Theatre News

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

Updated: Auditions for Summer Show Almost, Maine April 7 and April 8

by Scot Shepley

Almost, Maine Auditions

Audition Dates:

Vilas Hall 1139, Friday, April 7th from 6:30-9:00pm
Vilas Hall 1139, Saturday, April 8th from 2:00-5:00pm

Please read the play and prepare one of the sides pre-selected by the director. For copies of both the play and the sides please see Robin in the main theatre office, 6173 Vilas Hall. $5 deposit.


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

If you had already signed up on the previous link, you will need to sign up for a new slot under the new link.


Rehearsals Begin May 9th

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.
ALMOST, MAINE: It’s love. But not quite.

Theatre and Drama Scholarships Applications Open February 1-March 31, 2017

by Scot Shepley

It is that time of year when Theatre and Drama open their Spring Semester Application Process. This application process is for scholarships that are given to those students who are returning in Fall of the following year and must be enrolled as a UW student on the UW campus for that Fall Semester (AY2017-18 FALL).

To view them now go to

The applications can be submitted from February 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017.

Our scholarships are run through the Scholarships@UW-Madison website.

To apply go to between February 1 and March 31, 2017.

For questions related to the Application Process please contact Robin Fisher

For questions related to the Scholarships please contact Terri Bonner

An Award Ceremony will occur in Spring this Academic Year for all scholarship recipients. Details relating to this ceremony will be sent out prior to the event.

Please apply – it is a great opportunity to receive a financial award and a great honor to receive a scholarship from one of our wonderful donors.

UW-Madison’s Dept. of Theatre & Drama’s Holiday Present to you – It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play

by Scot Shepley

Tu usher in the holiday season, the Department of Theatre and Drama/University Theatre is proud to present IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY December 1-11 in the Ronald F. Mitchell Theatre.

Adapted by Joe Landry, this beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s live radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Featuring live sound effects and music hearkening back to classic radio shows, this show will delight the eyes and ears just in time for the holidays. Wisconsin Public Radio will host a live simulcast broadcast of the show Saturday December 3rd.

Under the direction of Jim Stauffer, the cast features UW students Stephen Deming, Rebecca Greenberg, Paul Urbanski, Andrea Watkins, Kyle Wessel, and Sam Wood portraying the residents of Bedford Falls.

Get tickets in person at the Vilas Hall Box Office or Memorial union Box Office, by phone at 608-265-2787, or online here (Please note: there is a convenience fee for phone and online ticket purchases).