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 typically begin immediately after the Theater Info Session at the top of each semester, typically on the Wednesday of the first week of classes, at 7 p.m.

An Audition Workshop is held immediately after the Info Session, led by members 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 Spring 2021, students should prepare any 2 of the following 8 options:

  1. A 1-2 minute classical monologue
  2. A 1-2 minute contemporary monologue (encouraged for acting concentration students)
  3. 1-2 minutes of text that you wrote (monologue or otherwise)
  4. 1-2 minutes of a song, sung acapella, can be written by you or someone else
  5. 1-2 minutes of choreography, either choreographed by you or someone else
  6. A 1-2 minute stand-up set
  7. 1-2 minutes of spoken word poetry
  8. 1-2 minutes of improv (you will ask the directors to give you a word prompt)



*A Zoom link for Auditions will be sent to everyone who signs up for an audition slot*


February 6-12 on Zoom (exact times TBA)
Callback lists will be emailed to all students who auditioned late Friday night, Feb. 5

Actors who are cast will be notified via email on Sunday evening (by midnight), Feb. 14

Casting Process

In an effort to reexamine the hierarchy associated with casting in the department, all directors for all of the shows will cast from the same pool of actors at the same time. No project will have the hegemonic positioning of choosing first. As we seek to create a consensual process, actors get final say if they are called back for multiple projects. After the callback process, if more than one director finds themselves wanting the same actor, it becomes the actors choice. We will collect casting preference info from actors immediately after callbacks, before the casting process begins. This info will only be referred to as needed and will be kept private.

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.