Audition Details

The Ohio State Department of Theatre Autumn 2019 Auditions


Productions: Romeo and Juliet: The School Tour, Bonnets: (How Ladies of Good Breeding Are Induced to Murder)A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women from Afghanistan, InterACT, Lab Series

DATES: Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23
TIME: Starting at 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Roy Bowen Theatre (Drake Performance and Events Center, 1849 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210)

The Ohio State University Department of Theatre welcomes and encourages diverse casting opportunities for artists of any race, ethnicity, heritage, color, culture, country of origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical or cognitive ability, and body shape. You do not need to be a theatre major or minor to participate. All Ohio State students and affiliated persons are welcome to audition.


Scripts for all shows are available to sign out for 2 hours in the theatre department main office (DR1089). For additional production details, follow the links highlighted above. (Links will become active when season is officially announced to the public.)

Academic Credit Requirements

Cast members in Bonnets and Midsummer are required to register for TH 4000.08 or TH 8000.08 for 3 credits.

Cast members in R&J are required to register for TH 4921S for 3 credits.

Cast members in InterACT are required to register for TH 3921S for 3 credits.

Course enrollment permission forms are available in the department office (DR1089). Students must register by Friday, August 30th. Contact Academic Program Coordinator Logan Kelly if you have any questions.

How to Audition

You will be able to sign up for a time starting at 5:00pm on the day of your choosing (either 08/22 or 08/23) at the check-in table outside of the Roy Bowen Theatre. You will fill out an audition form after you have signed up. People will be seen in the order in which they sign up. Please note: the cut-off time for signing up is 8:00pm for each night. No exceptions.

Callback Notices

Callback notices will be announced on Friday, August 23rd, sometime after 11:00pm. They will be emailed directly to anyone who auditioned as well as posted on the glass entrance doors near the south loading dock of the Drake Performance and Event Center. It is the actor's responsibility to check his/her email or the south glass doors for the callback notices.

Callback Schedule

Saturday, August 24
10:00-1:30pm: Sahar Speaks
Roy Bowen Theatre

Saturday, August 24
2:30-6:00pm: Romeo and Juliet: The School Tour
Roy Bowen Theatre

Saturday, August 24
6:00-10:00pm: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Roy Bowen Theatre

Sunday, August 25
10:00-1:30pm: InterACT
Roy Bowen Theatre

Sunday, August 25
2:30-6:00pm: Bonnets
Roy Bowen Theatre

Final Cast Lists

Cast lists will be posted after 1:00pm on Monday, August 26th in the 1st floor hallway on the call boards between rooms DR0101 and DR0107.

Audition Requirements

To be considered for all shows, prepare 1 monologue (memorized from a play or a film) no more than 2 minutes in length.

If you are interested in being cast in Bonnets, in addition to the monologue, please prepare 16 bars of a pop/rock or folk song to be sung either a capella or with recorded usic that you supply on CD.

Auditionees will automatically be considered for all productions. You will have the opportunity to indicate that you have scheduling conflicts with certain productions.

Romeo and Juliet: The School Tour

Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted for young audiences and directed by Tom Dugdale
Thurber Theatre
September 27-29
15 tour dates throughout Columbus schools

Rehearsals begin as early as August 27, and take place MWF 6:30-10:30PM, T/R 8:00-1:30PM, and Sundays for up to 5 hours TBD.

Two teenagers fall for each other despite the bitter rivalry between their families' dueling pizza businesses! Capulet's and Montague's are two rival pizza joints. Capulet's does thin crust, and Montague's does thick, but honestly, they're both world-class. They're located on the same street, right next door to each other--that must be why they're so feisty! Seven actors will leap between the play's many roles in this energetic, contemporary take on Shakespeare's greatest love story.

Bonnets: (How Ladies of Good Breeding Are Induced to Murder)

By Jen Silverman
Directed by Jeanine Thompson
Roy Bowen Theatre
October 24-November 3

Rehearsals begin as early as August 27, and take place MTWRF 6:30-10:30PM and Sundays up to 5 hours TBD.

Weaving between the 17th and 19th Centuries, this absurdist, campy exploration of love and violence shows how easily three women become murderers.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare
Adapted and directed by Kevin McClatchy
Thurber Theatre
November 15-22

Rehearsals begin as early as August 27, and take place MTWRF 6:30-10:30PM and Sundays up to 5 hours TBD.

On a midsummer's night, four young lovers find themselves in the beguiling embrace of an enchanted forest populated with ruling fairies and a legion of sprites. While marital discord between Oberon, the Fairy King, and his Queen Titania convulses the natural world, their paths collide with Bottom, Quince, and the rest of the "mechanicals" who are preparing a play. The merry and malevolent prankster Puck ignites complications that make the course of true love run anything but smoothly. Magic, escape, love, and the endless possibility of dreams erupt in this physically adventurous, emotionally nimble version of Shakespeare's most enduring comedy.

Sahar Speaks: Voices of Women from Afghanistan

By Alia Bano and Nushin Arbabzadah
Directed by JiRye Lee and rina Hajira
Film/Video Theater, Wexner Center for the Arts
October 7

The Sahar Speaks project, based in London, is producing two new short plays that will premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The playwrights will be in residence for the ten days leading up to the performance.

InterACT Theatre Project

Directed by Elizabeth Wellman
Performance Dates: TBD

In partnership with the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the InterACT Theatre Project company devises and produces one to two different interactive theatrical experiences for a variety of audiences across campus that focus on challenges related to diversity, inclusion, teaching, and learning. If you are interested in collaborative new work, improvisation, and/or community engagement, we'd love to see you at auditions!

All InterACT cast members enroll in Theatre 3921S for 3 credit hours. ALL rehearsals take place during scheduled class time. InterACT members CAN also be cast in main stage productions without conflict. Follow “The Interact Theatre Project for Social Change” on Facebook or @ InterACT_OhioSt on Twitter for more information.

Lab Series

The Lab Series is a student-driven, department-nurtured production series. Productions can occur in a variety of campus spaces, including the New Works Lab. Emphasis is on innovative work that functions on a zero budget model. The pieces presented will include a mix of student written pieces, new renderings of classic or obscure works, and community- building events. Performances begin at 7 p.m. and are free, first-come, first-served. 

Audition Workshop

Interested in auditioning, but nervous and uncertain about how to prepare? Consider attending our audition preparation workshop. All students are welcome to attend.

After reading all of this information, you may send additional questions to Production Manager Sherée Greco.