Audition Update: Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and Art of Acting Studio

Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is holding auditions for its annual Shakespeare in the Park series on April 25 – 26. This year’s production is 12th Night – The Musical, which combines the words of Shakespeare with a rock and roll score. 12th Night is directed by Erin McBride Africa, with original music by Jay Africa. Actors and singers should prepare a 2-minute Shakespeare monologue and 16 bars of music to sing acapella. All roles are open, and SCSF practices blind casting. Headshots and resumes are highly encouraged. To request an audition time, send an email to For more information, go to

High school and college students will also be considered for Once more unto the Breach, an original cutting of Shakespeare’s musings on conflict, honor and death performed by SCSF’s Young Company. Once more unto the Breach is directed by Luck Hari, and will tour various locations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to

Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company/Art of Acting Studio will hold auditions for Macbeth, directed by Michael Allen and Don K. Williams, on April 24, 2015. Callbacks will take place 4/29, 4/30, or 5/1. Please submit electronically by Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 pm on Actors Access Prepare a 2-minute Shakespeare Monologue for the audition.


Audition Update: Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and Davis Shakespeare Festival

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is taking AEA submissions for the role of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, for its summer Shakespeare Festival production of Richard III directed by Ryan Lee. This is an eight week contract and rehearsals begin June 2 in Thousand Oaks. Please submit electronically on Actors Access by Friday, March 6. You must be a classically trained actor with significant Shakespeare experience to be considered. Richard (Male, 35-45) is a master manipulator who uses his wit, charm, and charisma to deceive everyone into believing that he is not a villain as he viciously carves his way to the throne. Bitter, ambitious, and utterly ruthless, he nonetheless manages to fool those closest to him. Born with a physical deformity that leads some to call him a “bottled spider,” “poisonous bunchedbacked toad,” and other insults.

Davis Shakespeare Festival in San Francisco will hold auditions for Twelfth Night and The Mystery of Edwin Drood on March 22 & 23. Guest Artist AEA contracts & non-AEA stipends are available. Please prepare a one minute Shakespeare monologue, a one minute contemporary monologue, and 16-bars of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Audition locations: Sunday, March 22, 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter Street in San Francisco and
Monday, March 23, 5:00 – 9:00 pm Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th Street in Davis. Rehearsals begin May 9 (Tues-Fri evenings & weekend afternoons) and the shows run Thurs-Sunday, June 25 to August 2, 2015. Click Here for more information and to select a time slot preference for your audition. For more info contact Carissa Lowe, Casting at

City Shakespeare Company’s Family Un-Friendly Twelfth Night Opens Dec. 5

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Bullying, pot smoking, heavy drinking and sexual innuendo will color The City Shakespeare Company’s no-holds-barred approach to Twelfth Night. The family un-friendly production will open in downtown Santa Monica on Friday, December 5. Opening night will feature red carpet arrivals at 7:30 pm and wine followed by the performance at 8:00 pm.

Normally considered a family favorite, City Shakes is taking a raucous look at the famous text. “I feel like we’re tackling a tacky, zany play that is anything but family-friendly,” states Brooke Bishop, co-artistic director of the company and director of this production. “The tacky vice land of Illyria feels relevant, especially in a world that suppresses those things and tells everyone to be polite.”

The production features fight choreography by company member David Hartstone (who also plays Orsino in this production). “It’s super fun; we’re laughing our butts off in rehearsal,” says Colin Martin, the company technical director and actor playing Sir Toby Belch. “We’re really trying to cram as many laughs in as possible and honor the notion that this is the funniest of Shakespeare’s comedies.”

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December 5 – 20, 2014
Doors open at 7:30 pm
1454 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
There is plenty of metered street parking.
Tickets are $34.99 at
For more information, please visit

Chaminade Players Goes Steam Punk for TWELFTH NIGHT

Twelfth Night - Chaminade PlayersYvette Bishop will direct a steam punk flavored Twelfth Night with an all student band at Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, opening in November. Performances will take place in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 14, 15, 21 & 22. The Chaminade Players is a dedicated group of students committed to creating theatrical masterpieces with dynamic performances through a collaboration of the school’s various technical crews and actors. Chaminade College Preparatory High School is located at 7500 Chaminade Ave., West Hills, Ca 91304. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to

Speakeasy Theatre Company Presents Twelfth Night

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Speakeasy Theatre Company opens Twelfth Night on October 21st. For reservations and location address, email You can also get tickets online at

The Old Globe Celebrates its 80th Year in 2015 with Shakespeare Onstage and in Film

Rebecca TaichmanThe Old Globe will celebrate its 80th Anniversary as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration with a 2015 Summer Season featuring Shakespeare onstage and in film.

