Auditions

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

THEATRE DEPARTMENT EVENTS CALENDAR


Open Auditions for Spring Mainstage Shows
Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16

Love to act? Sing? Perform? Play an instrument? The Theatre Department has open auditions for the Spring 2023 mainstage shows; Thrive or What You Will {an Epic} by LM Feldman, directed by Lisa Rothe and Rent by Jonathan Larson, directed and choreographed by David Wynen, music directed by Melissa Yanchak. These productions offer great opportunities for different styles of acting and singing.

All registered Binghamton students are welcome to in-person auditions on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and Wednesday, Nov. 16 in Casadesus Recital Hall, located floor 1 of the Fine Arts Building. Sign up for your slot here. 

Callbacks are December 6–9, 2022. 

If you have questions about signing up for auditions, email Molly Cooke 

Click to read our 2022-23 Season Vision.

Learn more about the shows:

Thrive or What You Will {an Epic} : Link to script  | Links to casting breakdown and director's  statement

RentLink to Libretto| Link to casting breakdown and director’s statement 

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

Thrive or What You Will {an Epic}, Lisa Rothe
Rent, David Wynen

How to audition:

Actors and Singers - Students of all experience levels are welcome!

**Please bring a copy of your sheet music — in your preferred key and in a 3-ring binder — for our music director/pianist, Melissa Yanchak, to play for you. Accompanied auditions are much preferred over a cappella auditions! If you’ve never worked with an accompanist before, have no fear! You will have an opportunity to discuss your music briefly with Melissa when you enter the audition room before you sing.

Musicians for Rent Orchestra:

In addition to the Key 1/Conductor book, our RENT band will consist of the following instrumentation:

  • Electric Bass
  • Drums (Drum Kit, Electronic Percussion, Garbage Can Lid, Shaker, Sleigh Bells)
  • Guitar 1 (Acoustic, Electric, Tambourine)
  • Guitar 2/ Keyboard 2 (Acoustic, Electric & Keys/Synth - Keyboard can be provided) 

Contact music director Melissa Yanchak to set an audition date.

Audition by appointment for December 2022 through March 2023


Rehearsals & Performance Dates, Time Commitments*

Thrive or What You Will {an Epic}

Rehearsals begin Jan 17, take place in the evening Monday–Friday and during the day on Saturday.
Tech begins on or about Feb. 16, run through final dress on Feb. 22.
Performances are 8 p.m. Feb. 23, 24, 25 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26, 2023 in Watters Theater. 

Rent

Rehearsals begin Feb. 27, take place in the evening Monday–Friday and during the day on Saturday.
Tech begins on or about April 19, run through final dress on April 20.
Performances are 8 p.m. April 21, 22, 28, 30 and at 2 p.m. April 23, 30 , 2023 in Watters Theater. No show April 29 due to Spring Fling.

*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.