Auditions for Senior Festival

All interested students must sign up to audition by Thursday December 2 at midnight.  Auditions are open to all Brandeis students, regardless of racial, cultural, and individual identities. We value diversity in casting. No experience required.

Per university regulations, all auditions and performance opportunities are only open to vaccinated students at this time. In order to audition you must be recognized by the University as vaccinated and our audition cast list will be vetted for confirmation. 

We stand in solidarity with the struggle for racial justice. Our season reflects our goals to challenge discrimination and raise up marginalized voices. We intend to offer shows that challenge, uplift, and move our students and audiences. Please click here to view our solidarity statement. This production seeks a truly diverse and inclusive ensemble of performers who will each play a wide range of different roles and will be cast in a way that celebrates individual identity and is intentional and respectful regarding race, ethnicity, and gender identity.

April 28 through May 1, 2022
Amber Bartlett, Elizabeth Hilliard, Peirce Robinson, Rosie Sentman
All performances are at the Spingold.
The 11th annual Senior Festival is a showcase for graduating theater arts students to present their thesis project work. With the help of faculty advisors, they present theatrical works they have created, directed, acted in, choreographed, and designed. More details to follow in Spring 2022.

Short Descriptions of Each Senior Thesis:

Amber Bartlett’s Theatrical Therapy Thesis encompasses theory and practice from various schools of thought in how to use theatre for healing, including Psychodrama, Drama Therapy, Boal, Playback Theatre, and Play Therapy. The rehearsal process will be collaborative, as we learn about these processes and explore how to create an immersive, storytelling experience with audience members.

Elizabeth Hilliard’s thesis is a staged reading of new work. Sisterhood, an adoption, and a cottage on a prairie. In the upcoming staged reading of this new folk musical, expect an original (yet classic) coming-of-age story for girls - with a twist.

Rosie Sentman’s thesis is a performance of an abridged version of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. The research aspect deals with how we see disabled people onstage, and how physical disability can be used as an asset in storytelling even when the story is not ‘about’ disability. In rehearsal, we will focus on ensemble building, collaboration, and devising, working together to create an accessible and welcoming rehearsal space.

Senior Festival will take place April 28 through May 1, 2022, exact schedule tbd. Students should consider the week prior to the performance week and the week of performances to be no conflict times. 

AUDITIONS: Date to be announced for Elizabeth Hilliard's Senior Thesis, 2pm-5pm
Location: Spingold, Rehearsal Room #206
See preparation for auditions below.

CALLBACKS: Sunday December 5, 2pm-5pm
Location: Spingold, Rehearsal Room #206


Students should complete the Audition Form by Thursday _______ at midnight


NOTE: Elizabeth Hilliard’s Senior thesis auditions will be held sometime in January (exact date TBD).