American Southwest Theatre Company at NMSU Theatre Arts holds auditions for season productions twice annually. Though the specific date varies, the auditions for the fall semester productions are traditionally the first Saturday after classes at NMSU begin and the auditions for the spring semester productions are often in the fall. Callbacks are typically held the next day.

Auditions are open to all, although priority is given first to NMSU theatre majors and second to NMSU students of other majors. (Students do not need to be Theatre Arts majors to be cast.) Occasionally we feature ASTC company members and guest artists in roles as part of our commitment to connecting students with experienced theatre practicitioners. We cast community members when it seems to best suit the production’s needs.

Audition announcements are made on this website as well as in local newspapers.

Auditions traditionally consist of presenting memorized pieces: 60-second monologues or 16-bar cuts of music. Specific audition requirements vary and are stated clearly in each audition announcement. Callbacks consist of readings from the plays and/or singing from the musicals.

For NMSU students, you must have an accumulative 2.7 GPA to be cast in a production. Incoming freshmen are exempt from this requirement their first semester but their academic progress will be closely monitored.

Questions? Need more information? Email Production Manager Michael Wise HERE.



2019-2020 Productions: (click on the title of the show or the poster for more information)

The Wolves, Tomas & the Library Lady, A Christmas Carol, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Tempest.


For ticket information HERE.