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Auditions in Theater Arts


Spring 2024 General Auditions have PASSED. Learn more about the upcoming productions below. 

Upper Division Production: THEA 151
Somewhere by Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Kinan Valdez

Audition Requirements: See General Audition Requirements below

Somewhere summary and casting info:  

Somewhere will begin rehearsals on April 8th. The production will have tech on May 11-12th, with dress rehearsals the following week. It will have 7 performances -- May 17-19 and then May 23-26, with a pickup rehearsal on May 22.

Upper Division Production: THEA 151 - 02
Sounding of the Barn directed by Patrick Michael Ballard

Audition Requirements: See General Audition Requirements below

  • Come worldbuilders!
  • Come ritualists!
  • Come actors, clowns and agents of whimsy!
  • Come analog interactive experience designers!
  • Come sculptors, character designers and fabricators!
  • Come anyone who wants to help build a DIY ceremonial procession and neo-mythological holiday to honor the history and folklore of the Barn Theater!

No acting experience required to participate, (but we definitely will be trying out and working with actors who will take on the role of conducting ceremonial performances that we all devise and they lead!) The more the merrier!


A procession of sound making mutant barn animals, unnameable entities, and forest critters carry the Spiritskin of the Barn…

A sound making procession, whirling chanters dressed in red, ringing bells, playing horns, knocking on pots and pans.,.

The channeling of the ghost of Sarah Cowell..

The honoring of the bat that once joined a rehearsal…

An audience, enchanted by ritualists at the base of campus awaits as the procession travels from the Theater Arts complex…

It peaks over the hill, blooming into audience reality like a surreal ecosystem slithering as a single fantastical organism, all of its color and sounds coming to greet them with a fantastical ceremony in devotion to its role in Theater arts and PPD.

There may be large puppets and effigies, material based rituals, magical realist presentations of its history… 

We will devise and design this DIY holiday-like spectacle in devotion to the folklore and history of the Barn Theater, each of us collaborating to make its living history whimsically come to life like a witchy Ghibli parade or a ceremonial Fantasia.

It is a fantastical procession for drawing attention to the Barn Theater, celebrating its presence and history as a student lead production space, an architecture for student defined cultural spirit and creativity. We want to preserve its historic veneer while renovating its interior so that it can resume its role as the architectural exoskeleton of student creativity, student lead culture, and the spirit of the dreamings, the Storm, the spirit that forms within the Barn.

If you want to play a role in the devising, worldbuilding, research, and making/fabrication process, but don't want to act, make sure to come to the concepting session at our first rehearsal in B100 within the Theater Arts Complex Monday April 8th from 6-10PM!

The Great Garrison directed by Mike Van Zandt

It is about a group of soldiers who have just returned home after fighting in a war overseas. They play contains themes of gun violence, and suicide.

The cast calls for 6 male identifying characters and 2 female identifying characters. Willing to cast actors outside of their gender identification if they wish to take on that kind of acting challenge. The cast also consists of an ensemble which I would like to be as big as possible. There are a few speaking roles for the ensemble and moments to have a large cast all present on stage. The ensemble will most likely also function as a run crew. 

The Great Garrison will begin rehearsals on April 2nd. The production will have tech on April 20-21st, with dress rehearsals the following week and three performances on April 26-28th.

General Audition Requirements:

  • 90 second monologue
  • 60 second movement piece *
  • 30 second music piece (voice and/or instrument) **

MOVEMENT PIECE: Unless any of the auditioning shows are musicals, the movement piece is primarily meant to demonstrate that you are comfortable in your body on stage (or at least can act as though you are!), and that you are willing to move on stage vs. staying in a narrow comfort zone of standing or sitting in one place. The movement section also offers you an opportunity to demonstrate any particular movement or performance skill if you happen to have any—e.g., pantomime, clowning, acrobatics, juggling, dance. Otherwise, even jumping jacks, the macarena, running back and forth, etc., can show a basic willingness to move in front of people. If one of the auditioning shows is a musical, and/or if any of the directors want to see specific pieces or skills, there will be details above the sign up sheet or instructions will be given for those invited to callbacks.

 – PLEASE NOTE: Accompanists are NOT provided. If you feel it necessary, you may play music with a portable music device, e.g., a smart phone with speakers or old-time boom-box, though this is not required (singing may be a cappella and movement pieces may be silent).



Lower Division Productions: 
Barnstorm Theater Company–THEA 55A/B

As per tradition, Barnstorm Theater Company is not active during Spring Quarter, as per tradition. 

  • The BARNSTORM first official meeting is required for students who have been cast in the Barnstorm show(s) and people interested in signing up for or learning about tech/design work opportunities.

  • Questions or concerns about Barnstorm Theater Company? Email the Barnstorm Director: Shelly Horn <>

24-Hour Theater 

A one-act theater festival where participants divide into groups to write, rehearse, and perform an original piece in 24 hours. The inspiration for these one-acts will come from a poll on the Barn’s Instagram account based on a topic (previous topics have included poetry and paintings). 

24-Hour Theater is on a sign-up basis, no audition is required.


  • Units earned for Barnstorm will be determined by the number of hours a student commits to (5 or 2 credits). 
  • ONLY the THEA 55A (5-unit) class may be used toward the Production Requirement for the THEA major.

Questions about Barnstorm?

Musical Theater Cabaret (previously known as Musical Theater Scenes)​  has left Barnstorm and is no longer a THEA 55A/B classMusical Theatre Cabaret (previously known as Musical Theater Scenes) will be operating as a club this year! MTC is a variety show-style compilation of various musical theatre performances including song, acting, and dance. Flexible schedules may be an option in order to allow students of all majors to participate. The theme for this year's show will be "Miscast!" Audition date TBD. For MTC details, contact the directors: Izzy Pedego: and Eleven Turoff:


Questions or concerns about Auditions?


Contact the Theater Arts Student Production Liaison:


Please see the “Tech Interest Form”/ Production Experience & Interest Form section in the Theater Arts Undergraduate Handbook.


General information about the student-run Barnstorm Theater Company can be found on the Barnstorm website: 

To learn about auditioning, doing technical or design work for Barnstorm, see their website and/or contact the Barnstorm Director, Shelly Horn, at The Theater Arts advisor can also answer basic questions about Barnstorm:


Auditions for the annual student-choreographed, student-performed, student-produced dance showcase Random with a Purpose (RWAP) usually take place the quarter BEFORE the production, separate from General Auditions. Students who are accepted via audition enroll in THEA 139 (THEA 139 fulfills an upper division requirement elective for the Dance Minor or Theater Arts major, or an upper division studio requirement for the Theater Arts minor). Please email with questions. The Theater Arts advisor can also answer basic questions about RWAP:



Production auditions are different from those required for admittance into our studio courses (courses which mention "audition" or "interview" in the course description).


One of the requirements for the Theater Arts major is participation in a 5-unit THEA production. 

  • Please see the Production Requirement for the Major section of the Theater Arts Undergraduate Handbook for more information on fulfilling this requirement as a performer, designer or dramaturg. Questions about degree requirements? Contact the Theater Arts Academic Advisor via email,, or schedule an appointment through Navigate Slug Success.

Current and upcoming performance and ticketing information can be found here.