Auditions

Spring 2021

TWELFTH NIGHT or What You Will
by William Shakespeare

Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer/Technical Director: Dathan Powell

Auditions and Crew Interviews: Monday, February 1st and Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

NOTE: As this production was in rehearsals for an initial production in the Spring of 2020, some roles are already cast, and some crew positions are already assigned. However, many roles & crew positions are still available, and you may choose to audition and apply for a crew position if you wish! More details will be available closer to Feb. 1.

ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE MASKED & SAFELY-DISTANCED, as per the health and safety protocol for UIS and UIS Theatre.

5:00pm     Open Crew Interviews conducted virtually (see below)

7:00pm     Open Auditions, The Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Center–Level 1, UIS Campus (Video submissions also possible, see below)

Potential Crew Members:

For those who wish to apply for a technical crew position, please fill out the online application form (forthcoming) and schedule a virtual interview with Dathan Powell, UIS Theatre Technical Director. Preferred appointment times will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, and will occur between 5:00-7:00pm on February 1st and 2nd.

Auditionees:

For those who wish to audition for an acting role, please fill out the online application form (forthcoming) and plan to attend ONE of the sessions on February 1st or February 2nd, at the Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Center–Level 1, UIS Campus. Open Auditions begin promptly at 7:00pm. ALL ATTENDEES MUST BE MASKED & SAFELY-DISTANCED, as per the health and safety protocol for UIS and UIS Theatre. Upon arriving, actors will be guided on where/when to wait their turn, where/when to enter and exit, etc. VIDEO AUDITION SUBMISSIONS ARE ALSO PERMISSIBLE – PLEASE SEE BELOW. * Please audition in the way which is most comfortable for you. 

Please Note: Auditions will chiefly consist of cold readings from the script. 1 Min Prepared Shakespeare or verse monologues are appreciated, but not required. Headshots/Resumes are also appreciated, but not required.

A public domain copy of the script is available here: http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/1527/pg1527-images.html

Performance dates: April 16-18 & 22-24, 2021

The curtain time for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances is 7:30 p.m. with the Sunday performance starting at 2 p.m.

Please Note: This production will not play in front of a live audience. The production will either be live-streamed for online audiences, or recorded live (without an audience) and then made available for online audiences.

ALL in person rehearsals/performances will be conducted with all present masked and safely-distanced, and all COVID health/safety protocols followed by ALL COMPANY MEMBERS. Some rehearsals may be conducted via zoom.

*Video submissions are allowed as an alternative to in-person auditions. Email a recording of a 1-minute monologue selection (preferably from the play, but any Shakespeare or verse monologue will do) to Director, Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson at mthom1@uis.edu between January 24 and February 1. (phone video recordings are sufficient). Please audition in the way which is most comfortable for you.


Those Interested in Working Backstage

Those interested in working backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser, running crew) only need to attend one night of the crew interviews. Be sure to fill out a crew application form prior to the crew interviews start time via the online form (forthcoming) and indicate the area of interest backstage. The technical director will schedule time to meet with you to discuss your area of interest.

Actors

Please fill out an audition form via the online form (forthcoming) prior to arriving at the audition start time. Auditions will consist of “cold readings” from the script. Be prepared to make some bold choices, take some risks, and have fun! Prepared monologues and headshots/resumes are appreciated, but are NOT required.

UIS THEATRE invites all theatre artists to audition for roles or apply for backstage work for one of our upcoming productions. Currently enrolled UIS students are given primary consideration in casting roles and backstage assignments, as well as in determining each production. UIS Theatre strives to have our productions reflect the diversity of our world. As such, actors of all races, ethnicities, gender identifications, and abilities are welcome and encouraged to audition for all of our productions.