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.
2019-20 Audition Information & Schedule
Additional information is available on the Theatre Callboard.
Don't forget to create (or update) your Performer Bank profile to show that you are participating in the Fall 2019 Auditions.
All auditions are located in the Alan MacVey Theatre of the Theatre Building.
A complete list of our 2019/20 season can be viewed here.
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
For the general auditions, a 3-minute time period is allotted for each audition. Please prepare 1-2 monologues. Total audition time must not exceed 3 minutes; you will be timed and asked to stop if this time limit is exceeded. This procedure helps keep appointments on schedule for everyone. The audition will be viewed by performance faculty, directors of Mainstage, Gallery, and Workshop productions.
Auditions are held in the Alan MacVey Theatre, located in the Theatre Building along North Riverside Drive. Please enter through the southeast doors into the glass-windowed lobby along the river.
All auditions are scheduled by signing up for a time in advance. To sign up for an audition time, visit the Audition section of the Callboard. Please sign up as soon as possible, as slots fill up quickly. There are limited slots for people to walk up on the day of auditions, but those are on a first come basis.
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.
Plan to arrive 30 minutes early for your audition; if you do not arrive 30 minutes prior to your timeslot, you will forfeit your reservation.
Your audition, consisting of two monologues and an optional song, should not exceed the three-minute limit. Your preparation should include timing your audition material to make sure it is the proper length. The auditions will be viewed by acting/directing faculty, season directors, members of directing classes and members of the Playwrights' workshop who are casting projects.
Callbacks and casting notifications are posted on the Callboard.