Auditions and Casting


  • All students enrolled at NMU, regardless of major, are eligible to audition for any production.
  • At the discretion of the director, auditions for a production may be opened to NMU faculty/staff and/or members of the community.
  • Casting decisions are made by the director of each production according to the needs of the production. All other factors being equal, students will be given preference in casting. The decision of the director is final.
  • Theatre and dance students must maintain satisfactory academic progress to be eligible to audition. All students cast in a production must maintain university eligibility requirements (sufficient academic progress).
  • Theatre and dance majors are encouraged to accept any role which they are offered. 
  • Audition paperwork will be made available digitally prior to all auditions and must be filled out before audition day. 
  • Students should arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled audition time.
  • Students will typically have 90 seconds for their audition and are encouraged to prepare a short monologue and a cutting of a song if auditioning for a musical, or two monologues if auditioning for a play.
  • An accompanist will be made available at auditions for musical productions and an aux cord will also be made available so that students can use instrumental tracks.
  • Students must only remain at auditions until they have completed their audition.
  • If a student is unable to attend auditions but would still like to be considered for a production, they should contact the Director of Theatre. 
  • Students will be notified if they are needed for callbacks. A callback does not guarantee a role in the production. Similarly, if a student is not called back, it does not mean they will not be cast.
  • Unless otherwise noted, the only people permitted to watch auditions are directors, faculty, and their assistants; other performers will not watch your audition.
  • Cast lists for productions are posted as soon as possible following auditions and callbacks and will be made available via email and on our Facebook page.


Dance Call


  • Dance call may be required for those auditioning for a musical production.
  • Students should wear/bring appropriate clothing to dance calls. Examples of proper attire include but are not limited to leotards, tights, leggings, athletic shorts, well-fitting t-shirts, etc.
  • Students should wear/bring appropriate footwear to dance calls. Examples of proper footwear include but are not limited to ballet slippers, jazz shoes, character shoes, socks, etc.
  • Depending on the style of choreography, the choreographer may request that performers bring appropriate shoes for technique (pointe, tap, etc.)
  • No street shoes will be allowed in the dance studio.


BFA Acting & BFA Musical Theatre - Special Audition Requirements

Students in the BFA Acting and BFA Musical Theatre programs must audition for every production within the academic season.


  • Rehearsals for productions are typically held in the evenings beginning as early as 7:00pm and running for up to three hours. Adjustments to this are at the discretion of the Artistic Director or Director of Production. Formal requests may be made by a director, choreographer, or music director to adjust the rehearsal time.
  • There will be at least one collective day off of rehearsal per week (usually Sunday) as decided by the director/music director/choreographer of each production, with the exception of tech week.
  • Weekend rehearsal times will be determined by the director of the individual production.
  • Academic year rehearsals are limited to three-hour blocks with the exception of tech week, rehearsal boot camps, and emergency cases.
  • Directors/choreographers/music directors will make time changes as needed/approved.
  • Company members are not to leave rehearsal unless dismissed by the director, choreographer, or music director.

General Rehearsal and Performance Rules


All company members will be required to sign a Code of Conduct outlining rehearsal and performance expectations. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

A: No; you will fill out your audition paperwork prior to audition day and you should show up 5-10 minutes before auditions are scheduled to begin to take a number. 

A: Please contact

A: Faculty, student directors, and their stage managers and/or assistants. Other actors will not watch your audition. Each director will determine the process for their particular callbacks which might include group work.

A: Please show up promptly at least 5 minutes prior to the start of auditions to take a number and wait quietly until you are called into the audition room. After your audition, you will be free to go!

A: Yes! Many of our actors, dancers, and technicians are not theatre/dance majors or minors. Remember, we WANT you to succeed. We want to make this process as welcoming as possible!

A: YES! We often cast freshmen!

A: Schedules permitting, it is possible, but keep in mind that appearing in more than one show requires good time management skills!

A: Contact the Theatre and Dance Marketing Office for details about scripts available to check out. You can email us at

A: You can indicate your interest in crew positions at the Season Premiere Party (start of fall semester) or Halfway Party (start of winter semester). You can also email our Director of Production, David Pierce, at

A: Email us at!