Arts at UNCW

The Human Mortals Project

What is the Human Mortals Project? 

The Human Mortals Project is an opportunity for storytellers to be a part of the Lumina Festival of the Arts (March 2022). Each storyteller is to bring in a piece of heightened text and another piece which inspires you. (song, spoken word, poetry, lyrics etc.) Both pieces should be no longer than 2 min 30 seconds. Each storyteller is encouraged to bring their authentic and bravest self to the space without judgement. Participation in this devised theater piece can count as a 2-credit course for UNCW students.

What is Heightened Text?

By heightened text, we mean text that has elements, often poetic, that lift it beyond everyday speech. While that could be said of many contemporary plays, I’d like to see you work on a piece for which language is the primary engine of the action and whose stakes require you to actively pursue your character’s need through text that consists of imagery. Text from all global traditions are welcome. All languages are welcome.

The Audition Option

You can use the 1 minute monologue prepared for the general auditions. Not required. *Movement will not be required for the auditions, but will be a vital part of the process of the creation for this devised piece. This audition is open to UNCW student, staff, faculty, and community members.

What to Wear

What makes you comfortable in your truth and in the space.


Callbacks will be posted on the callback board backstage in the CAB with the general auditions

*The Cultural Arts Building is located on the corner of Randall Parkway and Reynolds Drive on the UNCW campus and can be accessed from South College Road or Racine Drive.

Questions? Contact Katie Crosby at