Call for Auditions

And then there were four.
This October and November, UA&P's Arts Department will stage shoestrung versions of Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, and King Lear for the general public. This is the first time that all of Shakespeare's Four Great Tragedies will be featured on Shoestring Shakespeare.

What is Shoestring Shakespeare?

Shoestring Shakespeare is Shakespeare made compact and mobile. It features plays that are abridged to require fewer actors and to run at 10-20 minutes. This means that the actors often play multiple roles, providing an interesting challenge to both seasoned and amateur actors. The short length also makes the plays more practical for both theatre artists and audiences. Lastly, Shoestring Shakespeare is highly mobile—it requires less time, people, props, set pieces, and costumes, so it can easily be brought to other locations.

Watch a filmed version of the first Shoestring Shakespeare play, Macbeth Over Easy staged by Trunk Theatre at Fully Booked BGC:

Who can audition?

Auditions are open to UA&P students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

How much time will you require from actors?

As with any production, an actor's presence is needed at rehearsals and performances. There will be a maximum of 12 regular shows and they will be on Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons, and Saturday evenings this October and November.

Rehearsal schedules will depend on the directors and on the availability of the cast and the stage managers. If there are full-time employees in the team, rehearsals will likely be held in the evening. Note that since Shoestring Shakespeare has been created to be efficient, it will take up less time than the usual theatre production. You'll be asked about your availability when you fill out the audition sign up form.

How can I audition?

You may go to UA&P for auditions or submit a video audition.

In-person auditions

July 13 (Wed) and 15 (Fri), 2016
CAS 203 (Arts Lab)
  1. Fill out our audition sign-up form. (Paper forms will also be available on-site for those who are unable to fill out the online form.)
  2. Drop by anytime during the above schedules.

Video auditions

Submission deadline: July 8, 2016 (But the sooner you submit, the sooner you'll receive our feedback.)
  1. Make a video recording of yourself reading our audition pieces. Upload it to YouTube as an Unlisted video.
  2. Fill out our audition sign-up form. You'll be asked to enter the URL of your video.
One of our directors will get back to you as soon as possible.

I'm not an actor. Are there other ways to help?

Yes! Check out our call for volunteers.

Where will the proceeds go?

Income generated from this project will be spent on improvements in the Arts Lab's facilities.