The Crucible is looking for two  more singers to join the ensemble – we need an alto and a tenor.

Rehearsals will fall within the usual university hours 7-11 M-F and 11-8:30 on Saturdays starting immediately. Our tech rehearsals start Saturday September 30th and we Open October 6th. We have performances the 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, & 14th.

There is a high school matinee on the 13th at noon (Call around 11:00) as well as an evening.

Please contact if you are interested!

City Circle Acting Company of Coralville will hold auditions for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on September 29 and 30. Auditions for the children’s choir (2nd through 6th grade) will be Friday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Auditions for everyone else will be Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. All auditions will take place at the Community of Christ Church, 2121 S. Ridge Drive in Coralville.
Auditioners should prepare a song of approximately 32 bars that shows personality. Bring sheet music in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Children auditioning for the choir may sing acapella. Children who do not have a prepared song may sing “Happy Birthday” or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
To schedule an audition, complete and submit the audition form at Once you submit the form, the producer will contact you with your appointment time. Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be performed December 8-10 and 15-17 at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts.

Technical Director needed for Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.

This will be a marketing video tracking students as they use technology throughout their school day. We will show students using their devices as they study. We will also shoot scenes of students interacting in class and on campus in general. 

Pay will be $500.00 per full day for principal actors. Extras will also be paid. 

Please send a headshot (resume if you have one, though this isn't terribly important) to:

We will set up a time for you to come to our office at 2510 North Dodge Street for an audition. 

Thanks, Bill Delehant 

Bill Delehant
Video Production Manager
Creative Strategy & Services
Marketing, North America


(402) 490-9254

Hello, my name is Bruce James Bales, and I am a filmmaker from the Quad Cities. I am reaching out because my production company DEFT is casting for a short film set in the Quad Cities, and I was wondering if you could share the casting notice with some of your students.

I plan on making many more films and to build a network in Iowa and the Midwest, so I appreciate any assistance you can provide. 

The poster for the film is attached, the casting notice and a company bio are below. 

Thank you for your time. All the best. 



DEFT Productions is an independent production company based in Des Moines, Iowa focusing on commercial work, music videos, and films. DEFT has screened films at the Boston Underground Film Festival, the Interrobang Film Festival, the Muscatine Independent Film Festival, and the Snake Alley Festival of Film. DEFT's film "Marmalade" received an Honorable Mention at the 2017 Interrobang Film Festival. DEFT is set to release their newest short, OMW, in Fall 2017. 






Casting Notice - UNDERTOW


Basic Information:

Production Title:  Undertow

Union / Non-Union: Non-Union

Production Type: Independent Drama

Project Length: Short Film (8-13 minutes)

Posted on: August 30th, 2017

Production Location: Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa 

Production Companies: DEFT and Anatomical Heart Films 

Director: Jack Meggers 

Director of Photography: Bruce James Bales

Filming Locations: Bettendorf and Davenport, Iowa 

Compensation: Credit, Copy, Lodging, and Meals


Key Dates:

Filming dates: October 6th-10th, 2017



After a close friend’s suspicious overdose, Cyrus is caught in the current of a drug ring. Surrounded by addicts, money envelopes, and eviction notices he succumbs to the darkness.


Character Bios:

Cyrus (Male, Age range: 18 to 28)

High school dropout, lives with his mother, desperate 


Anthony (Male, Age: 21 to 31)

Charismatic, laid back, secretly operating a drug ring


Janis (Female, Age range: 35 to 50)

Cyrus’ mother, addict, absent 


Gary (Male, Age range: 35 to 50)

Janis’ boyfriend, addict 


Harry (Male, Age range: 35 to 50)

Landlord and maintenance man, sheepish 


Aaron (Male, Age range: 18 to 28)

Cyrus’ longtime friend and drug runner


Oscar (Male, Age range: 21 to 35)



How to Submit:

