The Playhouse encourages performers of any race, ethnicity, gender, age, or other personal differentiations to audition for its plays. Where specific casting demands are not indicated by the playwright, any performer is encouraged to audition for any role.

From Playhouse Artistic Director, Katy Merriman:
Roles are listed based on the gender identity of the character. Any performer who feels they can play the gender identity of a listed character is welcome to audition for the role. Unless a role is specifically listed as a certain race or ethnicity because of the requirements of the story or playwright, any person of any race or ethnicity is welcome and encouraged to audition for a role. The way a person looks or identifies has historically been taken into consideration when creating a cast for a show, but that should not be a limiting factor in actor eligibility. Rather, it should be an inspirational means of including people in theatre, specifically those who have been marginalized and excluded from past theatre experiences. Theatre is a creative endeavor for anyone who wants to be a part of it – no rules and dream big.

You can sign up to receive an audition notice via email by clicking here and choosing Volunteer Updates: Audition Notices (acting).

Monday, Dec 13, 6:00 pm

Performance Dates: Feb. 04-Feb. 20, 2022

Cast Needs: 5 male-identifying roles, ages 18-65, any race or ethnicity, 5 female-identifying roles, ages 18-65, any race or ethnicity,

Cast Needs: 5 male-identifying, ages 18-65, any race or ethnicity, 5 female-identifying, ages 18-65, any race or ethnicity,

Audition Details

Monday, Jan 10, 6:00 pm

Performance Dates: Mar. 04-Mar. 20, 2022

Cast Needs: 2 male-identifying roles, ages 18-60, any race or ethnicity, 2 female-identifying roles, ages 18-60, any race or ethnicity, 1 male-identifying role, age 12-18, any race or ethnicity, 1 female-identifying role, age 12-18, any race or ethnicity, 5 roles any gender, ages 8 and up, any race or ethnicity,

Cast Needs: 2 male-identifying actors, ages 18-60, any race or ethnicity, 2 female-identifying actors, ages 18-60, any race or ethnicity, 1 male-identifying youth, ages 12-18, any race or ethnicity, 1 female-identifying youth, ages 12-18, any race or ethnicity; 5 actors of any gender, ages 8 and up, any race or ethnicity,

Audition Details

Monday, Jan 24, 6:00 pm

Performance Dates: Mar. 25-Apr. 10, 2022

Cast Needs: Cast needs will be determined after Nov. 1, 2021. Many cast members will be returning from the canceled March/April 2020 for this remounted production. There will be auditions for new cast members.,

Cast Needs: TBD , TBD , 2, Ensemble M & W

Audition Details

Monday, Feb 21, 6:00 pm

Performance Dates: Apr. 22-May. 08, 2022

Cast Needs: 1 male-identifying role, ages 18-60, any race or ethnicity, 2 female-identifying roles, ages 18-60, any race or ethnicity, 1 male-identifying role, age 8-18, any race or ethnicity, 2 female-identifying roles, ages 18-70, any race or ethnicity, 2 roles any gender, ages 16 and up, any race or ethnicity,

Cast Needs: 1 male-identifying actor, ages 18-60, any race or ethnicity, 2 female-identifying actors, ages 18-60, any race or ethnicity, 1 male-identifying youth, age 8-18, any race or ethnicity, 2 female-identifying youths, ages 18-70, any race or ethnicity; 2 actors, ages 16 and up, any gender, any race or ethnicity; youth ensemble, any gender, ages 8-16, any race or ethnicity,

Audition Details

Monday, Apr 04, 6:00 pm

Performance Dates: Jun. 03-Jun. 19, 2022

Cast Needs: 3-4 male-identifying roles, ages 25-60, any race or ethnicity, 10 female-indentifying roles, ages 20-75, any race or ethnicity,

Cast Needs: 3-4 male-identifying actors, ages 25-60, any race or ethnicity, 10 female-identifying actors, ages 20-75, any race or ethnicity,

Audition Details

Monday, May 02, 6:00 pm

Performance Dates: Jul. 08-Jul. 31, 2022

Cast Needs: 2 male-identifying roles, ages 25-50, any race or ethnicity, 1 male-identifying role, dancer/acrobat/gymnast, 5 female-identifying roles, ages 25-50, any race or ethnicity, 5 male-indentifying roles, ages 8-12, any race or ethnicity, 5 female-identifying roles, ages 8-12, any race or ethnicity, Ensemble any gender, ages 8 and up, any race or ethnicity,

