Audition Information

Auditions for all department-sponsored productions are open to the university and we welcome students of all racial, cultural, and individual identities. We value diversity in casting.

After Orlando

Sunday, October 30th
Merrick Theater, Spingold Theater Center

The Department of Theater Arts is organizing a reading as part of a theatrical response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Over 50 playwrights have donated their works for these readings and theaters and universities across the world are participating in these productions, including here at Brandeis.

Audition requirements: Please prepare a two minute monologue

Sign up to audition on the main lobby bulletin board (located just inside the front entrance to Spingold Theater).

The performance will take place Friday, December 2nd at 6:00 pm.

Each play is no more than five minutes, and students will have the chance to be cast in one or more plays as part of this reading.

Please contact Alicia Hyland ( if you would like to discuss this particular reading or the After Orlando movement.

Senior Festival

Featuring works by: Sarah Ackerman, Andrew Agress, Jamie Semel, Sarah Steiker

The sixth annual Senior Festival is a chance for graduating theater arts students to showcase their work. Under the guidance of Alicia Hyland, students will take on a variety of roles, from acting, directing, choreography and design.

Sunday, November 6th, 3pm-7pm
Please note: Daylight savings time ends on this day
Merrick Theater (205)

Sign up to audition on the main lobby bulletin board (located just inside the front entrance to Spingold Theater Center).

Please prepare:

  • 2 minute modern monologue
  • 32 bars of a song, preferably from a musical* (acappella)
    * If you're interested in auditioning for the musical review

Callbacks: Monday-Wednesday, November 7-9, times TBA
Performances: March 31-April 2, 2017

Show Information:

Sarah Ackerman and Sarah Steiker
Musical Revue
Estimated Run Time: 60 min
Performs on Friday March 31, 6:30 pm, Saturday April 1, 8:00 pm and Sunday April 2, 3:30 pm

Based upon the topic of addiction, this piece explores the way in which addiction is portrayed in theater. Through song, scene, and monologue, we examine the negative connotation that constantly accompanies the word "addiction." Although people commonly pair addictions with drugs and alcohol, we also consider the less explored addictions to love, work, and relationships.

Cast Breakdown:
Two men will be cast.

Andrew Agress
Taking Ages
Estimated run time 60 min
Performs on Friday March 31, 8:00 pm, Saturday April 1, 3:30 and Sunday April 2, 5:00 pm

How do we know that what we've learned about in history is correct anyhow? The people who wrote your history books weren't even at most of those events. Posers. Luckily for you, Taking Ages promises to rewrite history in a way that recounts what really, truly did not happen across the ages via the time-tested medium of sketch comedy. Come along on a journey that will take you through history as you witness the past collide with the present and maybe even the future. 

Cast Breakdown:
Six actors minimum. Each actor will play multiple roles.

Jamie Semel
Devised Environmental Play
Estimated Run Time: 60 min
Performs on Friday March 31, 9:30 pm, Saturday April 1, 6:30 pm and Sunday April 2, 2:00 pm

Through a devised, collaborative process, this piece seeks to explore the relationship and responsibility of humans to the natural world. Using Thoreau’s writings and observations as a starting point we will explore how they have influenced modern climate change research, how modern opinion has evolved, and how we interact with the changing world. Also time travel. Probably trees. Definitely some tunes.

Cast Breakdown:
5-8 performers

Leveling Up

By Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Professor Robert Walsh

From the award-wining playwright of “End Days” comes a story about three 20-something roommates who are glued to their video games. They are masters of the virtual worlds behind the computer screens in their Las Vegas basement. When one of them uses his gaming skills to land a job with the National Security Agency launching actual drones and missiles, online battles begin to have real consequences. “Leveling Up” is a fresh, contemporary look at how we navigate the blurry line between worlds both virtual and real and what it means to grow up.

Sunday, November 13th, 6pm-10pm
Merrick Theater (205)

Audition Materials:
Please email Alyssa Avis Rogers ( to receive a pdf copy of sides (excerpts) from the play. You should be familiar with your chosen sides, but do not have to have them memorized. You are highly encouraged to read the script before auditioning! Copies can be borrowed from Alyssa (room 141, 2nd floor of Spingold).

Sign up for an audition slot on the main lobby bulletin board (located just inside the front entrance to Spingold Theater)

Callbacks: Monday, November 14th, 7pm-10pm

Important Dates:
Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Rehearsals are typically Mon-Fri 7pm-11pm and Saturdays
Performances are March 9-12, 2017