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Department of Theatre and Dance


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Fall 2024 Mainstage

University Theatre will hold preliminary auditions for the Fall 2024 Main Stage Productions on Wednesday, August 21, 2024, at 6:00 p.m. in the John Wright Theatre.


• All actors who wish to be considered for the fall 2024 productions.
• Auditions are open to all Fresno State students and community members.


• Complete the audition form posted on the Theatre and Dance website (coming soon).
• Prepare a monologue (No longer than 2 minutes).
(Actors without a prepared monologue will be given material to read at the Preliminary Audition)
• Actors chould check in a the Green Room in the Speech Arts Building.


4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. – Red Velvet (John  Wright Theatre)
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. – Dracula (John Wright Theatre)
7:00 P.M. – 10:OO P.M. – Chicken & Biscuits (Woods Theatre)

4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. –  Dracula (John Wright Theatre)
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. – Chicken & Biscuits  (Woods Theatre)
7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. – Red Velvet (John Wright Theatre)


Dracula, A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really*
Written by Kate Hamill | Directed by J. Daniel Herring
September 27 - October 5, 2024 | Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre

About the play:
Both terrifying and riotous, Kate Hamill’s Dracula confronts the sexism in Bram Stoker’s original work and subjugates it as a smart and disquieting feminist revenge fantasy. Kate’s signature style and postmodern wit upends this familiar tale of Victorian vampires and drives a stake through the heart of toxic masculinity.

A Fresno Premiere!

*Please note that Dracula will begin rehearsals on Sunday, August 25, 2024

Dracula Audition Information

Chicken & Biscuits
Written by Douglas Lyons | Directed by Thomas-Whit Ellis
November 1 - 9, 2024 | Dennis and Cheryl Woods Theatre

About the play:
Can rivaling sisters Baneatta and Beverly bury their father without killing each other? This proves difficult when Beverly shows up at the chapel with her “blessings” on display. Meanwhile, Baneatta’s son brings his neurotic Jewish boyfriend along, knowing Baneatta disapproves, and Beverly’s nosy daughter keeps asking questions no one wants to answer. Baneatta’s pastor husband tries to mediate the family drama, but when a shocking family secret reveals itself at the pulpit, the two sisters are faced with a truth that could either heal or break them.

A Fresno Premiere! 

Chicken & Biscuits Audition Information

Red Velvet
Written by by Lolita Chakrabart | Directed by Brad Myers
December 6 - 14, 2024 | John W. Wright Theatre

About the play:
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre?

A Fresno Premiere!

Red Velvet Audition Information

Red Velvet Supplemental Audition Form