Cast Needs: 2 male-identifying actors, ages 25-50, any race or ethnicity plus 1 male-identifying dancer/acrobat/gymnast, age 18-30, 5 female-identifying actors, ages 25-50, any race or ethnicity, 5 male-identifying youths, ages 8-12, any race or ethnicity, 5 female-identifying youths, ages 8-12, any race or ethnicity, Ensemble B & G, Ensemble M & W

Audition Details

2021-22 Season Audition Process

Details and links to Casting Manager will be posted several weeks prior to auditions and can be accessed by clicking on Audition Details under the show title.

Anyone can sign up for an audition by clicking the Sign Up for an Audition link within each show’s details. The link will take you to Casting Manager where you can create a profile, fill in your information, submit your conflicts, and sign up for an audition time. You are also welcome to fill out the Casting Manager form at The Playhouse on the day of auditions as a walk-up. Our audition crew will help you get signed in with Casting Manager if you need assistance. (You will have an earlier audition time and a shorter wait if you sign up online in advance, and we strongly encourage this.) If you need assistance with an online form for any reason, please contact Katy Merriman, artistic director, at 515.974.5354.

Those auditioning for musicals (*) must bring a prepared solo. An accompanist will be provided, as well as the ability to play an accompaniment track from an iPhone or similar device.

If you are unable to attend auditions in person, you may submit an audition video by 6 pm on the date of your audition. Casting Manager will provide details on what you should prepare and record for your video audition. A few tips for filming:

  1. Use a smartphone or tablet to film your audition. If you don’t have access to a device to film, please reach out to Playhouse artistic director Katy Merriman for assistance. If you have a friend who can film and be a reading partner, that is great! If not, prop the device on a stack of books or something similar and take a test video to make sure you are in the frame.
  2. State your name and the part you are auditioning for at stage volume and clarity at the beginning of your video. If you can do this separately and then film your readings in separate takes, that is best as you can take time to get into character.
  3. Please film in a tight to medium frame from the chest up. Choose a quiet room with a neutral background and good lighting that doesn’t cast shadows in your video.
  4. Please choose a reading partner to read the lines that are not your character’s for your filming. The most important part of your partner’s reading is that you can hear them and we can see your response in your video. They do not need to be on camera.
  5. Enjoy yourself, don’t look directly into the camera, and don’t stress! If you can memorize the scenes, that is great. If you are holding a script, that’s okay too. Prepare by knowing the story, who you are in the play, and what is happening in the scene, but don’t spend hours and hours doing multiple takes and stressing about the video. Save yourself time by doing your actor homework before you film.

Safety Guide, updated Aug. 31, 2021

Please note: The Playhouse remains committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for volunteers and guests and as such we are monitoring the current recommendations, guidelines, and restrictions to which we are subject. Based on CDC and state guidelines at the time of your volunteer shift, protocols may include mask enforcement, social distancing, or more. Volunteers and guests who do not comply with Playhouse policies will not be admitted and guest tickets will be refunded. Click here to download our full safety guide updated Aug. 31, 2021.

The Des Moines Playhouse is following recommendations from state and local governments and from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In terms of volunteer safety, these measures include the following:

  • Please do not come if you are feeling unwell or have been unwell in the past 14 days, have been recently diagnosed with COVID-19, or are awaiting a COVID-19 test result.
  • Masks are required even for the fully vaccinated.
  • Frequent handwashing and disinfecting of actors’ properties and greenroom spaces.
  • Social distancing is not a requirement but highly recommended.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout the building.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. If you are not comfortable taking this risk, please do not volunteer at The Playhouse yet. We respect and support that decision. If you plan to volunteer at The Playhouse you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Feel free to reach out to David Kilpatrick, Playhouse executive director, with questions at any time, 515.974.5353.

Anyone who ever wanted to act, from an individual with no experience to the most seasoned actor, is welcome on our stage.

Questions about auditions should be directed to Playhouse artistic director Katy Merriman, 515.974.5354.

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