CPT will not be casting anyone under the age of 18 in this production.

Seeking uninhibited performers, all ethnicities and types to portray various characters in the first Bloomington-Normal production of Jonathan Larson’s RENT. All actors must be comfortable with their bodies, willing to kiss members of the same sex, dress in drag, and leave all inhibitions at the stage door.

Be prepared to sing 16-32 bars with piano accompaniment (bring sheet music with you) and bring proper clothing for a dance audition.


MARK COHEN: Baritone/Second Tenor. A filmmaker. Left behind his affluent upbringing to pursue his craft. Would rather tell the story than be the story. Hides behind his camera. Jewish?
ROGER DAVIS: Rock Tenor. Former frontman for a fledgling rock band. Tortured artist. Recovering drug addict. Searches for meaning through his songwriting and guitar. Playing guitar a plus.
TOM COLLINS: Baritone. Philosopher, professor, activist. Former roommate of Mark, Roger, and Benny. Angel’s lover. The patriarch. Strong, yet warm presence.
BENNY: Baritone/second tenor. Went to college with Mark. Lived with Roger, Collins, Maureen and Mark. Married into a wealthy family. Hopes to fulfill dream of building an arts studio for his friends, while making money for his father-in-law.
ANGEL: High tenor with great falsetto. Living with AIDS. Warm, lovable, nurturing, and honest. The mother hen. Must be able to dance in heels.


MIMI MARQUEZ: Raw voice with high belt. Fragile drug addict. Dancer. Sexy and street smart.
MAUREEN JOHNSON: Big vocal range. A performance artist. Not as good as she leads on. Lover of Joanne. Selfish.
JOANNE JEFFERSON: Pop belt. Harvard grad, lawyer. Affluent upbringing. Comfortable with her artistic liberal way of life and conservative upbringing. Insecure in her relationship with Maureen. Dry wit.


Carolers, Mrs. Cohen, Alexi Darling, Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Marquez, Mr. Grey, The Man (Dealer), The Life Support Group, Squeegee Man, Homeless Woman, Waiter and more…

Contact Director Brett Cottone at [email protected] with any questions