2014-2015 Season Auditions

Theatre:
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Memphis

Season 2014-15 Titles and Production Dates:
Richard III: October 6 – November 1, 2014
Twelfth Night: November 10 – December 21, 2014
A Midsummer Night's Dream: May 4 – June 21, 2015

Call Types:
Equity Principal Auditions for male and female actors.
Non-Equity Principal Auditions for male and female actors.

Dates of Auditions:
Monday, August 4, 2014
11:00 am – 7:00 pm (lunch from 3:00 – 4:00 pm)
No video submissions, please.

Location:
St. George's Church
2425 S. Germantown Road, Germantown, TN 38138
Free parking in back (west) lot; enter through double doors. Auditions held in nearby Activity Center.

Time:
To request a 5-minute appointment, e-mail Company Manager Harvey Kay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Performers without access to e-mail may call Harvey at 901-759-0620 by phone Thursday – Friday from 9:00 am – Noon (CST). Equity Members without appointments will be seen throughout the audition day as time permits. The deadline for requesting an appointment is 1:00 PM on Friday, August 1.

Personnel:
Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary (at auditions) will run audition.
A monitor will be provided for check-in.

Preparation:
Prepare two, contrasting Shakespeare pieces totaling no more than 3 minutes: at least one in verse. Appropriate pieces from TSC's season plays are encouraged. Bring photo/resume, stapled back-to-back; and any scheduling conflicts for the listed production schedules. No video submissions, please.

Contract:
AEA union Salary ($462/wk) as per SPT Tier 7 contract.
Non-AEA Salary ($432/wk) plus light production assistant duties.



Breakdown:

RICHARD III

Buckingham/Blunt/ensemble: Male/early 30s. Young, Machevellian Richard III; a tremendous leader who gives no quarter.

King Edward/Duchess of York/ensemble: Female/60s+. Can play the male King and Richard's formidable mother.


TWELFTH NIGHT

Orsino/Maria: Male/late 30s-40s. Can play lovesick Duke and convincing waiting gentlewoman of Olivia.

Viola: Female or Male/20s-early 30s. Can play convincing male and female. Noted intelligence and humor.

Olivia: Female or Male/late 20s-early 40s. The elegant, beautiful Countess in abject mourning and longing.

Toby Belch: Male/late 40s-early 60s. An oft-drunken, good-natured carouser and social singer.

Andrew Aguecheek: Male/late 30s-50s. Lean, wealthy, royal fop and friend to Toby. Kind and self-aware.

Malvolio: Male/50s. Olivia's pious, organized steward who is a closet cross-dresser.

Feste: Male/late 20s-50s. Excellent singer and entertainer; Olivia's jester.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Oberon/Theseus: Male/40s-60s. Duke of Athens and Fairie King. Athletic, can move/dance.

Titania/Hippolyta: Female/30s-60s. Amazon Queen and Fairie Queen. Athletic, can move/dance, a force of nature.

Lysander: Male/20s-early 30s. Athletic, love-sick poet.

Hermia: Female/20s-early 30s. Gymnastic, defiant, comedian in love.

Egeus/Snug: Male/40s-60s. Doubles as ferocious father of Hermia and a cowardly lion as a tradesman in the Interlude.

Puck/Philostrate: Male/20s-30s. Doubles as officious secretary to Theseus and gymnastic wanderer of the night to Oberon. Can sing and move well.

Peter Quince: Male or Female/late 40s-70s. Trying very hard to produce and direct his/her first self-written script for high-ranking officials.

Nick Bottom: Male/late 30s-50s. A self-involved, amateur thespian who is turned into a donkey, loved by Titania, and then descants on the meaning of life by the light of day. Tradesman.

Francis Flute: Male/20s. A first-time actor made to play the female lover to Bottom in the Interlude. Tradesman.

Tom Snout: Male/20s-40s. A first-time actor in the Interlude who is physically large and can play a Wall. Tradesman.

Robin Starveling: Male/20s-50s. A first-time actor in the Interlude who is a fastidious tailor by day. Tradesman.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company has a noted history of cross-gender and non-traditional casting practices. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are strongly encouraged to attend. AEA members should always bring your Equity Membership Card to auditions.