Auditions

Stay up-to-date with audition schedules throughout the year with the events calendar below

THEATRE DEPARTMENT EVENTS CALENDAR


Auditions for Mainstage Productions Fall 2022

CALLING ALL BINGHAMTON STUDENTS!
Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28


Love to act? Sing? Dance? Play an instrument? The Theatre Department has open auditions for the Fall 2022 mainstage shows! These productions offer great opportunities for different styles of acting, dancing, and singing. All registered Binghamton students are welcome to attend in-person auditions on Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28 in Watters Theater located in the Fine Arts building. Callbacks are Aug. 29–Sept. 3, 2022. 

HOW TO AUDITION

Online sign-ups will open August 15. To stay informed of when more info becomes available, sign up for the Theater Listserv.

ACTORS/SINGERS

  • Returning and experienced actors/singers should audition with a memorized one-minute monologue, and/or 16-32 bars of a song. Your song should be from the musical theatre canon and should show a character contemplating at least two different possibilities or ideas. Please bring sheet music for the music director/pianist to play for you. Accompanied auditions are much preferred over a cappella auditions!
  • Actors/singers new to auditioning may audition with a provided song from Into the Woods. Recorded materials will be available in August to teach you the song so that you may practice prior to auditions. 

DANCERS

  • Experienced dancers should prepare a one minute dance piece. Please place a link to your music in your audition sign up form.
  • Dancers new to auditioning may perform one of the pieces from Jazz Nutcracker. Video will be available in August to learn an audition combo.

MUSICIANS

We are seeking pit orchestra musicians who play: flute/piccolo, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, percussion (including mallet instruments), piano, violin, viola, cello, bass. Except for percussionists, musicians must own or have access to their own instrument. Email Tommy Iafrate if you are interested in scheduling an audition. 

Auditions will be held by appointment in August/September 2022.

If you have questions about the shows, email the directors:

Into the Woods, Tommy Iafrate
Jazz Nutcracker, JoEllen Kuhlman

If you have questions about signing up for auditions, email the Production Stage Manager, Olivia O'Brien 

Rehearsals & Performance Dates, Time Commitments*

Into The Woods

Rehearsals begin Sept. 6, take place in the evening Monday–Friday and during the day on Saturday.
Tech begins on or about Oct. 27, run through final dress on Nov. 3.
Brush up Rehearsal is in the evening of Nov. 10.
Performances are 8 p.m. Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 13, 2022 in Watters Theater. 

Jazz Nutcracker

Rehearsals are MW 12-1 p.m. and/or TR 1:15-2:40 pm plus Friday afternoon/early evening rehearsals and Saturday day rehearsals. Exact times TBD by cast availability.
Tech is Nov. 17, 18 and 21 during the evening. Nov. 19 is a daytime rehearsal.
Dress Rehearsals will take place during the evening Nov. 28-Dec. 1. 
Performances are 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 2022 in Watters Theater. 

*Dates and times are subject to change depending on availability of production members and facilities.  


Further information on auditions

It is the auditioner’s responsibility to become acquainted with the roles, the nature of the production, and the scope of commitment prior to casting. It is strongly recommended that auditioners read scripts and production materials before the first audition. Links to the script will be posted above. 

Who can audition for a theatre production? EVERYONE!

Any and all registered Binghamton University students are welcome to audition for all Theatre Department Productions. We do NOT require that an auditioner is a Theatre Major or Minor. We hold open auditions for our MainStage and Studio Shows. Always arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork/discuss logisitics ahead of time. See below for our casting policy.

Here's some tips for auditioning from our directors:

  • Choose a song that you feel passionate about. Something that makes you say to yourself "I have to do this!" Practice, practice, practice.
  • Ask friends and family to listen to you do your material. Listen to feedback but only use that which you feel certain in your heart you can apply to your work.
  • Sing while you do the dishes, while you drive, while you do the laundry, when you take a walk. Sing your song hundreds of times.
  • Know, deep within you that the people who are auditioning you want you to be great. They are not looking for your problems but rather your promise!

Casting Policy for Binghamton University Students:

Eligibility: Any person is eligible for auditioning and casting who will be registered for four or more semester hours of credit in any course taught in the University, other than the production itself, during the semester in which the production for which the auditions are being held is performed. Simply stated, one must be a registered student during the semester of performance. However, under certain conditions, Theatre faculty members or persons designated as "Artists in Residence" may be cast.

Note: All students are expected to familiarize themselves with and to take full advantage of the actor training sequence of classes offered by the department so that their acquired skills and abilities will make them more competitive and more readily recognizable to the faculty.

Representation, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in casting and production
The educational mission of the Binghamton University Theatre Department is to provide equal opportunities and apprenticeship experiences to students without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, nationality, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We believe that theatre is stronger when our season selection, casting process, and production needs are filled inclusively. Inclusivity will take many forms, including the variety of stories we choose to tell, assembling diverse artistic teams, making production assignments available to as many students as possible and engaging in color conscious casting.

Color-conscious casting “intentionally considers the race and ethnicity of actors and the characters they play in order to oppose racism, honor and respect cultures, foster stronger productions, and contribute to a more equitable world. Without it, we risk perpetuating a system that privileges whiteness with greater access and opportunity, and appropriates the cultures of communities of color.” (American Theatre) Likewise, we practice an attitude of respect, and opposition to bias and discrimination regarding gender and gender identity, including (but not limited to) trans and genderqueer identities. 

Where a playwright’s intention calls for casting actors of a particular race, ethnicity, and/or gender, the director and/or casting agent must do all within their power to adhere to the playwright’s intention. If an actor of the appropriate race, ethnicity, or gender is not found, the director will initiate a conversation with the department to discuss what the next appropriate steps would entail. Steps may include, but are not limited to, seeking permission from the copyright holder for alternative casting permission, or cancelling the production. At the same time, we encourage an experimental learning environment in which all directors stretch beyond historical expectations, casting traditions, or commercial conceptions of “type,” especially in cases where race, gender, ethnicity, or identity may not appear to be a major thematic element of the production.