2014 Tony Award winner for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival artistic director Darko Tresnjak returns to direct the musical classic Kiss Me, Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and choreography by Peggy Hickey, in association with Hartford Stage.

Director Rebecca Taichman (pictured), whose time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct Shakespeare’s delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Six-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis, who has three shows on Broadway this season, will make his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s hilarious The Comedy of ErrorsMore

Preview: Globe on Screen’s TWELFTH NIGHT Opens in LA Cinemas, 9/22

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Mark Rylance and Johhny Flynn. Photos by Simon Annand

Lovers of Shakespeare are in for a real treat when Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings its all-male Original Practices production of Twelfth Night to local cinemas on September 22. Starring award-winning actors Mark Rylance as Olivia and Stephen Fry as Malvolio, the film gives audiences an exclusive opportunity to see this unique performance from the Globe Theatre in London. It is also a chance to see the kind of production that would have been presented in Shakespeare’s day, down to the style of the music, dance, costumes, and scenery.

In 2012, Tim Carroll directed Twelfth Night, which was one of London theatre’s biggest hits of summer, completely selling out all of its performances at the Globe. After seeing the filmed version of the production I can absolutely see why. It is magical from beginning to end.

The dream cast is magnificent, and oh what a joy it is to watch them in action. I could hardly stop smiling, and only did so when a moment of pure delight would make me laugh out loud. It is wildly entertaining, sensitive, rich, and achingly honest in its slice of life simplicity.  More

Photo Flash: New Swan Shakespeare Festival’s 2014 Summer Season

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Adam Schroeder and Leslie Lank as Romeo and Juliet

New Swan Shakespeare Festival continues its third annual summer of Shakespeare in its unique and intimate mini-Elizabethan theater with performances of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet alternating through August 29.

Artistic Director Eli Simon, “New Swan Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to the investigation and production of Shakespeare’s plays and other relevant works. Our 125-seat mini-Elizabethan open-air theater allows us to forge a visceral relationship between actors and audience. We want our audiences to experience the actions, emotions, and story-lines as deeply as our artistic teams. The intimacy of the New Swan Theater makes this possible. In this context, our productions focus on linguistic acuity and the deft illumination of the text.”

There is also one more performance of HYPERBOLE: bard presented by Rogue Artist Ensemble on Sunday, August 24 at 5:00 pm. This family-friendly show takes Shakespeare’s best characters, poetry and plot devices and remixes them with intricate mask work, original puppets and live music, Rogue-style. Tickets for all New Swan Shakespeare Festival performances are available at

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Romeo and Juliet Ensemble

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Colin Nesmith as Malvolio in Twelfth Night

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Rosemary Brownlow as Viola and Samantha Aneson as Olivia in Twelfth Night

Click Here for more photos from New Swan Shakespeare Festival’s productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet. Gorgeous.

New Swan Shakespeare Festival Begins 3rd Season of Theatre-in-the-Round Tonight

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New Swan Shakespeare Festival presents its third annual season of Shakespearean productions under the stars, in a unique and intimate mini-Elizabethan theater. Last summer the 125-seat theater-in-the-round hosted over 4,000 patrons at its sold-out shows, firmly establishing it as a destination event for summer entertainment, artistic satisfaction, and family fun.

This season the Festival presents freshly imagined productions of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night, which will run in rotating repertory July 10 through August 30. New this year are pre-performance seminars that will be held on many nights adjacent to the theater on the Gateway Plaza in front of UC Irvine’s Langson Library.

The theater will also host its first musical event, Mozart Monday, a fundraiser on Monday, August 18. The evening features Maestro Benjamin Simon and friends from the LA Philharmonic in a program of chamber music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  More

Review: Independent Shakespeare Co.’s Upstairs/Downstairs TWELFTH NIGHT


Kalean Ung as Viola disguised as Cesario and Ryan Vincent Anderson as Count Orsino. Photos by Grettel Cortes.

Over the past ten years, Independent Shakespeare Co. has staked its claim on the city of Los Angeles with its “of the people, by the people, for the people” brand of Shakespeare. Built from the ground up by two regular people (Melissa Chalsma and David Melville) who love what they do, they have created a fiercely loyal following that can’t get enough of their kind of real-people theatre.

Thousands attend their Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival each summer, many of whom return again and again because an ISC production was their first introduction to a classical art form…and lo and behold, they loved it. It is an accessible company of friendly folk who enjoy talking to their audience before the play begins, during intermission, and especially after the show is over. They hold bilingual pre-show workshops (Players in the Park/Teatristas en el parque) for those who may not speak English as a first language to help them understand and enjoy the productions as a family, and they host other local cultural organizations on their stage before many of their shows.

They are the people’s Shakespeare company, where everyone is treated like an important member of their community and there is no division between groups. If you’re one of the people, this is your club. And that’s the way they like it.  More

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