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Overview

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Though COVID-19 (see what we're doing to make sure you will be safe while still engaged in theatre!) is changing the way we go about our work, getting involved with the UR International Theatre Program is easy! If you're interested in being involved as a stage manager, scroll down to here. Interested in working backstage and behind-the-scenes? Click here. For actors, auditions are open to everyone! You don't have to be a theatre major/minor to be cast, and you'll get credit for being in shows. Auditions are generally held on the first Friday and Saturday of every semester. View the audition schedule for more information.

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Eligibility

All University of Rochester students are allowed to audition, including first years, Take 5 scholars, and graduate students. No prior theatrical experience necessary!

Preparing for Your Audition

Preparing an audition piece or monologue is highly encouraged. Check out the audition schedule and details to see what's required for individual productions. Students who do not have a prepared audition piece are still welcome to audition: just show up!

Reading the play before auditioning is a great way to prepare. Copies are generally available on reserve at Rush Rhees Library and from the Theatre Program office in Todd Union, Room 207.

Stage Management

Interested in stage management? Register for ENG 296 (fall) or ENG 297 (spring), or come to auditions and sign up for a stage management interview.

Earn Credit

All productions are worth a minimum of four academic (English) credits for cast members, assistant directors, and stage managers.

The One-Act New Play Festival and URPerforming!

Information about auditions for the One-Act New Play Festival can be found on our One Acts page. For information on participating/competing in URPerforming! (a talent contest similar to America's Got Talent) see our URPerforming page.

Please note that the One-Acts and URPerforming! are not credit bearing (participation carries no academic credit).

What we're doing to keep you safe during the pandemic

The International Theatre Program, in accordance with state, federal, and university policies, is adjusting its practices for the fall 2020 semester. New general practices will include, but are not limited to:

  • The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks by faculty, staff and students at all times where possible
  • Compliance with social-distancing guidelines
  • Offering courses online (in part or in full)
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols in all of our spaces and classrooms

And here are some theatre-specific things we're doing:

  • Auditions will be held online
  • Rehearsals may be held both online and/or in-person, depending on the preferences of personnel and the demands of the production
  • Participation in productions will be available to all students regardless of whether they are remote or on campus
  • We'll try to hold the in-person parts of some classes outdoors, weather and suitable locations permitting

Have any questions about how the pandemic might impact your participation in the Theatre Program?  Email us!

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