College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department of Theatre

The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Beverly Redman, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805-1499

phone 260-481-6551
fax 260-481-6707

office Williams Theatre
room WT128
hours Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

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Scholarship Audition and Interview

2014 Auditions/Interviews for competitive scholarships are scheduled for:

February 1
March 6
April 5

Scholarships range between $300 to full-tuition. Contact the department to set up your individual audition and interview appointment.

phone 260-481-6551
fax 260-481-6707

office Williams Theatre
room WT128
hours Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm

Fantasticks Audition

Music by Harvey Schmidt
Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones
Directed by Craig Humphrey

Sunday, May 4, 2014    1:30 p.m.
Williams Theatre  

The Fantasticks holds the record as the longest-running musical in the world, and for good reason. At the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. With whimsy and poignancy, it reveals the folly and fragility of human nature.

Cast:  The director will need 4-6 men and 2-4 women ages 18 to 50.
Performance Dates:  Studio Theatre on September 12-20, 2014.
Rehearsals: Start Monday, August 4 and will be held Mon-Fri 7-10 p.m.
Sunday rehearsals are possible.
For the Audition:  Please prepare 16-32 bars of any typical Broadway show tune of the mid 20th century era. Vocal auditions will be followed by readings from the script.

In preparing your audition focus on the following:

This is a small, highly theatrical, romantic musical, and the score is both lyrical and broadly comic.

     Focus your song choices in the musicals of 1950s and 60s.

     The characters are broadly written and in many ways stereotypical.

As written, the show calls for 1 woman and 7 men, but I will be casting a woman as the Mute and I will be completely open to casting one or both of the “Father” roles (Hucklebee and Bellomy)  as “Mothers.”


An aging, over-the-top Thespian who specializes in reciting Shakespeare, he is a commedia clown; his world is the stage and he knows no other reality. 
Male, 40-50  yrs old 
Speaking Role


An innocent, young man who is searching for love and adventure. A bright guy, but naive and even foolish at times, approaching situations with a false bravado. 
Male, 18-25 yrs old 
Range: A2 - G4


A former boisterous navy man and meticulous gardener who fakes a fight with Bellomy in hopes of getting their children to fall in love. 
Male, 40-50 yrs old 
Range: A2 - F#4


A button-maker's young and pretty daughter, she is a romantic idealist who falls in love with Matt. She is naive, yet honest and tender. 
Female, 18-25 yrs old 
Range: B3 - B5


A fastidious button-maker and also a picky gardener who fakes a fight with Hucklebee in hopes of getting their children together. 
Male, 40-50 yrs old 
Range: A2 - F#4


Henry's goofy sidekick and another former actor who specializes in stage deaths. A commedia clown, his world is the stage and he does not live in reality. 
Male, 25-40 yrs old 
Speaking Role


A speechless presence who watches, acts as the wall, and deals with props; the "invisible" stage assistant. Should be able to easily assist in the story or fade into the background unnoticed. 
Female, 28-25 yrs old 
Pantomime Role


A rakish, handsome, sophisticated gallant and narrator of the show. He is warm, cordial, and inviting to the audience, but has his own darker moments. He aids the performers in orchestrating the story. 
Male, 25-35 yrs old 
Range: Ab2 - G4

The Glass Menagerie Audition

by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jeff Casazza

Sunday, May 4, 2014    1:30 p.m.
Williams Theatre 

The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams’ American classic play full of beautiful poetry and longing.  Tom Wingfield, haunted by his past, returns home in search of his sister, Laura.  Amanda, his mother, is a fading Southern Belle living with her two grown children.  She dreams of a better life for her family and convinces her son, Tom, to bring home a Gentleman Caller for his painfully shy sister, Laura.   His arrival sends shockwaves through the family.  

Cast:  The director will need 3 men and 2 women ages 20 to 80.
Performance Dates:  Williams Theatre, October 3-12, 2014.
Rehearsals: Start Monday, August 25 and will be held Mon-Fri 7-10 p.m.
Sunday rehearsals are possible.
For the Audition:  Please prepare one monologue 60-90 seconds in length, preferably written by Tennessee Williams. Auditions will be followed by readings from the script.

In preparing your audition focus on the following:

While the play seems realistic, it is highly theatrical, lyrical and romantic…it is dreamlike, and as such, it can have exaggerated or faded moments…as our dreams often do.

     Sides will be posted on the IPFW Theatre callboard for callbacks

     All of the characters are dreamers and the conflict arises from these different dreams.

As written, the show calls for 2 men and 2 women, but I will be casting an additional man to play Tom in the Present.


In the Present

An aging writer and merchant marine. He is haunted by his actions in the past…memories that have never left him and cause him a great deal of regret. 
Male, 40-80 years old


In the Play

A poet and a dreamer caught in the harsh reality of 1930’s St. Louis. He   desperately wants to escape in order to create the life he dreams for himself.
Male, 20-25 yrs old


An aging, but still young, southern belle past her prime. She is ferocious when protecting her children, however this ferocity can also drive a wedge in their relationships with her.  Her tragedy is that she is a young woman forced to raise two children on her own.
Female, 40-50 years old


A painfully shy young woman who escapes into her vivid fantasy world of glass ornaments and music. 
Female, 20-25 years old


The Gentleman Caller

He has strong ambitions beyond the workplace he shares with Tom. While he is still young, he lives in his past glory days…even though Tom is the only one who remembers them. His present has not lived up to the promise of his past. 
Male, 20 – 25 years old

Standard Audition Information

Eligibility: Auditions are open to all IPFW students, alumni and members of the community and everyone is encouraged to audition.

Conflicts: All conflicts must be listed on the audition form the day of the auditions.

Scripts: Perusal copies of the scripts are available for 24 hour loan through the Department of Theatre with a $5 deposit.

Questions: Please call the Department of Theatre office at 260-481-6551.

Audition Tips

Successful auditions depend on a number of factors. While a truthful moment of acting rises above many things, the following tips might assist you in preparing for auditions.

Things to Remember When Working on Audition Material:

  1. Read the play more than once before you audition.
  2. Be specific: Identify objectives and transitions and work the scene or scenes moment by moment. Don’t go for vague, generalized emotions. Know why this character has to say these words and express these ideas at this moment.
  3. Read in the audition for understanding: What do the words mean? Why did the playwright choose these words for this character?


Nature of Auditioning

(From The Actor At Work by Robert L. Benedetti, Prentice-Hall., 1970)

Auditions will be much more enjoyable if you approach them without a sense of competitiveness, but rather as an opportunity to communicate your potential to the director. Remember that the auditors are under even greater pressure than you, since there is a great deal riding on the wisdom of their choice. Your objective should be to assist them in making their choice honestly. Whether or not you are cast or get the particular role you wanted, auditions challenge you to face great pressure with integrity and a willing spirit. Auditions do not test your artistry so much as they test your usefulness to the director for the specific task at hand. Moreover, the opinion formed of you at an audition may be important at some future time; it is therefore important that you honestly present your best abilities and avoid falsifying yourself for the sake of the particular instance. The question young actors most often ask about an audition is, “What do they want?” A much better question would be, “How can I best show them who I am?”


Read the play. Let us say that again.... read the play!