1. An audition is a job interview. Please dress
accordingly. Please also dress in clothes and
shoes that allow you to move.
2. We require memorized monologues for our
auditions (10 - 12 lines in length.) Please take time
to prepare your monologue. No one is good at
memorizing Shakespeare the night before an
audition! If you are having trouble finding a
monologue, we encourage you to chose one from
our Suggested Monologues.
3. Make sure to bring us your headshot and
resume. If you don’t have a professionally taken
headshot, bring a clear full-face photo. If you don’t
know what to include in a resume, contact us and
4. We will ask you to look us in the eye when you do
your monologue, because our performance style
includes a lot of audience contact. If this makes a
difference in your preparation, please take it into
5. Our productions include live music. If you sing or
play an instrument, come ready to show off your
6. We do cross-gendered casting and doubling of
roles. If you come to a callback, be prepared to
read anything, even if you think it’s outside of your
7. Please familiarize yourself with the company
before you audition. Read our company history and
performance philosophy on the website. If at all
possible, attend a performance. We may do
Shakespeare in a way that is new to you! Check the
“upcoming performances” section of our website for
opportunities to see shows.
8. We are an actor-powered theatre company.
Actors make up the board of company
administrators, and actors in our casts perform
production duties. We are looking for people with
an interest in and willingness to participate in all
aspects of theatre production.
9. Make sure that you bring your calendars and
conflicts for the production periods to the audition.
This is very important, since sometimes conflicts
factor in casting decisions.
10. Our company has an existing ensemble of
regular company members who act in our
productions as part of their role as members of our
board or repertory company. We also do very small
casts (the average size being 9 - 11 actors).
Please remember that you are auditioning to join
our ensemble for these productions, and the laws of
probability dictate that not everyone who auditions
can be cast. If you are not cast with us this time
around, please return for future auditions. We love
to meet people who are enthusiastic about
11. Our casting notices may be unlike others you
have experienced in situations like university or
community theatre. Because the offer of a role also
includes the offer of a paid stipend, we do not
publish one cast list, but approach actors
individually. Once all casting offers have been
accepted, we contact all auditionees to let them
know that casting is complete.
12. Please come to auditions ready to have fun!
We want you to do well. The more outstanding
auditions we have, the higher quality productions we
can put on, so make our job difficult. See you at
|The next set of auditions for the Pigeon Creek
Shakespeare Company will take place on April 22
and 23 for our summer productions of Coriolanus and
The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Auditions will take place
at Dog Story Theater (7 E. Jefferson, Grand Rapids) at
Actors with Pigeon Creek receive paid stipends.
Auditionees should prepare a 10-12 line Shakespearean
monologue. You will also be asked to do cold readings
from the scripts. If you sing or play a musical instrument,
be ready to give a brief demonstration of your skills.
If you have questions about auditions, please contact
Pigeon Creek executive director Katherine Mayberry
Below is some brief information about our summer
Coriolanus will be directed by Dennis Henry. Dennis
holds an MFA in directing from the University at Nebraska
Lincoln, and has extensive experience as a
Shakespearean actor. A member of Actors’ Equity, he
spent eight years touring with the world-renowned
American Shakespeare Center.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be Pigeon Creek’s
first ever Workshop Production, designed to provide
acting experience and training for actors who may not
have previously acted in Shakespearean plays. College
students and others who are eager to get training in
Shakespearean text, voice, and movement techniques
would be ideal candidates to audition for this production.
Director for this production will be announced shortly --
please check back here for updated information.
|Interested in Auditioning?
|the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
Kelly Knoll as Rosalind
in As You Like It
Steven Schwall and Janna Rosenkranz working in our
donated rehearsal space at the Western Michigan
Academy of Arts and Academics in Spring Lake, MI.
Michigan's only year-round, touring Shakespeare company