Audition Information


Sunday, January 5, 2020 7:00pm

Monday, January 6, 2020 7:30pm

CALL BACKS Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:30pm

Northland Performing Arts Center (NPAC)

4411 Tamarack Blvd

Columbus OH 43229

***Adult Content Warning***

This production contains adult language and full frontal nudity

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script

You will be expected to attend the entire session for the night you sign up for.

Full character descriptions listed below.

 Actors will receive a small stipend after the final performance. 

The stipend for the roles of Alan and Jill will contain an additional amount to compensate for the nudity requirement. 

**Those called back for Alan or Jill will be required to disrobe at call backs*** 


If you would like to fill out the audition form prior to auditions, please download and bring this completed form to auditions.

Equus Audition Form (docx)


Character Breakdown


Alan Strang - Male, actor must be 18 or older

A seventeen-year-old boy who has an intense, religious fascination with horses. After blinding six horses with a spike one night, he is sent to therapy with Martin Dysart, who attempts to uncover the reasoning behind this act and his pathological obsession with these animals. 

***Full nudity is required for this role.***

Martin Dysart - Male, mid 40s

Alan's psychiatrist. Martin is extremely dissatisfied with his life and occupation; he is reluctant to treat Alan at first, but decides that the extreme nature of Alan's crime was exactly what he needed to turn his dull life around. Treating Alan leads Dysart to question the results of his work, as well as to question his own existence. 

Dora Strang - Female, middle aged

Alan's mother. She is a devout Christian who read Alan passages from the Bible throughout his childhood. While she appears to be a caring and loving figure, she also does not believe she has done anything wrong in Alan's upbringing.

Frank Strang - Male, 50s

Alan's father, who is not religious, and criticizes his wife's spiritual views. He acknowledges that Alan has always been strange, and is uncomfortable in many of his interactions with the psychiatrist.

Hesther Salomon - Female, mid 40s

A court magistrate who is responsible for initially bringing Alan to Dysart for treatment. She appears to show compassion for Alan, and believes that his actions were those of a misunderstood boy who needs help.

Jill Mason - Female, early 20s

An outgoing and free-spirited girl who works at the stables with Alan, and who eventually becomes romantically interested in him. He had been on a date with her the night of the crime. ***Full nudity is required for this role.***

Nurse - Female, any age

The nurse who works for Dysart, who brings him news about Alan throughout his treatment.

Harry Dalton - Male, mid 50s

The owner of the stable at which Alan and Jill work, and where Alan blinded the horses. During Alan's treatment, Dysart meets with Dalton in an attempt to better understand the circumstances behind what happened.


The man riding his horse on the beach, who invites a young Alan to ride a horse for his first time.


The particular horse in Dalton's stables to which Alan feels a strong connection. In Alan's mind, Nugget is the horse god "Equus." (The same actor who plays the Horseman, also plays Nugget)


5 muscular, well built actors/actresses appear as Horses.