Auditions & Employment

Lifeline Theatre is striving to build a diverse organization at all levels. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. All qualified candidates receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law.


Lifeline Theatre employs over 50 actors every season, between our MainStage and KidSeries programming. We typically hold general auditions in late winter/early spring, and show-specific auditions by invitation throughout the year. Announcements of general audition dates are made through the League of Chicago, and similar resources.

COVID-19 casting statement:

Dear Actors,
It is with a heavy heart that we at Lifeline Theatre have decided to POSTPONE our season Generals until further notice. Due to the severity of our nation’s situation regarding COVID-19, we feel it is safest for everyone that we do not host our generals during this time. Your safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we cannot ask you to risk your health for the sake of our auditions.

We are working on a plan to reschedule Generals, as well as the many other events on hold at Lifeline Theatre. In the meantime, we ask that you be patient with us, but more importantly to take care of yourselves and practice any and all necessary precautions. Thank you all so much for your understanding – we look forward to seeing all of you in the future.

Click here for The Lifeline Audition Monologue Bank

A note about the Lifeline Audition Monologue Bank (LAMB): Our entire season contains themes of subverting gender norms and re-envisioning characters beyond what may have originally been conceived as. PLEASE pick a monologue to perform based on your interest/excitement to perform it, regardless of the perceived gender identity of the character— it’s not only welcome, it’s encouraged! We have done our best to neutralize the pronouns of the characters in each monologue.

Outside of generals, you may send an email of interest with headshot/resume to Casting Director Andrés Enriquez ( at any time.


Send an email of interest with resume to Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan ( or mail information to Ilesa’s attention at the address here.


Lifeline does not accept unsolicited submissions by writers or directors, as almost all of our projects are developed by members of our artistic ensemble or by one of our frequent collaborators. The best way to interest Lifeline in your work as an adaptor or director is to invite us to see your work in production. Feel free to email Artistic Director Ilesa Duncan ( with information on your upcoming projects.


Send an email of interest with resume to Education Director Julie Ganey (