Monday, July 3, 2017

Opportunity: audition for an acting class or mainstage show in the Theatre Department

The Barnard Theatre Department offers several acting courses and mainstage performance opportunities every semester.

Both require auditions, which are held the first two days of classes each semester. (In fall 2017, that's Tuesday 9/5 and Wednesday 9/6 — see below for details.)

Auditions are open to all Barnard and Columbia undergraduates. First-Year students are eligible and encouraged to participate. (Yes, First-Years do get cast in shows!) All levels of experience are welcome, and you do not need to be a Theatre major to try out; no preference in class placement or casting is given to majors.

Fall 2017 Opportunities

Acting Classes

(Two sections of Advanced Acting Lab are also being offered, but they are not open to First-Year students. You must complete a 3000-level acting course before you can take the advanced labs.)
Stage Productions

Mary Stuart
by Friedrich Schiller
Directed by Gisela Cardenas
Performance Dates: October 19–21

by Brian Friel
Directed by Sharon Fogarty
Dramaturgy by Hana Worthen
Performance Dates: December 7–9

How to Audition

Auditions will take place in the Minor Latham Playhouse (Milbank Hall 118) during the first week of the semester.
There is no sign-up process. You simply go to the theater at the beginning of the audition session, line up in the queue, and fill out an informational sheet indicating which production(s) and/or class(es) you are interested in. You will rank your preferences and cross out any option for which you have no interest.
Students with little or no prior acting experience are welcome and encouraged to try out.
The audition consists of a 90-second monologue. You choose the material. If you are auditioning for something that requires singing (i.e. Acting the Musical Scene), you must also sing up to 90-seconds a capella, again with material of your choosing. There will be a piano onstage to help you get your note.
Tips and full details on how to audition can be found on the Theatre website, here:


The audition process begins Tuesday 9/5 (the first day of the semester) and runs until Friday 9/8.
First, there will be an informational meeting at 5:30 PM on Tuesday that all auditioners should attend, where the instructors will explain their courses and the directors will talk briefly about their visions for the shows.
Then you will attend one of the following three sessions (again, your choice; no sign-ups necessary):
Session 1
Tuesday 9/5
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Session 2
Tuesday 9/5
8:00 PM – 10 PM
Session 3 (Recommended)
Wednesday 9/6
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
We hold the Wednesday audition block largely for First-Year students, but you may audition on Tuesday if your schedule requires it.
Please note that there are strictly no other audition timeframes. If you are unable to attend one of these three sessions, you will have another opportunity to audition in January.
Class Rosters and Callbacks
On Thursday 9/7, the class rosters and callback lists will be finalized and posted in the morning.
Acting classes begin immediately after auditions. You can register for an acting course in advance of auditions (for example, if you need a placeholder in your schedule to indicate you are taking a full course load), but once you are placed in a specific acting class, you must enroll in the correct section as soon as possible.
“Callbacks” (the second and final round of auditions for stage productions) take place Thursday night. The cast lists for the mainstage shows will be finalized and posted Friday 9/8.

After Auditions

Rehearsals for productions are Monday through Friday, 6:30 PM to 11 PM and Saturday afternoon. All cast members must enroll in Rehearsal & Performance, as the productions are taken for course credit.
The time commitment for productions is for half of the semester, not the full semester. Thus:
Mary Stuart rehearsals will begin on Monday 9/11, and the show closes Saturday 10/21.
Translations rehearsals will begin Monday 10/23, and the show closes on Saturday 12/9.

Any questions?
Feel free to email the department directly at We are eager to answer your questions and address your concerns, but please be sure to see the website at before reaching out.

Thanks, and welcome to Barnard!