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Professional Auditions


Theater Emory is the producing affiliate of Theater Studies within the Department of Theater and Dance at Emory University. Theater Emory, offering performances during the academic school years since the late 1980s, primarily utilizes and showcases student actors in its Fall and Spring productions. However, non-union acting professionals are invited to audition for certain roles where appropriate.  

When professional actors are included in the Theater’s productions, they are encouraged to take part in group activities with students and faculty, including special skills workshops, text study sessions, group warm-ups, and post production activities. 

Theater Emory 2024-2025 Season



Audition Sign Up Link:  Sign up here for an 8-minute audition slot.

Seeking: Performers of all abilities, gender identities, ages, ethnic and racial histories, socio-economic backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

Audition Preparation Info:

  • Prepare a contemporary monologue of one to two minutes in length.
  • Complete the online audition form:
  • Please be sure to upload your headshot or a nice selfie and your resume on the form. You may also bring your resume and headshot, but online submission is preferred.

Audition Questions: Send email to  

Audition Location: Rich Memorial Bldg, Room 210; 1602 Fishburne Dr., Emory University

Audition Date:   
Sat, April 20 – 10:00am -5:00pm­ (Emory Students and Non-union Pros)

Callback Dates and Times/Location:
Sun., April 21 – 5:00pm – 8:00pm (those called back will not be needed the entire time)

Location: Rich Memorial Building, Room 210 (same location as auditions)

Co-Artistic Directors of Theater Emory: Michael Evenden, Caitlin Hargraves 

Casting Coordinator: Rosalind Staib  

In attendance at the auditions will be: Mary Lynn Owen, Rosalind Staib, Charles Swint

THEATER EMORY (TE) REHEARSALS: TE productions typically rehearse a 5-day week with Sundays and Mondays off (except Sundays are used during tech rehearsals and performances). Rehearsals can happen Tuesday-Friday, between 6 pm.-10 pm., and Saturdays from 10 am.-7 pm., however actors will not be called for every rehearsal, and each production will have different days and rehearsal hours within those times listed above based on the needs of the production. Please see the show-specific schedules for more information. We schedule rehearsals around your class/work conflicts as much as possible however, as we near performance dates there is little flexibility and actors must make themselves fully available to rehearse.  


Show: MUD
Contract: Emory Student and Non-union Pro Cast, but students will be considered for all roles. 
Playwright: Maria Irene Fornes
Director: Mary Lynn Owen
First Rehearsal: September 3, 2024 
Performances: October 3-12, 2024
Performance Location: Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Emory University Campus 

Overview/Description: Mae, a defiant young woman, living in extreme poverty, works to escape the brutality of her life by going to school even as she is thwarted by Lloyd, her wildly impulsive, illiterate, surrogate sibling and sometimes mate. When Mae meets Henry, an older, quasi-educated man, she invites him to join their household, impressed with his ability to read. Soon a love/hate triangle begins to form between the three of them, and when Henry suffers a stroke, Mae finds herself now tethered to both men, and determined to escape.

Cast Size: 3 (2 student; 1 non-union pro-see below)

** All gender identities, ethnicities, body types, and abilities encouraged to audition.  

Non-union Pros are welcome to audition for the following role:

HENRY:  A large man. He has a natural sense of dignity, a philosophical mind, and a desire to impress. Mid-fifties. 

Note: these characters have a raw, physical life. They are tender and violent, vulnerable and matter-of-fact, both in their words and in their bodies.  Certain moments will involve physical intimacy between them. An intimacy coordinator will be present during rehearsals, and all measures will be taken to provide actors with a safe and respectful environment and experience, both in rehearsal and performance. We encourage auditionees to read the play in its entirety prior to auditioning.