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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.

Read-only scripts and other relevant information for productions will be posted in a shared folder online


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 spring, we will be producing a 30 minute cut of Baltimore, to be performed at New Africa House. We will rehearse in the first two weeks of April and perform in the second two weeks. This version will be performed for invited audiences of RAs, university officials, Campus Climate Ambassadors, etc to spark discussions around issues our campus currently faces.

Additionally, we will be providing discussion facilitation training for any interested students. These students will run post show discussions in the spring after the workshop performances.

This workshop is a collaboration with the Office for Equity & Inclusion 
Audition Information
We will be holding auditions on the evenings of Wednesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 28 from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Callbacks will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, March 2 from 1:00pm-5:00pm. 

Actors will be asked to read sides from the play. You can access sides and sign for slots on the Sign Up Genius.  

Actors in Playlab can audition for this workshop. Actors in Wild Thing or Sweat will not be able to participate.

Read-only link to script PDF


SHELBY, 20, African American, resident advisor, sheltered upbringing but outspoken, naive despite her many academic and extracurricular achievements, female.

RACHEL, 18, American, Latina. Also identifies as being a Latina with light skin, one of Shelby’s residents on the floor. Smart. Socially conscious, perhaps overtly so, female.

LEIGH, 18, of color, one of Shelby’s residents on the floor, female.

CARSON, 18, white, American, one of Shelby’s residents, male.

GRACE, 20, Shelby’s friend, lives off-campus, Asian-American, female.


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!