Auditions, Callbacks & Casting
ALL UCSB STUDENTS ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO AUDITION.
ONE DOES NOT NEED TO BE IN THE THEATER/DANCE DEPARTMENT TO AUDITION.
2022-2023 Auditions and Callback Dates
- Auditions: Monday, September 26, 2022
- Callbacks: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Fall Dance Concert
- Auditions: Friday, September 23rd
Fall One Acts:
- Auditions: Monday, October 3, 2022
- Callbacks: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Winter (NNRR & She Wolf)
- Auditions: Monday, November 28, 2022
- Callbacks: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
LAUNCH PAD Amplify Reading Series Festival
- Auditions: Monday, November 21, 2022
The Last Days of Judas Escariot:
- Auditions: March 13, 2023
- Callbacks: March 14, 2023
Spring One Acts:
- Auditions: Monday, April 3, 2023
- Callbacks: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Scripts and links for upcoming auditions
- The Government Inspector
- Fall One Acts (SCRIPTS AND AUDITION SIDES)
- LAUNCH PAD Amplify Reading Series Festival
- Night Night, Roger Roger
- She Wolf
- The Last Days of Judas Escariot
- Spring One Acts (Coming Soon)
TO AUDITION YOU MUST:
1) SCROLL DOWN ON THIS PAGE TO READ ALL AUDITION INFORMATION
2) FILL OUT The AUDITION FORM
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Click Here)
Spring One Acts (Coming Soon)
3) Fill in your name on the aUDITION sIGN-uP sHEETS (FILL IN YOUR NAME IN EACH SHOW YOU ARE AUDITIONING FOR):
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot - There is no audition sign-up sheet for this production. Instead, you will submit an audition tape. Please scroll down for more information.
Spring One Acts (Coming Soon)
4) READ THE SCRIPTS PROVIDED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE
5) show up to your audition 10 minutes early and be prepared to stay until released by the directors.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Kendra Ware
Thursday, May 25th – Sunday, June 4th
Performing Arts Theater
NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR, KENDRA WARE:
With this nontraditional production, I am aiming to create a multicultural show that reflects the melting pot of humanity since time began. I am under the belief that we are creating a world where anyone regardless of age, creed, sex, or disabilities can and should audition to participate in co-creating this imagined space. Anyone can be anything in this time-bending play so I am adding gender and race-bending as well. The playwright, Stephen Adly Gurgis is an Egyptian/Irish New Yorker and this informs the text greatly. Auditioning and further performing in this play requires a serious dramaturgical investigation into the text. I am looking to work with those who are highly imaginative and creative risk-takers. Those who are willing to stretch and challenge themselves as artists, and see themselves as investigative thinkers. Feel free to make bold choices, play, re-interpret, and be willing to think out of the box in preparing your auditions or scenes from the play. I am asking you to give yourself permission to be audacious in your dreaming and let them shine through your auditions. I am honored and excited to be going on this endeavor with you all and I look forward to working with you very soon.
AUDITION TAPE SUBMISSIONS
DUE: 9AM Monday, March 13th
● Email submissions to Trinity Wicklund
● EMAIL SUBJECT LINE: Your Name - Judas Audition Tape
● Please send as a downloadable video file, a link to a google drive folder is also acceptable (no youtube links please)
● You will receive a confirmation email from Trinity once we have received your submission.
● Submissions received after the deadline above will not be accepted.
Tuesday, March 14th, 2023
6pm - 11pm
Monday, April 3rd, 2023
Typically 20-25 hours per week until tech rehearsals begin. This play will rehearse Monday – Friday between the hours of 6-11 until tech week. There will be some Friday afternoon rehearsals and possibility of rehearsals on Saturdays. There are additional hours for techs and dress rehearsals leading to performances including Saturdays and Sundays.
3 units of THTR 49/149 will be given to cast members.
The script is now available on GauchoSpace. Please go to the online student callboard at http://www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu/academics/call-board for further information.
Any full time UCSB student is welcome and encouraged to audition.
Please read the script carefully and choose a short monologue from the play: character of your choice. This should be no more than 2 minutes, please time yourself so you do not go over. You do not need to memorize this scene, but it should be prepared well.
When recording the monologue, please move away from the camera to create a three-quarters to full length shot, rather than a close-up.