Email:  Send headshots and clips / reels to 



Bruce James Bales
Filmmaker/Producer, DEFT

Editor, The Iowa Connection

Cell: 563-650-3643




UI Theatre Fall 2017 Auditions, August 24th & 25th

15 Shows will be Casting over 100 roles! 

For more information please go to

General Auditions (Thayer Theatre)

Thursday and Friday, August 24th & 25th from 7:00 pm- 11:00 pm

Musical Auditions (TB 172)

Friday, August 25th from 7:00 pm- 11:00 pm 


Saturday, August 26th from 10:00 am- 11:00 pm

Sunday, August 27th from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Audition Sign Up Sheet

Visit the Online Callboard and follow the directions provided to sign up for an audition time starting, Monday August 21st! 

Performer Bank 

Remember to update your current profile or create a profile on Performer Bank before auditions and you must click that you are participating in the August Auditions.


Will be announced starting at 10:30 pm on Sunday, August 27th.


Some productions will begin rehearsals on Monday, August 28th.

Shows Participating in Auditions: 


  1. The Crucible
  2. Fun Home
  3. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark



  1. Starefire
  2. Twilight Bowl
  3. Nothing But Days
  4. Bad Things Happen Here
  5. The Dybbuk of Dachau



  1. This King’s Country
  2. Mooring
  3. The Miracle in Franklin
  4. Agnes in Green



  1. A Real College Play
  2. Machiavelli & Me



  1. Global Express


Still have Questions about Auditions?

Please contact our Production Stage Manager, Melissa Turner at with questions.  

Hi there,

I'm writing to let you know about a new yearly $1000 arts and design scholarship that may be relevant to your students.  As a company founded on the principle that art improves lives, we want to encourage students and young people to share their positive experiences of engaging with art.

Please find below some details on the FEATHR Wallpaper Scholarship: 



- $1000 scholarship 

- merit-based award via essay submission

- applicants need to answer the question: “How and why has a piece of art influenced your personal, educational and/or creative development.”

- winner chosen by 31st December 2017


Eligibility requirements

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

- be a current or prospective student at a US college or university

- be studying an arts, performing arts, humanities or design-based subject

- be in good academic standing with their current educational institution

- submit a written essay by 1st December 2017 to, answering the set essay question


You can find more details attached, or at our scholarship page:


I hope this scholarship is of interest to your students.   Please let me know if you have any questions - and I look forward to seeing submissions from your students.

Kind regards,



Script Submissions Accepted Starting June 152017, at 8 a.m. PT
ANPF’s flagship festival is an international playwright competition that culminates in the reading of four new plays chosen from hundreds of submissions by a cadre of volunteer readers. 

This unique and much-loved five-day festival in Ashland, Oregon, features professional actors from Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the community. The event includes rehearsals and two staged readings of each winning play. 

The winning playwrights receive a $1,500 stipend and local accommodations. There is a $15 submission fee.

Click here to view the complete list of criteria and to learn how to submit your work.

Here is a partial list of criteria:

  • Legibly typed in 12-point font in standard play script format with 1′′ margins; characters’ names centered above dialogue
  • Full-length drama or comedy, intermission preferred – 80 minutes minimum running time if no intermission; 95 – 120 minutes with one intermission
  • Previously unproduced (See our Definitions)
  • Maximum 8 characters; doubling allowed provided a doubling plan is included with the cast list
  • The submitting author is the sole owner of the copyright of the script
  • No indication of authorship on any of the pages (“blinded”)

Submissions close when 400 scripts are received or on December 31, 2017, whichever comes first. A running tally of submissions will be shown on our website. The ANPF 2018 Fall Festival will take place October 17-21, 2018.

We look forward to welcoming your script beginning next month!

Connect with us:



Email contact: 


My name is Alyssa McGhghy and I am the outreach coordinator for Johnson County Historical Society. On October 15th, JCHS will be hosting our Annual Cemetery Walk at St. Joseph Cemetery located in Iowa City. We are looking for volunteer guides and actors. Below is more information about this opportunity. Please feel free to share this with your students!

