Dead Man Walking on Stage is a powerful on stage version of the movie. It was created by a college theater major and since its inception it has moved audiences to tears. All the participants are all college students, from the director down the stagehands. The participants involved must be a junior or senior and a theater major. The Dead Man Walking project is one the most popular projects on campus. It is also only one of two year-long projects on campus.
Every year hundreds of college seniors lobby for the opportunity to be the director. They work hard to meet the criteria for the position of director. They direct at least three plays during their junior year, write an essay on why they are the best person to direct that year’s production and they provide at least three written recommendations. The Chair of the Department reviews each application and makes a final selection. The announcement of the director is made at a department luncheon with all the candidates present.
Once the announcement of the director is made the auditions can start. In order to audition for the annual production of Dead Man Walking students must be a junior or senior. They need to be dedicated to the project for the duration. In fact, if the cannot commit to the year-long project it is recommended that they not even audition. The same is true for the students involved in any behind the scenes projects, such as set design.
The Dead Man Walking project is split into two parts. The first half of the school year is dedicated to blocking and rehearsing. The second half of the school year is dedicated to finalizing and actually performing Dead Man Walking on stage. These performances are open to everyone on campus and the public. Every year the performances of Dead Man Walking are sold out.