Loyola University Chicago


Department of Fine and Performing Arts


General Audition Information

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts holds auditions for actors, singers and dancers for its Mainstage and studet led Second Stage productions throughout the academic year.

On average, the DFPA produces 3-4 Mainstage productions a year and 6-10 Second Stage projects. Depending on the time commitment, students that are cast are enrolled in THTR 323 - Rehearsal and Performance. This one-credit class, in addition to supporting the amount of time a student spends in rehearsals and performances, also serves as part of the applied knowledge in production that theatre majors will receive as part of their graduation requirements.

Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to audition for competitive scholarshipsUsually these auditions are scheduled in the February prior to a student's enrollment in the program.

Current students looking for more information regarding upcoming auditions are encouraged to join the THTR PROGRAM Sakai site. 

Functioning much like the class-specific Sakai spaces, the THTR PROGRAM Sakai is the best place to find any announcements or information regarding upcoming opportunities. Please email dfpamc@luc.edu to be added to the site. Students enrolled in theatre classes are automatically added to the site at the beginning of the semester.

Current students may also join LUC Theatre News on Facebook.


Fall 2020 Mainstage Auditions

The Newhart Family Theatre is our primary venue with 215 seats and a thrust stage. It hosts many of our Mainstage series of productions each year. Typically, these productions are directed by faculty members and have performances scheduled over multiple weeks in the semester.


The Wolves
By Sarah DeLappe

Directed by Jonathan Wilson
Movement Coordinator Devon deMayo


  • October 24 and October 31 at 6pm CST
  • October 25 and November 1 at 2pm CST

Description: Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girl's indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. Sarah DeLappe creates a portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

Audition Info:

  • Complete the new Audition Form. Even if you have previously signed up, please fill out the new form for a virtual audition.
  • Auditionees will be put in groups of 8 to read the first scene of The Wolves, with parts randomly assigned. Please wear something comfortable and easy to move in and make sure you have enough space in the camera frame to stand and have full wingspan. Sides and Zoom links will be sent out by the Production Office after you submit the Google Form. We also recommend getting a personal copy of The Wolves to read before auditions. If you cannot procure a copy, please email DFPAProduction@luc.edu.
  • Audition Date: Tuesday August 25 and Wednesday August 26
  • Location: Zoom

To Prepare:

  • It is recommended auditionees read The Wolves prior to auditions.
  • If you are unable to procure a personal copy of the script, please email DFPAProduction@luc.edu.
  • Review The Wolves Summer Skills Packet. This production requires a lot of physical activity, and familiarity with controlling a soccer ball. We prepared some resources to look at over the summer to learn or enhance some skills. None of these need to be perfected, it's a starting point for those who may have never played soccer before.

Callback Details: If invited to callbacks, you will be asked to demonstrate your soccer ball skills through dribbling and juggling the ball. Please wear clothes you feel comfortable moving in.

  • Callback Date: Thursday, August 27 from 6:00-10:00pm
  • The Stage Manager, Rebecca Walker, will notify you if you are called back. If you have any questions, please contact her at rwalker6@luc.edu 
  • Location: Zoom


Fall 2020 Second Stage Auditions

Second Stage projects are smaller performances and presentations often produced in our Underground Theatre, a black box flexible theatre space. Student-run, and varied, these projects provide unique opportunities for students.


Led by Gina Saglimbeni

Performances November 7 at nd 6pm | November 8 at 2pm 

Description: Original Journals is a space for lead Gina Saglimbeni to share her slam poetry in a theatrical setting while bringing forward the potential impact slam poetry can have to a larger audience. Having been immersed in the work herself, Gina will lead a team of actors in creating one cohesive show and final performance based on her original work which grapples with loss of innocence, mental health, and heartbreak.

Audition Info:

  • Complete the on-line sign up for a time slot to audition.
  • Audition Date: Saturday, August 29, 12pm - 2pm CST via Zoom

To Prepare:



Led by Lily Cate Gunther-Canada

Performance November 14 at 6pm | November 15 at 2pm

Description: Just Anne: Historical Accuracy Onstage is an original play by Lily Cate Gunther-Canada about the misconceived relationship between Queen Anne of England, and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Taken directly from their written correspondence, Just Anne tells the true story of two powerful women and their tumultuous relationship that grapples with love, legacy and loyalty. As a process-based research project with a series of readings, concluding with a final open perfomance and talk-back, Just Anne seeks to address the limits and effectiveness of historical accuracy onstage.

Audition Info:

  • Complete the on-line sign up for a time slot to audition
  • Audition Date: Saturday, August 29, 12pm - 2pm CST via Zoom

To Prepare:

  • Auditions will consist of readings of sides from the text with other students auditioning. You do not need to be memorized, but it is encouraged one is familiar with the text.
  • Sides can be found here: tinyurl.com/justanne



Led by Rebecca Walker

Performances November 21 at 6pm | November 22 at 2pm

Description: Inspired by her own and the world's obsession with true crime, Rebecca Walker sees Morbid Curiosity as a space for collaborators to explore their own fears through the creation of their very own psychological thriller. Focusing on the writing process and inspired by shows like The Twilight Zone, collaborators will write and perform pieces exploring true-to-life fear, pop culture, and crime.

Audition Info:

  • Complete the on-line sign up for a time slot to audition
  • Audition Date: Sunday, September 6, 11am - 1:30pm CST via Zoom

To Prepare:

  • Auditions will be in 2 phases on Sunday Agustust 30 via Zoom. The first phase will consist of 5-10-minute interviews, which you will sign up for after filling out the application. The second phase will be a writing workshop which will begin at 12:30pm CST in the same Zoom room as the interview.
  • Please prepare to be present for the entire audition time.


The Boys and the Nuns

By Sandra Delgado,
music by Michael McBride

Readings: October 2 at 6pm | November 11 at 6pm

DescriptionThe Boys and the Nuns is a new musical by 2019-2020 DFPA artist-in-residence Sandra Delgado with music by Michael McBride. In 1980s Chicago it is legal to deny employment and housing to people based on their sexual orientation. A group of politically active LGBTQ Chicagoans, mostly living in Boystown, have been fighting the city's discriminatory laws with no luck--until they find an unlikely ally in a group of Sisters, who are going through their own fight for equal rights within the Catholic Church. At the heart of the story is a different kind of mother-son relationship: a man who loses his family when he comes out and a woman who made a vow to God and never had a child of her own. Enriched with a musical mixtape of the 80s, The Boys and the Nuns is inspired by true life events.

Audition Info: 

  • Complete the Audition Form.
  • Audition: Submit a video to this form by September 21 including the following: 
    • Please look over the character description and sides and choose the character(s) that most speak to you. Please submit a video of you reading relevant sides--no more than two per character please.
    • Submit a 30 - 45 second clip of you singing a song in the 1980s style of The Boys and the Nuns.
    • More specific information about sides and song selections can be found on the audition form.

Callbacks: Callbacks will take place over Zoom between September 23-25. Those called back will be notified and the callback times will be scheduled at that time. You may be cast even if you do not receive a callback.