Johnson County Historical Society Annual Cemetery Walk
 Date: October 15, 2017
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Location: St. Joseph Cemetery, 900 N Summit St. Iowa City, IA
Be a conduit of Johnson County history! Join the Johnson County Historical Society in connecting the community to the rich heritage of Johnson County.  We are looking for students that are willing to to help retell the stories of local citizens within the St. Joseph Cemetery. We have all the information gathered, we just need individuals to present it. Show off your theatrical muscles by portraying a local citizen during the JCHS Cemetery Walk this fall!

JCHS is also looking for guides who will lead groups from Happy Hollow Park to the cemetery and then on to each stop of the tour where guests will visit the notable people of Johnson County’s history.

Interested? Contact Alyssa at or at 319-351-5738.

Thank you,
Alyssa McGhghy
Exhibit Design & Marketing
Johnson County Historical Society
860 Quarry Rd. Coralville, IA 52241
Phone: (319) 351-5738


Graduate Actor Meetings

Meetings are in the Conference room on May 8th. 

Please sign up for a time.

9amHolly Grum
:15Miles Gatrell
:30Cristina Goyeneche
:45William Goblirsch
10amEmelia Asiedu
:15Tempestt Farrar
:30Zach Twardowski
11amCatie Councell
:15Greg Walker
:30Eli Jolley
:45Natalie Lurowist
12pmElyse Fisher
:15Randryck Lewis


The Department of Theatre Arts Production of


May 6 and 7

Due to the special requirements of this exciting musical we need to hold early auditions in advance of the Department’s fall general auditions to avoid conflicts with other shows in the area. Women in the Department of Theatre under 5’ in height who want to be considered for the role of Little Alison Bechdal will need to participate in this audition.


The Story:

Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes, Fun Home is “a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention.”


The Roles:

Alison Bechdal – 9 years old

            Christian Bechdal – 10 years old

            John Bechdal – 6 years old

Ages are relative depending on size and appearance.


Dates & Times:

Singing Audition: Saturday, May 6, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Callback Audition: Sunday, May 7, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.



Auditions and Callbacks will be held at the University of Iowa Theatre Building, Room 172


Audition Information:

All auditioners will be required to sing a designated cut from Ring of Keys or Fun Home.

Music for the designated cuts will be made available on request.


Scheduling an Audition:

For more information and to schedule an audition slot please contact the stage manager, Aubrey Near at


On Friday April 28th, talent agent (and alum) Brittany Barattia from Grays Talent Agency in Chicago will hold auditions for graduating seniors from 5:15-6:30pm in Rm 172. Please sign up for a slot below and bring the following to your audition:
  • A copy of a headshot and resume
  • One contemporary monologue (60 seconds is plenty)
  • If they are interested in musical theatre - 16 bars of a musical theatre song to be sung a cappella 
 If you have any questions please contact Paul Kalina.


Hello from The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco, California! 
I'm reaching out because our theater is currently accepting script submissions for our RISK IS THIS... New Experimental Plays Festival in the 2017/2018 Season and we thought this opportunity may be of interest to your current MFA playwrights. 
If you'd be willing to pass on our notice to them - attached as a PDF to this email and also available on our website here - or forward this through to the appropriate department, we'd be thrilled to see what your students have been cooking up.
Many thanks,
Ariel Craft
Associate Artistic Director
The Cutting Ball Theater

RISK IS THIS Submissions Notice.pdf

Sign up today to secure your slot for Advanced Acting Auditions. Fall 2017 offering is: Period Styles.

More details here: Advanced Acting Auditions Fall 2017


The application period for this year’s LDI Student Sponsorship is now open. Undergraduate seniors and graduate students can apply at to get career-building opportunities, one-on-one mentorship from an industry professional, and an all-expense-paid trip to the LDI tradeshow, November 17th to 19th, in Las Vegas. We’ll accept applications through Friday, June 9th.

If you know students who could benefit from this experience, please encourage them to apply. And feel free to share the information on social media with the hashtag #ETCLDIsponsorship.

For more information, visit or email