If you have questions or need more information contact
Trinity Wicklund at firstname.lastname@example.org
Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot reexamines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous sinner.
Stephen Adly Guirgis is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. He grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City, attending school in Harlem. Guirgis studied at the University of Albany, SUNY, graduating in 1992. Some of his most famous works include Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (2000), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (2005), and Between Riverside and Crazy (2015) for which he won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Guirgis has had his plays be produced both off and on Broadway as well as in the UK. He is also a member and the former co-artistic director of the New York City LAByrinth Theatre Company.
Guirgis is also an actor and has performed in films (Palindromes, Jailbait), TV (Law & Order), and on stage (Guinea Pig Solo). Guirgis has directed productions across the USA including Sistah Supreme (2000), Behind the Counter with Mussolini (1998, 2002), and Kiss Me on the Mouth (2009). Through his work in theatre, Guirgis has used improvisational theatre to teach HIV/AIDS prevention and conflict resolution in prisons, schools, and hospitals. He was a close friend of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and often collaborated with him in his theatre works. In addition to his Pulitzer Prize, Guirgis is the recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, the Lucille Lortel Award, and Whiting Award.
Kendra Ware is a performance-based multidisciplinary artist whose work reveals an interest in history, personal narrative, and experimental approaches to art-making. Using live performance, video, and installation, she creates hybrid staged environments that explore the intersections of race, gender, class, cultural politics, and identity while challenging social norms and notions of otherness.
Currently, she is working in collaboration with Grammy-Award-winning artist Martha Gonzalez of Quetzal, on a concept album and theatrical concert, Riding the Currents of the Wilding Wind, a project of the National Performance Network Creation Fund. She is the creator/writer/performer in The American Dream Nightmare: How to Wake Yourself Up, a multimedia performance experience depicting anti-Blackness, that deep dives into the ancestral. Most recently, she staged the experimental video Soñar es Luchar at the Latino Cultural Center for Cara Mía Theater and directed the premiere of Virginia Grise’s theatrical adaptation of Their Dogs Came with Them site-specifically in Perryville Women’s Prison and under the I-19 Freeway in Tucson, Arizona with Borderlands Theater.
Her work has also been developed and/or produced by Automata LA, REDCAT, Son of Semele, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Santa Barbara Contemporary Museum of Art, East West Players, The Last Bookstore, La Mama Theater, Pregones Theatre, The Flea Theater, Pan Asian Rep, Borderlands Theater, and a todo dar productions. Ware has been a guest artist with La Mama Theater in Umbria, Italy, Long Beach Dance Foundation, Indy Convergence Indianapolis, York University, Northwestern University, Sarah Lawrence College, CalArts, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona. Her work has been awarded a NEFA Creation and Touring Grant, NPN Documentation and Creation Fund Grant, and 2022 Drama League Directing Fellowship and is the inaugural recipient of the 2022 Lloyd Richards SDCF New Futures Residency. MFA: California Institute of the Arts.
* NOTE: All roles are open to all ethnicities and gender identities. 14 actors will be cast: 7 actors play one role, 7 actors are in the ensemble playing multiple roles.
* Please feel free to choose any monologue
Fabiana Aziza Cunningham
Jesus of Nazareth
Simon the Zealot
Caiphas the Elder
Matthias of Galilee
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Run/Wardrobe Crew (THTR 29D/49/149)
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POSITIONS AVAILABLE (DEPENDS ON THE PRODUCTION)
- Light Board Operator
- Sound Board Operator
- Fly Crew
- Deck/Props Crew
- Followspot Operator
- Wardrobe/Makeup Crew
HOW TO APPLY FOR RUN OR WARDROBE CREW:
- If you have any general pre-emptive questions about crew assignments, positions feel free to email either the Technical Director Jackson Golden at JTGOLDEN@UCSB.EDU or the Costume Shop Manager Denise Umland at DENISE.UMLAND@UCSB.EDU. The dates for each of the productions can be found in the Calendars section below.
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In order to see the specific dates and times of the shows, go to the following link to view the crew calendars. Each show has its own calendar to view.
- Denise Umland, Costume Shop Manager (Wardrobe Crew)
- Jackson Golden, Technical Director (Run/Board Crews)
- Sean O'Shea, Academic Adviser (All Crews)
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