Show Auditions

Auditions for Spring Semester 2020-2021

If you're looking for information about auditioning into the Department, visit our Admission page

We will be accepting digital auditions for two spring production events.

Digital Reading Series: four plays that will be done as readings on Zoom
Climate Change Theatre Action: a series or short plays and performances about climate change

Auditions for MUT Productions are always open to any Miami student. We encourage students of any race, gender, body type, physical ability, gender representation, and experience in theatre to audition. Theatre is for everyone!

Many roles have the ability to be cast in a genderfluid and color-conscious manner. There will be specific roles designated for people of color, and specifically for women of  color.

Students cast will earn an experiential learning credit, THE 200A.

How To Audition

Read the audition notices below to make sure you understand the time commitment and expectations before auditioning. 

Prepare your video audition submission

Include the following:

  1. An introduction stating your name and the monologue you will be performing
  2. A contemporary monologue 1-3 minutes in length 
  3. A 30 second to one minute original story using poetry, song, visual images, or physical movement about an encounter that you had in the natural world and how it changed you.

Fill out the Audition Form 

  • Either fill out the last 3 questions on the form OR upload a resume.
  • Upload your audition video to the form. 

Contact Maura Kesterson and Grace Pierce with any questions about auditions. 

The deadline to submit your audition form and video is Friday, January 29th. 

Callbacks will be scheduled and held via Zoom on an as needed basis. 

Casting of both of these productions may take some time, so please be patient as you wait for casting announcements.

General Tips

Non-majors: if you are unable to prepare auditions, we will have cold readings available

Theatre majors and music theatre minors MUST have their materials memorized!

Come with your audition form filled out (pick one up on the callboard in the CPA)

Don’t wear flip-flops or sandals. Women, don’t wear heels.

Don’t wear “workout” clothes (sweats, t-shirts) unless specifically asked to wear clothing you can move in.

Dress to show that you are serious about what you do. Don’t wear clothing that makes you look sloppy or unkempt.

When it's your time to audition, introduce yourself and the pieces you will be doing.

More About the Digital Reading Series

Produced by Julia Guichard 
Assisted by Grace Pierce and Charlotte Perez

The Miami University 2021 Digital Reading Series is a collection of four new plays that provide unique perspectives on our contemporary moment, shine a light on injustice, and share stories from underrepresented voices.

The Helpers

By Maggie Lou Rader, directed Lindsey Augusta Mercer 
A new perspective from the other side of the most famous bookshelf in history. Miep Gies, an immigrant, and secretary for Otto Frank's famous Opekta company, leads a group of helpers to preserve the residents of the Secret Annex and the spirit of goodness and survival during World War II. The Helpers is a tale of joy, hope, friendship, and resistance during one of history's darkest moments. 

Baby Camp

By Nandita Shenoy, directed by Jenny Mercein 
When Toni, Maria, and Aditi arrive at the Future is Freedom Retreat, they don’t know what to expect, but their fearless guide Lois is eager to share her plan to take back the power from conservative forces in government. Set in the not-too-distant future, Baby Camp asks whether adopting the playbook of the opposition is really the path to freedom and whether power is worth any cost. 

Silas the Uninvited

By Derek J. Snow, directed by Daryl Harris
Silas tells the all-too-familiar story of a Black man in rural Louisiana who has just been lynched by a mob in 1930, yet finds himself mysteriously alive. In the events to follow, he is confronted with a choice to live again in another time as a Black Man in America and deal with some of the many complicated struggles with race and time that have always plagued this country.

Describe the Night

By Rajiv Joseph, director TBA
Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, this thrilling and epic new play traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth, and conspiracy theories. In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wandered the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashed in the Russian city of Smolensk. 

Students may be cast in up to two of the four plays.

Calendar and Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals are typically held nightly between 7-10 pm on these dates:

The Helpers: March 1-5, with the performance on Saturday, March 6th
Baby Camp: March 9-12, with the performance on Saturday, March 13th
Silas the Uninvited: March 15-19, with the performance on Saturday, March 20th
Describe the Night: weeknights March 15-26, with the performance on Saturday March 27th

Rehearsals and performances will all be done over Zoom.

Zoom logistics may require occasional shifting of rehearsal schedules.

Character Breakdowns 

The Helpers 

Miep Gies (1909-2010): Housewife, secretary, immigrant, helper. In charge of  every room she enters. Measured, yet impulsive. Driven by fire deep in her soul, but not always on her face.

Jan Gies (1905-1993): Her husband. A social worker and helper. Measured and always thoughtful. Chivalrous and dashing of heart. Wheels are always turning.

Otto Frank (1889-1980): The embodiment of kindness with a bit of a nervous disposition. The leader of the Annex and father of Anne and Margot Frank.

Mrs. Stoppelman (1915-2005): The Gies’ landlord and housemate. A Jewish mother and grandmother with idioms for days. Lives on another plane, a charming one.

Jo Koophuis (Johannes Kleiman) (1896-1959): Mr. Frank’s partner at Opekta. A curmudgeon, and yet, damn delightful soul.

Elli Vossen (Bep Voskuijl) (1919-1983): Quiet, not shy. Always watching and listening. Smart as a whip. She may be wrong occasionally, but this writer’s not seen it.

