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The Ohio State Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts
Autumn 2021 Auditions

Autumn Mainstage Productions: The SeagullIn the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Autumn Student Projects: Lab Series; Film Projects

DATES: Monday, April 19 and Tuesday, April 20
TIME: Starting promptly at 6:00pm
METHOD: Zoom or Recorded Video Submission

The Ohio State University Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Arts promotes diverse casting opportunities in its productions for artists of any race, ethnicity, heritage, color, culture, country of origin, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or cognitive ability, and body shape. You do not need to be a theatre major or minor to participate. All Ohio State students are welcome to audition.

Academic Credit Requirements

If cast in The Seagull or In the Next Room, you will be enrolled in THEATRE 4000.08 Practicum: Acting for 3 credit hours.

How to Audition Via Zoom

  • Prior to the audition day, you will need to complete the Audition Form.
    • Forms must be submitted by Sunday, April 18th at 9:00am in order to receive the audition link.
  • Send your completed form along with any headshot and/or resume to Sherée Greco. Forms and resumes/headshots must be saved with your name.
    • Ex. SGreco_Audition-Form.pdf; SGreco_Headshot.jpg
  • Once Sherée receives your completed form, she will email you the link to the Zoom Audition.
  • On the day of the auditions, at 5:30pm, you may enter the Zoom meeting. You will be placed in the Waiting Room. You will be seen by the directors in the order you arrive.
  • While in the Waiting Room, use this time to make sure your video and audio are working. Make sure that your video captures at least 3/4 of your full body (top of head to at least your knees).

How to Audition Via Video Submission

  • If you are unable to attend a live virtual Zoom audition, you may submit a recorded video audition through Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00pm.
  • Limit your video submission to 3 minutes maximum. This time limit includes your slate (your name, name of play and character of piece you will be performing).
  • Upload your video audition to YouTube, Vimeo, or similar video sharing site and provide a link for viewing. Please do not share via WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, or other file-sharing platform.
  • Send your video link directly to Sherée Greco along with your headshot (JPG or PNG) and resume (PDF) if you have them.
    • Ex. SGreco_Audition-Form.pdf; SGreco_Headshot.jpg

Audition Requirements for both Zoom Audition and Recorded Video Submission

Prepare 1 monologue of no more than 3 minutes in length.

Callback Notices

  • Callback notices will be announced via email by noon, Wednesday, April 21st. They will be emailed directly to all who auditioned. It is the student's responsibility to check for the callback notices.
  • Callbacks will occur via Zoom.
    • In the Next Room: Wednesday, April 21st, 6:00pm.
    • The Seagull: Thursday, April 22nd, 6:00pm

Final Cast List

The final cast list will be emailed on Monday, April 26th to everyone who was called back.


After reading all of this information, you may send additional questions to Production Manager Sherée Greco.


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FAQ for Auditions via Zoom or Video Submission

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Contact Sherée Greco as soon as possible. She will work with you to find a separate time when you can connect with the director to audition online prior to the casting date.

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Due to COVID-19 safety concerns, we no longer hold hard-copies of scripts in the main office to sign out. Many scripts can be found at the local library.

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  • A device with a camera and microphone (smartphone, tablet, or computer).
  • An internet connection that meets Zoom system requirements: broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). Minimum bandwidth is 600 kpbs (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down). You can check your speed at speedtest.net.
  • A quiet room with minimal background noise or distractions.
  • A surface, stand, or person to hold your device (see below for information on how the camera should be positioned).
  • The Zoom software or app downloaded onto your device.
  • A Zoom account (optional but recommended). Ohio State students have access to a Carmen Zoom account through the university at osu.zoom.us.
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  • On audition day, you'll click on the Zoom link you received via email. This will take you to the Waiting Room. Sherée will let you know when you are about to be up next. Once the previous student has finished auditioning, you'll be admitted to the virtual meeting room.
  • You will need to select your audio input (usually "use device audio"). We'll take a minute to ensure that your microphone and audio are working so that we can hear each other. You'll see the director on the screen.
  • You'll introduce yourself and the piece you are performing (monologue).
  • Once you're done, the directors may have questions and offer you some direction. You will have the opportunity to ask questions as well.
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  • Please set up your device (smartphone, tablet, camera) so that there is a clear and centered view of at least your upper body, hands, and face as you perform. Make sure that you don't move out of the frame! You may have your device vertical or horizontal, whichever you think captures a better overall view.
  • Ideas for holding up the device: a music stand, a chair with a pile of books, 2 - 3 plastic storage bins stacked up. Try to have the device at eye level with you, or as close as possible. Sometimes, the sound quality is better if the device is on something soft (like a pillow or blanket). If all else fails, you could have another person hold the device for you.
  • Make sure you can be heard. Consider recording a test that you can play back to check your volume levels.
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  • Even for online auditions, we encourage you to wear something that looks nice and is comfortable. Formal attire is not required, but we encourage you to dress in a professional manner that will help you give a good impression.
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Production Information

