RENT Character Breakdown

*Casting up to 30 students for this production*

Mark Cohen- Filmmaker and video artist. Knee-deep in his own soul-searching, Mark is the typical young artist. He and Roger are roommates in the loft. A bit of a nerd.
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: White/European Descent; Age: 20 to 30; Vocal range top: G#4; Vocal range bottom: C3

Roger Davis- A struggling musician and former drug addict. He is reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. Roommates with Mark in the loft and battles with being HIV-positive.
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: All Ethnicities; Age: 20 to 25; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: F#2

Tom Collins- A computer genius and liberal professor. He is a nurturer with a smooth and relaxed disposition. Used to be a roommate in the loft and is HIV-positive.
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Multiracial; Age: 25 to 35; Vocal range top: A4; Vocal range bottom: F#2

Benjamin Coffin III- The landlord of Mark and Roger’s apartment building. A former roommate in the loft, Benny traded in his personal morals for power and wealth.
Gender: Male; Ethnicity: Asian, Black / African Descent, Ethnically Ambiguous / Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic, Ethnicity: Black / African Descent; Age: 25 to 35; Vocal range top: F#4; Vocal range bottom: D3

Joanne Jefferson- A public interest lawyer and headstrong lesbian. She is smart and purposeful in all her decisions. Carries on a tumultuous relationship with Maureen.
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: Black / African Descent; Age: 25 to 40; Vocal range top: E5; Vocal range bottom: G3

Angel Dumott Schunard- The eccentric HIV-positive street drummer. A drag queen with an incredible gift of dance and a magnetic personality. He becomes Tom’s lover.
Gender: Male, Non-binary or female; Ethnicity: Latinx; Age: 20 to 30; Vocal range top: D5; Vocal range bottom: C3

Mimi Marquez- An HIV-positive stripper with drug addictions. Slender and sickly, she conceals it all at her job in the local strip club. She lives in the same building as the loft.
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: Black / African Descent, Multiracial, Latino / Hispanic; Age: 18 to 21; Vocal range top: E5; Vocal range bottom: F#3

Maureen Johnson- An unpredictably zany performance artist. Maureen oozes sexuality and used to live in the loft. She has recently dumped Mark for Joanne.
Gender: Female; Ethnicity: All Ethnicities; Age: 20 to 25; Vocal range top: F5; Vocal range bottom: G3

Ensemble- Cops; Vendors; Support Group (Paul, Steve, Gordon, Pam, Ali, Sue); Homeless People (Squeegieman, Blanket Person); Drug Addicts; Parents (Mrs. Cohen, Mr. And Mrs. Jefferson, Roger’s Mom, Mimi’s Mother); “Leap Of Faith” Backups; Bohemians

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