Department of Theatre


The auditions will take place on Thursday January 13th starting at 5:00 pm on the mainstage.  Sign up sheets will be posted on the callboard in the hallway between the Mainstage theatre and the dressing rooms. (I believe there will be separate signup sheets for the Tré Cotton project.)

Please prepare a monologue (from a play) of no more than 60 seconds.

Per UNCW current mask mandate: You are required to wear a mask to auditions to fill out your paperwork and while waiting for your audition, though you will not be required to wear the mask during your audition. In order to limit the number of people waiting, please do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to your audition slot.

General auditions for performance majors:

All performance majors are expected to audition each semester regardless of whether they want to be cast in the shows, non-performance track students are welcome to audition.  Additionally; one mainstage production (The Moors), the Student Lab, a student directed Second Season Special Project, a staff directed Second Season and a special project with UNCW Dept. of Theatre alumnus Tré Cotton.  In addition there could be Film majors looking for individuals for their upcoming class projects.


The Moors  (Notes and expectations for Actors Auditioning from Director Paul Castagno)
by Jen Silverman
directed by Paul Castagno
March 31-April 3 & April 7-10, 2022

This satiric and contemporary homage to the 19th century Brontë sisters is set in the desolate and hauntingly beautiful English moors. Isolated within a gothic manor, two sisters and a talking dog are greeted by a gender bending governess triggering a dark comedy that is uniquely clever, uncannily funny, and ultimately unforgettable.

Student Directed projects:

Spring Student Lab:
Director: Davis Woods
Three one-acts plays by David Ives
Sure Thing, Variations on the Death of Trotsky, and Soap Opera.
Performance dates: March 17-20: SRO

Spring student special project:
Director: Kahlil Allen
Original choreopoem performance
Performance dates: April 25-26: SRO
An original choreopoem performance that combines poetry, dub poetry, rap, spoken word, movement, music, and song. This piece is a series of separate original stories choreographed to music that weaves interconnected stories of racism, stereotypes, intra-community conflicts, empowerment, struggle, joy, and loss into a complex representation of BIPOC culture. 

Second Season:
Can Malone Die?
By David Pollard
Directed by John McCall
January 24 & 25, 2022
SRO Theatre
2M, 1F

Max Feeney is a best-selling author on the point of killing off his character the ‘Ethical Assassin’ when the fictional character appears to argue to be spared. In the ensuing debate, hidden and unacknowledged truths are surfaced and the question of the debt owed by creator to creature is examined. Ultimately, Max succumbs to a heart attack while grappling with his creation. Has this all been the result of Feeney’s descent into madness or is illusion more real than we think? 

The Second Season is a collection of works directed by faculty or staff members in the UNCW Department of Theatre throughout the academic year. These productions feature small casts, limited rehearsal time, and have minimal technical needs.

Special Guest Artist Tré Cotten (alumni) See attached flier “The Human Mortals Project" and video from Tré with more information.

This is part of the Lumina Festival of the Arts sponsored by the Office of the Arts
The Human Mortals Project: Devised Theatre Piece
Director: Tré Cotten
Performance dates: March 28 or 29
Kenan Auditorium

Freeing the Black and Indigenous voice: Where does the music of a people meet with heightened text?

These auditions will be held in the SRO theatre concurrent to the general auditions.

Each storyteller is to bring in a piece of heightened text and another piece which inspires them. (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.
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.
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.