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Audition Guide - Spring 2017

WHEN

General Auditions will be held 6:00p-9:00p on Friday, November 11th & 1:00p-5:00p on Saturday, November 12th. 

Callbacks will be held Sunday, November 13th from 10:00a-2:00p & 5:00p-11:00p, Monday, November 14th from 8:00p-11:00p, Tuesday, November 15th from 6:30p-11:00p, Wednesday, November 16th from 6:00p-11:00p and Thursday, November 17th from 6:00p-11:00p.

Casting will be announced starting at 12:00p, November 18th. Several shows will start rehearsal on November 28th. 

WHERE

General Auditions are held in Theatre B, located in the Theatre Building along North Riverside Drive. There will be a registration table in the Theatre Building lobby. 

Starting at 9:30a, on Monday, November 7th you may sign up here for an audition slot.  We do accept 10 walk-ins each evening, but you will need to wait if you do not have an audition slot.

WHAT TO PREPARE

GENERAL AUDITIONS: A 3-minute time period is allotted for each general 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 year if you are interested in working on Mr. Burns, please consider replacing one of your monologues with 8-16 bars of an a'capella version of your favorite showtune or pop song OR adding 8-12 bars after your Monologues.  If you include 8-12 bars at the end of your monologues you will be given up to one additional minute for the Song only.  The monologues should remain under 3 minutes..    We are hoping these procedures will helps keep appointments on schedule for everyone.

Suggestions for the Best Auditions

The audition may be viewed by Acting faculty, directors of the MainStage, Gallery, Workshop, and Reading sessions, and members of the directing classes and the Playwrights Workshop. Many projects, large and small, will be cast throughout the year.  Also, audition sessions will be held in December for the Ten Minute Play Festival, and in March 2016 for the Iowa New Play Festival.

AUDITION PROCEDURES

1. All auditions are scheduled by signing up for a time in advance. Please sign up as soon as possible, after 9:30 am on Monday, November 7th. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your audition -- if you do not arrive 30 minutes prior to your timeslot, you will forfeit your reservation.  If there are cancellations, you may audition earlier than scheduled.

2. Starting on November 7th, please visit http://www.performerbank.com to create your audition profile. 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.

4. Please read the audition recommendations. Your total audition length should not exceed the 3-minute limit. Your preparation should include timing your audition material to make sure it is the proper length.  

5. Callback notices for productions will be posted by 10:00p on Saturday, November 12th.  You may be called back for more than one production.  Callbacks run five days and a show may call you to more than one session.

6. Current students who have an approved absence or are not in residence at the time of audition, including those who are studying abroad or serving in the military, and who want to be considered for casting may audition by video submission.  All videos must be unedited and submitted by means of internet search engine or DVD.  All submissions must be complete by the first day of the scheduled auditions so that all directors may review the work in a timely fashion.  To request this accommodation, please contact the melissa-turner@uiowa.edu Production Stage Manager (melissa-turner@uiowa.edu).

CASTING POLICY

  • Auditions for University Theatre 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 Theatre Arts Department seeks to include persons 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 Theatre Arts Department 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 as early as possible 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. 
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