Each year Theatre Arts presents ~ 25 productions with roles for 200+ actors.
Most of these roles are open to everyone.
The dates listed below indicate the entire audition process (auditions, callbacks, and casting). Everyone must sign up for an individual audition time.

2020-21 Audition Information & Schedule

Additional information is available on the Theatre Callboard. All auditions will be conducted online until further notice.

Iowa New Play Festival 2021 Auditions will be accepted February 25-27 with callbacks March 2-4.

Don't forget to create (or update) your Performer Bank profile to show that you are participating in the 20-21 Auditions.

A complete list of our 2020-21 season can be viewed here.

Casting Policy

Auditions for Theatre Arts productions are open to everyone. For academic considerations, priority is given to theatre majors first, and then all other students of the University of Iowa. Members of the greater Iowa City community are also strongly encouraged to audition. There are many excellent roles available throughout the year and many non-majors and actors from the surrounding community are cast each season. Occasionally, professional guest actors will also be employed.

In all disciplines and areas of theatrical production, the Department of Theatre Arts seeks to include person of every race, color, culture, age, gender, creed, physical disability, and sexual orientation. The Department is committed to non-traditional casting to expand opportunities for women, actors of color, and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, or the presence or absence of a disability is not germane.

At the same time, the Department of Theatre Arts is sensitive to perceptions of stereotyping and of questionable interpretations that can arise regarding non-traditional casting. For example: Is casting a minority actor as a servant appropriate? What are the alternatives? What is the response of the actor involved? Should a white actor be considered for a role written for a minority actor? Should a woman play a role written for a man, and, if so, should she play it as a male or female? Do such decisions alter or damage the message or intention of the script? Faculty and students are strongly encouraged to express their concerns about the social ramifications of casting decisions early in the process; such occasions may be used to positively expand the educational discourse rather than exclude opinion and thought.

Directors may not consider actors for casting unless the actors first participate in general auditions held prior to callbacks. However, when a script explicitly requires an actor of specific race, age, or physical presence not represented within the auditioning pool, or presents other unusual circumstances related to casting, the director may expand the search outside the limits of those who attended general auditions.

Auditions: What to Prepare

A contemporary monologue that is no more than a minute and a half in length. The audition should be framed, full body, if possible. Additonal tips for filming will be posted on the Audition Information page. The audition will be viewed by performance faculty, directors of mainstage, gallery, and workshop productions.


Auditions will be conducted online until further notice.

Audition Procedure

Prior to auditions, visit the Performer Bank to create your audition profile (in lieu of a traditional resume and headshot). Upload a photo of yourself (no larger than 5 MB). You will also be asked to list your most recent theatre experience. If you wish, you may upload a pdf of your own resume instead of completing the online form.

Additonal information about our online audition procedure will be available on the Audition Information page soon.

Callbacks and casting notifications are posted on the Callboard.