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Next Scheduled Auditions: IU Theatre 2016 Fall Semester Plays


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

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.

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.

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.


Dancing at Lughnasa - Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike - The Exonerated

Dancing at Lughnasa

Directed by Dale McFadden

Set in the 1930's at harvest time in Ireland's County Donegal, the play introduces the five Mundy sisters through the reminiscences of Christina's son, now grown. Though the sisters struggled with little money and few prospects, he remembers the hope they had and the joy they found in the random moments when the radio, which only worked intermittently, suddenly filled the room with music.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Directed by Jonathan Michaelsen

The tranquility of siblings Vanya and Sonia's uneventful home life is comically disrupted by the return of their movie star sister Masha, who owns the house. She brings with her unwelcome drama, a preening (and usually shirtless) young lover named Spike, and the devastating news of her plans to sell the house. Now all they need to reconcile is Snow White, a voodoo doll, and a play about the destruction of the earth.

The Exonerated

Directed by Liam Castellan
, 2nd Year M.F.A. Director

The stories of six average Americans, wrongly accused of murder and put on death row, are told simultaneously, interwoven so the audience can see the similarities between all the exonerated victims. The play reveals a very disturbing pattern within our judicial system and invites us to examine the society in which justice is not served, where confessions are still gained through torture, threats and deception.

Audition information

Thursday, Aug. 18 4:00 pm-11:00 pm Auditions Room A200 - Acting Studio
Friday, Aug. 19
Saturday, Aug. 20
Each production will have individual callbacks
Room - TBA
  Please Prepare 1 Monologue – a Serious piece no longer than 90 seconds in length.
- For The Exonerated there may be a request for various Dialects during callbacks (southern, upper Midwest, etc).
Callback Lists will be posted shortly after Auditions are complete, but no later than 9am on Friday morning.

If you are called back, please initial and arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your callback time in case there is paperwork to fill out.

Cast lists will be posted on the 2nd Floor Callboard between A204 and A207 once casting has been decided. Likely – Cast lists will not be available until 9am on Monday, August 22 .

Production Schedule

Roles :

Kate Mundy - Kate is the eldest of the Mundy sisters and behaves as a Mother figure as a result.
Maggie Mundy - In place of a career, Maggie acts as the chief family homemaker.
Christina Mundy - At 26 years old, Chris is the youngest of the Mundy sisters.
Rose Mundy - Rose is 32, but behaves much younger than her years.
Agnes Mundy - Agnes is quiet and contemplative, knitting gloves with Rose
whilst also helping to keep the house in order, along with Maggie.
Michael Evans
Gerry Evans
Father Jack - Jack is in his late fifties

NOTE:  The roles of Kate Mundy and Michael Evans will be played by Ashley Dillard and Chris J. Handley

Rehearsals Start: Monday, August 22, 2016
Tech begins: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Performances: Friday, September 23 thru Saturday, October 1, 2016


Vanya - 50s, living in Bucks County, Resigned to his life, more or less, at least compared to SONIA.
Sonia - his adopted sister, early 50s, living with him in Bucks County. Discontent, upset, regretful.
Masha - his sister, 50s glamorous and successful actress who goes gallivanting around the world.
Spike - an aspiring actor, 29, or younger, sexy, self-absorbed, MASHA’s new companion.
Nina - lovely, sincere would be actress, early 20s, visiting her aunt and uncle next door - star struck & energetic.
Cassandra - cleaning lady and soothsayer, any age, any race.

Rehearsals Start: Monday, September 11, 2016
Tech begins: Saturday, October 14, 2016
Performances: Friday, October 21 thru Saturday, October 29, 2016


2 African-American men, character ages 30s-40
1 African-American woman, character age 30s
2 white women, character ages 40-50
4-5 white men, character ages 30s-45
Some actors will play multiple roles.

NOTE:  The role of Delbert will be played by Faculty member – Ansley Valentine

Rehearsals Start: Monday, October 10, 2016
Tech begins: Sunday, November 27, 2016
Performances: Friday, December 2 thru Saturday, December 10, 2016

To schedule an audition slot, sign up at


Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstart

Directed & Choreographed by George Pinney

A timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.

Thursday, Aug. 18 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm Auditions Room A280 - Studio Theatre
Friday, Aug. 19
Saturday, Aug. 20
Rooms - TBA
  Please prepare 16 to 32 measures in the Pop/Rock Style.
--- an accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key for them.
Callback Lists will be posted shortly after Auditions are complete, but no later than 9am on Friday morning.

If you are called back, please initial and arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your callback time in case there is paperwork to fill out.

Cast lists will be posted on the 2nd Floor Callboard between A204 and A207 once casting has been decided. Likely – Cast lists will likely not be available until 9am on Monday, August 22.

Production Schedule
Jesus Christ Superstar

Up to 30 may be cast
All roles will be open and Non-Traditional casting of men and women will be considered

Rehearsals Start: tentatively Monday, September 19, 2016
Tech begins: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Performances: Friday, November 4 thru Saturday, November 12, 2016

To schedule an audition slot, sign up at