Audition and Casting Policies

Auditions and Casting

  • All students enrolled at NMU, regardless of major, are eligible to audition for any mainstage or lab/studio production.
  • At the discretion of the director, auditions for a mainstage production may be opened to NMU faculty, staff and members of the community.
  • NMU faculty and staff and members of the community are eligible to audition for all lab/studio productions.
  • 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 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 majors and students receiving theatre scholarships are required to accept any role which they are offered.


  • Rehearsals for mainstage productions are usually held in the evening. They usually start between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., and run for up to four hours. Weekend rehearsal times will be determined by the director of the individual production. Directors will make time changes as needed.
  • Rehearsal times for lab/studio productions will be determined by the director of each production. 

General Rehearsal and Performance Rules

These rules apply to all productions in the Forest Roberts Theatre and James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. Additional rules may be added by the director.

The following behavior is unprofessional and will result in dismissal from the cast or crew:

  • One unexcused absence from a scheduled rehearsal or crew call.
  • Three unexcused latenesses for scheduled rehearsals or crew calls.
  • Possession, use or abuse of drugs or alcohol on the premises of the Forest Roberts Theatre.
  • Stealing, defacing or destroying personal or university property.
  • A major violation of the Forest Roberts Theatre Code of Ethics.

Each company member is expected to monitor the above behavior and, if necessary, to report a breach of conduct immediately to the director, the technical director, the production stage manager or the director of the Forest Roberts Theatre. 

Cast members may be removed from a production by the director or by action of the theatre faculty. Crew members may be removed by the technical director or the production stage manager.

Any cast or crew member who is removed from a production has the right to appeal through the Theatre Ethics Committee. The committee consists of the director of Forest Roberts Theatre, the technical director, a graduate theatre student and an undergraduate theatre major.



Q: Why is the FRT holding general auditions?
A: Our season schedule is different now. A general audition is a much more efficient use of time and resources.
Q: Is this an audition for the FRT acting company? Does this mean I will be in all of the shows?
A: No. This is a general audition for the semester only. Each director will hold individual callbacks.
Q: I missed the sign up online. My friend just decided she wants to audition too, but she doesn’t have an appointment. What do I do?
A: Students without an appointment can arrive in the FRT lobby during the auditions and sign up for an open slot. We will make room to see everyone who wants to audition.
Q: Can I change my scheduled audition time?
A: Yes. Go back to the website, click the “undo” button under your name, enter your undo code, and you are done.
Q: I can’t get the website to work for me. What do I do?
A: If you have any problems with the system, write to and explain your problem. We will make sure you are assigned an audition time.
Q: All of the slots are full. What do I do?
A: Write to and we will make more slots available.
Q: I want to audition, but I cannot attend any of the open times. What do I do?
A: Please contact the Director of Theatre, Ansley Valentine, at

Q: Who will be watching my audition?
A: For the general auditions, it will be the faculty, student directors, and assistants. Other actors will not watch your audition. (However, the seniors directing lab shows may also audition.) Each director will determine the process for their particular callbacks which might include group work.
Q: How long do I have to be at auditions?
A: Please show up 15-20 minutes before your appointment time to complete paperwork. After your audition appointment, you will be free to go. We hope specific audition times will be more respectful of actor time and minimize wait time.
Q: I am not a theatre major and I have never been in a show. Should I audition?
A: Yes. Many of our actors and technicians are not theatre majors or minors. Remember, we WANT you to succeed. We want to make this process as easy and welcoming as possible.
Q: I’m a freshman. Do I stand a chance?
A: YES! We often cast freshmen.
Q: Can I be in more than one show?
A: Schedules permitting, it is possible.  Appearing in more than one show requires good time management skills.
Q: Can I read the script before auditions?
A: Scripts will be available for check out from the FRT Box Office for two hours at a time. Check out will begin on January 16, 2012.
Q: I just want to be on run crew.
A: Come to Theatre Interest Night or email
Q: I have other questions. Who can I ask?
A: Email us at