John Proctor is the Villain Audition Information


By Kimberly Belflower

Director—Tiffany Johnson
Production Stage Manager—TBD


ISU Theatre will hold a combined audition for John Proctor is the Villain with Always Plenty of Light at the Starlight All Night Diner and The Crucible.  All auditioners should sign up for a 30-minute audition slot for Monday, Jan. 22, 2024 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm by signing up online or use the QR code.

QR code for auditions

All auditioners should also be available for callbacks starting at 6:00pm on Tuesday, Jan. 23.



In present day Appalachian Georgia, a high school class explores the seminal American classic, The Crucible. As scandal swirls in their community and old heroes are unmasked, the English assignment becomes uncomfortably relevant for the students. The line between witch and heroine blurs in this post-Me Too examination of power, love, and sex education.


Advisory: John Proctor is the Villian contains strong themes, and may include moments of profanity, intimacy, and physical abuse. All safety and professional rules will be followed during rehearsals and performances. There will be no intimacy or violence at the auditions. I strongly encourage reading the entire play to ensure you feel comfortable with triggering dialogue.



Please sign up for a 30-minute audition slot—auditioners will be seen in 3-minute slots within that half hour, for which you should:

  1. prepare a 90-second monologue from a contemporary play
  2. bring theatrical resume, if available



This production is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. Every auditionee will be considered for every role (see list of roles below).

Carter Smith – teacher, mid-30s, M. a former golden boy, but one of those rare smart and sensitive ones. now he’s a great teacher: charming, engaging, goofy.

Shelby Holcomb – student, 16, F. her brain works faster than her mouth, but her mouth works pretty dang fast. people have always underestimated her.

Beth Powell – student, 17, F. nervous and ambitious and enthusiastic. kind of like if Rory Gilmore and Paris Geller had a baby and raised her in the Deep South.

Nell Shaw – student, 16, F. from Atlanta. grounded and sincere. genuinely curious about things. a good judge of character, and a quick study.

Ivy Watkins – student, 17, F. fiercely loyal and always well-intentioned. from old Southern money. resist the urge to play her as a mean girl.

Raelynn Nix – student, 16. a cheerleader type who’s always lived her life by other peoples’

standards. she was paying careful attention the whole time.

Mason Adams – student, 17, M. he’s never really tried before, and he’s surprised by how good it feels. earnest and affable.

Lee Turner – student, 16. M. a carhartt-wearing good ol’ boy. deeply insecure and without the tools to deal with it. he’s always been good at getting what he wants.

Bailey Gallagher – counselor, 24, F. sweet in all the ways Southern women are supposed to be. this is her first real job out of college, and she really cares about it.



This production will occur in repertory with The Crucible.

Rehearsals will begin the week of January 29, 2024, and will generally rehearse Monday–Friday evenings. No rehearsals during Spring Break. Technical rehearsals for both productions begin April 6, 2024, and performances will be April 18-28, 2024.



2-3 Credits of Theatre 301x available.


Questions? Email or director, Tiffany Johnson, at