Production Opportunities for Undergraduates

Students work in all areas in the student-run Theatre Threshold, and the professionally-modeled California Repertory Company.

California Repertory Company

The CSULB Theatre Arts Department holds mainstage auditions twice a year (December & May). Mainstage productions rehearse 5-6 weeks at a time and perform over the course of 2 weeks.

SAVE THE DATES - Auditions for Fall 2024 Shows:
Wednesday, May 8th – 6pm – 10pm
Group Improv Auditions for Beach Comedy Hour
Studio Theatre with Diego Parada

Thursday, May 9th – 6pm – 10pm
Monologue/Vocal Auditions for Urinetown, Small Mouth Sounds & Clyde’s
Studio Theatre with Beth Lopes, Daniel Nakawatase & Keiana Richàrd-Bartolomë

Friday, May 10th – 4pm – 10pm
Callbacks for Urinetown, Small Mouth Sounds & Clyde's
Cast Lists will be posted on Monday, May 13th at 12pm

Theatre Threshold

Theatre Threshold also offers many opportunities in Performance; auditions are held at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters (August and January). Threshold productions rehearse 4-5 weeks at a time and have one preview and two performances.

California Repertory Company

Undergraduate students who have successfully completed THEA 271 Stage Management and have served as either an Assistant Stage Manager or Production Assistant have the opportunity to manage a California Repertory Company production.

Our undergraduate Stage Managers: 

  • Practice a professional model in the running of all rehearsals
  • Maintaining all production paperwork
  • Communicate with the design team, CSULB production staff and student crews, as well as stressing safety.
  • Work with both Theatre faculty directors and outside professional guest directors.

For more information about Stage Management, please contact our Department Production Manager, Ashley Boehne Ehlers.

Theatre Threshold

Theatre Threshold also offers opportunities in Stage Management. Theatre Threshold produces 12-14 shows each semester.

California Repertory Company

To inquire about California Repertory Company design opportunities please contact the appropriate faculty member:

  • for Lighting design opportunities, please contact our Head of Design, Martha Carter
  • for Costume and Scenic design opportunities, please contact our Head of Scenic and Costume Design, Emily MacDonald
  • for Sound design opportunities, please contact our Media and Sound Technician, David Goyette
  • for Makeup design opportunities, please contact Gayle Baizer

Theatre Threshold

Theatre Threshold also offers opportunities in Design. Theatre Threshold produces 12-14 shows each semester.

New Play Festival

After taking the Fundamentals of Directing course, students interested in directing are encouraged to take the Intermediate Directing class. This class works in collaboration with Rehearsal and Performance acting class and the Advanced Playwriting class. The work in these classes culminates in a new play festival presented at the end of the semester as a part of the Theatre Threshold spring season.

Assistant Directing a CalRep Mainstage

Students interested in directing are also encouraged to pursue mainstage assistant directing positions. These positions afford the student the opportunity to work with experienced professional directors to deepen and expand their understanding of the overall directing process within a fully produced production.

To inquire about directing opportunities on the mainstage or for special projects, please contact Theatre Arts Department Chair, Ezra LeBank.

Theatre Threshold Directing Opportunities

Theatre Threshold is our student-run production company, which offers student-produced work every week of each semester as part of Showcase class. Theatre Threshold is an exciting opportunity for student directors to propose and direct projects of their choosing to work in collaboration with their acting, design, and management peers. These productions are presented to our students, faculty, staff and community members.


Most of our running crew positions and our hang and focus crew positions are assigned as a practicum for entry-level tech classes.

For more information, visit Backstage at the Beach. However, there are some running crew and production opportunities that students wishing to get more experience can take advantage of.

  • to learn more about being a Carpenter, Painter, or Prop Shop Coordinator, please contact our Master Carpenter and Shop Supervisor, Mitchell Domingo.
  • to learn more about being a Board Programmer, Spot Light Operator, or to gain more experience as an Electrician, please contact our Master Electrician, Jasmine Flores.
  • to learn more about being a Stitcher, and other Costume Shop opportunities, please contact our Costume Shop Manager, Lalena Hutton.

Theatre Threshold also offers backstage opportunities for board ops and some running crew.