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Audition Guide - Fall 2018


General Auditions will be held 7:00p-11:00p on Thursday, August 23rd & 7:00p-11:00p on Friday, August 24th. 

Musical Auditions will be held 7:00p-11:00p on Friday, August 24th. 

Dance Auditions will be held 4:00p-7:00p on Saturday, August 25th 

Callbacks will be held Saturday, August 25th from 10:00a-11:00p, Sunday, August 26th from 10:00a-8:00p.

Casting will be announced starting at 10:30p, August 26th. Several shows will start rehearsal on August 27th. 


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. 

Musical Auditions for IPHEGENIA will be in THAYER THEATRE.  There will be a registration table in the Theatre Building Lobby. 

Dance Auditions for IPHEGENIA will be in Space Place, North Hall.  There will be a registration table in front of Space Place in North Hall. 


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.  We are hoping these procedures will helps keep appointments on schedule for everyone.

MUSICAL AUDITIONS: A 6-minute time period is allotted for each musical audition.   Prepare 16-32 bars of a piece that you think showcases your voice well. It will be sung a capella, but starting pitches and other help can be given. It does not need to be memorized. If using sheet music, please provide a copy. A tonal memory test will test your ability to hear, process, and repeat back pitches that you hear played at the piano. You will read short sight-reading examples in major and minor. 


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.


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, AUGUST 20TH. 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 AUGUST 20TH, please visit 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 9:00a on Saturday, August 25th.  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 USB.  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 Production Stage Manager (


  • 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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