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General Auditions will be held Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26 from 7:00-11:00pm in Alan MacVey Theatre.

Callbacks will be held Saturday, August 27 from 10:00am-11:00pm and Sunday, August 28 from 10:00am-8:00pm.

Casting will be announced starting at 10:00pm, Sunday, August 28. Several shows will start rehearsal on Monday, August 29.  


General Auditions are held in the Alan MacVey Theatre, which is located in the Theatre Building along North Riverside Drive. There will be a registration table in the Lobby of the Theatre Building. 

Starting at 9:30a, on Monday, August 22 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.


General Auditions: A 3-minute time period is allotted for each general audition.  Please prepare 1-2 monologues and if you'd like to be considered for The Bacchae, please prepare 16 bars of a folk song to sing a cappella. Your total audition time (including singing if you choose to sing) must not exceed 3 minutes. You will be timed and asked to stop if this time limit is exceeded.

Suggestions for the Best Auditions:

Audition Tips can be found here.  

There will be a Theatre Audition Workshop and Q&A Session on Wednesday, August 24, in the Alan MacVey Theatre, 5:00p-6:00pm. All are welcome to attend. 

Your 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.


  1. All auditions are scheduled by signing up for a time in advance. Please sign up as soon as possible. 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. 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 resume instead of completing the online form.

  3. Upon your arrival at the auditions you will be asked to fill out a conflict survey which will ask for details about your availability and any conflicts you may have. Any conflicts that arise after casting must be submitted and approved of by the director. Conflicts that arise after casting and that cannot be accommodated may result in recasting of the role. 

  4. 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 no later than 9:00a on Saturday, August 27.  You may be called back for more than one production.  Callbacks run 2 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 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 and submit a video, please contact the Production Stage Manager, Samantha Goblirsch-Paradis at



Auditions for University Theatre productions are open to everyone.  Priority is given to theatre majors first, and then all other students of the University of Iowa.  We do not double cast shows so as many of our students can participate in productions as possible. 

"Non-traditional" casting is the norm for all directors in all productions, except those in which race, gender, disability or age is the explicit issue. Casting is "non-traditional" when all roles in a script are open to casting without bias in terms of race, gender, disability or age, so long as the actor can fulfill the artistic requirements of the role. The director of each production has full authority over, and responsibility for, casting. The only exceptions occur:

  1. When casting would conflict with another production's performance or rehearsal time or,

  2. When students, facing academic difficulty or probation, are assumed to need extra time to improve their standing.

In both cases, the final arbitrator is the Department Casting Committee, comprised of the Department Chair, Director of Theatre, and the Head of Acting.

For additional information, please contact, Production Stage Manager, Samantha Goblirsch-Paradis at

 Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.

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