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Brian Newberg, Director

Kent State University at Stark Theatre
Fine Arts Building
6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Theatre Contact:
Brian Newberg
Theatre Director
103A Fine Arts

Technical Production Contact:
Lou Williams
Theatre Specialist

Schedule an Audition Appointment:
Stop by or call the Fine Arts secretary:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Building

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Audition Information

Theatre Auditions

General Audition Information for All Shows

  • Auditions are open to everyone including students and members of the community.
  • Those auditioning have the choice of working from sides (selected scene excerpts) or they may perform a prepared monologue. For musicals, audition information will be listed under the show.
  • Scripts and sides are available for perusal for periods up to 24 hours from the Fine Arts secretary. Stop by or call 330-244-5151 between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Scripts and sides will also be available in the reserve area of the Stark Campus Library.
  • Audition appointments are recommended, but not required. Stop by or call 330-244-5151 to schedule an audition appointment with the Fine Arts secretary.
  • Technical production opportunities are also available, such as stage and assistant stage managers, assistants to lighting, scenic, sound and costume designers.
  • Roles available and any additional audition requirements will be listed under each show.
  • Brian Newberg is the director for all of the following shows.

Our HouseOur House

By Theresa Rebeck

April 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 8 p.m.
April 6 & 13 (ASL interpreted) at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets available March 24.

An arrogant television executive faced with dwindling ratings hires America's favorite news anchor to host a popular reality show. Meanwhile, a TV addict with an unhealthy obsession for her teeters on the edge as tensions in his house rise and explode into a drama that holds the nation riveted. Filled with comedic satire, Our House examines a culture that is fascinated with transforming sobering crisis into sexy entertainment. For mature audiences only, due to violent content and strong language.

Audition Dates:
6 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Rehearsals begin February 17 (after the opening of Cat's-Paw) and will occur five evenings a week until opening.

4 males, 3 females, age range flexible

  • Jennifer - famous TV reporter and reality TV personality
  • Wes - ruthless TV network executive
  • Stu - Wes' network assistant who has an impossible job
  • Merv - TV addicted housemate, socially irresponsible and on the edge
  • Vince - Merv's housemate who tries to keep the peace
  • Alice - Merv's housemate who confronts him; direct and strong
  • Grigsby - Merv's housemate and medical professional, working too long hours, and trying to mediate the household

Show Details


The Maiden's PrayerThe Maiden's Prayer

By Nicky Silver

November 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 8 p.m.
November 3 & 10 (ASL interpreted) at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets available October 21.

In Nicky Silver’s dramatic comedy, unrequited love threatens the marriage of golden couple Taylor and Cynthia. As his best friend and sister-in-law secretly pine after Taylor, each of their lives endures major changes, resulting from the choices they make. A tragedy tests the family loyalty of Cynthia’s sister, while Taylor’s best friend takes advantage of the opportunity as a means to fulfill his long-hidden desires. For mature audiences only, due to sexual content and strong language.

Audition Dates:
September 3 & 4 (Callbacks will be September 5, if needed)
7 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

Rehearsals begin September 8 and will occur five evenings a week until opening.

3 males, 2 females, ages range 20's through 40's

  • Paul - well mannered and articulate; yearns for what he cannot have
  • Taylor - Paul's best friend and Cynthia's husband; he's rather dashing which is a somewhat fragile facade
  • Cynthia - Taylor's wife; she has charm and graciousness that border on the edge
  • Libby - Cynthia's sister; high-strung, vulgar, direct and so very complicated
  • Andrew - a man Paul picks up at Bloomingdale's; he's conscientiously cheerful (this role also plays George and Art)

Show Details


By William Mastrosimone

February 14, 15, 21 & 22 at 8 p.m.
February 16 & 23 (ASL interpreted) at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets available February 3.

This intense thriller examines the motives of an eco-terrorist through media reporting. Obsessed with the pollution of the world’s water supply, the mastermind behind deadly attacks on the EPA and the White House takes a hostage and grants a young journalist the interview of a lifetime. While justifying his actions on camera, a taut game of cat and mouse ensues, leading to a shocking and surprising conclusion. For mature audiences only, due to violent content and strong language.

Audition Dates:
November 19 & 21 (Callbacks will be November 22, if needed)
7 p.m.
Fine Arts Theatre

There may be a brief rehearsal period in mid-December (if possible) followed by a holiday break. Regular rehearsals begin on January 5 and will occur five evenings a week until opening.

2 males, 2 females, age range flexible
  • Victor - strong minded and brilliant eco-terrorist devoted to saving the planet
  • Jessica Lyons - well known journalist with a nose for a story, and a match for Victor's tactics
  • David Darling - EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) official and Victor's hostage, which has taken its toll on his nerves
  • Cathy - a "soldier" in Victor's movement, trusting and idealistic
Show Details