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Next Scheduled Auditions: The Duchess of Malfi


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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.

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  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.

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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.


The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi

Directed by Katie Horwitz

One of the greatest tragedies of English renaissance drama comes to life in an updated version. The tragic heroine is a widow whose corrupt brothers intend to prevent her from remarrying. But her intentions are clear...

Audition information

Monday, Oct. 10 6 :00 - 8:30pm Auditions Room A052
Monday, Oct. 10 8:30 - 11:00pm Callbacks
Room A052
Tuesday, Oct. 11 TDB 6:00 - 11:00pm Callbacks
Room A052
  Please Prepare 1 Monologue – by an Elizabethan or Jacobean playwright no longer than 60 seconds in length.
IF you are in rehearsals for a mainstage production and would like to schedule an audition outside of this time, please contact Katie Horwitz
Callback Lists will be updated each hour of Auditions until Auditions are complete.
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.

Production Schedule


Duchess (F)
Antonio (M)
Bosola - Thesis Role
Cariola (F)
Delio (M/F)
Julia (F)
Ferdinand (M)
Cardinal (M)
Castruccio/Madman/Doctor (M)
Roderigo/Pilgrim 1/Madman (M/F)
Grisolan/Pilgrim 2/Madman (M/F)
Malateste/Executioner 1/Duchess' Officer (M)
Pescara/Executioner 2/Duchess' Office (M/F)
F-Officer/Madman (M/F)
C-Officer/Madman (M/F)

NOTE:  The role of Bosola will be played by Jason Craig West

Rehearsals Start: Monday, November 14, 2016
Tech begins: Saturday, January 28, 2017
Performances: Friday, February 3 thru Saturday, February 11, 2017

Use this online link to schedule an audition slot: LINK.