Austin Shakespeare invites new and alumni actors to Equity and Non-Equity auditions for its 2017 – 2018 season on Thurs. Sept 28, 2017 from 7 pm by appointment only, at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd. The season includes Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull adapted by Ann Ciccolella, and a Free Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas. Actors of all ethnic/racial background are encouraged to audition! Contac:t firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
New Auditioners should prepare a 1 to 2-minute piece of heightened language, including pieces from this season’s plays. Audition speeches should be memorized or read with familiarity. On occasion, Austin Shakespeare uses cross-gender casting. Also, age range noted in character descriptions is a matter of appearance. Auditioners are encouraged to indicate which character their interested in, and familiarize themselves with the plays they are auditioning for.
Austin Shakespeare’s productions are professionally directed and designed, and all actors are paid. Pre-cast roles include, Beatrice, Benedick and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Boris Trigorin in The Seagull, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas. All other roles are open.
Rehearsal & Performance Dates at the Long Center's Rollins Theater. Generally rehearsals are Tues-Fri 7-10 pm, Sat 1-5 pm and Sun 5-9 pm. Tech weekend rehearsal times may include evenings.
Much Ado about Nothing rehearses October 17 – November 14 with 4 performances a week + preview from November 15 - December 3 (no performance on Thanksgiving).
The Seagull rehearses from January 9 – February 6 with 4 performances a week + preview from February 7 – 25.
Outdoor Shakespeare at Zilker Park's Hillside Theater :The Merry Wives of Windsor, Texas rehearses April 3 – May 1 with 4 performances a week + preview from May 2 – 27.
Artistic Director bio: ANN CICCOLELLA joined Austin Shakespeare as Artistic Director in August 2007, following an eight-year tenure at Austin’s ZACH Theatre as managing director, and executive director at Austin Circle of Theaters (now Austin Creative Alliance) for nine years. Ciccolella led the Renaissance Theater Company for ten years, producing and directing Off-Off Broadway shows. Prior moving to Austin, Ciccolella served for three years as associate director for SHAKESPEARE ON WHEELS from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country. In 2013, she directed Off-Broadway for Austin Shakespeare, a new adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem by Jeff Britting at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Ann is a graduate of New York University in Dramatic Literature, History of Theater and Cinema.
ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: Founded in 1984 and now the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare presents professional theater of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible. In the fall and spring, Austin Shakespeare also produces plays at The Long Center for the Performing Arts Rollins Studio Theatre. Austin Shakespeare’s ongoing “Shakespeare Aloud” reading group and “Artist’s Way” sessions invite new participants weekly. Austin Shakespeare’s education program 20/20 sends professional actors into the schools to encourage love of language.
Austin Shakespeare is a proud member of the Austin Creative Alliance.