Audition Information

All students from all majors are eligible for all roles in the Production Season

We are committed to building creative, dynamic, and inclusive processes that celebrate and respect individual differences and diversity, including differences of race, national origin, ethnic origin, language, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, legal status, and disability.

Casting is based upon the requirements of the plays, the quality of auditions, and work demonstrated in callbacks. No preference is given to actors based upon their class years, and our shows are not “pre-cast.” Casting is as inclusive as possible, with consideration given to the distribution of actor-training opportunities for a diverse student body.

Only those students who audition at the beginning of each semester can be cast in the season. Actors who are unable to audition during the scheduled audition period may ask for permission to set up an alternate time. Theater majors and minors in the acting concentrations are required to audition each semester (when in residence).

Please reach out to any faculty in theater with questions or for more information.
Please scroll all the way down to find monologue suggestions and resources.

We look forward to seeing you at auditions. Break a leg!

Audition Process

Each semester begins with General Auditions, typically held on the Thursday and Friday of the first week of classes between the hours of 6:30 and 11 p.m. All directors casting productions for that semester are present for auditions. Assistant directors and other faculty members may also view auditions.

Audition signups begin immediately after the General Meeting at the top of each semester, typically on the Wednesday of the first week of classes, at 7 p.m. in the JKB Mainstage.

Seniors and juniors are required to sign up for slots on Thursday, allowing sophomores and first-year students more time to prepare for a Friday audition.

An Audition Workshop is held immediately following audition signups (usually around 8:30 p.m.) in the Black Box Theater, led by a member of our acting faculty. This is an important opportunity for anyone who has never auditioned before to learn about how our process works. Suggestions and guidelines about our audition procedures will be discussed.

What to Prepare

For Fall 2020, students are expected to prepare a 1 minute contemporary monologue in their age range, and 1 joke.
*Any change to these audition requirements will be clearly announced.

Please download, print, and fill out our AUDITION FORM in advance. It is mandatory that you bring 15 copies of the form (double-sided if you write on the back) to auditions, along with a headshot or photo stapled to each one. Please be ready to hand your form and photo to the Stage Managers upon arrival.

What to Expect

Auditions take place in the JKB’s Black Box theater. When called, the actor enters the room from the Green Room and introduces themself. When introducing the monologue, the name of the play and playwright should be given as well as the name of the character being portrayed. If a song is required, the title and composer/artist should be given. After completing the audition, the actor exits to the lobby. The entire process should take about four minutes. Questions can be asked of the stage managers outside the audition space.

Casting Process

At the end of the second night of auditions, the directors of the seminar productions post their callback lists (usually by 11:30 p.m.) on the first floor call board near the elevator. The callback list is also emailed to all auditionees.

The seminar productions hold callbacks on the Saturday and Sunday following auditions. The location and length of the callbacks will be determined by each director, and clearly announced to auditionees. Typically they run between the hours of 10am and 5pm. At callbacks, actors may be asked to participate in activities such as warm-ups, improvisational exercises, script reads, and more.

Directly after the Sunday callback, the seminar directors meet to determine their casts. The stage managers and the assistant directors are part of this meeting. The department Chair often sits in. At the conclusion of this meeting, both seminar cast lists are prepared, emailed to auditionees, and posted on the call board with information about the first rehearsals.

Once the seminar cast lists have been posted, the Lab directors determine their callback lists. The casting process is supervised by the Lab faculty supervisor. Lab callbacks are posted late on Sunday.

Lab callbacks are planned for the following Monday and, if necessary, Tuesday (this depends upon the number of Labs).

After the final callback, the Lab directors meet to negotiate their casts and final cast lists are posted.

Resources for Monologues and Audition Material

We invite each performer to present material that speaks to them.

For actors seeking monologues, the department offers The Kilroys List: 97 Monologues and Scenes, Volume One (TCG 2017) as a resource. Copies of the collection are available for perusal in the production office of the JKB and the second floor class reserves shelf of the JKB.
Please note: performers are not required to use The Kilroys collection.

Additional resources for audition material abound:

The Scribner Library and the JKB Library (2nd Floor) also have a number of monologue books and many, many plays available.

Individual faculty are available to recommend specific plays tailored to each student’s needs.

Skidmore Theater has a subscription to the National New Play Network, an excellent resource for plays and monologues; students can speak to the Theater Department administrator
Suzanne Golub for access

And more information on monologue resources can be found below! Enjoy!

Monologue and Play Resources

Please find a list of resources of monologue material below!
Though the list is not comprehensive, it is representative of sites and sources for multiple plays and writers.

*Note: Many of these resources contain unpublished materials. Please reach out to faculty for advice on how to obtain copies of unpublished material!*

Faculty in Theater: Let’s talk plays. We love to talk plays! Come by, reach out, make an appointment!

The Kilroys List: 97 Monologues and Scenes, Volume One (TCG 2017). Copies of the collection are available for perusal in the production office of the JKB and the second floor class reserves shelf of the JKB.

Lucy Scribner Library: search “monologues,” authors, or plays. Check out the Drama Online Database, as well. Access with your Skidmore login.

JKB Theater Library: 2nd floor of the JKB (stop by and peruse the shelves; have a cozy seat and skim some books!

The National New Play Network, an excellent resource for plays and monologues. Please speak to Suzanne Golub (2nd floor, JKB) for access.

Black Drama Database, available through the Scribner Library. Access with your Skidmore login.

New Play Exchange: Find descriptions and many samples of playwrights’ works and production histories

Dramatists Play Service: sample read numerous plays before purchasing script

The Kilroys List: An “annual industry survey of excellent un- and underproduced new plays by woman, trans, and non-binary playwrights.” Find play descriptions, discover playwrights, buy their plays.

The 50 Playwrights Project: Annual lists of the 50 best unproduced or under-produced Latinx plays.