director-actor.jpgAuditions for roles in mainstage University Theatre productions are open to all CMU students regardless of major, minor or year in school. Whether you're a TAD major or just enjoyed your past experiences and want to stay involved, you're welcome to join in! 

Details are provided below and are also announced on social media, and signup sheets are posted on the Call Board outside of the Moore Hall #133 Faculty Office suite.

Crew Opportunities

Students interested in getting involved behind the scenes, working with set, lights, costumes, hair, props, sound, and make-up are asked to complete our online crew application form.  Feel free to drop in and briefly chat with our professional technical staff, to talk about your experience and interests.  No experience is required.  ​

  • ​Costumes, Hair and Make-up
    Contact: Daniel Thieme-Whitlow - Costume Shop Manager
    Office:  #151 Moore - Email: - Phone: 989-774-3963
  • ​Set Construction, Lighting, Properties and Sound​ 
    Contact: Dan Daugherty - Technical Director
    Office: Moore #151 - Email: daugh1dp@cmich.eduPhone: 989-774-6594

2020-2021 University Theatre Season Audition Information 


  • Written by Lisa Kron; Directed by Annette Thornton
  • Nancy Eddy (guest artist) playing the role of Mother
  • Theatre-on-the-Side/ October 8-11/15-18 (8 performances)
  • Auditions: First week of classes, between August 31st and September 4th (In conjunction with Grease auditions)
  • Sign-up information and detailed audition information will be available soon
  • Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 8th    (4 ½ weeks)
  • 2 men - 4 women
"Hilarious, delightful and joyously alive!"Associated Press  Lisa Kron asks the provocative question: "Do we create our own illness?" The answers she gets are much more complicated than she bargained for as the play spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory. 


  • Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; Directed by Keeley Stanley-Bohn; Choreography by Heather Trommer-Beardslee
  • Bush Theatre (5 performances)
  • November 11-14 at 7:30 pm/November 15 at 2:00 pm
  • Auditions: First week of classes; between August 31st – Sept. 4th (In conjunction with Well auditions)
  • Sign-up information and detailed audition information will be available soon
  • Rehearsals begin September 14th  (8 ½ weeks)
  • 8 women - 9 men featured roles plus ensemble
Since its electric Broadway debut in the early 1970's, Grease has remained one of the world's most popular and enduring musicals. Funny, frank and featuring the hit songs "Greased Lightnin'," "Hopelessly Devoted to You," "You're The One That I Want," and "Summer Nights," Grease follows the journey of Danny and Sandy, alongside the Burger Palace Boys and the Pink Ladies, as they navigate high school to the unforgettable rock n' roll soundtrack that defined generations. (Includes mild mature themes)


  • Written by Robert O'Hara; 
  • Directed by Steve Berglund
  • Bush Theatre
  • February 10-13 at 7:30 pm/ February 14 at 2:00 pm
  • Auditions: November 23-25
  • Sign-up information and detailed audition information will be available in the Fall semester of 2020
  • Rehearsals begin Monday, November 18th (6½ weeks)
  • 1 African-American man – 4 African-American women - 1 Caucasian man – 4 Caucasian women
"Searing and sensationally funny... As raw in its language and raucous in spirit as it is smart and provocative."—The New York Times  "This is a look at an America where real-life behaviors take their cues from reality TV."—Hollywood Reporter  (Includes mature themes and language)


  • Written by William Shakespeare; Directed by Nancy Eddy
  • Bush Theatre
  • March 24 – March 27 at 7:30 pm/March 28 at 2:00 pm
  • High School Matinee on Friday, March 26th
  • Auditions: Week of January 13
  • Sign-up information and detailed audition information will be available in the Fall semester of 2020
  • Rehearsals begin Tuesday, January 18   (7½ weeks)
  • 17 men - 8 women/approx. 26-33 total actors
Hamlet, Shakespeare's masterpiece, is the story of a young prince from Denmark searching for the proof that will clearly implicate his uncle, Claudius, for the murder of his father.  It is a tale of power, revenge, spying, betrayal, illusion, corruption, and murder. Is Hamlet driven forward by his fate or by the choices he makes?  This production will feature an actress in the role of Hamlet.  (Includes violence and mature content)

University Theatre Dance Company Concert

  • Artistic Direction by Heather Trommer-Beardslee
  • Bush Theatre/April 22-24 at 7:30 pm/April 25 at 2:00 pm
  • Auditions:  January 12-14
Experience an exhilarating and creative dance production.  Genres range from ballet to hip-hop, and modern to theatrical story dance.