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Auditions are open to all students of every major. We welcome and encourage students of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, and abilities to audition.

The 39 Steps - 2012

The 39 Steps - 2012

Fall 2021

Theatre & Dance Rally

Sunday, August 22, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall

The annual kickoff to the University Theatre/University Dance Company Season. Audition workshop follows for those interested.

University Theatre Open Call Auditions:

Monday, August 23 & Tuesday, August 24, 5:30 pm – 8:30 p.m.
Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall

Productions to be cast:

Head Over Heels
Songs by The Go-Go's,
Based on The Arcadia by Sir Philip Sidney, Conceived and Original Book by Jeff Whitty, Adapted by James Magruder
Directed & Choreographed by Nakeisha Daniel
October 23, 24*, 29, 30, 31*, 2021
Casting Information/Character Breakdown/Intimacy Requirements
The Devils Between Us
Sharifa Yasmin
Directed by Cara Hinh
December 3, 4, 5*, 7, 8, 9, 2021
Casting Information

How to register:

Students must attend open call and are strongly encouraged to prepare memorized audition material. (Contact Jim Dick at jldick@ku.edu if you cannot make it to open call to discuss possible alternate arrangements). Audition sign-ups are being organized through acceptd beginning August 2, 2021. You will need to create a free profile on acceptd if you do not already have one. Choose "Fall 2021: Audition Registration" from the drop-down menu and follow all the prompts to register and choose an audition time.

What to prepare:

  • You will have up to 3 minutes total to audition
  • To be considered for Head Over Heels, prepare 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre or pop song and one short monologue of your choice
    • Dancers who wish to be only considered for the ensemble of Head Over Heels should just prepare 16 bars of a pop song
    • Songs from the show and/or by The Go Go’s are acceptable to sing at auditions
    • An accompanist will be provided
  • Those who only wish to audition for The Devils Between Us should prepare one or two short monologues of their choice

Scripts of the productions to be cast are available in 317 Murphy.


Invited callbacks will be held August 25 & 26, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre and Studio 354. Callback lists will be posted each morning on this page and in the Murphy Green Room.

University Dance Company Auditions:

Thursday, August 26 & Thursday, September 2, 5:30 pm
Room 242, Robinson Center

For information on dance auditions visit UDC Auditions.

Jayhawk Performance Lab

Jayhawk Performance Lab (JPL) is a student-produced performance series featuring work that is created and curated by students. They are currently looking for students to produce the Spring 2022 JPL festival and are hoping to have a combination of students from both Theatre and Dance. Visit JPL for more information.

If you have any questions about auditions or about using the Acceptd platform, please contact Jim Dick at jldick@ku.edu.

Auditions for the spring opera production of H.M.S. Pinafore will be held soon. Times & location TBD.

Auditions for the spring Shakespeare production will be held in November. Times & locations TBD.

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