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Spring 2023 Auditions (New!)

Additional Auditions for Fighting Back!

Fighting Back!, a collectively created multimedia theatrical event about the current rise of fascism in America, is looking for a few more actors to add to the company!!!

ABOUT: The rise in white nationalism and fascism across the US has fueled hate-filled backlashes directed at immigrants, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, and the Indigenous, Black, Brown, and Asian-American communities.   But we fight back! In this original theatrical production drawn from personal experiences of Cal State LA students, news reports, manifestos, and theories, we are combining our voices as artists in this new work that inspires us all to push back against hate and oppression and keep pushing forward for justice and equity.

WHEN: Friday, January 27 from 2-5pm in MUS 214.*
WHAT: Come prepared with a short monologue, spoken word, poetry, or anything you wish to present.  If you have a talent, come show it!
HOW: Sign up for a slot at SIGN UP GENIUS LINK HERE

*If you cannot make the Friday date, but are interested in being seen, please contact the director, Professor Tanya Kane-Parry at [email protected].

**PLEASE NOTE: Students who are cast will need to register for the Performance Participation 2 unit UD class TA 4100 and rehearse starting immediately. **

For detailed information about the rehearsal schedule and performance dates/times, please visit Fighting Back! website


Auditions for The John Lion New Plays Festival Reading Series

PERFORMANCES: Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th, 2023 in the Music Hall on the campus of Cal State LA.

ABOUT: The John Lion New Plays Festival is named for the former Producing Director of the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival in acknowledgment of Lion’s achievements in theatre and education. Lion founded the award-winning Magic Theatre in San Francisco, which has helped develop many of America’s contemporary playwrights, including Pulitzer Prize-winning, playwright Sam Shepard.  Every other year we host a series of readings of new plays, written by Cal State LA student playwrights.  The following year, we give one or more of those plays a full production.

SPRING 2023 READINGS: For this year’s reading series, we are looking to cast a company of 12-14 actors.  These actors, along with the playwrights, dramaturgs and directors will come together in a workshop course – TA 4890 Advanced Creative Workshop, Mon/Wed 6-7:40pm – with Festival Director/Dramaturg Dr. Carolyn Dunn, to work on the four original, student-written scripts that have been chosen and present an open public performance.  From those four plays, at least one will be chosen for a full production in the 2023-24 Theatre season.

The plays selected for this year’s reading series include:

TITLE: La Reina es El Rey
PLAYWRIGHT: Frank Ramirez, 3rd year MFA in TVFT/Acting cohort

TITLE: The Night Shift
PLAYWRIGHT: Kaitlyn Avila, 1st year MFA in TVFT/Writing cohort

TITLE: We are Linked by Blood and Nothing Else
PLAYWRIGHT: Skye Connors, Senior Philosophy Major/Honors College
TITLE: Fast Food: The Musical
PLAYWRIGHT: Veronica Driscoll, Senior Theatre Major/Performance option

WHEN: Thursday, January 26 6:30-9:30pm and Friday, January 27 2-5pm
WHERE: In MUS 101 (Arena Theatre)
WHAT: You do not need to prepare a monologue.  Once you sign up, you will be sent sides to read at the audition.
HOW: Sign-up for a time slot at:  SIGNUP GENIUS LINK HERE

Character breakdowns and more info will be posted on the John Lion New Plays website.

Program Auditions

Students do NOT have to audition to be admitted to the B.A. in Theatre, regardless of their option.  Prospective students wishing to obtain a B.A. in Theatre must first be admitted to the University and then declare Theatre as their major. 

Prospective MFA in TVFT students DO have to audition or submit a portfolio in order to be considered for admission. Information about MFA in TVFT admissions can be found here.

General Audition Guidelines

Auditions for Fall and Spring productions occur at the beginning of each semester.  Occasionally, additional auditions are held later on in the semester.  Audition requirements are shifted to accommodate the needs of each production/director, however, the general audition guidelines are below.

What to prepare

Typically, auditioners are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute monologue.  Depending on the production, further guidelines (like contemporary, classical, humorous, dramatic, etc.) may be specified. While many of our directors will also provide an excerpt from the play that students can cold read if they do not have a monologue prepared, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to have a memorized, prepared monologue ready for auditions.


Callbacks are usually posted within 72 hours after the last day of preliminary auditions, and students are notified via email regarding their callback status. 

Cast lists

Cast lists are posted/emailed within a week or less after callbacks. Specific guidelines and audition registration for Fall and Spring productions are posted here and emailed to our majors, minors, and graduate students -- usually about two weeks prior to the first day of preliminary auditions.