Audition Details

The Ohio State Department of Theatre Spring 2020 Auditions


Productions: Red Velvet, Indecent, InterACT, Lab Series

DATES: Monday, September 30 and Tuesday, October 1
TIME: Starting at 5:30 PM
LOCATION: New Works Lab--Room 2060 (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.

We are also seeking three klezmer musicians for Indecent. If interested, please contact the director, Beth Kattelman.


Scripts for Red Velvet and Indecent 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 Red Velvet and Indecent are required to register for TH 4000.08 or TH 8000.08 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). 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 4:30pm on the day of your choosing (either 09/30 or 10/01) at the check-in table outside of the New Works Lab. You will fill out an audition form after you have signed up. People will be seen in the order in which they sign up, however those in fall shows will have priority so that they can attend their rehearsal after auditioning. We start promptly at 5:30pm. 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 Tuesday, October 1st, sometime after 11:00pm. If you are auditioning, you will want to make yourself available for callbacks. The callback lists 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

Callbacks will occur in the Drake Performance and Event Center Wednesday, October 2, 6:00-10:00pm (Red Velvet), Thursday, October 3, 6:00-10:00pm (InterACT); and Sunday, October 6, 10:00-2:00pm (Indecent). Details will be communicated at auditions.

Final Cast Lists

Cast lists will be posted after 1:00pm on Monday, October 7th 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.

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

Red Velvet

Written by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Guest Director Ted Lange
Roy Bowen Theatre
February 6 - 15

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

In 1833, a celebrated African-American actor is called upon to step into the role of Othello at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden after the production’s legendary lead actor takes ill, shocking both audiences and critics with his revolutionary acting style in this piercing biodrama about race and performance.


By Paula Vogel
Directed by Beth Kattelman
Thurber Theatre
February 27 - March 5

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

The cast of The God of Vengeance, a Yiddish play with the first lesbian kiss on the American stage, is arrested after its Broadway premiere on the grounds of obscenity in this moving drama about theatre, anti-Semiticism, censorship, and love.

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.

  • Monday, September 23, 2 - 3:30pm, Dance Room 2, Ohio Union

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