Adalwolfa: Chipper, bubbly, lethal. Member of a Nazi girl’s group. We don’t like her. 

Alfie Cohen: Mrs. Stoppelman’s grandson. A dear 6-year-old boy. 

Stranger: A good hearted bystander. Historically a woman, could be anyone.

Mr. Richter: Buyer of the building which houses the Opekta Company. Jovial. Could be Dutch or German.

Karl Silberbauer (1911-1972): Arresting officer of the residents of the Secret Annex. Austrian. Nazi.

Baby Camp

Toni: female, late 30s/early 40s, Asian; workaholic lawyer who is forced to take a vacation; she also has a secret.

Maria: female, late 20s/early 30s, Latina; youthful school teacher who is trying to find her way in a confusing world; she drives an Uber on the side to make ends meet. 

Aditi: female, late 30s/early 40s, Indian; jaded writer who thinks that there might still be a chance to put things right in her life; she’s not sure about her relationship.

Lori: female, mid-40s, white; energetic follower and assistant to a male guru who believes what she preaches… to an extent. 

Silas the Uninvited

All characters except Vincent are BIPOC

Silas LeTour: 30. Dead, thoughtful, a kind spirit, but by no means naive; determined to find the good in just about every situation. 

Olivia Dotson: 25-30. Girlfriend of Silas. Headstrong, determined to open a bakery in racist Edgard.

Vincent:  Any age and gender. Time traveler, crossroads companion; they are the collector of souls, but not evil. 

Marlene Hartfield: 45-50. Maternal, no-nonsense. She provides a spiritual and knowledge base to each era. 

Describe the Night

(*denotes actual historical figure )

Isaac*: Russian, Jewish. He is the writer Isaac Babel. He is not intimidated by anyone. He craves danger. In 1920, he was 25 years old, a quiet, shy young man with dreams of being a successful writer, but traumatized from the Polish-Russo war. In 1937-40, he was a successful writer of fiction and films. 

Nikolai*: Russian. He is enormously self-assured, an accomplished military man, and violent. A captain in the Russian Red Cavalry in 1920 when he is 25 years old. In 1937-40, he is the Head of Stalin’s Secret Police which will become the KGB. In 1989, when he is 94, he is a living relic of Russian history, and knows it. He enjoys tormenting young KGB agents. 

Yevgenia*: Russian, the wife of Nikolai Yezhov. In 1940, she is 36. Bright, beautiful, drawn to astrology and supernatural topics. Unhappy in her marriage, but would never say so. In 1989 she is 86 years old. Mischievous, with a humor that is rooted in pain and tragedy.

Vova*: Russian. Deeply self-assured, yet terrified of the world. A KGB agent stationed in Dresden, East Germany, in 1989, at which time he is 35 years old. In 2010, he is a politician of enormous stature.

Urzula: Polish, and in 1989, an immigrant, living in Dresden. The grand-daughter of Yevgenia. 

Feliks: Polish. Thin, covered with tattoos, a dreary disposition. An orphan. At 21, in 2010, he feels middle-aged.

Mariya: Russian, 30’s, strong and steady. A journalist for a state-run newspaper in 2010. Moscow born and bred.

Mrs. Petrovna: Russian, 70’s, the owner of a laundromat. 

More About the Climate Change Theatre Action

Overall production directed by Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, guiding a team of student directors, designers, and dramaturgs.

About the Production

How do we begin to process the many complex facets of the climate crisis and rapidly changing situation on our planet? This series of 5-10 minute plays will be performed outdoors with social distance protocols in the Fine Arts Quad on Miami  University’s campus. What if animals could share their experiences of our  environment? What would people from the future have to say to us right now?  What keeps us from unifying as a species so that we can take action so that we can  live in harmony with our physical world? These questions (and more!) will be  explored through dance, stories, and visual imagery as we engage satire, comedy,  mythology, tragedy, audience participation, and many other artistic styles and  voices. 

The collection will be composed of existing plays as well as original and devised work covering a variety of themes and perspectives on climate change.

We are seeking a diverse ensemble of  approximately 10-15 of performers to fulfill multiple roles in the opening and closing scenes and within the individual short plays. 

There are limited opportunities for those interested in devising, so please AUDITION so that you can be interviewed in callbacks.  

Directors are looking for students with combinations of skills and interests: 

  • Dance and/or movement experience 
  • Interest in topics surrounding climate change 
  • Ability to perform as an animal character 
  • Interest/ability in singing or musical composition 
  • Interest in creative writing and/or devising 

Calendar and Rehearsal Information 

Rehearsals will be held both over Zoom and in person with social distancing protocols in place. Each “pod” within the production will have a different meeting schedule but  there will be a company meeting on a weekly basis. 

Regular rehearsals will fall in the 7-10 pm timeblock, primarily on weeknights through Friday, April 23. Sunday evenings may be used at the end of the rehearsal period.

March 8-25: Rehearsals will be primarily in Zoom, 2-4 evenings per week. Most rehearsals will be 1 ½ - 2  hours or less.

March 26 - April 27: Rehearsals shift to in-person, and may occur outdoors as the weather allows. Beginning April 5, it will be likely that all will be called for 5-6 rehearsals per week.

Saturday, April 24 will be a tech day, with a likely schedule of 1pm-10pm 

Callbacks will be a combination of interviews, improvisation and cold readings.