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Audition Information

SIU Theater Season Auditions


SIU Theater season auditions are typically held in the McLeod Theater from 7–10 p.m. on the Wednesday and Thursday (sometimes Friday) of the first week of the fall and spring semester unless otherwise noted. Auditions are open to all theater majors, non-theater majors and members of the community. Actors from all cultures are encouraged to audition. Generally two short, contrasting monologues, one comic, one dramatic are required. The total combined time for the audition is 90 seconds. Callbacks are scheduled for each production separately. Actors may sign in at the location 30 minutes prior to the start of the auditions.


SIU Department of Theater Season 17-18

For More information call the SIU Department of Theater 618-453-5741

Big Muddy New Play Festival featured production:
800 Days: A Conjuring

By David Dudley
Directed by Kelly Jordan
A young man's tragic suicide compels those who knew him to reconstruct events leading to his untimely death.
Performance Dates: March 22-25. 7:30PM

Audition Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 and Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Audition Time: 6:30pm – Actor Sign-in; 7:00-10:00 pm – Individual Auditions
Audition Location: C.H. Moe Lab Theater, Communications Building, SIU Campus
Actors should prepare a one to two minute contemporary dramatic monologue.

There will be no callbacks for 800 Days: A Conjuring.

Gem of the Ocean

By August Wilson
Directed by Segun Ojewuyi
285-year-old Aunt Ester, a "should cleanser" and former slave, guides young Citizen Barlow on a journey toward redemption. This is the first play in August Wilson's chronicle "The American Century Cycle"
Performance Dates: Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2017 – McLeod Theater

Audition Date: Monday, January 22, 2018 (majors) and Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (non-majors)
Audition Location: C.H. Moe Lab Theater, Communications Building, SIU Campus
Audition Time: 6-8pm.
Actors should prepare a two-minute dramatic monologue.

Callback Date: Thursday, January 25

McLeod Summer Playhouse Auditions


Auditions for the McLeod Summer Playhouse are generally held locally in Carbondale, IL on the Saturday of the first week in February, in Altgeld Hall, Room 116 (Opera/Music Theater Rehearsal Room) SIU Carbondale campus. Registration is at 9 am. (But sometimes earlier.) Everyone auditioning must attend the dance audition at 9:30 am. Individual auditions will begin at 10:30 am. Performers will have 90 seconds (timed) to sing a musical theater selection (a selection from one of the shows is permitted) and perform a comic monologue. Dance wear is needed for the dance audition; something that reveals the body line. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music with piano accompaniment. Music should be presented with start, finish, and cuts clearly marked. No CD accompaniment. Bring a picture and resume if possible.

Children's audition are usually scheduled separately if the seaon has roles for children.

Auditions for McLeod Summer Playhouse are sometimes held at other regional theater auditions and conferences such as the Illinois Theater Association, (End of January/ Start Feb.), Mid West Theater Auditions (mid-February), Chicago Equity Office Rehearsal Room, (March) and/or SETC (March).

Check the MSP website for listings: