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Audition Information

Auditions are open to all registered students in the Vanderbilt community. Directors usually post requirements for auditions on the greenroom board. You may stop by the Theatre's office in Neely Auditorium to read a copy of the script in the days before the audition. You may also contact the office with any additional questions or to set up an appointment to speak with a director personally.

VUT also welcomes the participation of any student on crews for scenery, lighting, costume, makeup, properties, sound, stage management, and house management. Contact us to see what opportunities are available.

Auditions take place on the main floor of Neely Auditorium. Dress so that you can move comfortably and relax - we usually try to have some fun.

  Fall 2019 Auditions and Crew Sign-ups


Bowling for Beginners
By Diana Grisanti

Directed by David Ian Lee, Coe Artist-in-Residence


Auditions:Thursday, August 22 from 7-9 & Friday, August 23 from 4-6

Callbacks: TBA

Rehearsal Dates: Rehearsals will begin Monday, August 26.
Rehearsals will be Monday thru Friday, 7pm – 10pm.
Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals.

Performance Dates:
October 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8pm
October 6 at 2pm
October 10 at 7pm

About the Play:
“Don’t think about the future. Only think about this moment.”

Ferocious competitors! Starry-eyed romantics! Sentient athletic equipment! Fans of High School Musical, spectral wolves, and the Godmother of Title IX herself! Bowling for Beginners is a fun, energetic romp that is serious about the lives of six championship female athletes in a sport with few spectators.

The Audition Process - Actors will be asked to:
-                Read from the script.
-                Demonstrate strange or special skills.
-                Run around the theatre.
-                NOTE: If you play a musical instrument, please bring it with you to the audition.
                 At least one character will play live music in our production…

Scripts are available to be read in the Theatre Department Office on the first floor of Neely Auditorium. Contact Laura Bodin ( or 615-322-2404) for details.

Casting Breakdown:   We seek eleven actors to portray the following:

-                KARINA – Captain of the bowling team. Intends to go pro. Snarky, pointed. Not a morning person: “Karina doesn’t hate anybody. She’s just unfriendly.
-                RILEY – The second-best bowler on the team. Focused, driven. Did theatre in high school.  Might pursue a PhD. Can’t take a compliment. Also can’t stop thinking about shots she’s missed.
-                SARAH – Broke up with her girlfriend a year ago. Infatuated with Anna, a soccer player. Hesitant, endearing. Misses pre-college life, with “No hormones, no hookups.” Claims she’s “bad at life.”
-                ELLEN – Freshman from Ontario. Eager, tentative. Into stats: she could study bowling lane oil patterns all day. Was in marching band in high school, but chose to pursue bowling. Discovering the disappointment that she actually can’t do everything.
-                PEARL – Junior. A peacemaker, focused on “positive attitudes.” Kind, open. After college, wants to take a year off and go to law school. “Super open about mental health.” The only person on the team who talks to Cassidy. Obsessed with Zack Effron.
-                CASSIDY – A transfer student from State. Claims she transferred because she wanted “a more elite program” but the truth has more to do with collegiate politics and “gender drama” relative to her ex, who is trans. Possibly non-binary. Can get intense; when a competitor is good, she calls them a bitch.

HOLLY DE STEFANO – “Vice Dean of Strategic Creative Communications for the Athletic Department, and the co-chair of the NCAA’s Student Impact and Engagement Commission regarding Title IX and Non-Revenue- Generating Sports.” She knows it’s a long title.

BERNICE SANDLER – Bunny to her friends, she’s the “godmother of Title IX.”  Playful, full of grit. Possibly magical (since Bunny in January of 2019) and appears throughout the play to spur the women on their journey, appearing incognito as a baker, a librarian, and a smoothie vendor.

THREE ACTORS TO PLAY ROLES INCLUDING a trumpet player, a humble expert, a spokesperson, coaches, football players, soccer players, faculty members, hotties, and a sentient oil machine.
These tracks are going to be a LOT of fun. We’re looking for people who can play a bunch roles – very broad in style and tone – andwho don’t mind getting a little weird…

Other Stuff:The rehearsal calendar will be built to best accommodate students cast in the production. Internet wisdom says, “You always have time for the things you put first.” Give me everything you’ve got, and you’ll get everything I’ve got.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at

I’m looking forward to playing with you. HAVE FUN! 