The Seagull

By Anton Chekhov
Adapted by Anya Reiss
Directed by J. Briggs Cormier

To be directed, rehearsed, and performed in person on campus.

Current Schedule

Rehearsals begin as early as August 24, 2021. Rehearsals take place M-F, 6:30-10:30pm and either a Saturday or a Sunday each week up to 5 hours.

Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday, October 18th through Tuesday, October 26th.

Performance Dates: October 27, 28, 29 at 7:30pm; October 31 at 3:00pm; November 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 at 7:30pm.

Synopsis

Romantic and artistic conflicts unfold beside a lake on a country estate where Konstantin yearns for Nina’s love and for recognition as a playwright. Nina dismisses his infatuation, seeking instead Trigorin’s affection. Irina, Konstantin’s mother, would rather keep him out of sight to maintain the fading illusion of youth. Her lover Trigorin dallies with Nina, but she is little more than inspiration for his writing. Family and friends struggle to live with their unfulfilled ambitions when their passions fail to soar.

Intimacy Notice

There are a variety of intimate actions in this play that will be carefully choreographed. The range of physical intimacy will be discussed at the callback.

Character Breakdown

  • Irina Arkadina (45), famous stage actress
  • Boris Trigorin (39), Arkadina's lover, a famous fiction writer
  • Petrusha Sorin (60), Arkadina's brother, a retired judge
  • Konstantin (24), Arkadina's son, an aspiring playwright, in love with Nina
  • Nina (19), Konstantin's neighbor, an aspiring actress
  • Shamrayev (48), Sorin's estate manager, married to Polina
  • Polina (42), Shamrayev's wife, having an affair with Dorn
  • Masha (21), Shamrayev and Polina's daughter, in love with Konstantin
  • Medvedenko (23), local schoolteacher, in love with Masha
  • Dorn (55), local doctor and family friend, having an affair with Polina

In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)

Written by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Jeanine Thompson

To be directed, rehearsed, and performed in person on campus.

Current Schedule

Rehearsals begin as early as August 24, 2021. Rehearsals take place M-F, 6:30-10:30pm and either a Saturday or a Sunday each week up to 5 hours.

Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday, November 1 through Tuesday, November 9.

Performance Dates: November 10, 12 at 7:30pm; November 14 at 3:00pm; November 16, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm.

Synopsis

Among the technological innovations of the late 19th Century is the electric vibrator, used by Dr. Givings to treat “hysteria” in his female (and occasionally male) patients. Meanwhile, his wife Catherine struggles with not only an unfulfilled marriage, but also depression over her inability to breastfeed their newborn daughter. Jealousy raises its head as Catherine becomes increasingly frustrated by her husband’s unwillingness to treat her, even as he helps patient after patient.

Racial and Intimacy Notice

Trigger warnings: racist language and concepts, sexual intimacy, and partial nudity.

There are racist language and concepts in this play that will be discussed in detail with the entire cast and those who are performing the roles that are directly involved in these actions.

There are a variety of intimate actions in this play that will be carefully choreographed by Jeanine Thompson.

A full breakdown of racist language and concepts, sexual intimacy, and partial nudity will be provided at the audition and callback.

Character Breakdown

  • Dr. Givings, a man in his forties, a specialist in gynecological and hysterical disorders
  • Catherine Givings, his wife, a woman in her late twenties
  • Sabrina Daldry, his patient, a woman in her early thirties
  • Mr. Daldry, Sabrina Daldry's husband, a man in his forties or fifties 
  • Annie, a woman in her late thirties, Dr. Givings's midwife assistant
  • Elizabeth, an African-American woman in her early thirties, a wet nurse by default 
  • Leo Irving, Dr. Girving's other patient, an Englishman in his twenties or thirties