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Theatre NOVA 2023-2024 Season Audition Notice

Ann Arbor’s resident nonprofit professional theatre is holding auditions for its 2023-2024 season of Michigan and World Premieres on Tuesday, August 15.

In Person: August 15, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Deadline for video submissions: August 15, 2023, 11:59 pm 

Theater Company: Theatre NOVA

Production: Season Generals

Theater Type: Professional

Roles/Contracts Available:

Located at: The Yellow Barn, 410 West Huron, Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Sign up for an audition slot here: 

Theatre NOVA seeks AEA and Non-Union actors for the 2023-24 Season. We will be both holding in-person auditions and accepting video submissions this season. 


Theatre NOVA is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal-opportunity employer. Unless specifically noted per casting requirements, all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Theatre NOVA is a fully vaccinated company; all actors must provide proof of vaccination before rehearsals.


Audition Preparation:

Please prepare a short monologue no longer than 2 minutes. Those wishing to be considered for musicals should prepare a monologue no longer than 2 minutes and an a cappella contemporary musical theatre song of your choice.

For submissions, actors can submit videos via a link to your Vimeo, YouTube, personal website, or other online account you prefer. Videos should be viewable without requiring downloads. Submissions should include a digital copy of your headshot and resume.

Equity Contract: AEA Special Appearance

AEA special appearance pay is $324/Week.

Non-Equity pay is $200/week for performance weeks.

For any additional info, go to



“What the Constitution Means to Me” by Heidi Schreck. 

Michigan Premiere

Rehearsals: September 26 – October 19, 2023

Performances: October 20 – November 12, 2023

The play The New York Times hailed as “not just the best play on Broadway, but also the most important.” Fifteen-year-old Heidi earns her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. In this hilarious and hopeful new play, adult Heidi traces the relationship between four generations of women and the monumental document that shaped their lives. This timely play was a sensation on Broadway, receiving two Tony Award® nominations. 


[HEIDI]: White woman, mid-30s to late 40s, also plays her 15-year-old self. A former debate champion that is charismatic, witty, and clever.

[MIKE]: Man, 40s to mid-50s, any ethnicity, represents positive male energy, is kind and open.

[ROSDELY]: BIPOC woman, 15-18, a debater from New York City, extemporaneously debates Heidi during the show. 

[THURSDAY]: BIPOC woman, 15-18, a debater from New York City, extemporaneously debates Heidi during the show. 

*THURSDAY and ROSDELY will alternate performances and split weekly pay.


“The Year Without a Panto Claus” by Carla Milarch and R. MacKenzie Lewis 

Rehearsals: November 21 – December 14, 2023

Performances: December 15, 2023 – January 7, 2024

Santa’s been watching too much depressing cable news again. When he decides to pack it in and disappear, two of his elves must search the globe to rescue Christmas cheer. Arriving at some decidedly un-Christmas-y locations, they face the wrath of the Miser twins (Heat and Snow), the town’s grumpy citizens, and a mysterious Russian bombshell. From the brilliant minds that brought you An Almost British Christmas and Sugar Plum Panto, this boisterous holiday show is the perfect prescription for joy and laughter. Directed by Carla Milarch.





[IGGY]: Child actor, age 8-12

*All the actors sing and dance. 


“Fortune” by Deborah Zoe Laufer

Michigan Premiere

Rehearsals: January 9 – February 1, 2024

Performances: February 2 - 25, 2024

In this lighthearted comedy about the unpredictable nature of love, Maude, a no-nonsense storefront psychic, prides herself on always telling the truth. But not even she can bring herself to be honest with nebbishy accountant Jeremy about his nonexistent romantic prospects. When he threatens to end it all if she sees no love in his future, Maude must wrestle with her own truth-telling reputation with a twist of the truth that could change both of their lives. Directed by Carla Milarch. 


[MAUDE]: A 30-something-year-old female fortune teller

[JEREMY]: A 30-something-year-old male accountant 


“the ripple, the wave that carried me home” by Christina Anderson 

Michigan Premiere

Rehearsals: February 27 – March 21, 2024

Performances: March 22 – April 14, 2024

A lyrical and dynamic look at the complexities of race, history, and legacy. Janice’s parents were Black activists fighting to integrate public swimming pools in 1960s Kansas. When they pressured young Janice to give speeches for the cause, injustice penetrated the warm bubble of her childhood, prompting Janice to start a new life elsewhere. Years later, when she’s invited to speak at a ceremony honoring her father, she must reckon with her political inheritance and confront the past she tried to forget. Directed by Lynch Travis.

All actors should be around the same age as the actor playing Janice (around 30 years old).

[JANICE]: Black woman, the daughter, plays 8-34.

[HELEN]: Black woman, the mother, plays 14-50s.

[GAYLE]: Black woman, the aunt, plays 34-50s.

[EDWIN]: Black man, the father, plays 8-52.



“Death of a Driver” by Will Snider

Michigan Premiere

Rehearsals: April 23 – May 16, 2024

Performances: May 17 – June 9, 2024

Sarah is an American engineer. Kennedy is an East African driver. When Sarah moves to Kenya to build a highway, they strike up a friendship and embark on a journey to transform rural Kenya. But when a local election dispute tests their alliance, Sarah questions how well she knows the man she thought was her friend. Both confront the realities of their intertwined ambitions. A bracing exploration of “doing good” abroad, the limits of understanding one another, and what happens when personal and political obligations collide. Directed by Shelby R. Seeley.

[SARAH]: White American woman, plays 26-44, serious, deadpan, direct, articulate, realistic. 

[KENNEDY]: Black Kenyan man, plays 21-39, charismatic, charming, quick-witted, idealistic.

[MAN]: Black Kenyan man, plays 25 (doubled with Kennedy).


“Doctor Moloch” by Carla Milarch

World Premiere

Rehearsals: June 18 – July 11, 2024

Performances: July 12 – August 4, 2024

It’s 2027, and advances in Artificial Intelligence have brought the spunky startup VitalAI to the brink of launching the first humanoid robot doctor. Doctor Moloch is capable of instant MRIs, personalized genetics-based medicines, and single-cell early cancer detection. There’s only one problem: the good doctor cannot relate to his patients. When VitalAI brings in famous actress Serena Blaise to give him lessons in “being human,” she uncovers more human qualities than anyone bargained for, putting the future of humanity on the line. Directed by Briana O’Neal.

[SERENA BLAISE]: Black woman, late 40s to early 50s. 

[EMAD]: British Indian man, late 20s to early 30s.

Theatre NOVA Internships are available!

Are you a student, an early-career theatre professional, or just someone who wants an immersive experience in the world of professional theatre? Try an internship with Ann Arbor’s resident professional theatre company. Theatre NOVA interns assist in rehearsal, in the shop, office, and booth. Internships are non-paid positions.

Please email all inquiries to

Script Submissions

Full-length Plays for Mainstage Season

We accept full-length scripts for consideration in the season on a rolling basis. If you want to submit, please email your entire script in PDF format (no snail mail submissions, please) along with contact info (Name, address, email, and phone) to

Please title emails: Script submission: (Last Name, First Name)


Michigan Playwrights Festivals

A new call for submissions for Michigan playwrights will be announced soon. But, no new submissions for Michigan Playwrights Festivals will be accepted until then.


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