City Shakes Brings Free Summer Shakespeare to West Los Angeles

As You Like It City Shakes
Bring your picnic, blanket, and the kids – Rustic Canyon Park is about to get a little more mischievous this summer, thanks to The City Shakespeare Company’s (City Shakes’) weekend performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

Founded in 2012 by Brooke Bishop and Allison Volk, City Shakes is on a mission to bring together community members to enjoy classic theater in a fun, accessible way, and there’s no better venue than Rustic Canyon Park’s “little urban oasis,” as Bishop, the show’s director, calls it. “Working in and around the Rec Center, our thespian activities become an integral part of the community, rather than something tucked away in an isolated, windowless theater,” she says.  More

Audition Update: City Shakes and Sacramento Shakespeare Interns

As You Like It City Shakes
City Shakes

City Shakes is casting the roles of Silvius and Duke Senior/Duke Frederick for their summer production of As You Like It. The Dukes will both be played by a single actor using a hat – and his ingenuity – to distinguish between the two characters. Rehearsals begin May 12. Performances run weekends June 9 – July 7. This production is non-union and non-paying, but offers a great opportunity to perform Shakespeare outdoors with a group of dedicated theater makers. Please email headshot and resume to For more information visit their casting page at

Sacramento Shakespeare Festival H.S. Intern Program
Sacramento Shakespeare Festival is currently accepting applications for its High School Internship Program. Students ages 13 – 18 from the Sacramento area will work and learn alongside some of the area’s finest artists enriching their experience in Shakespeare performance and production. The program builds self-confidence, self-esteem, independence and team skills in a non-competitive atmosphere. All interns will be the performers in the Green show. Interns will also perform a short Shakespeare play in a showcase performance, in addition to receiving intensive instruction and hands-on experience, including workshops in Voice, Movement, Shakespeare, Stage Combat and more. College credit and/or community service hours are available. Application deadline is May 13, 2013. The cost: $0 (if over 18, cost to enroll in the summer program is equal to number of units desired ~ $46.00 per unit). Click Here for complete details, intern schedule, and how to apply.

Audition Update: The Porters – Timon of Athens, CityShakes – As You Like It

The Porters of Hellsgate: Timon of Athens
The Porters of Hellsgate are accepting submissions for auditions for Timon of Athens to be held Saturday, March 23 and Monday, March 25, directed by Charles Pasternak. The company will employ gender-blind and color-blind casting; males and females (ages 18 – 60) will be read for all roles. Please visit and read up on the play, plot and characters, and in your submission, list characters interested in, or ‘open’ if available for any character in the show. The role of Timon of Athens will be played by Thomas Bigley. Rehearsals begin March 25 and performances run May 3 – June 9 at The Actors’ Forum Theatre. AEA 99-Seat plan. Submit electronically through Actors Access.

CityShakes: As You Like It
CityShakes co-founders Brooke Bishop and Allison Volk, along with several other company members, will hold workshop-style auditions this weekend for their upcoming production of As You Like It. The auditions will include a meet & greet, warm up, and then cold reading. Please also prepare one comedic Shakespeare monologue. Auditions are Saturday, March 23, 12-5pm, and Sunday, March 24, 12-5pm in Rustic Canyon Park, Santa Monica. Rehearsals are Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun, May 12-June 8 and performances are Saturdays & Sundays, June 9-July 7. Director Brooke Bishop’s adaptation of As You Like It will be shorter, snappier, and contemporary. The event will be one part Shakespeare play, one part circus, and one part bluegrass barbecue. Think Water for Elephants meets O Brother, Where Art Thou. Auditions, most rehearsals, and performances will be outdoors so if you’re down to have a blast – working with Shakespeare’s words, playing in the sun, and sharing your talent with audiences, please submit your headshot and resume to For a complete breakdown of roles, go to

City Shakes Makes Shakespeare & Music Free to the Public

City Shakes Shrew
Director Brooke Bishop, 24, and actress Allison Volk, 26, founded City Shakespeare Company (City Shakes) to make art accessible to the Los Angeles community. Their first production, in collaboration with the James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is a one-night-only free performance of Shrew, Bishop’s “no-holds-barred adaptation of Shakespeare’s most controversial rom-com,” Taming of the Shrew. It takes place on Valentine’s Day.

The event also features the music of modern ragtime pianist Aaron Beaumont. “It’s an evening of music, fine art, and great theater,” says Volk, who plays Kate in the production. “Oh, and wine and cupcakes, of course!” After all, it is Valentine’s Day. The cast also includes Andrew Thacher as Tranio, Theo Salter as Lucentio, Judy Fleming as Vincentia & Grumio, Colin Martin as Petruchio, Jacques Freydont as Baptista, Mary Keane as Bianca, and Jose Espinosa as Hortensio.  More

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