Theatre and Dance Production Auditions

Production auditions

As a CMU student, you can audition for a role in any primary stage production regardless of your major/minor or year in school. ​You can also explore options backstage, assisting as crew members working with our sets, lights, hair, props, costumes and sound. Join our creative and passionate community of artists, performers, and technicians.

Auditions for fall main stage productions happen in the first two weeks of school each year, and Spring productions typically take place in November and January. Audition details are posted on our social media channels @CMUTheatre and the bulletin board across from Moore Hall 133. Theatre majors and minors are also notified by email.

Upcoming auditions

The Birds

By Conor McPherson | Directed by Jody Price

OPEN AUDITIONS: Wednesday, August 30, 6:30-10:00 p.m., Theatre-On-The-Side

CALLBACKS: Thursday, August 31, 6:30-10:00 p.m., Theatre-On-The-Side

If you are interested in auditioning for The Birds, please see the information on the bulletin board outside of Moore 133, and sign up for an audition time.

This play is a horror story/thriller, contains mature themes, and it is absolutely essential that you read the script before auditioning. Though based on the same story, the play is very different from the Hitchcock movie. Scripts on reserve in the library in Moore 133.


By John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff

Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn, Music Directed by Bruce Bonnell, Choreographed by Heather Trommer-Beardslee

OPEN AUDITIONS: You MUST attend both evenings.

VOCAL/ACTING: Tuesday, August 29, 6:00-9:00; The Platform, Moore 102

DANCE: Wednesday, August 30, 6:00-9:00; Rose 127

CALLBACKS: Thursday, August 31, 6:00-10:00 p.m. - The Platform and The Movement Studio

If you are interested in auditioning for Cabaret, please see the information on the bulletin board outside of Moore 133, and sign up for an audition time.

This play contains mature themes, and it is absolutely essential that you read the script before auditioning. Scripts may be read at this link: Cabaret Script PDF

Set in Berlin during the twilight of the Weimar Republic as the Nazis are ascending to power, Cabaret focuses on the hedonistic nightlife at the seedy Kit Kat Klub. It revolves around American writer Clifford Bradshaw, his relationship with English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, and the complicated world of pre-war Germany.

Performance opportunities

There are three elements to every audition and students will be considered for their talent in vocal performance, acting, and dance. Students who audition for the Music Theatre Program are automatically considered for the B.F.A. Acting Program.

    Prepare two songs. Each song should be 32 bars long. 1. One up-tempo song from a musical; 2. One ballad from a musical.

    Prepare 2 contrasting monologues from published plays (no musicals): 2 minutes total time for both monologues. Select age-appropriate monologues. The monologues should highlight your talents.

    • Hand-help props and costumes are not permitted.

    • Dress appropriately for the performance.

    Students will participate in a master dance class.

    • Dance attire is required.


    Crew Opportunities

    If you'd like to try a crew position, you can either complete our brief crew information form or come by and meet one of our Design and Technology staff in their offices near Bush Theatre. No experience is required.

      Contact Daniel Thieme-Whitlow (Moore Hall 151, 989-774-3963).

      Contact Dan Daugherty (Moore Hall 151, 989-774-6594).

      Studio Theatre, improvisational comedy, and other productions are always being added. We average over 25 Theatre and Dance productions (and 80 performances) each year, giving you many opportunities to explore and get involved!