Loyola University Chicago

Theatre

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Production Auditions

Auditions are open to all Loyola students regardless of their declared major or minor.

The Theatre Program is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. As such, we encourage performers of all races and ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, disabilities, and ages, as well as d/Deaf, to attend every audition.

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.

 

Spring 2022 Second Stage Auditions

 

Women in Theatre Ensemble Present: Pretty Little Fools

Led by Lily Cate Gunther-Canada, Maegan Pate, and Elise Mitchell

DESCRIPTION:

Pretty Little Fools is an adaptation of the lives of notable female theatrical and literary characters written by men from the Western World including Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, Eliza Doolittle from Pygmalion, Lady Macbeth from Macbeth, Ophelia from Hamlet, Hester from the Scarlett Letter, Medea from Medea, and Daisy from The Great Gatsby. The play focuses on love, loss, motherhood, friendship, and camaraderie between these women and the respective men in each of their plays. Through these women and their stories, we as theatre makers can reflect on our own work and work towards a more unified and equitable industry. Supported by the Women in Theatre (WIT) Ensemble, Pretty Little Fools will be produce d for a one-night performance, featuring a cast and design team of femme-identifying Loyola students.

CASTING PHILOSOPHY:

The Women in Theatre Ensemble has been dedicated to creating a more equitable, welcoming, and collaborative rehearsal space. As part of our upcoming production process, we wish to be entirely transparent in our approach to casting. Due to the founding intentions of the Women in Theatre Ensemble, we will only cast Loyola students with femme-identities in our production. Auditions are open to Loyola students, regardless of formal affiliation with the DFPA. Of our auditionees, individuals of all races and ethnicities, physical body types, stylized appearance, ages, disabilities, d/Deafness, religious affiliations, and sexual identities will be considered.

We recognize that not all of our Fall 2021 Ensemble members may be able to audition for our Spring 2022 production process. However, as to honor their collaboration and contributions during this fall’s devising process, we will prioritize the casting of Fall 2021 ensemble members in the Spring 2022 staging of “Pretty Little Fools,” but reserve the right to cast returning ensemble members in different characters. Therefore, due to the ongoing development of the script and the addition of new characters, we will consider all auditionees for all roles. If there are any questions or concerns about our approach to casting, individuals are welcome to reach out to Maegan Pate, Elise Mitchell, or Lily Cate Gunther-Canada. 

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be help over zoom on January 10th, from 6:30PM to 10PM.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Rehearsals: January 19th-22nd, and January 24th-28th
  • Performance: January 29th at 2PM and 7PM.

 

36 Monologues about Urban Planning

Led by Grey Smith

DESCRITION:

36 MONOLOGUES ABOUT URBAN PLANNING (TO BE PERFORMED IN A CUL-DE-SAC) is a play by Grey Smith in which four performers will perform 36 monologues in a semi-random order, as determined by a deck of cards. The performers will need to be able to navigate the text, willing and ready to throw themselves into a moment at each draw of a card. They should be comfortable with a haphazard and generative approach to acting in this context, rather than traditional acting and deep textual specificity.

CASTING STATEMENT:

I intend to cast people who are first and foremost excited and interested in the project, who want to engage deeply with the text, and who have the capacity to do so. I also intend to cast people who are most comfortable with following the process and jumping blindly into new ideas and impulses. This sketch/improv mentality is primarily what I’m looking for.

AUDITIONS: January 21st at 4PM to 6PM, in MUND125

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Rehearsals: Fridays from 2:45PM to 5:45PM, January 28th to April 1st, and Saturday April 2nd and 9th from 12PM to 4PM.
  • Performances: April 3rd at 7:30PM, April 9th at 2PM, April 10th at 7:30PM

 

Subverting Slashers

Led by Kalliope Bessler and Téa Johnson

DESCRITION:

Subverting Slashers is a horror film-based immersive and interaction murder mystery performance. The show will be devised by Kalliope, Téa, and the chosen collaborators throughout the semester, meetings will be chosen based on participant availability. The show will take place in Mundelein, with some parts being recorded beforehand and some scenes taking place live in front of an audience. Participants should be comfortable with performing as well as writing. Most recording sessions will take place on Zoom. The goals of this project are to take stereotypes that are typically presented in horror movies, specifically slasher films, and subvert audiences' expectations with diverse casting and storylines that uplift marginalized characters and voices.

CASTING STATEMENT:

Our intention with casting is to center marginalized voices and give priority to those who may not traditionally be represented in the horror genre, but we enthusiastically encourage people of all identities to apply.

AUDITIONS: Auditions will take form of a recorded audition video. Submissions will be due by January 18th.

 IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Writing Workshop: January 24th to 28th, at 6PM to 10PM
  • Filming: TBD

 

Does It Feel Like Home

Led by Millie Le

DESCRIPTION:

Sometimes home is as simple as a feeling, tucked away in a fragment of time that we don’t or actively choose to not remember. DOES IT FEEL LIKE HOME, led by Minh Hà (Millie) Lê, is a reflection of home, its complexity, comfort and permanence. Through a two-week workshop, collaborators will use moment work to create and perform original scenes, spoken word and suitcase puppetry, examining the home we came from and the home we have now.

The pieces authored by participants will be sequenced together into a timeline of moments. Millie will also be a participant and capture her experience via the medium of suitcase puppetry—how an individual can pack up every memory of home and carry it around in a small box.

CASTING PHILOSOPHY:

This project explores the feeling of home. "Home" is a concept public to all individuals therefore I intend the selected ensemble members reflect the vast possible answers to its definition. Our intention with casting is to uplift marginalized voices and stories that may not traditionally be represented in the concept of “home”, but people of all identities are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.

If cast, students will also receive 1 credit in the THTR 323 course.

INTERVIEWS: January 18th and 19th. There will be no auditions for this process. Millie will conduct 10 minute interviews following submissions.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Rehearsals:  February 21st to March 2nd
  • Performances: March 3rd and 4th, at 7:30PM

 

Pick it Up! An Open Mic Workshop

Led by Gina Saglimbeni

DESCRIPTION:

Open Mics are a great way to perform original work in a public setting for the first time. Whether it’s some stand up material or an originally poem or song, it is exciting to get to share your work. However, the open mic world can be intimidating and nerve-wracking if you have never done it before. The Pick It Up! Open Mic Workshop is meant to provide a space pre-public show that allows for comedians, musicians, songwriters, poets, or any artist to explore their original work and be given the opportunity to perform and practice their original work before sharing it with a public audience. The workshops will include guests artist(s) coming in to share their own public performance experience as well time for material development and rehearsals. The project will culminate at an internal open mic simulator in Palm Court, followed by a public show at Irelands, and perhaps an venture off campus. Whether you’re a veteran to the open mic world or want to try it out for the first time, please consider joining to develop a new skill, engage with a hobby, and share your amazing talents! 

CASTING PHILOSOPHY:

Original work is all about the artist amplifying their own voice. Everyone has such unique experiences, values and talents that all deserve to be heard. This project seeks to showcase all voices of all artists who come from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. It is encouraged that artists of all races and ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities, abilities and disabilities, experiences levels, and ages to apply and audition for the workshop. 

AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held in MUND125 on January 31st, from 7PM to 9PM.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Rehearsals: Mondays at 6PM to 10PM, February 21st to March 28th.
  • Performance: April 4th at 7PM, and April 11th - time TBA.

 

Saint Louise, Pray for Us

Led by Maggie Smith

DESCRIPTION:

Saint Louise, Pray for Us follows Gen and Toni, two young women grieving the death of their youngest sister, Louise. Through their mourning process, the two choose to attempt to canonize her as a saint, all while navigating their own lives. During this process, the two find information about their sister hidden away that would prevent Louise from being canonized, leaving her sisters to sift through this information without her. Through these themes, this piece explores what it means to know the people we surround ourselves with, the concept of unconditional love, and whether or not it truly exists.

CASTING PHILOSOPHY:

This piece is about family, and families come in many different forms and are made up of many different people. The roles are not written so that they have to be played by performers of any specific race. In casting characters that are family members, I will be looking for similarities in performances rather than performers. Absolutely everyone is encouraged to apply/audition for this piece.

CONTENT WARNING:

This script deals with religious themes that are explored in the wake of a sixteen-year-old-girl’s death. At its core, the script discusses her death, as well as the death of two other children, one sixteen and the other eleven. Though the script at many times is a comedy, there are moments that deal with these subject matters in a much heavier tone than other moments do. Please reach out to Maggie (msmith68@luc.edu) with any questions regarding the content of this play, as she will be more than happy to answer them.

AUDITIONS: March 1st at 6PM, in MUND 125.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Rehearsals: March 17th and 18th at 6PM - 10PM
    Performances: March 19th at 7:30PM

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Skills Workshops

Three Workshops will be offered as part of the Second Stage Spring Semester. Look out for details and sign-ups during week one of Spring Semester.

Fight Choreography Lecture-Demos – led by Will Cheeseman and Adjunct Faculty member Rick Gilbert

Voice Over Acting Master Class – proposed by Ellie Englehaupt and led by Adjunct Faculty member Carrie Hardin

Intimacy Coordination Workshop- proposed by Maggie Bittinger

Watch your inboxes for more details!