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Next Scheduled Auditions: IU Summer Theatre - 2017


Please read these general instructions and policies before signing up to audition.

The Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance allows any IU student to audition for all theatre productions. Auditions for dance concerts are only open to dance majors. While the Department models professional guidelines in conducting auditions, we also acknowledge that care must be taken when dealing with students in this process.

Basic Guidelines for safe, open, and inclusive auditions

  1. The Department firmly believes in diversity and inclusion when choosing material and casting productions and concerts. By definition this means considering and casting actors of color in any role and/or production presented by the Department. The Department is also dedicated to exploring and implementing non-traditional casting. All students are welcome to audition for theatre productions. Auditions for dance concerts are open to dance majors only, except with permission from Contemporary Dance Faculty.

  2. No performer shall be called upon to perform any material at an audition or callback which cannot safely be executed without rehearsal, such as choreography, acrobatics or other movements. The audition process must be safe and welcoming to all students.

  3. No performer shall, as an audition requirement, be called upon to provide personal information, participate in activities, or dress in a way that could be construed as sexually or personally demeaning or inappropriate except as called for by a scene in a script, and only then with prior announcement. A student's willingness to participate in any potentially inappropriate activity is not considered — but it is the duty of the faculty and staff to provide and model safe and non-harassing audition, rehearsal, and performance environments.

  4. Any pictures or video taken in auditions or callbacks should be approved by the Chair of the Department and all students auditioning must be made aware prior to auditions that they will be filmed or photographed. Any photos or video is to be kept confidential and never used in publicity, on the web or in any other public way without written permission of the student and approval by the Department Chair. All photos WILL BE deleted upon completion of casting.

  5. In accordance with the University’s Sexual Harassment policy no student shall be subjected to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature as explicit or implicit terms of the audition process.

Any faculty, staff, or student who feels that these policies have been violated should report their concerns to the Department Chair within one week of the event. If the Chair is directing, concerns can be expressed to the Head of Acting/Directing.

General Audition and Casting Policies

  1. Auditions for regular season IU Theatre productions in the Halls and Wells-Metz Theatres are open to all registered students of Indiana University Bloomington. With the exception of thesis roles for M.F.A. actors, no role is pre-cast.

  2. Directors and other members of a production team will not invite an actor or actors to audition for their production. If, after open auditions, a director cannot cast a role, that director may contact students to audition or to consider doing a role in that production.

  3. If a director who is not yet auditioning, but knows he or she may want to consider using an actor who is auditioning for another director, he or she may contact that director to discuss the actor's casting.

  4. In IU Theatre productions, three M.F.A. acting students should be cast in any one production, if possible.

  5. M.F.A. acting students with acting fellowships will audition for all regular season IU Theatre productions for which they are available.

  6. M.F.A. acting students with teaching fellowships who are teaching a full load must perform each year in at least two regular season IU Theatre productions. Beginning with the first production of the year, they must audition for all productions until this requirement is met.

  7. While M.F.A. acting students may express role preferences at the time of auditions, they must accept roles as cast.

  8. The first six productions of the season will be cast during the first semester. Because the first three productions usually audition during the first two weeks of classes, directors may hold group auditions if they so choose. The fourth, fifth, and sixth productions may audition separately. The seventh and eighth productionis will be cast during the spring semester, and auditions may be held together or separately. This schedule is subject to change.

General Note: You must sign up online per the instructions for each audition notice below. Please note that there is a specific opening date for signup listed in each notice. Once the lists fill up, the online signup will close, but provide instructions for anyone who missed the signup. If you have questions, please click on the signup links for contact information.

Be advised: On occasion, the Department will invite Associate Producer level donors to sit in on auditions as a special perk for supporting our productions. Auditioners should be prepared to have people other than the director(s) in the auditioning room. Advanced notice of additional people in the auditioning room will be listed on this page and on other postings announcing departmental auditions.

The Indiana University Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance is committed to diversity in its production seasons and casting of roles. By definition this means considering and casting actors of color in any role and/or production presented by the Department. The Department is also dedicated to exploring and implementing non-traditional casting.


For the two plays in rotating repertory
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love's Labour's Lost
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Michaelsen


Adaptation is still to be decided
Directed by Dale McFadden

Audition information

Sunday, February 12 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Auditions A280 - Studio Theatre
Sunday, February 12
Immediately following
3:30 pn to 6:00 pm Callbacks A280 - Studio Theatre
  Please prepare 1 monologue no longer than 90 seconds.
Please bring a resume and headshot.

Audition slots are on a first come, first serve basis. Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointed audition time in order to fill out paperwork.  If you arrive late to your time, you risk losing your audition slot and may have to wait for a spot to open up.

IF you are unable to secure a slot, you may show up at the start of Auditions and get on the waiting list.  Management will try to fit you in when we have time available.  We cannot guarantee everyone will be able to be seen.

Associate Producers have been invited to attend a portion of the 2017 IUST Rep auditions.

Contract Information and Production Schedule
All positions are paid - under a 6 week contract.

7 Men / 7 Women

Contracts for productions start on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
First rehearsals will also begin Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
Performances run from Friday, July 7 through Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Contracts end on Sunday, July 23, 2017.
There will be 3-4 Equity members cast in the Summer Rep productions so students will be able to apply for,
and earn EMC points – Please see the Actor’s Equity Website for the particulars of the Program.

To schedule an audition slot, sign up at

For the summer musical
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Dames at Sea
Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller
Music by Jim Wise
Directed by Kenneth L. Roberson
Music Direction by Terry LaBolt

Sunday, February 12 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm Auditions Room A200 - Acting Studio
Sunday, February 12
Immediately following
3:30 pm and through the week Callbacks
Room A200 - Acting Studio
  Please prepare one song in the vintage style of Dames at Sea no more than one minute in length. Accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet musical in the correct key for them. You must sing with the piano.  A cappella singing will not be permitted. THERE WILL BE A DANCE CALL AT CALLBACKS - You should be able to TAP. Please consider this before auditioning.
Please bring two copies of your resume and headshot. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early for your selected audition time so you can fill out the audition form.

Contract Information and Production Schedules
All positions/roles will be on contract and paid at a weekly rate.

4 men / 3 women

Contracts for the June musical begin on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
First rehearsals will also begin Tuesday, May 164, 2016.
Tech begins: Friday, May 26, 2017
Performances run from Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 18, 2017.
Contracts end on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Tentative Rehearsal Schedule – Tuesday thru Sunday – 12-4 and 5:30-9:30

To schedule an audition slot, sign up at