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Auditions

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


AUDITION INFORMATION for 2019-2020 

Audition Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2 -4 p.m., Fine Arts Center 204

Professor Milan Dragicevich and Visiting Lecturer Michelle Hendrick will lead a free audition workshop designed to help performers audition more effectively. Open to all who intend to audition for Department of Theater productions in the 2019-2020 school year; Department of Theater students focusing in performance are especially encouraged to attend.

Auditions

THE BACCHAE OF EURIPIDES

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 9th and 10th from 6pm-10pm with callbacks on September 11th and 12th from 6pm - 10pm.
Dance Audition
September 13th from 6-7 pm or 7:30-8:30 pm, September 14th from 1pm - 2pm, September 16 from 6:30-7:30pm.

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: http://umassauditions.blogspot.com/  
The Bacchae of Euripides will have performances Nov. 7-17.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact stage manager Tom Kelleher (tekelleher@umass.edu).

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.

THE WATER STATION

Auditions are scheduled for Monday, 10/21 and Tuesday 10/22, with callbacks Wednesday, 10/23 and Thursday 10/24.

UMASS NEW PLAY LAB

Auditions are scheduled for Monday, 12/2 and Tuesday, 12/3 with callbacks on Wednesday, 12/4.

MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY

Auditions are scheduled for Monday, 1/27 and Tuesday, 1/28, with callbacks Wednesday, 1/29 and Thursday 1/30.

Detailed information about each audition, as well as a SignUp Genius link, will be posted as auditions near; please check back about two weeks before each audition!


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!