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Auditions in Theater Arts


GENERAL AUDITIONS for Faculty-Directed* and Student-Directed plays and for BarnStorm productions:

* The Faculty Directed play (THEA 151), A Raisin in the Sun, will audition TWICE:

1) on November 28th starting at 8:00 pm at Stevenson Event Center (flyer attached). 
    Come prepared to deliver a monologue and short movement piece, both totaling 2 minutes. 
    The director may also ask for some improvisation.
    —For Questions or accommodations, contact (831) 459-1861, or visit
2) at Theater Arts General Auditions—

Gen. Audition sign ups (for current UCSC students) 
     start Monday, Jan. 8 outside the Mainstage Green Room, Theater Arts A building. 

Gen. Audition dates:  
     Thur, January 11, 6:00–10:00 PM and 
     Fri, January 12, 3:30–10:00 PM
     Theater Arts Mainstage

Gen. Audition Requirements: 
     Audition slots will be 5 minutes long.
     —90 second monologue
     —30 second music piece (voice and/or instrument)
     —Up to 60 seconds of a movement piece
     —Please bring a résumé and a headshot photo (head shot does not need to be professional, just the best you and a friend can do with a smart phone and a neutral background. OK to print on any printer, even black and white).
     —Arrive 15 minutes early outside the Mainstage Green Room (in the A building, Theater Arts Center).

Gen. Audition Callbacks: Saturday, January 13 & Sunday, January 14, times TBA

that production auditions are different from those required for admittance into our studio courses (courses which mention "audition" or "interview" in the course description). Acting courses specified as by-audition in the course catalog take place on the first day of the class.

(Faculty Directed Production / Thea 155, Workshop Experiments in Performance) 
Students who are accepted via audition on the first day of the class enroll in Thea 155 in the winter quarter, then the group goes out into local schools to perform abbreviated Shakespeare during weekday mornings in the spring quarter (therefore, the enterprise is a two-quarter commitment and requires careful planning).
This year's play will be Romeo and Juliet.
Shakes to Go Auditions:
     —First day of class, Monday, January 8 (not Jan 18), 2018, 9:20 AM     
     —Callbacks will be at night on Jan 8. Place and time TBA.
Shakespeare to Go Audition requirements (UPDATED):
     —60 second Shakespeare monologue from any play EXCEPT Romeo and Juliet. 
     —30 second song, performed a cappella. (No movement piece required.)
     (For call backs, the sides/text will be taken from Romeo and Juliet.)
NOTE: Prof. Gallagher advises that if you have a class conflict with part of the rehearsal schedule (because it’s a long class period) you should attend auditions anyway and speak with her about the possibility of working around conflicts (or contact her in advance).
More Shakespeare to Go info: 

For more infromation on audition/interview courses, please contact the individual instructors directly for instructions. You may also contact the Theater Arts Dept. ( with questions.

To apply for a lead technical position and/or to fulfill the major’s Faculty Directed Production requirement doing technical work instead of performing (via a 5-unit Thea 151, 151A, 155, 137), students begin by completing a Production Experience/Interest Form (AKA Tech Interest form), available in the department office (J106) and on the Production Office door (upstairs behind the Mainstage, room A208). 
You will then meet with an advisor in your area of interest to discuss opportunities and required preliminary experience. Four-year students should begin this process during their first year and transfer students should do so during their first quarter on campus. You may contact Joe Weiss, Production Operations Director, with questions: