TDPS Callboard

The Callboard is the student hub for auditions, production labs, and rehearsal spaces. Check here throughout the academic year for important dates, forms, and course details.

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Class Auditions & Interviews

Audition & Interview Guidelines

Audition Guidelines for Acting Classes

Courses Requiring Auditions:

  • Theater 10 — Fundamentals of Acting I
  • Theater 109 — Fundamentals of Acting II
  • Theater 110A — Intermediate Acting: Scene Study & Style
  • Theater 110B — Intermediate Acting: The Power of Language
  • Theater 111 — Advanced Acting Studio

Audition Guidelines:

Students will not be able to enroll in these acting courses before the beginning of the semester. Instead, starting two weeks before classes begin, students must sign up via the TDPS Callboard for auditions which will be held at the beginning of the semester.

Auditions are generally held during the first week of instruction, but students should confirm times and locations on the audition sign-up form.

Prerequisites:

Theater 109 requires at least one semester of college-level acting training (or equivalent experience) and each subsequent course in the series requires an additional semester of college-level training or experience. If you don't know which acting level is appropriate, you may sign up for more than one audition.

Audition Preparation:

  • For Theater 10: Prepare a one-minute speech from a play, film script, or a selection of prose. Memorization of the piece is strongly encouraged.
  • For Theater 109, 110A, 110B, and 111: Prepare a one-minute monologue from a play. Memorization of the piece is required for these courses.

Enrollment:

After auditions, class rosters will be posted on the TDPS Callboard. If you are accepted into a course, the instructor will give you the permission number needed for enrollment and you must then add the course. No one will be considered for these courses without an audition.

Audition FAQ for Acting Classes

How long should my monologue be?

One minute maximum. Be sure to time your piece—if you go over during the audition, you may be asked to stop.

Do I need to memorize my monologue?

You have a much better chance of getting into Theater 10 if you memorize your monologue. Memorization is required for Theater 109 and beyond.

Any tips for selecting my monologue?

  • Look for a speech from a play. Passages from other forms of literature, including poems, are usually not as strong. 
  • It is usually best for beginners to stick to contemporary pieces—generally pieces written after 1940.
  • Choose something you can relate to—probably in your general age range.

What are your tips for performing the monologue?

  • Remember to breathe.
  • Avoid accents.
  • Speak loudly and clearly enough for us to hear you.
  • Imagine whomever you are speaking to is standing or sitting in front of you and speak to that imaginary person.

How early should I arrive to my audition appointment?

If possible, please come 10 minutes before your appointed time in case we are running early. It will also give you a moment to fill out the audition form if you were unable to complete it beforehand.

Can I skip a course in the acting sequence?

In general, it is recommended that you do the entire acting sequence in order once you arrive at UC Berkeley.

If you are trying to skip 10 and go into 109, you should have at least one semester of college-level acting training or equivalent acting experience. Your monologue will have to reveal that training and experience to help you gain access to the class. 

If you are trying to skip 10 or 109 or 110A and go into 110B in the spring, you should have at least three semesters of college-level acting training and voice training or equivalent acting experience. Your monologue will have to reveal that training and experience to help you gain access to the class.

What if I am a transfer student?

Transfer students are encouraged to begin their training at the appropriate level based on their studies in community college. It is recommended that you do the entire acting sequence in order once you arrive at UC Berkeley, unless you've had two or more semesters of college-level acting training in community college or equivalent acting experience.

When is the intermediate sequence taught?

Theater 110A is taught each fall; Theater 110B is taught each spring.

Do I need to perform a classical monologue for my 110A audition?

If you have taken Theater 10 or 109, you may use your contemporary monologues from those classes. You are not required to use heightened language or classical monologues.

What is the ratio of people who audition and people who are admitted?

It varies greatly from semester to semester. Often many more students audition than we have space for, so placing everyone is not guaranteed.

What if I don't get in to my preferred class?

Due to the large number of students who audition, it is not possible to get individual feedback from instructors holding the auditions. We strongly encourage you to try again the next semester.

Don't think of this as a wasted semester of training. Get involved in other TDPS classes that have a performance component. Audition for a TDPS workshop or production. Contact the film department for student film opportunities, or audition for an on-campus production sponsored by one of many student-run performance groups.

If you would like to gain more experience off the UC Berkeley campus, organizations like Theatre Bay Area offer audition preparation workshops, and many schools around the Bay Area offer theater classes. For an extensive list, please see the undergraduate advisor in 15 Dwinelle Hall.

Interview Guidelines for Theater Classes

Courses Requiring Interviews:

  • Theater 105: Movement for Actors
  • Theater 112: Voice & Speech
  • Theater 162: Fundamentals of Stage Directing
  • Theater 163: Stage Directing

Interview Guidelines:

All interested students must attend the first class meeting to be interviewed by the instructor for admission into the courses listed above. For class schedules, visit classes.berkeley.edu

Please be prepared to talk about your interest in the course and any relevant experience you have. Selected students will be given the Permission Numbers needed for enrollment.

Accommodation Policy

All UC Berkeley students are invited to audition or interview for TDPS courses. If a disability-related accommodation is needed for a class audition, please contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor (tdpsugadvisor@berkeley.edu) at least one week prior to the start of the semester.

For students in DSP, please contact your DSP specialist well in advance of the audition so there is time for the accommodation process and notify the department to make arrangements. Please ask DSP to also send disability accommodation notices for auditions to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor at least one week prior to the start of the semester.

Please note that some audition spaces are not readily accessible for those with mobility impairments. With advance notice, we are happy to make arrangements for an alternate venue.


Productions & Workshops

Performing in TDPS

  • Each semester TDPS produces three to six performance works comprised of plays, dance performances, and student-directed workshops.
  • While auditions are open to all UC Berkeley students, TDPS productions are curricular, and those cast must enroll in courses to receive credit commensurate with the time spent in preparation, rehearsal, and performance. 
  • Expectations, evaluative criteria, and grading standards are outlined below in Participant Rights & Responsibilities, and Sample Performance Syllabi.
  • Production auditions take place within the first few weeks of each semester. Sign-up forms will be posted here at least two weeks prior to the audition date. Callback and casting results will be posted below following the auditions. 

Casting & Course Guidelines

Casting Policies

  1. The Department is committed to educating Berkeley students in the artistic range of performance. For this reason, it is our policy to restrict casting to UC Berkeley students. Directors and Choreographers must receive prior approval from the Department Chair in order to cast from outside of the UC Berkeley student pool. To ensure fairness across the season, this request must be made as part of the initial proposal to the Department's Season Planning Committee, and must be made for all theater and dance productions. In rare instances, an emergency (illness, death in the family, injury) might result in the loss of a cast member, and the substitution of a non-student performer; in such cases, appropriate measures will be taken through consultation between the responsible Director/Choreographer, the Production Manager, the Chair of the Season Planning Committee, and the Department Chair.

  1. All cast members are required to enroll in units of the corresponding course for the production, commensurate with the time spent in rehearsals and performances; typically 2–4 units. Students with extenuating circumstances may petition for reduced unit enrollment through the Undergraduate Advisor. When necessary, credits may be undertaken through UC Extension. Professional guest artists (for example, faculty acting in the production, etc.) are not required to enroll. The maximum number of units available to participants will be determined by the Department, based on the production and level of participation.

  1. Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies majors may have a casting advantage because of familiarity with previous experience and training, but it should be understood that it is a competitive audition process, open to all UC Berkeley students.

  1. For the purposes of our casting policy, students from the following programs, with whom UC Berkeley has cross-registration programs, will be considered UC Berkeley Students:

Cal State University, East Bay; Mills College; San Francisco State University; Sonoma State University; Holy Names University; John F Kennedy University; and Dominican University of California.

  1. While UC Extension students are able to enroll in TDPS courses associated with performance, UC Extension Fall Program for Freshmen does NOT allow students to enroll in “elective” courses, and therefore students of the program are ineligible for participation in production.

Participant Rights & Responsibilities

Production participation is a privilege, which carries responsibilities. Directors, choreographers, actors, dancers, designers, playwrights, and technicians unite for a finite rehearsal and performance period in order to create a performance work. A production’s success relies on the commitment of all involved. Once a cast, design team, collaborators, and crew have been selected, the absence of any team member is detrimental to the project. Such absences are unprofessional and unacceptable.


Responsibilities for Director/Choreographer

  1. Adhere to schedules for auditions, rehearsals, and performances as determined by the Production Manager.

  2. Maintain primary concern for the safety of the cast and crew.

  3. Ensure that students are registered for the corresponding course and for timely submission of final grades. Student Directors/Choreographers should work with faculty advisors related to enrollment and grading.


Responsibilities for Performers

Before you audition, learn all you can about the production:

  • Read the script and learn about the Director/Choreographer and what they have in mind for the production.

  • Confirm your availability for rehearsals and performances by reviewing published schedules, available on the Callboard and at auditions. Can you make the necessary time commitment? Do you have academic  conflicts with required attendance dates?

  • Unless a student makes a written request of the Director or Choreographer at the time of the audition, it is assumed that the student will eagerly accept any role or assignment they are offered. Ensure  you are clear about your availability and any conditions you are placing upon your audition because:

    1. Acceptance of a role in a TDPS production requires the participation in ALL scheduled rehearsals, photo shoots, designer appointments, technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances and strike associated with the production.

    2. Participants must enroll in a corresponding course for units commensurate with time spent in preparation, rehearsal and performance.

    3. Declining an offered role without having made extenuating conditions known at the time of the audition forfeits the opportunity to perform in a TDPS production for the remainder of the semester and/or subsequent semesters, as determined by the Chair.

    4. A student who drops out of a production after having been cast is likewise ineligible for further casting that semester and/or subsequent semesters as determined by the Chair.

    5. Director/Choreographer will report violations (per #3 and #4) to the Chair in writing.

Grounds for Dismissal

A performer may be dismissed from a production for:

  • Unexcused absence or tardiness from any rehearsal or performance.
  • Inappropriate behavior as further outlined in course syllabi.
  • Failure to meet appointments with Designers/Directors or other Production staff.

The only excused absences from rehearsal or performance are:

  • Serious illness/accident.
  • Death in the family.
  • Natural disasters.

Mechanism for Dismissal of Cast and Crew

Any student who has shown cause for dismissal may be dismissed from the show.  In some cases, particularly those involving unexcused absence, the student may be dismissed immediately by the relevant supervisor (Director, Choreographer, or Production Manager); in other cases, the supervisor may give one warning (written or verbal), with the understanding that a second offense will result in immediate dismissal. In all cases, the Department Chair will be immediately notified of the offense and reserves the right to dismiss a student from a production upon written recommendation from the appropriate supervisor. Students dismissed from a production will receive a failing grade in the relevant course and will not be eligible for casting in a TDPS production for that semester and/or subsequent semester(s) as determined by the Chair.

Sample Performance Syllabi

TDPS productions are curricular, often the culmination of advanced coursework within the department. In addition to department policies and posted Performer Responsibilities, course syllabi contain expectations, evaluative criteria, and grading standards for participants. Theater 180 and 181 for Berkeley Dance Project, Playhouse and Studio Productions are taken for a letter grade. Theater 171 for Workshops is taken Pass/No Pass. The evaluative criteria are the same for all productions, as is the expectation of perfect attendance. 


Overview of Theater 180: Berkeley Dance Project

This class is designed for students who are seriously interested in performing dance on the concert stage. Involvement prepares students to perform in a highly produced dance concert called the Berkeley Dance Project. The course is designed to teach students about the process of dancing for a choreographer. This will involve: participating fully in all rehearsals and all required performances, contributing ideas to the creative process, and being open to choreographic strategies and methods. Students will be cast in up to three separate dance pieces. Each dance piece varies in scope and style depending on the themes and concepts being explored by the individual choreographer. Audition is required.


Overview of Theater 181: Playhouse and Studio Productions

This course operates as a large, complex performance lab, providing academic credit for performers and other specified participants in theatrical events produced by the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies. Participants must enroll in at least one unit, and up to four units of 181, depending upon level of involvement and/or student preference, or as prescribed by the instructor of record. All course activities occur within a finite schedule, generally spanning eight weeks within a semester, culminating in ticketed public performances. This course may be taken multiple times for credit and may fulfill major and minor requirements.


Course Materials for Theater 181:

Students enrolled in Theater 181 and participating in a performative role in the production will be required to pay a lab fee of $20 to cover the cost of theatrical makeup that will be personally used in the course of the production. Students who have previously purchased a theatrical makeup kit specified by the department may request full or partial fee waiver based upon presentation of appropriate kit components during the makeup consultation. 


Schedule:

This course meets according to the established rehearsal scheduled for a given production. Refer to the Master Calendar for your production available on the TDPS Callboard and provided by your Stage Manager. Note that specific call times on indicated rehearsal and performance dates will be set on a weekly or daily basis and will be communicated to you by the Stage Manager or Production Manager.


Attendance:

This is a course that requires full participation. Because sessions are part of the creative process, there is no way to make them up. Missing even one session to which you are called will affect the outcome of the work being created. Therefore, a perfect attendance record is the assumption for this course, which means on-time attendance to every rehearsal, and performance call indicated on the Master Calendar for the production, or at least to the calls provided by the Stage Manager for your particular role. Please consider this seriously before deciding to take this class. Perfect attendance is defined as being on time and present for all calls, and being ready to work at the call times. The only excused conflicts/absences are those presented by the student andapproved in writing by the instructor prior to completion of callbacks. The only other excused absences from rehearsal or performance are serious illness/accident, death in the family, natural disasters. Students who are ill, or who are seriously injured, and are at risk of missing multiple sessions, must contact the instructors immediately to determine the course of action to be taken. Any students needing accommodation for observance of religious holidays  are also responsible for contacting the instructor at the time of auditions.


Course Requirements and Evaluative Criteria:

Grades for this course will be based on evaluation of the factors listed below:

  • Maintaining a mature, responsible, supportive and communicative attitude towards fellow students, staff, faculty, and the project as a whole
  • Coming prepared and ready to work to all scheduled sessions, workshops, rehearsals and performances
  • Working diligently to fulfill the standards and objectives established by the director, whether a student, faculty member, or outside professional
  • Being responsive to student stage managers and staff, which includes checking email and voicemail daily
  • Timely and diligent completion of all assignments, cast responsibilities, off-book deadlines, scheduled costume fittings and required readings
  • Willingness to experience and apply new ideas and approaches, and learn new skills
  • Full participation and attention in discussions and notes sessions
  • Respecting the theatrical process, in rehearsal and performance, and being patient with its intrinsic challenges, including using any downtime in a productive way

Evaluative Procedures:

Theater is by nature a collaborative process. The teacher of record will communicate with production department heads, other faculty, student directors, and staff involved with the production to determine a student’s level of accomplishment, based on the above criteria.


Grading Standards:

A  Exceptional and committed fulfillment of all the stated requirements; exhibiting a high degree  of professionalism throughout the process, and respect for all of its elements and collaborators.

A-  Exceptional fulfillment of a majority of the stated requirements, including prompt attendance and meeting all established deadlines.

B+  Solid fulfillment of the stated requirements, with occasional lapses in commitment or professionalism, or a less than perfect record of promptness and readiness to rehearse. Examples might include losing focus in some rehearsals, needing to be given notes more than once, or not using downtime to constructive purpose.

B  Satisfactory fulfillment of the stated requirements, and an overall professional attitude. but fairly regular lapses in attention, judgement, or follow-through. Responds well to constructive criticism in most cases, and makes adjustments accordingly.  Examples might include students who distract others from the smooth running or rehearsals, or are not ready to rehearse on more than one occasion. 

C  Students understand what is required of them, but often need to be reminded of their tasks and responsibilities, and/or can obstruct the smooth running of rehearsals or performances. Students don’t respond well to criticism, or only do so when pressed, and /or rarely take initiative beyond their basic tasks. Students may often be late to calls, or not meet off-book deadline.

Students who fail to maintain the standards of a grade of “C” will be dropped from the class and receive no credit.


Rehearsal Absence Policy: 

  • 0 absences are allowed — beyond what has been established at the time of your audition and acceptance of the role.
  • Promptness is required. Being ‘on time’ means being present and ready to work at the designated call time. Arriving AT the call time is equivalent to being late.
  • Please refer to the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Performer Responsibilities posted on the Callboard and acknowledged at the time of the audition. If you do not have a copy for yourself, please ask the instructor for a copy.

Performance Absence Policy:

  • 0 absences are allowed 
  • Promptness is required
  • Please refer to the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Performer Responsibilities posted on the Callboard and acknowledged at the time of the audition.

Accommodation Policy

All UC Berkeley students are invited to audition for TDPS productions and workshops. If a disability-related accommodation is needed for an audition, please contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor (tdpsugadvisor@berkeley.edu) at least one week prior to the start of the semester.

For students in DSP, please contact your DSP specialist well in advance of the audition so there is time for the accommodation process and notify the department to make arrangements. Please ask DSP to also send disability accommodation notices for auditions to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor at least one week prior to the start of the semester.

Please note that some audition spaces are not readily accessible for those with mobility impairments. With advance notice, we are happy to make arrangements for an alternate venue.

Auditions for Spring 2023

Dance Workshop: All the Lovers That I Never Had

All the Lovers That I Never Had

Student Directed Dance Workshop
Choreographed by Charlene Wang


Key Dates:

  • Open Call Auditions: Friday, January 27 / 6–9pm / Bancroft Dance Studio (2401 Bancroft Way)
  • Rehearsals: February 27 – March 20 / Monday–Friday / 6–9pm
  • Showings: March 21–22 / 8pm

Synopsis:

This project, tentatively named, All the Lovers That I Never Had, is about the human experience—the joy, passion, heartbreak, loneliness and hope—all its good and bad. Drawing inspiration from personal experiences, this work consisting of multiple short excerpts, from childhood ambitions to young love, will trace the journey of growing up in order to emanate the universal experience of feeling.


Casting / Auditions:

Combined auditions for two dance workshops, All the Lovers That I Never Had and Ancient Light, will be held on Friday, January 27 from 6pm to 9pm in Bancroft Dance Studio (2401 Bancroft Way).

The choreographer is seeking 5–10 dancers for All the Lovers That I Never Had. Extensive experience in dance is not necessary, though background in modern/contemporary dance is helpful. 

Dancers do not need to prepare anything for the audition, but should come ready to learn a short phrase and engage in some improvisation.

Please complete an audition form beforehand! If we do not have an audition form for you, we will ask you to fill one out at the top of auditions. 

Please arrive and be ready to begin by 6 pm.

Click here to complete an audition form for both dance workshops


Commitment:

Students who are cast must commit to be available for all indicated calls on the Workshop Calendar and must enroll in Theater 171 for 1 unit in Spring 2023. All rehearsals and performances for this workshop will be held in person. 

Dance Workshop: Ancient Light

Ancient Light

Student-Directed Dance Workshop
Choreographed by Mai Corkins


Key Dates:

  • Open Call Auditions: Friday, January 27 / 6–9pm / Bancroft Dance Studio (2401 Bancroft Way)
  • Rehearsals: February 27 – March 20 / Monday–Friday / 6–9pm
  • Showings: March 21–22 / 8pm

Synopsis:

The piece, entitled Ancient Light, will be an expansion of a duet choreographed for the Fall 2021 Choreography Showcase. The piece is greatly influenced by the idea of the past returning to touch the present, and will explore the ways that communities and relationships endure and repair themselves over time. It also pulls inspiration from the forest and the creatures that live there, and explores the idea of shape shifting through movement.


Casting / Auditions:

Combined auditions for two dance workshops, Ancient Light and All the Lovers That I Never Had, will be held on Friday, January 27 from 6pm to 9pm in Bancroft Dance Studio (2401 Bancroft Way).

The choreographer is seeking 5-7 dancers for Ancient Light. All dance backgrounds are welcome, although some experience in ballet and/or modern/contemporary would be helpful.

Dancers do not need to prepare anything for the audition, but should come ready to learn a short phrase and engage in some improvisation.

Please complete an audition form beforehand! If we do not have an audition form for you, we will ask you to fill one out at the top of auditions. 

Please arrive and be ready to begin by 6 pm.

Click here to complete an audition form for both dance workshops


Commitment:

Students who are cast must commit to be available for all indicated calls on the Workshop Calendar and must enroll in Theater 171 for 1 unit in Spring 2023. All rehearsals and performances for this workshop will be held in person. 

Production: Eurydice

Eurydice

By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Patrick Russell


Key Dates:

  • Open Call Auditions: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 / 6–10pm / Durham Studio Theater
  • Callbacks: Wednesday, January 25, 2023 / 6–10pm / Durham Studio Theater
  • Rehearsals: February 6 – March 15, 2023
  • Performances: March 16–19, 2023

Synopsis:

Eurydice reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice not through Orpheus's infamous pilgrimage to retrieve his bride, but through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. With contemporary characters, plot twists, and a script written to be a playground for designers, the play is a fresh look at a timeless love story.


Casting:

Seeking 7 actors.

Students of all racial, ethnic, gender, and dis/ability identities are encouraged to audition; all bodies, neuroabilities, accents, and dialects are welcome.


Commitment:

Students who are cast in the show must commit to be available for all indicated calls on the Actor Production Calendar and must enroll in Theater 181 for 1-3 units. All rehearsals and performances for this production will be held in person in Durham Studio Theater. 


Audition Details & Sign-Ups:

For Eurydice, click here to sign up for an in-person audition and complete an audition form

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 from 6pm to 10pm in Durham Studio Theater. 

For the audition, please prepare a contemporary or classical monologue (no longer than 2 minutes).

  • If you are interested in the role of Orpheus, it is encouraged to bring in a hand held musical instrument and present a 1 minute demo of your skills, particularly guitar, ukulele, harmonica, mandolin or banjo. Please also prepare 16 bars of a song (musical, pop, folk or contemporary) which can be sung a cappella, with recorded accompaniment or sung with your musical instrument.
  • If you are interested in the roles of the Chorus of Stones, please note any special skills on your audition form (dance, gymnastics, juggling and/or clowning).

Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 6pm to 10pm in Durham Studio Theater.


Cast of Characters:

While some characters in the script denote specific gender identity, we will be considering all gender identities and gender non-conforming identifying actors for all roles.

  • Eurydice: The protagonist; falls into the Underworld on the evening of her wedding; loses her memory upon entering the Underworld when she reunites with her father; rediscovers language, her past and her love for both her father and Orpheus.
  • Father: Eurydice’s father; died when Eurydice was younger; currently inhabiting the Underworld and is reunited with her daughter; helps her to remember life as it was.
  • Orpheus: Eurydice’s young husband; a renowned musician; journeys to the Underworld to try and find Eurydice.
  • The Nasty Interesting Man / Lord of the Underworld: The catalyst for Eurydice’s death and entrance into the Underworld on the night of her wedding; transforms from Nasty Interesting Man to Death Metal Child to Lord of the Underworld’.
  • A Chorus of Stones: Inhabitants of the Underworld who comment on the action of the play to the audience as well as interact with the other characters. Played like "nasty children at a birthday party."

Perusal Scripts:

Copies of Eurydice are available to peruse in the TDPS main office (15 Dwinelle Hall, Monday–Friday, 9am–12pm and 1pm–4pm). Scripts should remain in the office, so please plan to stay while perusing.

Production: Daughters of Leda

Daughters of Leda

By Madeline Sayet
Directed by Shannon R. Davis


Key Dates:

  • Open Call Auditions: Thursday, January 19, 2023 / 6–10pm / Zellerbach Playhouse
  • Callbacks: Friday, January 20, 2023 / 6–10pm / Zellerbach Playhouse
  • Rehearsals: February 27 – April 26, 2023
  • Performances: April 27–30, 2023

Synopsis:

As the seasons change and Persephone returns to the underworld, a mortal girl arrives at the same time asking questions that turn history upside down. The Fates have a game up their sleeve—they are tired, they need a vacation. But in order to leave, they have to return the stories they exploited. In a whirlwind of events, Adam and Eve, Leda (and the Swan), Helen, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, and Electra all come together to choose their own destinies and finally tell their side of the stories that have instilled fear of feminine knowledge for far too long.


Casting:

Seeking 8-9 performers.

Students of all racial, ethnic, gender, and dis/ability identities are encouraged to audition; all bodies, neuroabilities, accents, and dialects are welcome.

This piece is written and directed by Indigenous women. Indigenous students are encouraged to audition.


Commitment:

Students who are cast in the show must commit to be available for all indicated calls on the Actor Production Calendar and must enroll in Theater 181 for 1-4 units. All rehearsals and performances for this production will be held in person. 


Audition Details & Sign-Ups:

For Daughters of Leda, click here to sign up for an in-person audition and complete an audition form

Auditions will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 6pm to 10pm in Zellerbach Playhouse. 

For the audition, please prepare a contemporary monologue (no longer than 2 minutes).

Callbacks will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023 from 6pm to 10pm in Zellerbach Playhouse. 

Familiarity with the script will be helpful in the event that you are asked to read a specific monologue from the script during auditions. Copies of Daughters of Leda are available to peruse in the TDPS main office (15 Dwinelle Hall, Monday–Friday, 9am–12pm and 1pm–4pm). Scripts should remain in the office, so please plan to stay while perusing.


Cast of Characters:

The cast will be comprised of about 8–9 actors. Actors will play multiple roles. The roles each actor plays might vary from those listed below, however they will be close to this: 

  • Girl / Child / Old Woman: 
    • Will most likely use a puppet for GIRL.
  • Alex / Eve: 
    • Ages 18-25. Woman. Spunky, youthful energy. Curious, open heart.
  • Adam / Hades: 
    • 20s/30s. Man. 
    • Adam: Innocent, then troubled. 
    • Hades: King of the underworld — smarmy businessman type, scared of losing control.
  • Spin / Electra: 
    • Spin: A fate full of hope. Creates life. 
    • Electra: Youngest child of Clytemnestra, full of cynicism.
  • Measure / Iphigenia: 
    • Measure: Middle Fate, weighs things carefully.
    • Iphigenia: Oldest daughter of Clytemnestra, moral high-ground.
  • Cut / Chrysothemis:
    • Cut: The fate responsible for ending life. Quick-tempered. 
    • Chrysothemis: Middle daughter of Clytemnestra, comic relief.
  • Leda / Mother:
    • Leda: Mother of Clytemnestra and Helen. Strong, haunted.
  • Helen / Snake:
    • Helen: Follows impulses, makes choices, tries outcomes. 
    • Snake: Never evil, but wiser than everyone else.
  • Persephone / Clytemnestra:
    • Persephone: Queen of the underworld. Pretends to be the good housewife, while ready to take over. 
    • Clytemnestra: Killed her husband, then killed by her daughter Electra. She still cares deeply for all of her children.

Perusal Scripts:

Copies of Daughters of Leda are available to peruse in the TDPS main office (15 Dwinelle Hall, Monday–Friday, 9am–12pm and 1pm–4pm). Scripts should remain in the office, so please plan to stay while perusing.


Production Labs & Run Crew

Participating in TDPS productions in a technical capacity generally requires completion of Theater 60: Introduction to Technical Theater and Production. Following the introductory course, additional work may be pursued in Theater 167, 168, and 169 (see enrollment instructions below).

Additional information about production and design courses is available here.

