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Auditions: IU Theatre - Fall 2017 Productions


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 Fall General Auditions
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Three Sisters
By Anton Chekov
Directed by Dale McFadden

Peter and the Starcatcher
by Rick Elice
Directed by Murray McGibbon

The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI
by Bertolt Brecht (translated by George Tabori, Revised by Alistar Beaton)
Directed by Liam Castellan

Audition information

Thursday, August 17 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Auditions A280 - Studio Theatre
Friday, August 18
Saturday, August 19
Each production will have
individual callbacks
Callbacks Rooms are TBA
  Please Prepare 2 contrasting Monologues – a comic and serious piece no longer than 60 seconds each in length.
IF you are auditioning for Peter and the Star Catcher – your comic piece MUST be in a British Dialect.
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 General auditions on Thursday 8/17.

Production Information and Schedules

Three Sisters by Anton Chekov
Translated by Paul Schmidt
Directed by: Dale McFadden
Stage Manager: Rochelle Hudson

The Roles of Masha and Olga are Precast MFA THESIS Roles.
Roles are available for approximately 15 Actors.
ÓLGA, his sister
MÁSHA, his sister
IRÍNA, his sister
NATÁSHA, his fiancée, later his wife.
KULYGIN, Másha’s husband, a high school teacher.
VERSHÍNIN, colonel, battery commander
BARON TÚZENBACH, first lieutenant
SOLYONY, Captain
CHEBUTYKIN, army doctor
FEDÓTIK, second lieutenant
RÓHDE, second lieutenant
FERAPÓNT, janitor at the County Council, and old man
ANFÍSA, the Prozorovs’ nurse

Rehearsals Start: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 (After Labor Day)
Tech begins: Monday, October 8, 2017
Performances: Friday, October 13, through Saturday, October 21, 2017

Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice
Directed by: Murray McGibbon
Musical Direction by: Ray Fellman
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Allen

Boy/Peter Pan
Black Stache
Molly Aster
Smee/Lieutenant Greggors
Lord Leonard Aster
Mrs Bumbrake
Captain Scott
Fighting Prawn
Hawking Clam

Rehearsals Start: Tentatively Tuesday, September 5, 2017 (After Labor Day)
Tech begins: Friday, October 20, 2017
Performances: Friday, October 27, through Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Resistible Rise of Arturo UI by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by: Liam Castellan
Stage Manager: Kate Peters

Seeking an ensemble of 15 actors for this dark comedy in modern blank verse. Director is aiming for gender parity through gender-blind casting for most male roles (up to and including the title character). This will involve both cross-gender casting as well as changing some male characters to female

Rehearsals Start: Monday, October 9, 2017
Tech begins: Sunday, November 26, 2017
Performances: Friday, December 1, through Saturday, December 9, 2017

Audition Signups found at, Auditions Group -
For General Call:

Music Auditions for Peter and the Starcatcher
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Peter and the Starcatcher
by Rick Elise
Music Direction by Ray Fellman

Thursday, August 17 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Auditions Room A276 - Ray Fellman's Office
• Please prepare Sailors and Seamen, measures 3 thru 15, men as written and women in the alto range. There is a rehearsal track provided with a piano playing the vocal line and sheet music to reference the words.
• Also, be prepared to be vocalized to determine your voice part and range.
• *Choral experience is a plus!
• *If you can play the Ukele, bring it and play something short that shows your ability. • *If you play the violin, bring it and play us a little ditty.
• If you have questions about the music part of the audition, feel free to email Professor Ray Fellman at

For Music Auditions Peter and the Starcatcher’: