MORE OPEN Season Auditions MON Aug. 22 at Dougherty Arts Center

August 14, 2016

  Austin Shakespeare, the Austin-based professional theater company announces Equity and non-Equity open auditions for the 2016-2017 season at the Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd Mon Aug. 22 for Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, Harold Pinter’s Old Times and Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.  Actors must make appt. at

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Actors of all ethnic/racial background are encouraged to audition. 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 should familiarize themselves with the plays they are auditioning for. 

Rehearsals & Performance dates

Noel Coward’s comedy Present Laughter: rehearsals begin October 18, 2016; First performance November 16;

Pinter’s Old Times rehearsals begin January 17; Performances: February 15-March 5;

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors rehearsals begin April 4, 2017; performances: May 3-26.

Pay Stipend for all actors.  No travel fees or accomodations available.  EQUITY SPT1


Noel Coward’s PRESENT LAUGHTER:                (RP British dialect required except where noted)

Gary Essendine - pre-cast = Marc Pouhe'

Daphne Stillington – ingenue

Miss Erikson – Swedish accent, housekeeper

Fred – Valet (cockney dialect)

Monica Reed – Gary’s personal secretary

Liz Essendine – Gary’s estranged wife

Roland Maule – aspiring playwright

Henry Lyppiatt – producer

Morris Dixon – manager

Joanna Lyppiatt – Henry's beautiful wife

Lady Saltburn - Daphane's Mother


Pinter’s OLD TIMES                                    (STANDARD British dialect)

Deeley - man 40s - 50s

Kate - Deeley's wife 40s-50s

Anna - Kate's Old Friend 40s-50s


Shakespeare’s COMEDY OF ERRORS    (American standard dialect)

Duke of Ephesus

Egeon – A merchant of Syracuse - father of the Antipholus twins

Emilia – Egeon's lost wife, now Lady Abbess at Ephesus

Antipholus of Ephesus – twin master

Antipholus of Syracuse – twin master

Dromio of Ephesus - twin servant

Dromio of Syracuse – twin servant

Adriana – wife of Antipholus of Ephesus

Luciana – Adriana's sister

Nell/Luce – maid to Adriana

Balthazar – a merchant

Angelo - goldsmith


Doctor Pinch – a conjuring schoolmaster



MORE info

Present Laughter & Old Times will be performed at the Long Center’s Rollins Theater with Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella directing.


Director for Shakespeare in Zilker Park, Comedy of Errors: Robert Ramirez

ANN CICCOLELLA, Artistic Director. 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 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.


ROBERT RAMIREZ, Director Comedy of Errors. Robert has worked as Voice/Text/Dialect coach at a number of theaters including Illinois Shakes, American Players Theatre, and the Krannert Center for the Arts. This winter he will be Voice and Text Directing two productions Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has performed as an actor with the New York, Utah, Illinois, Great River, Alabama, Baltimore and Wisconsin Shakespeare Festivals.   Robert is the Head of the Acting Program in the department of theatre and dance at the University of Texas Austin, 



Austin Shakespeare’s mission is to present professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. Founded in 1984 Austin Shakespeare is the only professional classic theatre company in Central Texas.  Austin Shakespeare also brings professional actors and directors directly into the classroom throughout Central Texas.  Austin Shakespeare is a member of the Austin Creative Alliance, and is funded in part by the City of Austin through The Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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