Casting for productions is influenced by the need to provide students with a process and performance experience that is educational, practical, challenging, and significant in a professional setting that models the real-world dynamics our students are likely to encounter following graduation.

Due to our dual emphasis on classroom and practical training, only students who have achieved a 2.25 grade point average are eligible for casting in UAB main-stage productions and UAB touring companies.

Casting is inclusive with consideration given to the distribution of actor-training opportunities for a diverse student body and actively considers gender, race, ethnic origin, actors with disabilities, and age range in the season selection process. 

Race, gender, gender identity, ethnic origin, and/or age of characters may be changed when legally permissible and artistically feasible to take advantage of available student talent, and to provide a greater range of experiences to underserved populations in the department.

The department gives priority in casting to UAB Theatre majors.  Non-majors will also be cast when a play cannot be cast exclusively from the pool of eligible Theatre majors.  Invited guest artists, professional alumni, as well as Theatre faculty and staff will be considered for roles in order to enhance the training experience of student actors in a particular play or process.

These guidelines are reviewed annually and evolve with student and departmental needs. Any omission here does not constitute an intentional exclusion.


Each student who elects to participate in UAB Department of Theatre auditions for main stage productions must audition for all productions being cast at that time, musical or non-musical. By auditioning, the student both acknowledges and consents that they can be cast as needed in any production for which auditions are being held.