
  • AGAVE, Queen mother of Pentheus’...and his murderer. Fierce follower of Dionysus.
  • HERDSMEN (3), working-class folks who know the streets and know the hustle.
  • OFFICER, A secret service agent; mouthpiece of the state.
  • SLAVE LEADER, formerly incarcerated person turned organizer for radical change. Leader of the SLAVE CHORUS of imprisoned citizens.
  • OLD SLAVE, an elder who has spent their life serving the carceral state.
  • VESTALS, fly girls from the neighborhood.
  • BACCHAE, predominantly women, fierce and formidable priestesses of the ecstatic Dionysian rites who accompany Dionysus on his travels. Disrespect them and they’ll rip your heart out.

Event Category

Dance Dance Auditions