Lipstick Lobotomy
By Krista Knight, Writer-in-Residence
Directed by Associate Professor Leah Lowe


LIPSTICK LOBOTOMY imagines a friendship between JFK’s little sister Rosemary Kennedy and the playwright’s great aunt Ginny at an exclusive high-end sanitarium for women in the fall of 1941. The women undergo the peculiar cutting-edge treatments on offer by a society desperate to find the cure for womanhood. When Rosemary is selected by the famous surgeon Dr. Walter Jackson Freeman II for an exciting new procedure, Ginny will do everything in her power to take control of her own future. 

We are looking for 4-7 brave souls who are up for working on a new play that is still under construction. We are looking for actors who are also creative problem-solvers, experimenters, and storytellers. We promise a rehearsal process that is lively, invigorating, and full of discovery.

AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURS. AUG. 22 FROM 4-6 AND FRI. AUG. 23 FR0M 7-9. You need only attend one of these blocks of time. Callbacks, should they be necessary, will be held on the afternoon of Sat. Aug. 24. Please come prepared to move, read, and play.


While not all actors will be called for the entirety of each rehearsal, this is a compressed rehearsal period and we expect actors to keep their schedules free of additional commitments during the rehearsal period.




Don't Go
By Sojourn Theatre

Sojourn Theatre, founded in 1999, is an award-winning ensemble theatre company comprised of 15 artists who live in 7 cities and make performance together around the nation. Aligned with Sojourn's mission to design bold opportunities for participation and unforgettable experience with rigor and striking physicality, Sojourn will develop DON'T GO for a 2020 premiere. Blurring the borders between theatre and civic participation, DON'T GO brings public and curated audiences together to investigate relationship, difference, connection and most insistently, the curiosity and stamina it takes to stay in a moment of difficult conversation with a stranger…or a loved one. In the production, three Sojourn performers conduct/guide six curated community chorus members through a three act journey, bringing them together for food, shared tasks, intimate exchanges, difficult conversations, a staged eruption of an epic story performed by audience and performers and a final heartbreaking/joyful coming together.
 In Act 1, three performers host three pairs of strangers through a carefully choreographed and dynamic set of experiences- sound design, hyper specific amplification, live and pre-made video, and performance interruptions all create the aesthetic container for the journey the show asks the six strangers, and the audience, to go on. The end of Act 1 focuses in on two strangers, chosen as a pair by the audience, hitting a moment of disagreement in a conversation- they are asked if they want to stay in the moment of tension, or go- and suddenly, before they can answer, these two strangers become the protagonists of...
Act 2, in which 3 performers swiftly and surprisingly use instruction-based dramaturgy to stage a version of a classic tale of love, hate and sacrifice using the stranger chorus as the main characters. Act 2 ends with the protagonists, the same two strangers who ended Act 1 being asked the question- do you want to stay or go- which takes them and all of us into…
Act 3, in which, as they once again choose- stay or go- the act proceeds with a combination of further conversations between the stranger pairs, more performative material (including a section of performed research from a variety of fields that examines what we see when we see a stranger and how we decide who to trust,and why...) and finally, a portion of the event where the audience engages with the material and the conversation as well.

Performers of diverse backgrounds and abilities are encouraged to audition. The development residency will include theatrical scene work, dance, movement, song and direct address to the audience. We are looking for an ensemble of 6-8 student actors who are:
• eager to engage in meaningful conversation and healthy conflict with strangers
• brave and adventurous theatre makers
• Flexible and adaptive
• Interested in devising and collaboration

AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURS. AUG. 22 FROM 4-6 AND FRI. AUG. 23 FR0M 7-9. You need only attend one of these blocks of time. Callbacks, should they be necessary, will be held on the afternoon of Sat. Aug. 24. Please come prepared to move, read, and play.

REHEARSALS WILL BE HELD 6-10,  NOV. 11-15, NOV. 17-19. PERFORMANCES WILL BE HELD ON WED. NOV. 20 AT 4 AND THURS. NOV. 21 AT 7. Because this rehearsal process is compressed, we will ask people to commit to it in its entirety and to refrain from adding additional commitments.