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Thank you to all  those who auditioned. We will begin sending casting offers 7/12/2024. Please make sure to check your spam/junk folders.

This page will be updated again when our casting is complete.

Everyone who received a casting offer has been asked to respond. If we do not hear back, we contact you via phone or text. There is no need to reach out to check to make sure we have your correct email.

Initial Auditions for Ragtime will be held only by video submission. Callbacks will be help in-person. Specific details regarding video submission are below. Videos must be received no later than 11:59pm on Monday, June 3, 2024 to be considered for callbacks. 
Ragtime will be directed by Jenny Barlow with music direction by Anne Puzey and choreography by Joshua Whitehead.

Conlon Bonner will be joining our production team as our Inclusion Advisor and Consultant. Conlon specializes in cultural awareness, psychological safety, and conflict resolution. His perspective will be an incredible asset to the Ruth especially in this production of Ragtime, as it focuses on sensitive topics pertaining to various backgrounds and experiences. He will be assisting during the audition process, rehearsals, and throughout the run of the show. We are excited to have him as a resource for our cast, crew, and production team.

In-person callbacks are scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2024, and will be by invitation only
Rehearsals will begin on or around October 7, 2024.
Ragtime runs December 16, 2024 – March 8, 2025.
This page will be updated when callback invitations and casting have been sent.
At The Ruth & Nathan Hale Theater we seek to honor the authors intent pertaining to each our productions. We care deeply about casting in a way where everyone feels respected, supported, safe and welcomed.
We invite anyone and everyone to audition for any and all of our productions, regardless of any physical attribute, gender, race, age, ability, ethnicity, or experience. All are welcome at The Ruth.

Please film yourself performing 16 bars of a song in the style of the show. Please sing with piano accompaniment or backing tracks. Remember to slate with your name at the top of the video.
YouTube links and non-secured Google Drive links are the easiest. Many people will be watching your audition video and open links make it the simplest for everyone to access.

Along with completing the AUDITION FORM, please send your audition videos along with a headshot and resume to no later than Monday, June 3, 2024 at 11:59pm to be considered for callbacks.

For any additional questions, please contact us at

The audition form is available here.

Character Descriptions

(All roles are available and will be double cast. We are looking for a diverse cast with a variety of body types.)

COALHOUSE WALKER, JR. (Male Presenting; able to play ages 25-35)

A proud and talented pianist. A Black man who believes that he can take part in the new America and will be treated fairly. (Vocal range: A4- G2)

SARAH (Female Presenting; able to play ages 20-25)

A washwoman- a young Black woman, beautiful and filled with a strong will to live, fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance. (Vocal range: F#5- G#3)

MOTHER (Female Presenting; able to play ages 30-45)

The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, graceful and open minded. (Vocal range: F#5- G3)

FATHER (Male Presenting; able to play ages 35-45)

Mother's professionally successful husband. Fancies himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner, a traditionalist. (Vocal range: F4- A2)

TATEH (Male Presenting; able to play ages 35-45)

A Latvian immigrant. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic that he will be successful. Full of genuine drive and heart. He lives for his little daughter. (Vocal range: F#4- Bb2)

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (Male Presenting; able to play ages 45-55)

A brilliant black social activist. He is an eloquent speaker with excellent education. He taught friendship among the races, while strongly desiring Black Americans to lead exemplary lives. (Vocal range: Eb4-D3)

YOUNGER BROTHER (Male Presenting; able to play ages 20-25)

Mother's younger brother. He is an erratic and passionate soul, a firework waiting to be lit. Influenced greatly by Goldman's teachings. (Vocal range: F#4- B2)

LITTLE BOY (Male Presenting; able to play ages 8-12)

Mother and Father's son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others. (Vocal range: D5- E4)

GRANDFATHER (Male Presenting; able to play ages 60-70)

Mother's patrician father. He is a retired professor, and easily irritated by nearly everything.

LITTLE GIRL (Female Presenting; able to play ages 7-10)

Tateh's daughter. A vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she has lost her mother and is guarded and shy. She clings to her father. (Vocal range: Bb4- C4)

EMMA GOLDMAN (Female Presenting; able to play ages 35-45)

A social activist. Originally from Russia, she is a leader, a fearless advocate for the oppressed. (Vocal range: D5-B3)

EVELYN NESBIT (Female Presenting; able to play ages 21-35)

The beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high-profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage. (Vocal range: D5- B3)

HARRY HOUDINI (Male Presenting; able to play ages 25-35)

The famous magician, originally from Hungary. With notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the 'American Dream.' (Vocal range: G4- E3)

ENSEMBLE (Male and Female Presenting; any ages)

Singers, dancers, and actors to play a variety of characters such as Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Immigrants to America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers. Coalhouse's Lawyer, Harlem Citizens, Henson.

YOUNG COALHOUSE, III (Male Presenting; able to play ages 4-6)

(ONLY NEEDS TO SUBMIT HEADSHOT) Innocent and pure. Son of Coalhouse and Sarah. A young black actor. This role appears briefly at the end of the play and has no lines or songs.


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