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Auditions for the School of Theatre and Dance's main stage and student productions are open to any Kent State student.

Please use the drop down menu below to access information about specific productions. 

If you are on campus, information about audition opportunities will also be available on the Theatre Callboard located outside of the E. Turner Stump Green Room or the Dance Callboard located outside Dance Studio D123. 

Fall 2021 Audition Information

Audition Notice: 365 Days/365 Plays

About 365 Days/365 plays

By Suzan-Lori Parks

Acclaimed playwright Suzan-Lori Parks wrote a play a day for a whole year! We will be producing a collection of them, viewed through a 2021 lens. The plays range in genre from parody and theater-of-the-absurd to pieces of powerful lyricism and epic tragedy that speak forcefully to past and present issues. We are looking to cast a diverse, curious ensemble of humans, who are amped to work and perform (in-person, with pandemic protocols) through a consent-based, collaborative process. Actors will play multiple roles. No prior stage experience necessary. Open to all members of the Kent State community. 


Preliminary Auditions

Thursday, August 26 and Friday, August 27, 2021; Location TBD

Sign Up for an Audition Slot

Preparing for Your Audition

  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out paperwork and contact information.
  • If you have health concerns that may prevent you from attending the initial audition, please contact production stage manager Granger Cavanaugh – mcavana4@kent.edu
  • Everyone you encounter at the audition will be masked. Please remember to bring yours.
  • In the audition room will be Courtney Brown (faculty and director), Granger Cavanaugh (student and PSM), at least one other student from the production team.
  • Please choose to share 1 of the following options:
    • A memorized monologue of your choice, lasting no longer than 90 seconds
    • A memorized story, either your own, or someone else’s, lasting no longer than 90 seconds
    • A short monologue from 365 Days/ 365 Plays, located here: (Does not need to be memorized.)
      • This Is Probably Not a Play (does not need to be memorized)

Content Disclosure

Some of the plays include profanity, derogatory language, and deal with themes of war and violence. The production anticipates moments of stylized violence and potential physical contact. All necessary moments of violence and theatrical intimacy will be choreographed utilizing a consent-based process, establishing and respecting boundaries. 

A PDF of some of the plays can is located here: 

View/Download Selections from 365 Days/365 Plays


Callbacks

Callback Auditions:  Monday, August 30, 2021 from 6-10 p.m. in Erdmann-Zucchero Theatre

  • We are calling a different group of actors each hour to read. Please be available to read over the course of 60 minutes. You may be asked to read for multiple roles, so look over all the sides.
  • Please contact production stage manager Granger Cavanaugh at mcavana4@kent.edu immediately if you cannot attend.
  • Attached you'll find the sides for the callback. Choose 1 of the sides that resonates with you to share. There will be a reader available if you choose a scene. Material need not be memorized but try to be as familiar with it as you can. We will have hard copies available at the audition for you.

View Callback Sides

View Callback List


Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will begin Thursday, September 2, 2021.


Opening and Performances

Performances of 365 Days/365 Plays will take place October 7-13, 2021 in Wright-Curtis Theatre.


Health and Safety Plan

We will be rehearsing and performing in person, closely adhering to university and industry protocols to minimize health concerns and undue risk during the on-going pandemic.

Audition Notice: Chaining Zero

About Chaining Zero

Music and Lyrics by Jeffrey James and Justin Halpin
Book by John Moauro and Griffin Parsons

Brief Synopsis:  A story of struggle, hope, desire and pain intersecting with joy, terror and discovery to demonstrate that our paths don’t always take the most direct route. 


Preliminary Auditions

Preliminary Auditions: Thursday, August 26 and Friday, August 27, 2021 from 6-10 p.m. in Wright-Curtis Theatre

The audition sign-up process will be conducted digitally this semester via Google Calendar. 

In order to secure your audition slot, please follow the link below. This will lead you to Google Calendar, where you can select and book your 4-minute time slot. Please make sure your name and phone number are in the description box. This information will not be made public. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Alexandra Baxter at abaxte12@kent.edu.

Access Online Audition Sign-Up Calendar


Callbacks

Callbacks: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 6-10 p.m. in Wright-Curtis Theatre and Dance Studio D125

Below is a link to a Google Drive folder with the Callback sides for Chaining Zero. In the folder, you will find one document with all of the scenes, marked by character within the document, and then each character has their own song, which is marked and labeled for you in the drive. This will give you an insight into the characters, and will also help you be prepared once the callback list comes out. 

Please reach out to Alexandra at abaxte12@kent.edu with any questions or if you are having trouble viewing any of the documents! 

Chaining Zero Callback Sides


Script

To view the Chaining Zero script, please click the link below. Please note, you will need to sign in with your Flashline credentials to access.

View Chaining Zero Script


Character Breakdowns

To view character breakdowns for Chaining Zero, access the link below:

Chaining Zero Character Breakdowns


Preparing for your audition

  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to fill out paperwork and contact information.

  • If you have any health concerns that will prevent you from attending the initial audition, please contact the Production Stage Manager, Alexandra Baxter, at abaxte12@kent.edu

  • Everyone at the audition must be masked. Please do not forget your mask when attending the Fall Auditions. You will be permitted to remove your mask while presenting material.

  • Involved in the audition process will be Terri Kent (Director), Jen Korecki (Music Director), Martín Céspedes (Choreographer), Alexandra Baxter (Student, PSM), 1-2 other students from the production team, as well as John Moauro, Griffin Parsons (Playwrights), Jeffrey James, and Justin Halpin (Composers).

Please prepare two musical selections in the style of the show. The selections should be no longer than 3 minutes combined. Bring sheet music in the correct key. A cappella singing will not be permitted.


Content Advisory

This show contains potentially disturbing scenes that could be triggering for certain individuals.

Detailed character descriptions are provided in this notice. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the content prior to auditioning. The script is available online.


Rehearsals 

Rehearsals will begin on Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 1-9pm. Regular rehearsal schedules will be Sundays from 2-6pm, Mondays-Fridays 6-10pm, with Saturday being the off-day. There will be a rehearsal on October 17, but not on October 14-16.


Opening and Performances

Performances of Chaining Zero will take place November 5-14, 2021 in E. Turner Stump Theatre.


Health and Safety Plan

All work will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the University. 

Audition Notice: Dance '21: Love Stories

How to Audition

Auditions for Dance '21: Love Stories will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021 in D123 in the Center for the Performing Arts.

Audition Schedule

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.: Registration and Self Warm Up

9:30 – 10:50 a.m.: Class given by student directors

10:50 – 11:00 a.m.: Audition Instructions Given

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Choreographers Auditions

  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: TBD
  • 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.: Jenn Black
  • 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Theresa Holland (en pointe)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Lunch Break

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Kent Dance Ensemble Auditions


Additional Information

All dancers are welcome. Please note: If a dancer is cast they must register or be registered in at least one upper level (Level 3 or higher) dance technique class.

All dancers should arrive masked wearing professional dance attire that allows for movement and for lines to be seen. Please have hair pulled back and away from the face.

Please bring socks to dance in, jazz shoes and ballet shoes. Please bring pointe shoes if applicable.