Actors Theatre of Little Rock, in partnership with Henderson State University, announces auditions for “As You Like It” by William Shakespeare, adapted and directed by Mark A. Burbank. Auditions will be held BY APPOINTMENT Saturday, Feb 4. Audition appointments can be made and questions answered by emailing CASTING@ACTORSTHEATRELR.ORG.
Auditions will be held at Pinnacle View Middle School, and appointments will begin at 2pm.
Performance dates are April 6-9, 2023, and will take place at Henderson State University. Rehearsals will begin early February and will be 2-3 days a week until mid-March. Rehearsals will be spilt between Little Rock and Arkadelphia. All roles will be paid a small stipend plus travel.
Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 1-2 minute Shakespearian monologue (comedic preferred, but not required). We understand that Shakespeare can be a bit nerve-wracking for those who do not specialize in it, so we are offering you the option of delivering your monologue on-book, if you prefer. We expect a well-prepared, committed performance whether or not your monologue is memorized. Level of memorization will not hinder your audition.
Actors Theatre of Little Rock emphasizes inclusivity and diversity in casting regarding but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, body positivity, age, etc. While this approach may be considered “non traditional casting”, we prefer to think of it as acknowledging humanity in all its forms. Each person is valuable and deserves to have their story shared on stage, regardless of previous practices that heightened ableism, racial prejudice, gender binaries, thinness, and others.
We encourage performers of ALL ethnicities, race, gender identities, body types, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities to attend every audition.
Non-binary and trans actors will be seen and considered for all roles.
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars.
Most characters we encounter currently are on the binary and are written with he/him or she/her pronouns and you will see that in the following character descriptions. However limiting the descriptions are, our casting seeks to be inclusive as possible and we invite gender non-conforming, genderqueer, transgender, and non-binary actors to submit for the roles they most identify with. We will also list race/ethnicity when specific to the character but are otherwise seeking all races and ethnicities. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.
If you are a playwright with a play you think we might be interested in producing, please submit your play to email@example.com. We are also actively checking in with the New Play Exchange for new works. We are striving toward racial equity by producing seasons featuring at least 50% BIPOC writers. We are also striving toward gender equity by producing seasons featuring at least 50% women, trans, non-binary writers. When you email your submission, please highlight the reasons why your show would suit our mission.
Actors Theatre of Little Rock currently only hires local (within 50 miles to Little Rock) directors for our productions. Directors are chosen 1-2 years in advance of production dates. If you are interested in being considered for future projects, please submit your resume, portfolio, proposal, and any other materials you’d like considered to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actors Theatre of Little Rock is continuously looking to expand our talent pool. If you are interested in working for our theater, please submit your resume and portfolio to email@example.com.