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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.

Spring 2023 Auditions

Caught In the Act: A New Works Festival

Audition Information

No Further by Kristyl Dawn Tift, directed by Dr. Leah Lowe

This two-act play tells the story of six patients navigating the rules and regulations of a residential treatment facility for disordered eating. With the coveted annual talent show coming up, and amidst the chaos of illness and recovery, No Further shows that living and loving yourself can be a beautiful mess of an act of resistance.


Available Roles: 7 (5 women, 1 non-binary person, 1 man)

Lincoln/Elaine: 20s, white, nonbinary. Thin. A bit of a bully. Impatient. Wounded. Doubles as Elaine, the Taco Hut diva.

Mattie: 30s, any race/ethnicity. Good-hearted and soft-spoken. Maternal. A leader.

Tam: 20s, Latina, black or indigenous. Quick-witted, moody, impulsive. Hides in plain sight. Must sing.

Faith: 20s, any race/ethnicity. Religious but has grown accustomed to the fact that not everyone is. Must sing.

Nora: 20s, a woman of color. She is quiet but direct, which inspires other to listen. Must sing.

Jamie: Late teens, any race/ethnicity. Youthful and immature. Also hiding and biding her time.

Dr. Lambert: 40s, a man of color. A licensed psychiatrist and head of the treatment center.


WWI Essay Shitty First Draft by Natalie Wright, directed by René Millán

Natalie, a college student, struggles to pen a comparative essay about two poets of the antiwar movement of World War I. When two of those poets “awaken” to help her, the result is a humorous battle between the past and the present. 


Available Roles: 3 (1 woman, 2 men)

Natalie: late teens-early 20s, college student, any race/ethnicity, American, trying her best, has          something to say if she only knew how to say it.

Wilfred Owen: mid-20s, gay, any race/ethnicity, a poet.

Isaac Rosenberg: late-20s, Jewish, any race, a poet


Greenwood by Elijah Crenshaw- Smith, directed by Rhylee Tucker

A delicate meditation on grief and adolescence, this two-person play is set in the historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. The play explores the challenges of communication and connection between two teenagers after the death of their mutual friend.


Available Roles: 2 (2 men)

Samuel: Early teens, Black or Brown. Keeps to himself. A bit of an outcast.

Isaiah: Early teens, Black or Brown. Playful and outgoing.


Untitled by Krista Knight, director tbd

More info to come.


Life Socks by Rory Miller, directed by Will Henke

An uproariously funny exposé of the everyday twists and turns in the lives of two very animated and opinionated socks, this play proves that socks are people, too.


Available roles: 2 (any gender)

Champ: Old but optimistic. A sock. Any demographic, any gender.

Crew: Young and tired. A sock. Any demographic, any gender.


I’m a 6 written and performed by Sarah Lovett, directed by Dr. Kristyl D. Tift

Told from the perspective of a comic who uses her heartbreakingly witty observational humor to come to terms with beauty norms, this solo performance entertains and provokes audiences to question the value of our looks. 

No roles available .


The Long Way Home by Richard Zhang, directed by René Millán

Exploring themes of family and community, this musical will be presented entirely in Mandarin with English translations provided.

More info to come.




Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues no longer than 3 minutes each.


Dates and Location

Tuesday January 10 – No Further Auditions 7-9 PM at Neely

Click here to sign up for a 10-minute audition slot.


Wednesday January 11 – All CITA plays 4-6 PM and 7-9 PM at Neely

Click here to sign up for a 10-minute audition slot.


Callbacks : If necessary, callback dates/times of callbacks will be determined by each director.



Stay tuned for more information on callbacks, available roles, and more.



By Lynn Nottage

Directed by Chuck Smith, Goodman Theatre, Coe Artist-in-Residence

Vanderbilt University and Fisk University Present a Co-Production of Sweat


Show Dates

April 7-9 at The Little Theatre (Fisk) 

April 13-15 at Neely Auditorium (Vanderbilt)


Audition Dates

Fisk Auditions: Wednesday January 11 from 7-9 PM at the Little Theatre

Vanderbilt Auditions: Thursday January 12 from 5-7 PM in Neely Auditorium

Callbacks: Friday January 13 - Time & Location TBD



Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.


Available Roles: 9 (6 men, 3 women)

Evan: Male, 40s, African American

Jason: Male, 21/29, White American of German descent

Chris: Male, 21/29, African American

Stan: Male, 50s, White American of German descent

Oscar: Male, 22/30, Columbian American

Tracey: Female, 45/53, White American of German descent

Cynthia: Female, 45/53, African American

Jessie: Female, 40s, Italian American

Brucie: Male, 40s, African American





Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues - no more than 3 minutes each. One monologue must be contemporary. Monologues from SWEAT are acceptable.



Phillip Franck (VU)

Persephone Felder-Fentress (Fisk)