Chekhov's The Seagull auditions for actors new to season + Merry Wives

November 18, 2017

Austin Shakespeare welcomes professional actors (Equity/Non-Equity) open auditions from 11 am Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 by appointment only. Auditions will be for actors who have not yet auditioned for this season; priority is for Chekhov’s The Seagull to be performed in February at the Long Center’s Rollins Theater and Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor Texas to be performed in Zilker Hillside Theater Performance May 3-27 at Zilker Hillside Theater.  Actors of all ethnicities are welcome.  By appt only:


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. 

All roles open for Chekov’s The Seagull except for “Mme Arkadina.” For Merry Wives of Windsor Texas, the role of John Falstaff; all other roles are open.

By appt only:

The Seagull rehearses from January 10 – February 6 with 4 performances from February 7 – 25.

Austin Shakespeare’s professionally directed and designed; all actors are paid.

Both plays are directed by Austin Shakespeare Artistic Director, Ann Ciccolella.



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.



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 Divisio

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