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AUDITION GUIDELINES - Spring 2022

WHEN

General Auditions will be held Saturday, November 13th from 10:00a-2:00p. & 3:30p-5:30p in Alan MacVey Theatre.

Musical Auditions will be held Saturday, November 13th from 11:30p-3:00p in David Thayer Theatre. 

Callbacks will be held Sunday, November 14th from 9:00a-11:00p and Monday-Thursday, November 15th -18th from 6:00p-11:00p

Casting will be announced starting at 12:00p, noon on Friday, November 19th. Several shows will start rehearsal on Monday, November 29th.  

WHERE

General Auditions are held in the Alan MacVey Theatre and Musical Auditions will be held in David Thayer Theatre.  Both Theaters are located in the Theatre Building along North Riverside Drive. There will be a registration table in the Lobby of the Theater Building. 

Starting at 9:30a, on Monday, November 8th you may sign up here for a general audition slot or musical 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.  We are hoping these procedures will helps keep appointments on schedule for everyone.

MUSICAL AUDITIONS:  You will be given a 4 minute time period for the musical audition. Please prepare 1 monologue and a 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song ---either up-tempo or ballad.   Actors should have their music “memorized” and should provide a copy of the music to the accompanist.  (Actors can sing a capella or to a backing track if they prefer.)

Suggestions for the Best Auditions:

Audition Tips can be found here.  

There will be a Musical Theatre Audition Workshop and Q&A Session on Friday, November 5th, in the Alan MacVey Theatre, 3:00p-5:30p.  14 individuals may sign up to participate.  All are welcome to attend and observe. Sign Up for the Workshop! 

General Auditions will be recorded this year, and will be viewed by our Guest Director, Lisa Strum.  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 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 8th. 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 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.

  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. 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 no later than 8:00a on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 14th You may be called back for more than one production.  Callbacks run 5 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 melissa-turner@uiowa.edu Production Stage Manager (melissa-turner@uiowa.edu).

 

UI 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.  We do not double cast shows to allow for as many of our students to participate in productions. 

"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, Melissa L.F. Turner at Melissa-Turner@uiowa.edu.

 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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