Audition Call: Galileo

Telescope image of a spiral galaxy.

Galileo, By Bertolt Brecht

Directed by James Glossman

  • Monday, November 6, 4:30 PM – 10:00 pm
  • Callbacks on November 13
  • Auditions in Krieger 103 – the new JHU Theatre Acting Studio

Additional Information

  • Everyone is invited to audition.
  • Performance dates: April 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • If you are interested in contributing to technical production, please email us at [email protected].
  • For questions, email [email protected]
  • JHU Theatre is committed to inclusive casting, and encourages auditions from artists of all races, ethnicities, abilities, gender expressions, and identities. We welcome accessibility requests to accommodate actors with disabilities.

Brecht’s rabble-rousing masterpiece Galileo — written during WWII while the author was a political refugee in California, having fled Nazi Germany just ahead of an arrest warrant — is the bold, large-cast, epic tale of a scientific revolutionary, a flawed and stubborn hero who changed the world forever, before being silenced by the heavy hand of the Inquisition. 

This fast-moving, funny, terrifying, and deeply humane adventure celebrates Freedom of Thought, Unexpected Chances,  and the Scientific Revolution that emerged from Galileo’s telescope. 

JHU Theatre is collaborating with the Space Telescope Science Institute – home to the Hubble and Webb telescopes – to connect what Galileo saw then to what we are almost miraculously able to see today, thanks to the cascade of discoveries of which Galileo was an early, struggling, visionary ancestor.   Our production will be full of projected images from Hubble and Webb, as all around the actors we project beautiful and inspiring visions of black holes, nebulae, and exoplanets.

This sweeping story of daring and dashing in the face of oppression — full of Brecht’s iconic theatricality, comic verve, thrilling victory and unspeakable loss — is also chock-full of LOTS OF GREAT ROLES:  heroes and villains, peasants and physicists, Romance, Repression, and a Pope who started out as a scientist.

The Playshop

The Playshop is a home for student-run theatre and experimental performance at the John Astin Theatre. It includes all kinds of performances, exhibits, and events. Student theatre groups welcome. All members of the JHU community welcome. Questions? Contact Abe Stoll  [email protected]

  • Include your production in the JHU Theatre calendar.
  • Generous grants available, courtesy of the Taylor Theatre Fund.
  • Applications accepted year round.


Elements of the Application

A complete application should have the following information. We are happy to work with you as you assemble the parts.

Submit applications to [email protected]. Applications are accepted year-round

  • Project Title
  • Applicant Name and Email
  • Faculty or Staff Advisor
  • Range of Possible Dates
  • Description (max 300 words; include number of performances and technical needs)
  • Production Team (include at minimum: Director; Technical Director; size of cast)
  • Budget (if you are seeking financial support for any aspect of your project, provide an estimate of costs; grants up to $1,000 per project)

Further Information

Each project is responsible for its own technical design and stage management. JHU Theatre will train your Technical Director in the use of the John Astin Theatre, and will provide support as needed. Be prepared to take part in training, on such things as lighting and sound. The extent of the training will depend on the complexity of the project, and the Technical Director’s experience. We welcome anyone eager to learn.

Once your project has been accepted, we will work with you to develop a more detailed production calendar. These may include auditions, rehearsals, rehearsal reports, tech training, set design, ticketing.

In order to get on the calendar for the John Astin Theatre, apply early. Grants courtesy of the Taylor Theatre Fund.

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