Lab Series Applications

Interested in submitting a proposal for Spring or Fall Lab Series?

“Lab productions provide the student with opportunities to demonstrate creativity, resourcefulness, and responsibility. Lab productions also serve to assist faculty in evaluating the potential of students as directors, designers and actors for work in main stage productions. The productions are not intended to be fully staged productions. To encourage resourcefulness on the part of directors, designers and actors in realizing their ideas, they are expected to work within strictly set parameters …While the faculty recognizes that the Lab production is a venue for the traditional director-driven project, we also welcome and encourage productions and performance experiments conceived and mounted by actors, technicians, designers and playwrights.”    

For a more complete list of guidelines, as well as example proposals, please visit our “Lab Series” tab! Please peruse and email Maille-Rose Smith ( with any questions. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your work produced through the Drama Department.

Our Fall 2021 Lab Series will be The Cocktail Party by T. S. Eliot, directed by Jakob Cansler.


Audition for Virginia Player’s Lab Series “Constellations” by Nick Payne and directed by Jakob Cansler.

Auditions will be January 26th from 8 a.m.-10 p.m

“In the quantum multiverse, every choice, every decision you’ve ever and never made exists in an unimaginably vast ensemble of parallel universes.”

Constellations tells the story of Roland, a beekeeper, and Marianne, a cosmologist, as their love story stretches over fifty different parallel universes, and their lives are pulled in various directions, sometimes towards each other, and sometimes away. As their love seems to always lead to the same conclusion, they are forced to ask themselves, how much of their lives do they really have under their control? And how much does that really matter? Is their love written in the stars, or is it just one possibility in an infinite multiverse?

Character Descriptions:

ROLAND (male): a charming, laid-back beekeeper; warm and open, with a good sense of humor, earthy and likable.

MARIANNE (female): a fiercely intelligent scientist dealing with a terminal illness; though she’s a serious professional working in the top 1% of her field, she has a quirky, head-in-the clouds quality; friendly, warm, and quick-witted, comedic chops.

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Audition for Drama Department Fall Productions

Auditions for our fall productions of The Wolves and Tartuffe are scheduled for Saturday, September 1st with callbacks on Sunday, September 2nd. Since these auditions are coming up soon, the department has made the process as actor-friendly as possible (you can even audition with script-in-hand if you like).

You can find additional information about the guest directors, show synopsis/available roles, sample audition monologues, production calendars, etc. on the collab site: Audition Info<>

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Visit Drama @UVA

Hello prospective UVA students! We would love to welcome you to grounds, but we would especially like to welcome you to the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds, which is where you can find the Drama Building amidst: the Fralin Museum of Art, Ruffin Hall, Hunter Smith Band Building, Fayerweather Hall, the School of Architecture, and the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library.


If you are interested in touring the Drama Building, please contact professor Doug Grissom via email:


Lab Series Festival

Hello hello! At long last Virginia Players would like to present to you our Fall 2016 Lab Series Festival!

We have two different shows to offer on the last weekend of October. What Every Girl Should Know (Directed by third year Katharine Leggett) will be performed October 27 and 28 @ 7pm and Identity, A Musical Cabaret (Directed by third year Kathleen Welch) will be performed October 29 @ 7pm. Both shows will be in the Helms theatre and both will be FREE ADMISSION!

Check out the Facebook Event for What Every Girl Should Know

And don’t forget the one time chance to see Identity, A Musical Cabaret

If you happen to be interested in getting involved directly with Virginia Players, the best thing to do is come out to the festival. This is an easy way for you to get your name out there and for you to become familiar with the type of projects we produce.

Okay, I know the Facebook event says look on the website for more information but our Lab Series chair posted more than what I know on the Facebook events. Shoutouts to her for being a superstar. Shoutouts to me for being slightly below average.

LabShorts Auditions!

Did you miss out on the last audition fiesta and are craving for more?!

Edit: Auditions are closed as we have cast both shorts. Thank you all for coming out to support us!

We’re back with more content! Word on the street is our film branch, LabShorts, is hosting auditions on October 5th! Sign up by clicking on this.

We have two films this semester waiting to be cast, and they are:

“Guardian Angel”
Guardian Angel takes the gendered pressures endured by every college-age woman and frames them with a surrealistic twist. Faced with the expectations of the outside world, every girl is followed around by a personal guardian angel who “helps” them navigate their day- fixing their makeup, keeping them from embarrassing themselves in class, making sure their text messages are just right. But when one girl’s night out takes a dangerous turn, the film confronts the difficult reality of a culture that forces women to be responsible for the assumptions other people inflict on them.

Character Descriptions
(Note: even main characters have very limited dialogue. Most of the more important moments will be based on gesture and body language.)

Nina: College student who carries herself with a level of self-possession that speaks to confidence and composure but is ultimately not impervious. A bit of a defensive bite coats her vulnerability to the undermining efforts of her angel. She is firm, but at the end exhausted and nearly defeated by her situation. Completely open call- any ethnicity/body type/etc.

Main Angel: Angel assigned to monitor and regulate Nina’s behavior. She sees herself as Nina’s friend and co-conspirator, and is often playful even when she is pressuring her. She is not self-serious or severe, but can direct demeaning barbs with an unnerving calm. Completely open call- any ethnicity/body type/etc.

Henry: College bro with the sort of self-confidence and brass to work a room at any party. Cocky in a way that’s appealing and intimidating. Focuses an over-attention on you that is both engaging and threatening.

Jamie: College student, Nina’s male friend, big personality, conversational, and a little bitchy. Not overly invested in other people’s problems.

**Guardian Angels also involves a large number of small, bit parts and will need a lot of extras- so even if you aren’t looking to lead and just want some screen time, there is a part for you!**

“Low Battery” 
In a futuristic setting where phones can talk, the line between phone usage and social interactions has become blurred. When one student’s phone runs out of battery, s/he must learn to live a day without a phone.

Character Descriptions:

Protagonist (gender neutral) – slightly introverted, a little awkward, naively optimistic, more down-to-earth than his/her peers but also is very self-conscious so conforms to the social “norms”

Friend (same gender as protagonist) – extroverted, self-absorbed but makes others feel important, popular, a little superficial and high-maintenance but too lazy to do things for his/herself

Crush (opposite gender of protagonist) – calm, cool, and relaxed, overall very normal character

Auditions will be held in room 115B 216 at the UVA Drama building, contact Danny Wagner ( ) for any questions.

Edit 10/3/16: Corrected room number

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