Theatre Auditions and Casting

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Theatre Auditions

Each year, College of Liberal Arts’ Theatre Arts Program and NTID's Performing Arts Program offer numerous exciting opportunities to audition for plays from a wide range of theatre genres and styles, including comedies, dramas, musicals, and classics.

If you have any questions about auditions or need more information, contact:

Andy Head
Assistant Professor
Department of Performing Arts
College of Liberal Arts
585-475-4159

CLA Theatre Arts Program Director

Luane Haggerty
Principal Lecturer
NTID Department for Performing Arts
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
585-475-7993

NTID Performing Arts Production Manager

Upcoming Auditions

Like theaters all around the world, we've made adjustments to our 2020-2021 theatrical season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priority is to offer exciting and innovative productions while maintaining the safety of our students and audiences. Some productions will be changing from how they were originally envisioned--for example moving from live to virtual performance spaces. Some productions have been postponed and replaced with plays that can more easily allow for safety protocols such as social distancing. We want to remind you that we are here, and we will be here with you, brainstorming new approaches for how best to create theatre in this ever-changing landscape.

She Kills Monsters poster graphic

She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms
by Qui Nguyen
directed by Andy Head

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, “She Kills Monsters” is a high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies and nasty ogres– a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

Watch the audition video here.

AUDITIONS: Auditions will only be done via video submission. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 6

Please submit a video of no more than one minute in length. You may perform any text of your choice. This could be a monologue, a poem, a short story, etc. There are also several monologues from the play below, which you may also choose to perform.

Record yourself performing the text and upload your video to YouTube. Please remember to make it “unlisted”, not “private”. Then complete the Audition Form here: https://forms.gle/Hjn9eBkhpNa8MwgC9. At the end of the form there will be a place to include your YouTube link. 

All who plan to audition should familiarize themselves with the script. Please email Andy (awhgla@rit.edu) to request a copy of the script for review. 

CALLBACKS: Callback notifications will be sent out on Friday, January 8 and you will be notified via email if you have received a callback. 

Callbacks will take place on Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12 from 5-9pm on Zoom. The callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script and interpreters will be provided at the callbacks.


REHEARSALS: starting on January 29, 2021. Rehearsals will be 3-4 times a week.
TECH WEEK: April 10-15, 2021
PERFORMANCE DATES: April 16-18, 2021
Please note: you cannot miss rehearsals during tech week.


CHARACTER BREAKDOWN: This production will utilize a combination of Deaf and hearing actors working together to create characters. Doubling of roles as well as double casting may be used for various characters.  

NARRATOR –
The Narrator will take on a larger role in this production concept than is written in the script. A mysterious yet soothing character who introduces the audience to Agnes’s story and guides them along the way. Should have the confidence of someone who’s all knowing.

CHUCK – Chuck will take on a larger role in this production concept than is written in the script. In real life he’s a freshman Dungeon Master and friend of Tilly’s. “An adorable, big-haired geekster.” Intelligent, loveable, gullible, awkward, sincere. Agnes’s trustworthy guide to the world of D&D.

AGNES – She’s the older sister of Tilly and is described as a very average high school senior. A cheerleader into boys, music, TV, and clothes. She’s weighed down by the guilt of not creating a strong relationship with Tilly. She’s driven and determined to somehow fix this, and she shows grit in the game when necessary.

TILLY – In the game she’s a 20th-level Paladin named Tillius. Strong, powerful, magical, awesome: a real badass. Healer of the wounded. Protector of light. She’s a vibrant presence. / In real life this queer, fantasy-loving, nerd-girl would be a freshman. Seen as brave and courageous to her friends, though she exists on the lowest rungs of the high school hierarchy. Harshly bullied for being a geek obsessed with D&D.

VERA – In real life she’s Agnes’s best friend and a senior cheerleader who’s described as “gothy” and not very cheery. She’s spunky, proud, and fiercely loyal to Agnes. She strongly dislikes Miles. / In the game she’s Vera the Beholder: Boss #3, “a single eye-balled monster with sharp shark-like teeth”.

