Auditions for University Theatre productions are open to everyone. For academic considerations, priority is given to theatre majors first, and then all other students of Missouri Western State University. Members of the greater Saint Joseph community are also strongly encouraged to audition. There are many excellent roles available throughout the year and many non-majors and actors from the surrounding community are cast each season. Occasionally, professional guest actors will also be employed.
"Non-traditional" casting is the norm for all directors in all productions, except those in which race, gender, handicap or age is the explicit issue. Casting is "non-traditional" when all roles in a script are open to casting without bias in terms of race, gender, disability or age, so long as the actor can fulfill the artistic requirements of the role. The director of each production has full authority over, and responsibility for, casting.