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“ I have been thinking of my time at HSU often since then and I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you all and say hello and thank you. Although I wasn't a major, the HSU drama department provided me with all kinds of chances to get on stage, from little black box shows to big budget proscenium shows,   telling stories, digging in, practicing, thriving, failing sometimes, learning...I loved it. So, yeah, thank you.  ” 

Patrick Jones, Class of 2000

Performance Opportunities

Auditions for Jungalbook
November 13 from 6-9 p.m. in Studio Theatre (TA 115)

Auditions for the upcoming HSU Dept. of Theatre, Film & Dance (TFD) production of Jungalbook will be held Friday, November 13th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Studio Theatre (TA 115). Those interested in auditioning should prepare, preferably, two contrasting monologues (one dramatic & one comedic – maximum 90 seconds each) that will demonstrate the actor's range. A sign-up sheet with 5-minute time slots will be posted to the Theatre Bulletin Board (outside the TFD office) one week prior to the audition.

Callbacks for Jungalbook will be held Saturday, November 14th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Studio Theatre. Individuals invited to callbacks can expect to participate in improvisational/movement exercises, percussion-based activities, and cold readings.

A workshop for those interested in auditioning for Jungalbook will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm in the Studio Theatre. This workshop will include a discussion of the play, offer tips for auditioning, and, depending on time constraints, provide monologue coaching. Those interested in receiving monologue coaching should contact the director in advance (see below).

All questions regarding the Jungalbook may be sent to the Director ( or the Stage Manager (

Auditions for Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
January 28 from 6-9 pm in Gist Hall Theatre.

Audition Information: Please prepare a 2-minute monologue from any play that you feel comfortable with. There will also be cold readings from the script.

There are roles for 2 men and 4 women:
Synopsis: An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. A stranger at the next table who has had enough. And a dead man—with a lot of loose ends. So begins Dead Man's Cell Phone, a wildly imaginative new comedy by MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist, Sarah Ruhl, author of The Clean House and Eurydice.
A work about how we memorialize the dead—and how that remembering changes us—it is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

There are many performance opportunities in our active production season. These opportunities include theatre, physical theatre, dance, and acting in films.

Our theatre program covers a variety of plays by the masters, contemporary playwrights, and student originals.

Dance performances include faculty and student choreography, with one mainstage production and two informal showings each year.

Physical theatre is featured through original work in different seasons.

Musicals, in collaboration with the music department, provide an array of opportunities for students every other year.

Film productions and screenings take place throughout the year with a special focus on the Humboldt Film Festival.


Film Opportunities

Film Productions happen year-round and include a range of opportunities for performers and technical crew of varying skill levels. Involvement in the Humboldt Film Festival is a great way for new students to meet people and join the film community.

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