Students of any major are welcome to audition for theatre productions and are invited to participate behind the scenes in design and technical theatre.
Performing arts student organizations are also very active at ESU, do not require auditions and are open to all student majors.
Auditions for productions are posted on the large bulletin board in the Fine Arts building lobby and announced at Stage II and in Theatre classes. Auditions for the first Fall production often take place as early as the first week of school.
Students may audition beginning in their freshman year for roles in Theatre Department main stage productions and Stage II one act plays. A number of classes also provide performance opportunities through showcases and recitals with no auditions required:
Theatre productions encompass a range of genres including:
Get Involved in ESU Theatre Productions
Roles are cast by audition. Backstage positions are by arrangement with design faculty and directors. Involvement in all productions is open to all ESU Students. No prior experience required. We love to train you!
For students interested in getting involved in the Theatre Department's productions, there are many opportunities for you to choose from.
Audition information is posted on the bulletin board in the Fine Arts Building lobby.
- Auditions for the fall production are generally the first or second week of school.
- Auditions for the winter production are generally one month into Fall semester.
- Auditions for the Stage II production are mid-late Fall.
- Auditions for the Spring productions are early Spring semester.
Performance opportunities are open to all ESU students. Performance roles are gained by audition and audition notices are posted each semester on this page and the bulletin board in the Fine Arts building lobby. Students may audition beginning in their freshman year for roles in Theatre Department main stage productions and Stage II one act plays.
A number of classes also provide performance opportunities through showcases and recitals with no auditions required: Stage and Comic Technique, Children’s Theatre, Directing, Advanced Acting (class entry by audition), Collaborative Theatre Workshop, Senior Seminar.
Theatre productions encompass a range of genres:
Design & Tech
Technical theatre roles are available to any interested students. Design and technical leadership development opportunities are assigned to those ready for the specific challenges of the positions.
All students have training in all aspects of theatre, but as they discover their unique abilities and talents, the students will work closely with faculty advisers to tailor their experiences to suit their emerging specialties. After appropriate preparation through classes and entry-level experiences, students are invited to take on leadership positions in ESU theatre productions that bolster their resumes and lead directly to internships, employment and graduate school opportunities.
Supervisory positions might include:
Students have the opportunity to learn to program computer lighting boards and sound systems, draft designs, build costumes and scenery, and read and hang light plots.
Run the Show
For many running crew positions, you do not need any backstage experience, we will train you!
Running crew positions include:
All crew participate in the following: