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July 2, 2020


Our next online event is in collaboration with Spectrum Theatre Co is a Monologue Acting workshop for African American Actors ages 11-19 on Wednesday July 8 starting at 7 pm on Zoom  To get tickets or to register to perform, email: spectrumtheatrecompanyatx@gmail.com (See end of this Blog for details).  We are also in the planning stages for a ZOOM reading of Virginia Woolfe's A ROOM OF ONE'S OWN with actress Helen Merino. 




For Austin Shakespeare frequent attenders and supporters we had an “Open Rehearsal” of the Midsummer lovers quartet scene with Helyn Rain Messenger (Helena), Corinna Browing (Hermia), Ethan Santo (Lysander) and Matthew Wagner (Demetrius).  We had an excellent turn out and we chatted with the actors on Zoom too.  We have a magical cast for A Midsummer Night’s Dream but we are not sure if we will performing at Zilker Hillside Theater or via zoom!  We will keep you posted.



Our cast for Young Shakespeare’s  Two Gentlemen of Verona culminated a month long rehearsal period (6 days a week 4 hours a day) for 200 viewers.   Nancy Eyermann, co-directed the imaginative 1960’s inspired concept.  We hoped to be back at Richard Garriott’s de Cayeux’s Curtain theater live but that is still uncertain.  Actors ages ranged 11-19 from middle school, high school and college.



More online activity:  Our Playwriting class had an online Showcase of new scenes with professional actors: Ev Lunning Jr, Patrick Wheeler, and Regan Goins.



Our “Behind the Scenes” series went online with Othello/Iago actors Marc Pouhe’ and Michael Miller on Facebook Live on June 11, 2020 with a scene and wide-ranging discussion.


Our “Artist’s Way” weekly Creativity workshops continued through June with a Spanish speaking group on Wednesdays at noon via zoom (in English) and Thursday long-time group.  (taking a summer break til Aug. 19-20) 


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Spectrum Zoom Monologue workshop for African-American actors

Spectrum Theatre Co. in collaboration with Austin Shakespeare is offering a Zoom Monologue workshop for African-American actors ages 11-19 beginning at 7 pm Wednesday, July 9 workshop to be presented LIVE via Zoom.  Limit to 2 minutes or less in length.  Young Actors may read their monologues with familiarity, or perform memorized pieces.  To register or for info: spectrumtheatrecompanyatx@gmail.com




Marilyn Stewart, President of Spectrum Theatre Co commented: ”Children are

incredibly impressionable! It is our hope and desire that this Workshop will be the stepping stone for children to watch, enjoy and perform theater, and that as they become adults, they will be equipped with skills to understand the world we live in, and perhaps change it for the better by bringing stories and people from

all walks of life, together”.

Austin Shakespeare’s Artistic Director, Ann Ciccolella said, “We hope this workshop will encourage creative theater activity, and our panelists’ comments will point to next steps in artistic growth for each young actor.”


Bios for Panel of Commentators

Franchelle Stewart Dorn has been an actress for more than 40 years having played leading roles at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C, Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, the Guthrie and at The State, ZACH and Austin Shakespeare theaters in Austin. Dorn has been seen on TV: Law and Order and films: Die Hard with a Vengeance, Chances Are and Raise the Titanic. She has been seen on one of PBS' longest-running series, Literary Visions. She fondly remembers her role as "Dr. Rita Madison" on NBC's Another World.  She won the Austin Critics' Circle Award for her performances in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Mrs. Warren's Profession and The Edge of Peace. With more than 400 voice-overs and on-camera appearances, Dorn received her acting training at the Yale School of Drama.  She is a long time Professor at UT Austin’s  Department of Theatre and Dance.


Marc Pouhé played title roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Othello, and Macbeth with Austin Shakespeare and Crowns, Spunk with Spectrum Theatre Co. Other theatre credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird, Three Sisters and Death and the King's Horseman at St Edward’s University’s Mary Moody Northen Theatre; A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), The Grapes of Wrath, Jesus Christ Superstar, Take Me Out, The Exonerated, at ZACH. The Mountaintop, Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing, Death of A Salesman at Austin Playhouse.  Film and television: Friday Night Lights (NBC), Prison Break (Fox), The Overbrook Brothers, and Mnemosyne Rising.  Marc is a 5-time winner of the Austin Critics’ Table Award and has a BA in Communications/Theatre (Texas State). 


Tyra Williams is a Theatre major with a concentration in film at Texas State University.  Tyra has been involved in acting and theatre since middle school. Starring in local plays in central Texas, school production plays, and even competing on speech and debate teams. She has won countless awards. Tyra has collaborated with Austin Film Festival her junior and senior year of high school which peaked her interest in film. Since then Tyra has been taking classes at Texas State University and has worked on multiple film projects. Her drive to tell stories and connect with others through artistic performances has been something she's worked on her whole life.


ABOUT SPECTRUM THEATRE COMPANY: The Spectrum Theatre Company was born out of a need to create art that impacts the social and cultural norms facing the diverse populations in Austin, Texas. The mission of the Spectrum Theatre Company is to create professional productions that promote artistic excellence through thought provoking stories of the human condition as seen through the spectrum of the African American experience. We are excited about working to build a theatre company whose success will belong to the community at-large.

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