MILES – In real life he’s Agnes’s boyfriend of over a year and a senior on the football team. Also class president. Seen as just a dumb jock by some characters. He genuinely cares for Agnes and tries hard to support her, but can come across as thick headed. / In the game he becomes Boss #2: Miles the Doppelgänger and later plays as a Bard.

LILITH/LILLY – In the game she’s a “crazy hot yet scary warrior with horns and a big battle ax. Demon Queen. The perfect combination of beauty and brawn.” Very tough and sarcastic. Also Tilly’s girlfriend. / In real life she’s “pretty dorky and kinda mousey”. Likely a freshman. Shy, meek. Prefers to stay hidden among the lower classes of high school life. A band kid. A math tutor. In the closet. Possibly Tilly’s first kiss.

KALIOPE/KELLY – In the game she a “a supermodel elf with Elvin agility, athleticism, ass-kicking abilities. Master tracker, lock picker, magical. Dark Elf.” Lacks emotional awareness as is typical among Elves. / In real life she’s affected by cerebral palsy and uses crutches. A very close friend of Tilly. Likely a freshman. Sister of Ronnie. *We encourage actors living with disabilities to audition for this role.*

ORCUS/RONNIE – In the game he’s the recently retired Overlord of the Underworld. He’s now more into playing videogames, binging TV shows, and satisfying his munchies cravings. Used to sit on a throne of his enemies’ skulls. Should be at least “medium scary”. / In real life he could be any high school grade. Has a real stoner vibe. Described as Ronnie the Slacker. Brother of Kelly. 

STEVE THE GREAT MAGE – In the game Steve is a mage, or magician, who has the rough luck of always appearing right before a boss fight. He’s typically cannon fodder for the boss and easily destroyed. Dies humorously multiple times. / In real life he’s a math tutor to Vera, likely a freshman or sophomore.

STEVE’S INTERPRETER – A new role created for this production to assist with language accessibility both in the play and for the audience. 

FARRAH THE FAERIE – A forest faerie who doesn’t take shit and can majorly kick some ass. Don’t let her size fool you, she packs a punch and isn’t afraid of anyone. Quite adorable and quite ferocious. She’s the Boss #1 on the way to Tiamat.

EVIL TINA and EVIL GABBI – In real life they’re stereotypical high school cheerleader bullies. Viciously mean and power hungry, though still freshmen. Enjoy the social pain and suffering of others. Aim to climb the hierarchy of high school popularity. Fake-nice. Almost like Siamese twins. / In the game they’re represented as succubi, or “demon girls from the demon underworld that totally suck”. 

CASTING NOTE: Although the gender of the actual characters may not be altered (i.e. Agnes must remain a straight woman), auditions and casting are open to all students, staff, and faculty regardless of gender identity.

If you have questions about this audition process, email Andy at awhgla@rit.edu.

Click here to view the Audition Monologue options.

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Directed by Fred Beam
 
NTID Performing Arts presents THIS: A talented dancer, Curtis is cursed with low self-esteem, meets with a charismatic and funny hard-of-hearing dancer, Dwight, who is incredible onstage and yet exploitative of his friends offstage. It is through the hunger of wanting to be somebody like Dwight, who is unmistakably a star, that Curtis learns the true value of friendship and gains faith in himself.
 
We are looking for actors/actresses/dancers/movers/crew members for this production.
 
Submit your monologue and dance/movement audition Youtube video link and headshot to Fred Beam at FredMBeam24@gmail.com before November 3rd. Also, please send information of your acting/dance experiences to Fred Beam as well. 
 
Deadline is Monday, November 2 at 10:00pm. 
There may be callbacks on November 3rd.

Please email Fred Beam if you have questions about this production or the THIS audition process: fmbnpa@rit.edu
 

Theatre Casting

Auditions for Spring 2021 productions will be happening between November and January. Cast lists will be posted here following auditions and callbacks.