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Announcing auditions for Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH

Auditions: Monday, April 3rd 6:30-9 – sign up to reserve an audition time
Callbacks: Wednesday, April 5th 6:30-10:30 (may end earlier)

To reserve an audition time, visit:
This production will incorporate extensive double casting and nontraditional casting. Actors of all types are encouraged to audition. The role of MacDuff is cast; all other parts are available. Many roles will require drinking but non-drinking roles are available. MACBETH performs May 25-28. Rehearsals begin April 17. All actors interested in roles which require sword fighting must attend fight class (at no cost) on: April 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6 from 6-9 on Fri/Sat, and 7-10 on Thurs.
Auditions will be held at the Underground Collaborative on the lower level of the Shops of Grand Avenue – 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203.

Please prepare a classical monologue of no more than 2 minutes and bring a headshot and resume. You may also be asked to read from the script. Plan on arriving at least 10 minutes prior to your audition to sign in and fill out a short form.
For more information contact

Join us for a fundraiser celebrating our love of alcohol and nerdiness as we take Shakespeare to a galaxy far, far away.

March 27at the Underground Collaborative – downstairs in the Shops at Grand Avenue, 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Doors open at 6:30 – snacks, drinks, and more available for purchase.

Costume contest at 7:00 – winner receives a free drink and 2 vouchers for Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH

Staged reading and drinking game at 7:30

Donations accepted at the door. 
All proceeds go toward Bard & Bourbon’s Memorial Day weekend production of MACBETH


Shakespeare in the Park Auditions! Optimist Theatre is auditioning for our summer 2016 production of Julius Caesar.


Auditions are on February 6, 7, and 8. If you’re interested in being considered for an audition slot, please email your headshot and resume to Shakespeare in the Park Producer and Associate Artistic Director Tom Reed at Submissions without a headshot and resume will not be considered. Previous experience required.


Performances of Julius Caesar will run 12 days – August 4-7, 11-14 and 18-21, outdoors at Alice Bertschy Kadish Park. Rehearsals begin near the end of June.


Shakespeare in the Park is also seeking to fill all crew roles. Interested? Please email Tom Reed and include a resume if you have one.

Bard and Bourbon title with whiskey 2

Auditions for Bard & Bourbon’s summer production of Much Ado About Nothing are this Friday, June 12 from 5-9pm at the Underground Collaborative in the Shops at Grand Avenue, 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203.

Rehearsals begin June 29th, tech is July 27-30, and the show runs July 31, Aug 1, 3, 7, & 8. We will do our best to accommodate all conflicts up to tech week.

Interested actors must be over 21, though not all roles will require alcohol consumption for this show. Older actors and actresses are especially encouraged to audition. Bard & Bourbon embraces non-traditional casting so if you enjoy the play but feel there wouldn’t normally be a part for you, this is your chance. The roles of Beatrice and Hero are already cast but all other roles are available.

Auditions will consist primarily of cold readings. Auditionees are also strongly encouraged but not required to prepare one short Shakespearean monologue.

You must sign up via to select a half hour group time slot. Individual time to present monologues will be assigned within that time. Walk ins will be seen only as time allows.

Plan on arriving at least 10 minutes ahead of time to fill out paperwork and familiarize yourself with the scenes. Please bring one headshot and resume with you if available. If you do not have a headshot we will take your picture for reference in the audition room.

If you have any questions, please email

For more information about Bard & Bourbon, visit or our facebook page

Finally, if you cannot attend auditions but are still interested in either this or future Bard & Bourbon shows, please email your headshot and resume to

Milwaukee Auditions for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s 2013 Summer Season!

Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins

The Festival performs to audiences of over 10,000 every summer and operates under an Actors’ Equity U/RTA Tier II contract.

Auditions will be held in Milwaukee on Saturday, November 10.

To be  considered for an audition, please mail a hard copy of your headshot and resume to:

Kevin Rich

Artistic Director

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Campus Box 5700

Normal, IL 61790

Please include a current email address.  If selected to audition, you will be contacted to set up an individual time.

Thank you for your interest in ISF!–

Kevin Rich

Artistic Director, Illinois Shakespeare Festival Assistant Professor of Acting, Illinois State University Campus Box 5700 Normal, IL 61790



For those of you who may be interested in such things:

Researchers using high-tech photography have reconstructed a signature that may belong to William Shakespeare — or perhaps a clever forger.

It’s not yet known who scrawled “Wm Shakespeare” across the title page of the legal treatise “Archaionomia,” a collection of Saxon laws published during the reign ofElizabeth I of England. It may never be clear, said Gregory Heyworth, a professor of English at the University of Mississippi.

