Theatre News

Auditions for Summer Production – LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS 3/5-3/6

by Scot Shepley



Audition Dates & Times:
Monday and Tuesday March 5-6 6:00-9:00pm, Hemsley Theatre – Vilas Hall

Audition Preparation:

The director is asking for 32 bars of a comedic song in the style of the play and One 60–75 second monologue showing character.

An accompanist will be provided

Performances are July 12-29 with a remount September 13-23


Little Shop of Horrors is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop. Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for HUMAN BLOOD.

To sign up for an audition time slot, please go to:

MFA candidate Deborah Smrz selected to present at USITT

by Scot Shepley

Deborah Smrz, MFA candidate/Lighting, Theatre and Drama has been chosen to present her work at the Young Designers’ Forum (YDF) at the 2018 USITT(United States Institute for Theatre Technology) conference in Ft Lauderdale in March. The YDF designers present their work in a gallery showing to an invited group of professional designers and industry figures in a closed gallery show, which is later open for viewing by all conference participants. Deborah was selected to exhibit from a large group of graduating MFA and undergrad design students across the country and chosen by a panel of professional designers.

Participation is by juried selection and is limited to no more than 15 students.

Christa Lewandowski. MFA 2015 was the last UW-Madison designer who was chosen to participate in the YD Forum.

Heading to Indy!

by Scot Shepley

And they’re off! UW Theatre and Drama students left early Tuesday morning for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regional in Indianapolis. Under the guidance of Visiting Assistant Professor Shad Willingham, students Emma Bahnson, Erik Bergeson, Cassie Charleston, Emmaleigh Grady, Jamie Herb, Ryan Scheffler, Christian Stevenson, and Denzel Taylor are presenting an original devised piece. Also, Emma Bahnson and Denzel Taylor (Our Town) and Ana Gonzalez and Sam Wood (Is He Dead?) are competing for the Irene Ryan Scholarship as nominated for their performances in those productions. The festival runs January 9-14. Go Badgers!

Auditions for Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and The Laramie Project 11/6-11/7

by Scot Shepley



Audition Dates & Times:
Monday and Tuesday November 6-7 6:00-9:00pm, Vilas Hall 1139

Audition Preparation:

“All actors are requested to prepare a 60-75 second monologue from an American Comedy written between 1930 and 1980. Please make large choices which allow for a well-defined character, including physicalization.” – Directors Shad Willingham (Arturo Ui) and Drew Sutherland (Laramie Project)

To sign up for an audition time slot, please go to:

Rehearsals Begin: Arturo Ui – January 16, 2018, Laramie Project – February 27, 2018

Performance dates: Arturo Ui – March 1-18, 2018; Laramie Project – April 12-29, 2018

Is He Dead? Auditions Sept. 11-12 and Sept. 14-15

by Scot Shepley



Audition Dates & Times:
Monday and Tuesday September 11-12 4:00-6:00pm, Vilas Hall 1139
and Friday September 14-15 4:00-6:00pm, Vilas Hall 1139

Call backs Saturday September 16 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Vilas Hall 1139

Audition Preparation:

Please prepare a 2-minute comic monologue. Actors will also read from the script at the audition.

To sign up for an audition time slot, please go to:

Rehearsals Begin: October 10, 2017

Performance dates: November 16-December 10, 2017 (no performances November 23-26 for Thanksgiving)

2017-2018 Season Tickets on Sale Now!

by Scot Shepley

Tickets for the exciting UW-Madison Department of Theatre and Drama 2017-2018 Season are on sale now. Reserve your seats now for the quirky romance Almost, Maine, the classic American drama Our Town, the hilarious Mark Twain comedy Is He Dead?, the cautionary political satire The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and the moving docudrama The Laramie Project.

Season Passes for all five productions are just $75 for Adults and $50 for Students. Visit the Box Office website here or call 608-265-2787 to purchase.

Tickets for individual shows are also on sale and can be purchased by calling 608-265-2787 or from the Box Office website

Summer course on “Hamilton” stirs excitement

by Scot Shepley

A collaboration between the Department of Theatre and Drama and the Department of Continuing Studies, the summer course “Hamilton: a Cultural Revolution” is getting a lot of attention. Read all about it here.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

by Scot Shepley

Congratulations to the 2017 Department of Theatre and Drama Scholarship Winners!

Charline M. Wackman Scholarship – Lydia Berggruen, John Drescher, Darby Fitzsimons, Tom Stone, Ethan White

Daniel J. Travanti Scholarship – Jamie Herb

Fredric March Scholarship – Nolan Elsbecker, Rachel Ochseschlager

Fredrick A. Buerki Memorial Scholarship – Isabel Coff

Friends of Dennis Dorn Scholarship – William Hammond

Full Compass Foundation Scholarship – Eann Potter

Helen K. Herman Memorial Scholarship in Theatre and Drama – Alyssa Beasley, Brittany Graham

Katherine Buerki Scholarship – Alexandria Chapes, Christian Stevenson

Margaret Emma Williams Award for Excellence in Theatre – Sunghee Pak, Zhiyun Zhao

Midge North Loring Scholarship – Cassidy Charleston

Performing Arts Student for the Overture Center Award – Michael Rores

Ronald Mitchell Scholarship – Deborah Smrz

Ross T. Quint Memorial Scholarship – Anna Baker

William E. Elliott Endowed Scholarship – Caitlin Magness, Steffen Silvis



Auditions for Fall 2017 Production of OUR TOWN April 26 and April 29

by Scot Shepley



Audition Dates & Times:
Wednesday April 26th 7:00-9:30pm, Vilas Hall 1139

Saturday April 29th 11am – 2:00pm, Vilas Hall 1139

Audition Preparation:

Please prepare a short (under 3 minutes) story about a particularly memorable moment from your life.  The story should be a combination of active retelling of the event/moment itself and a reflection on why that moment stays with you.

In addition, please choose ONE of the following sides from the play itself. Memorization preferred but not required; be familiar enough to be able to take direction.  Sides are available via e-mail from the Stage Manager (Jimmy Dewhurst, or through Robin Fisher in Theater and Drama main office. A link to the script can be found here:

  1. Stage Manager – How did all this begin?
  2. Emily – I used to like you.
  3. George – My character
  4. Mr. Webb – Advice to George

To sign up for an audition time slot, please go to:

Rehearsals Begin: September 6, 2017

Show opens: October 13, 2017

Actors must be available for ALL technical/dress rehearsals October 5th – October 11th

General rehearsal schedule is M-F 6-10pm, Sat 10am – 2pm

*Note: most actors will be called for most rehearsals due to the ensemble nature of the show; however, a detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed on or before 8/15/17.

Theatre Courses Summer 2017

by Scot Shepley

Enroll in Theatre and Drama courses this summer and expand your horizons!

Visit the link below to find out more and enroll:

Theatre and Drama Courses