We are presenting a spring season that includes pre-recorded, live online and, if circumstances permit, in-person events.
Check this page for opportunities to be involved!
March 5: Directing II Projects
Directing II Auditions on March 5
10:20am-1:00pm, Curtain Theater
We are excited to announce that auditions will be held for 4 plays, all directed by the students of the Directing Two Studio! (Shelly Hed, Jess Maldonado, Siena Moraff, and Ben Mendillo)
There are 15 roles available amongst the four plays; all of which are small cast sizes and will be rehearsed separately and safely, over Zoom or socially distanced with masks. There are a variety of characters with a wide range of identities.
ONLY CURRENT UMASS STUDENTS OR EMPLOYEES ARE ELIGIBLE TO AUDITION. ALL ACTORS MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE UMASS COVID TESTING PROTOCOL.
Auditions may or may not be conducted over Zoom, so please be prepared to attend an in-person audition if the ability to occupy on-campus spaces is deemed safe by the University.
PERFORMANCE DATE: April 30th, outdoors F2F, as part of the “Rights of Spring Festival”
Jess’s play, The Gap by Emma Goidel, is a shortened version of a dark comedy about a queer performance artist who embarks on a creative journey to understand her sister who...is convinced she is an alien. Tragically funny, this is a poignant play about trauma, art, and sisterhood that explores which is worse: forgetting, or remembering?
5 actors: 4 female-identifying characters, 1 male identifying.character
Ben’s play, Winter Light, is a cold and atmospheric drama about a disenchanted small-town preacher who, over the course of a single Sunday, fails a deeply troubled fisherman, the woman who loves him, and God. It is a shortened version of Ingmar Bergman’s 1963 film of the same name.
5 actors: 2 female identifying characters, 3 male identifying characters
Siena’s play The Mastiff & The Moor-Hen is a shortened cut of The Moors by Jen Silverman, focused solely on the animal characters. An emotional, surreal comedy about animals struggling to find love and connection in a bleak world.
2 actors: 2 characters of any gender
Shelly’s Play, Superlosers by Megan Schumacher, a comedy that explores the need to be special, is about three wannabe supervillains and the big heist they hope will make — or break — their infamy.
3 actors: 1 Black any gender, 1 any race & any gender and 1 any race & male-identifying
Our auditions will be conducted in pairs, so if you have a friend you would like to audition with, please share this information with them as well!
Also we would like to encourage actors who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ to audition for whatever role they would like, regardless of the character’s specified gender identity (if it is indeed specified).
We hope to see you there :)
Feb. 8 & 10: Call for Participants for Devising a Future Together
Devising a Future Together is a process-focused theater experience scheduled to take place during the Rights of Spring Festival (performances April 23, 24, 25). The production will take place in person outdoors, observing all campus social distancing guidelines.
Devising rehearsals will be run virtually. Staging + music rehearsals will be in person with social distancing, beginning in late March. In a devising process facilitated by Gina Kaufmann, the content of Devising a Future Together will largely be determined by the collaborators on the project, and will explore the ideas of connection and hope during a time when we are forced to be physically apart.
We are looking for theater artists to contribute to the devising process in the following ways:
• Writing text
• Generating visual art
• Playing an instrument (portable instruments that can be easily moved)
• Stage management
• Documenting dramaturgy
• Virtual theater and live streaming technical support
How to audition
You are invited to attend a virtual information/inspiration session on February 8 at 6:00, in which devising facilitator Gina Kaufmann, composer Kyle Boatwright, costume designer Mikayla Reid and lighting designer Sydney Becker share their preliminary inspirations and research for Devising a Future Together: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/99890449157
Then, you are invited on February 10 at 6:00 or 7:00 (You will be invited to sign up for either hour after you attend the Zoom meeting) to virtually present any creative piece that demonstrates your interest and passion. This could be a monologue, song, piece of writing (existing or new/original), instrumental performance, a piece or portfolio of visual compositions, a proposal of an idea, or any other creative piece that you’d like to share with us.
A team will then be assembled to build this production together. For more information, please join us for our preliminary information/inspiration session on February 8th at 6:00. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Sydney Becker, Kyle Boatwright, Tatiana Godfrey, Gina Kaufmann and Mikayla Reid
Feb. 9: Visionary Futures: Science Fiction Theatre for Social Justice Movements
Visionary Futures: Science Fiction Theatre for Social Justice Movements is looking for one more actor to complete our ensemble. Visionary Futures is a new play project with pieces by Phaedra Scott, M Sloth Levine, and Jaymes Sanchez that explores the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change. Visionary Futures is directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden and dramaturged by Tatiana Godfrey.
This actor will perform in Beyond Reform by Jaymes Sanchez and potentially Gender Experience TM by M Sloth Levine (depending on Sloth's revision process). All actors are welcome to audition.
How to audition:
Please prepare a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue for this audition. Visionary Futures will be rehearsed and performed digitally. No in person interaction is required to participate. Rehearsals start on Feb 9 (though we may be able to negotiate a later start for this actor). Rehearsals will run on Monday through Friday evenings. Performances are March 24, 25, 26, 31, April 1, and 2 in the evenings.
Auditions will take place over Zoom on Feb. 9 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please sign up on SignUp Genius for a slot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4AA5A92AABFE3-visionary1
Feb. 10 & 11: Monuments of the Future
Seven beings rise up from the earth, Seven symbols move across a campus. Seven spokes on a wheel take us through the never-ending cycle of change. MONUMENTS OF THE FUTURE is a collaboration between theatre artists of many mediums to reimagine what it means to create images designed to speak across time. We are seeking performers interested in using movement (from modern dance to butoh to puppeteering and more) to tell stories, all levels of experience and bodies welcome.
How to audition:
Please attend one of our information sessions on Feb. 10 and 11 from 6:00 - 6:45 on Zoom: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/97673762688
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!