But now, Heyworth and his students have used new technology to reveal the nearly lost scribbles on the old book. The work is part of The Lazarus Project, an effort to revive damaged texts using a technique called multispectral imaging. The researchers take very high-resolution photographs of old text, art or objects using 12 different wavelengths of light, ranging from ultraviolet to infrared, beyond the boundaries of the human eye. Next, they use software to combine these images into the clearest possible picture of the text.

Read the rest of the article here:

Great article on how Shakespeare’s use of language challenges the brain and urges it to seek greater possibilities.


By Philip Davis
Created 16/10/2007 – 18:50




Philip Davis pleasures his brain with shifting Shakespearean syntax, measures the results on an electroencephalogram, and finds evidence that powerful writing can literally change the ways in which we think …

From THE READER [1] magazine

I have always been very interested in how literature affects us. But I don’t really like it when people say, “This book changed my life!” Struggling with ourselves and our seemingly inextricable mixture of strengths and weaknesses, surely we know that change is much more difficult and much less instant than that. It does scant justice to the deep nature of a life to suppose that a book can simply “change” it. Literature is not a one-off remedy. And actually it is the reading of books itself, amongst other things, that has helped me appreciate that deep complex nature. Nonetheless, I do remain convinced that life without reading and the personal thinking it provokes would be a greatly diminished thing. So, with these varying considerations, I know I need to think harder about what literature does.

And here’s another thing. In the last few years I have become interested not only in the contents of the thoughts I read–their meaning for me, their mental and emotional effect–but also in the very shapes these thoughts take; a shape inseparable, I feel, from that content.

Moreover, I had a specific intuition–about Shakespeare: that the very shapes of Shakespeare’s lines and sentences somehow had a dramatic effect at deep levels in my mind. For example, Macbeth at the end of his tether:

And that which should accompany old age,
As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
I must not look to have, but in their stead
Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour, breath
Which the poor heart would fain deny and dare not.

I’ll say no more than this: it simply would not be the same, would it, if Shakespeare had written it out more straightforwardly: I must not look to have the honour, love, obedience, troops of friends which should accompany old age. Nor would it be the same if he had not suddenly coined that disgusted phrase “mouth-honour” (now a cliché as “lip-service”).

Every now and again you find a site which is just a delight.  This is one of those.


Sonnet 73(1609)

William Shakespeare

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.


In me thou seest the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.


In me thou seest the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.


This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
updated 3:22 PM EST, Tue September 27, 2011
The Globe Theatre will host 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 languages.
The Globe Theatre will host 37 Shakespeare plays in 37 languages.

(CNN) — It will be Shakespeare as nobody has seen it before. Over six weeks next spring, London’s Globe Theatre will present all 37 of the Bard’s plays in 37 languages, performed by companies from as many countries.

Theater groups from the newly independent nation of South Sudan and conflict-torn Afghanistan, as well as the Balkans, China, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, France, Russia and Belarus will be among those taking part.

One play, Love’s Labour’s Lost, will be performed entirely in British Sign Language (BSL), used by the deaf community, while the Q Brothers from Chicago will stage Othello in hip hop.

Fools for Tragedy has just finished the very successful run of “In My Mind’s Eye” – to pretty positive remarks. One woman did call it the 7th circle of hell – but here at Fools we will take that as a compliment.

However we don’t just want to stop there – we have some great idea’s for our upcoming season and would love for you to be a part of giving these ideas shape. We will be looking for everybody who can a hand – in whatever way possible. You wanna act? We got room for you… just… y’know… be good at acting. You like lights? We will need tons of lights. If you just want to give us a small amount of money and tell us to do something amazing with it, we would love for you to fill that role.

The Mercutio Story (untitled) – Our next take on Shake – we will be presenting this piece in conjunction with Fresh Page Productions A short but very compelling take on the classic lover’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The piece will explore the role of Romeo’s tragic companion in the sweeping Shakespearean epic. We are looking to put this on in an urban/industrial setting so if you are interested in guerilla style theatre – this is the project for you. We are certainly looking for a large and dedicated group of young actors and any aged creative minds to put this together. We would love help on the story-building, creative input on design and whatever you want to throw your hat into. If you just want to see it happen, we can do it without you… you will be missed though.

Waiting (working title) by Jordan Gwiazdowski – The tale of two actors waiting, before their first rehearsal of “Waiting for Godot”, for the arrival of Samuel Beckett. The show will be small, intimate, and very simple in production. This will be a much more traditional stage production with a few fun twists. Again – we are looking for creative minds in general. This show will most likely be pre-cast, but if it is something you are interested in auditioning for, we will most certainly see you.

We have a few other ideas in mind – but we don’t want to spoil them all. Fools will be holding a meeting around the end of September to discuss the future and all of it’s fun possibilities in this city. Want to join us?

Email: jrdngwz@gmail,com

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