Course Information & Enrollment Instructions

THEATER 167, 168, 169

How to Enroll in Theater 168: Technical Theater Shop Practice

Students can enroll directly into THR 168 via the enrollment system.

Prerequisite/Corequisite: Successful completion of, or concurrent enrollment in THR 60: Introduction to Technical Theater and Production is required.  Transfer students who received waivers for THR 60 may need to receive permission numbers to enroll.  If you are unable to enroll, please contact the Jamila Cobham, jamilacobham@berkeley.edu, for enrollment assistance. 

Five lab options will be offered this Spring. In the enrollment system, search for Theater 168 and select one of the labs listed below based on your availability and interest. 

Scenery Labs:

  • Lab 1 - Scenery Lab - Mondays and Wednesdays - 2-5pm
  • Lab 2 - Please note that Lab 2 will not be held during the Spring. (Updated 11.28.2022)
  • Lab Instructor: Josh Frachiseur

Lighting/Sound Labs:

  • Lab 3 - Lighting/Sound Lab - Wednesdays and Fridays 2-5pm  
  • Lab 4 - Lighting/Sound Lab - Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-5pm
  • Lab Instructor: Eugene Palmer

Costume Labs:

  • Lab 5 - Costume Lab - Mondays and Wednesdays - 2-5pm
  • Lab 6 - Costume Lab - Tuesdays and Thursdays -  2-5pm
  • Lab Instructor: Wendy Sparks

Please direct questions to Jamila Cobham, Production Manager: jamilacobham@berkeley.edu


How to Enroll in Theater 167: Technical Theater Run Crew and/or Theater 169: Technical Theater Advanced Practice

Theater 167 and 169 are not listed in the class schedule because they require an individual course number for enrollment. Lab preferences must be submitted in the semester prior to intended enrollment to get onto the course list. Seats may be available at the beginning of the semester for those not on the list, though it is not guaranteed. It is imperative that you read and understand the syllabus and schedule for your intended course. See below for details and links.

Please direct questions to Jamila Cobham, Production Manager: jamilacobham@berkeley.edu


Preference Submission for Theater 167 

Please read the syllabus and production schedules linked below under Forms and Schedules, prior to submitting your preference form.

  • Completion of this preference form will place you onto the waitlist in the order received.
  • Submission of preferences for a course does not guarantee enrollment; seats are limited in each semester.
  • Your submission will be confirmed via an email from the Production Manager. In the email you will receive an individual course permission number for enrollment and your lab assignment.
  • If additional information is required after submitting your preference form, you may be asked to meet with the Production Manager.

Preference Submission for Theater 169

Schedule and shop assignments should be arranged with the lab instructor before completing the preference form. Please email the relevant lab instructors below. 

Once your advanced Technical Theater assignment is approved, please complete the preference form. Once completed your assignment will be confirmed via an email from the Production Manager. In the email you will receive an individual course number for enrollment. 


Forms & Schedules

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Student Rehearsal Space

At this time, we cannot make any of our spaces available to student groups or individuals not currently enrolled in TDPS courses.

Requirements for TDPS Studio Use:

  • Current TDPS course enrollment — studio use is for class assignments only.
  • Book a maximum of 1 hour per use to ensure fellow students have access.
  • Abide by all posted Space Use Policies. Failure to abide by these policies will result in loss of privileges and other disciplinary actions as warranted.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Consume food or beverage OUTSIDE the studios.
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are available in all studio spaces; please use judiciously. Items should not be removed from the spaces.
  • Students using studios in Zellerbach should check in with the Stage Door attendant upon arrival, and again when finished using the space.

Book Studio Spaces @ tdps.skedda.com

  1. First time using Skedda? Register an account. Please use your berkeley.edu account to sign up and NOT personal email accounts.

  2. Only students currently enrolled in a TDPS course may register. Skedda bookings will be audited against class rosters. You must include the class for which you are rehearsing when you sign up.

  3. Students may book available spaces up to seven days in advance.

  4. Zellerbach studios are now available for booking in accordance with the above guidelines.