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Auditions for Spring 2018 productions

The Theatre Department is holding open auditions for all four Spring 2018 Productions Nov. 13–14. We are seeking diverse casts and have many roles to fill in these upcoming productions. All auditions take place in Anderson Center's Chamber Hall.

The Theatre Department is also calling students interested in costume, scene, lighting, sound, prop or backstage work, see below

Open Call Auditions: 7–9 p.m. Nov. 13–14
No Fear Auditions: 8:40–10:20 p.m. Nov. 13–14

The Liar (Mainstage)

By David Ives, Adapted from the comedy by Pierre Corneille
Directed by Tom Kremer
Feb. 23– March 2, 2018 

Smart People (Guest Directed Studio Production)

By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Godfrey Simmons - Senior Lecturer, Acting, Cornell University, Artistic Director of Civic Ensemble, previous Lecturer in Acting at Binghamton University.
March 9–11, 2018

The World Goes 'Round (Faculty Studio Musical)

Music and Lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson
Directed and Choreographed by David Wynen
Music Directed by Tommy Iafrate
April 13–15, 2018

Castle on the Hill (Mainstage)

A new play inspired by patients at the Binghamton State Hospital
Created and Directed by Elizabeth Mozer
April 27–May 6, 2018

Open Call Audition Information:

  • Sign up for a time slot on the Theatre Call Board, outside FA 127
  • Record the time slot you sign up for and arrive 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork 
  • For your audition, prepare a 1-minute monologue
  • If you wish to audition for the studio musical as well) 32 bars of a song of love or loss (can be comedic or melodramatic). Bring sheet music for the accompanist.
  • Students with auditioning experience are encouraged to present memorized/prepared audition material, but may utilize the 'no fear' format if they wish.
  • Sides for Spring shows are available via PDF:
    The Liar - Women
    The Liar - Men
    The Liar - Men and Women
    The Liar - 2 Women
    Smart People - Ginny & Brian
    Smart People - Jackson & Valerie
  • Sides are available in the Theatre Department Office as well.

No Fear Audition Information:

  • Sign up for a time slot and show up to auditions.
  • The song for this portion will be "New York, New York". PDF of sheet music here, and here's the sound clip:
  • In your groups, you will read provided scenes for your audition.
  • If students choose the 'no fear' audition, they may read with another actor signed up in their group or they may read with a provided reader in the audition room.

Who can audition for a theatre production?

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 general open auditions for our MainStage and Studio Shows. Always arrive a few minutes early to fill out paperwork ahead of time. See below for our casting policy.

Here's some tips for auditioning from our directors:

  • Choose a monologue and/or 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 the text. Say it while you do the dishes, while you drive, while you do the laundry, when you take a walk. Do it 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!

Also check out Checklist for a Great Monologue Audition BY KAREN KOHLHAAS

STUDENTS NEEDED: Interested in working backstage, building or designing for a show?

Earn 2 or more credits for working in the Costume or Scene Shop, Backstage, with Designers! You don't have to be a major or minor! No prior experience needed (although always appreciated!) Want to learn more? Stop by the Theatre Department Office (FA 127) and we'll guide you to the shops or where you're interested in working! Or email us anytime at

All students in the University registered for four credits or more are invited to participate in sanctioned activities of the Theatre Department regardless of official academic emphasis. In addition, freshmen are welcome with the same enthusiasm as graduate students.

Students in all disciplines are eligible to participate in theatre and dance activities in the department from their first day on campus, whether or not they intend to major or actually declare a major in theatre. All a student needs to do is check the bulletin boards near the entrance to the department's main offices (FA-127) and follow the directions for auditioning, doing technical work, etc.

 It takes just as many people off stage (often times more) to produce a show! You need students to design, build, sew, stitch, schedule, organize, call shows, run lights and sound....the list goes on! Interested in joining a crew? Contact our Technical Director, Don Guido in the Scene Shop or Marisa Wade in the Costume Shop. 

Casting Policy for Binghamton University Students:
Attending a callback must be understood to mean that the auditionee must accept any role "as cast" in the production for which he or she has been called back. All directors are charged to consider the best interests of the student(s) as well as the overall production needs for each casting decision. If a student declines to accept a role "as cast" after attending callbacks, the student will be denied casting in any departmental MainStage, Studio Showcase, In-The-Works or Dance productions for the semester for which the casting is being done and through the next semester. In the case of musical productions, any student who declines "as cast" in a musical after having attended callbacks will be ineligible for casting in the next season's musical, even though he or she may be eligible for casting in straight plays or dance productions.


Last Updated: 11/9/17