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University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts to Hold Virtual Auditions for Spring 2021 Productions

By October 30, 2020 No Comments

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will hold auditions virtually for all its spring 2021 productions. Auditions may be uploaded anytime from Wednesday, November 4 to midnight on Friday, November 6. For complete details about the submission process and what to prepare, please visit

Auditions are open to everyone, including non-majors and the general public. Please see below for additional specific casting needs. These auditions are an excellent opportunity to learn more about UI Theatre and to perform in mainstage, gallery, and workshop productions, as well as staged readings and other special projects.

Auditions for University of Iowa Theatre Arts productions are open to everyone. For academic considerations, priority is given to theatre majors first, and then all other students of the University of Iowa. Members of the greater Iowa City community are also strongly encouraged to audition. There are many excellent roles available throughout the year and many non-majors and actors from the surrounding community are cast each season. Occasionally, professional guest actors will also be employed.

In all disciplines and areas of theatrical production, the Department of Theatre Arts seeks to include persons of every race, color, culture, age, gender, creed, physical disability and sexual orientation. The department is committed to Non-Traditional Casting to expand opportunities for women, actors of color, and actors with disabilities in roles where race, gender, or the presence or absence of a disability is not germane.


General Auditions (Online)

Sign-up opens on Monday, November 2 at 9:00 a.m.

Submit audition Wednesday, November 4 through midnight on Friday, November 6

Callbacks (Live on Zoom)

Sunday, November 8 through Thursday, November 19

Casting will be announced on Friday, November 20.

Visit for more information.


Shows, Workshops, and Readings Participating in Spring Auditions


Mainstage Productions:

The People Before the Park by Keith Josef Adkins, directed by Jade King Carroll

Grant Wood Fellow Project directed by Margarita Blush

Gallery Productions:

Biomes: A Candyland by Emma Silverman

An Unsettled Body by Jeremy Geragotelis

Workshop Productions:

The serpent under’t by Emmy Palmersheim

Skeleton Closet by Matthew Neal

Sirens of the Field by Brett Stone

Foreclosure by Jivani Rodriguez

Outside by Travis Coltrain

Special Projects:

Darwin Turner Action Theatre Event

Global Express



Skeleton Closet by Matthew Neal


After his abusive father’s suicide, Scott struggles to untangle his feelings of grief from his trauma, and his trauma from his Trans identity. This, paired with Scott’s transphobic and oblivious mother and the return of his ex-girlfriend, forces Scott to face his past, present, and future, in order to heal.


One of the characters in Skeleton Closet is a Trans man, therefore should be played by a Trans masculine person. SCOTT: A college student. Struggling with the death of his father and his own gender identity. Trans masculine.

The Untitled Grant Wood Fellow Project


Grant Wood Fellow, Margarita Blush, will lead the team into creating a highly visual and poetic theatrical expression of a theme which the collaborators find interesting and important to our lives and the world we live in. This ensemble-generated project invites collaborators to step out of the realm of traditional theatre and take a journey to make the invisible visible through passion, curiosity, inventiveness, and humanity.

This project is inclusive to anyone. The only thing the director needs is the full investment and dedication of the team.

Iowa New Play Festival (March 2021)

All auditions will be conducted online until further notice.

For more information, please visit or contact Melissa L.F. Turner at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Department of Theatre Arts in advance at 319.335.2700.


The mission of the Department of Theatre Arts is to sustain a world-class theatre arts program where we develop new work and new artists through a creative, collaborative process. With respect for the great global traditions, we push the boundaries of theatre, using sophisticated tools and technologies. Provide space for diversity and to foster social responsibility and change. Nurture student artists and their work, prepare graduates for professional opportunities, support faculty as professional artists and scholars, and engage, delight, and challenge audiences. For more information on upcoming productions, please visit us online at or You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook and Instagram!