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Audition Dates for Fall 2022 Stage Center Theatre Productions

Stage Center Theatre welcomes all actors from the University community at all experience levels. Below are the audition dates, times and locations for this year, so please mark your calendars! Auditions for Fall will be held  in person or via self-tape for Nuevas Voces and Significant Other. Please read the following carefully:

 

Fall In-Person Auditions (In Building F, Room 109)

  • 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, August 31
  • 7-9 p.m.  Thursday, September 1

       Callbacks (If needed): Friday, September 2, times TBD by Directors in the evening.  Actors who are called back will be contacted directly by production personnel.

 

In-Person Instructions to audition for "Nuevas Voces" and "SIGNIFICANT OTHER"

Auditions will be held in 10-minute slots by appointment or by Self-Tape. Please email neiuauditions@gmail.com to select your slot. Then follow the instructions below to prepare:

  1. Initial auditions will be held via your choice of in person or via self-tape (recorded). If you'd like to audition in-person please email neiuauditions@gmail.com to schedule an appointment slot.
  2. As you email to request your appointment, please review the casting breakdown below on this page for detailed info.     
  3. If auditioning for Nuevas Voces only : Please choose the method that works best for you: a) prepare a 60-90 second contemporary monologue (from 2002-present), b) select your audition material from either the Significant Other Sides folder, or c) choose from the provided monologues file linked in the Casting Drive here.
  4. For Significant Other:  Select the character for which you are most appropriate and for whom you'd like to audition. Please prepare the appropriate sides from the Significant Other Sides folder in the Casting Drive here.  All characters are located in one document, but each monologue is labeled for the characters.   You may also choose from the alternate provided monologues in the same folder if you prefer.
  5. If you are auditioning for both shows, please prepare the Significant Other sides or select from the provided monologues. (You may of course use a monologue of your own if it meets the above date criteria).
  6. Please Fill out our Stage Center Information Form Here prior to your audition. Please review all production dates carefully and include conflicts to the best of your ability!
  7. Unable to join us on in-person on those dates/times or prefer to self-tape from home? You may submit a self-tape audition to the team. Follow the above instructions for material and then submit a video audition to neiuauditions@gmail.com. Please make sure that the audio is clear and that the background is neutral and solid (like a plain wall or a solid-color sheet. Self-tapes ideally should be shot either from the shoulders up, close-up format or in three-quarters length from the knees up based on your space and preference. If using a phone to record, please record horizontally.

 

QUESTIONS? Need support/assistance in prepping?-Email agoldstei@neiu.edu for support! We want everyone to feel comfortable, welcome, and creative! We'll work with you to prepare the audition or to find an audition method that works for YOU!

 

Casting Breakdowns for Spring 2022

Nuevas Voces directed by Dan Wirth

A note about casting (adopted from language with consent originally created by Kevin Kantor and Emily Traquin of Actors Theatre of Louisville):

Most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the descriptions below. However limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be as inclusive as possible, and we invite gender non-confirming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities!

Nuevas Voces consists of three (3) Prize Winning 10 minute plays. The breakdowns for each play are listed below.  Actors will be considered for all plays and the festival may consist of an ensemble as small as three artists working in each play, or a larger ensemble!

 

 Character Breakdown:

Play #1  "Members Only" by Melony Aponte

Role(s)

ANDY: Reserved and sarcastic. Caucasian. Early 20s

NIA: Kind-hearted but can burst to flames. Dating JAY. Any race. Early 20s.

JAY: Intense. Dating NIA. Any race. Early 20s.

 

Play #2 "Three Friends" by Gabriel Olvera-Cabral

Role(s)

Man.  Male identifying, twenty-two years old. artists of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Player 1 plays his conscience at 7 years old. Can be any age. artists of all gender identities, races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Player 2 plays his conscience at 15 years old. Can be any age. artists of all gender identities, races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Player 3 plays his conscience at 22 years old. Can be any age. artists of all gender identities, races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

 

Play #3 "Impasse" by Nathan Baltudis

Role(s)

(J) JAY/JANET: Male or Female. Early to Mid-Twenties. Openly optimistic

and energetic. A Child of Divorce. artists of all gender identities, races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

(M) EMMET/EMMA: Male or Female. Early to Mid-Twenties. Openly uncertain and nervous. A Foster Child. Artists of all gender identities, races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

 

"Significant Other" by Joshua Harmon

Role(s):

JORDAN BERMAN, late 20s, gay, male-identifying. Students of all races, gender identity, sexuality, and ethnicity are encouraged to audition.

LAURA, late 20s, cisgender female-identifying. Students of all races, gender identity, sexuality, and ethnicity are encouraged to audition.

VANESSA, late 20s, cisgender female-identifying. Students of all races, gender identity, sexuality, and ethnicity are encouraged to audition.

KIKI, late 20s, cisgender female-identifying. Students of all races, gender identity, sexuality, and ethnicity are encouraged to audition.

WILL, late 20s; also plays CONRAD and TONY; male-identifying. These characters are both gay- and straight-identifying. Students of all races, gender identity, sexuality, and ethnicity are encouraged to audition.

ZACH, late 20s; also plays EVAN and ROGER; male-identifying. These characters are both gay- and straight-identifying. Students of all races, gender identity, sexuality, and ethnicity are encouraged to audition.

HELENE BERMAN, JORDAN’S grandmother. Note: While Helene is written as an older woman, students of all ages, ethnicity, and gender identity are encouraged to audition.

 

NOTES from Director John Bliss :

Jordan is gay. The other two male actors play both gay and straight identifying characters. The female characters are all straight-identifying, as written. Casting is open to people of ALL sexualities. What’s important is that you are open and responsive to the emotional lives of the characters, not that you share their experiences.

There are moment of intimacy, including kissing and physical contact, between male-identifying characters and between male- and female-identifying characters. All such moments are fully clothed. The level of intimacy will be determined by the actors, the director, and a certified intimacy director. As Lin Manuel Miranda reminds us, "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love.” I hope you can open yourself to that experience.