Auditions for productions in the Department of Theatre and Dance are open to all Cornell College students, regardless of their major or class standing. In general, students auditioning for productions are asked to read the script and prepare a one to two minute monologue or two contrasting monologues totaling three minutes in length.  For musical auditions, students are often asked to prepare a short monologue and 32 bars of a song.  

Because auditions vary based on the needs and styles of that particular production, please contact the production director, refer to the News and Announcements page or visit the Cornell College Theatre and Dance Facebook page for specific information regarding location, time, requirements, sign up information, etc.

Students interested in technical positions should contact Technical Director, Don Schneider (  Other questions can be sent to the Theatre and Dance Department Chair, Scott Olinger (


FOR THE 2017 - 2018 SEASON,
auditions for mainstage productions are

Book by Jonathan Larson
Lyrics by Jonathan Larson and Billy Aronson

Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished friends struggling to survive, create and love in New York’s gritty Alphabet City in 1991. Over the course of one year, Rent follows these starving artists as they strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, addiction, impending gentrification and the AIDS epidemic.

Directed by Janeve West
Musical Direction by: TBD
Choreography by Alvon Reed

Opening late October 2017. 
Auditions/Call Backs will be the first week of September in Kimmel Theatre on the Cornell College Campus. Specific time and date, TBD.  
Rehearsals will begin immediately and will take place in the evenings and on Sunday afternoons. 

The director is looking for an ethnically diverse ensemble of male and female actors, 17 and older, who have singing and dance experience.  Cast size will be 14 - 20.

Please prepare a 60 second contemporary monologue and 16 - 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song. No Lloyd-Webber or pieces from RENT, please.  Please bring clearly marked sheet music in your key.  Auditions will also include dance. Please dress ready to move. Be prepared to cold read.  Sides will be provided.  

Audition forms will be provided at audition.  Please bring a resume and a headshot or photo of yourself to leave with the production team. 


Check back for more information on auditioning for our 2017 - 2018 Season.