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The Summit Players will be holding auditions for their 2018 Summer Shakespeare in the State Parks production of Twelfth Night on Sunday, March 18th, from 2 – 5pm at the Village Church, 130 East Juneau Ave., Milwaukee.  *

Summit Players is looking for enthusiastic actors/teaching artists with a spirit of adventure, who love Shakespeare and the great outdoors.  In our 75 minute high energy productions the company of 6 actors cover all of the 14+ roles in the play.  Actors are also responsible to help lead the Educational Workshops held prior to each public performance.  There is a stipend of up to $150 per week.

Interested actors should email  to obtain an audition slot.  Please attach a picture and resume if you have one.  Actors chosen to audition will need to prepare one Shakespearean monologue (preferably verse) of no more than 2 minutes in length, as well as 16 bars of a song that shows your range (a cappella).  Actors interested in auditioning need to be available for the commitment as described below. 

  • Rehearsals run evenings and weekends from Monday, May 21 through Thursday, June 21, approximately 25 hours per week.  This schedule allows for actors in the company to have a job on weekdays.
  • Performances are weekends from June 22 to July 1, followed by a short break, and then continue July 13 through August 12.
  • This is a touring production that goes to 17 different State Parks all over Wisconsin.   Several of our performance weekends you will be on the road in order to get to the parks that are further afield.  Transportation, food and lodging are included on these travel weekends in addition to your weekly stipend.
  • Once open, there are brush-up rehearsals on Thursday evenings as needed.

For more information on the company please check out:


*Carol Zippel from Windfall Theatre will also be in attendance observing potential talent for their 2018-19 season.


Richard III (drunk) auditions

Auditions: Monday, March 19th 5:30-8:00 – sign up to reserve an audition time

Callbacks: Tuesday, March 20th 6:00-10:00 (may end earlier)


Visit to sign up


After a long and bloody civil war, peace has finally settled over England with the ascension of the York king Edward IV.  But Edward’s younger brother Richard resents the happiness he sees around him.  Bitter at being treated as a monster since birth due to his physical appearance, Richard chooses to embrace his villainous reputation and when he sets his eyes on the throne of England, nothing and no one will stand in his way.  As the body count rises, allies turn to enemies and Richard’s rule faces a new threat descended from old enemies – a young rival named Henry Tudor, Duke of Richmond.  The two men will soon face each other on the battlefield in a fight for the fate of all England.


This production will incorporate extensive double casting and nontraditional casting.  Actors of all ages, body types, genders, races, and physical abilities are encouraged to audition. Real alcohol will be consumed onstage. Many roles including that of Richard will require drinking but non-drinking roles are available.  Richard III performs May 24-June 2. Rehearsals begin April 16.  All actors interested in roles which require sword fighting must attend fight class in April (at no cost).


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


Date: 03/19/2018 (Mon.)

Location: Underground Collaborative at the Shops of Grand Avenue – 161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203


Auditions for Bard and Bourbon’s Henry V (drunk!) will be held at The Underground Collaborative (161 W Wisconsin Ave, in the Grand Avenue Mall under the TJ Maxx) on Monday, December 4th.



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Please prepare a Shakespeare monologue and, if you like, a joke you really enjoy telling. If you don’t have a monologue, one will be provided for you. If you don’t have a joke, make something up about the French.


CALLBACKS will be held December 11th, the Monday following the 4th. Let us know if you can’t make it to auditions on the 4th and we may be able to reserve a time for you on the 11th.


REHEARSALS take place week day and Saturday evenings, starting January 3rd. More details about the schedule will become available once actors submit availability.



Preview Feb 7

Shows Feb 8 – 10,

Feb 12 PWYC

Shows Feb 15-17

Shows will take place in the Underground Collaborative.


All are encouraged to audition – seasoned actors, new to the stage, Shakespeare dorks and newbies. Sober roles available

Free Shakespeare Workshops

Original Practices Milwaukee is holding FREE workshops in the First Folio Technique in preperation for their production of Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.

*NOTE: Original Practices is still looking for additional performers for their production. Workshops will serve as an audition for those interested in performing as well.*

About Original Practices Milwaukee and the First Folio Technique:

Shakespeare Original Practices is an attempt to recreate some of the conditions that Elizabetthan actors would have had to prepare under in the 16th Century.  As there was no electrical lighting a company would perform during the day, there was no time for what we think of rehearsals.  Also, with no copy wright laws to protect intellectual property, an actor would only be given their own lines in an attempt to protect the shows.  With these challenges, the texts themselves would serve as director.  Scripts were encoded with specific language that would inform actors where they are supposed to be and to whom they should be speaking.  Finally, with no believe of a fourth wall in Elizabethan Theater and so the audience was welcome to immediately comment on what they were seeing and performers would respond in kind.  Original Practices attempts to recreate the visceral immediacy of these performances;  Actors carry scrolls on stage, having no rehearsal to memorize them, the audience  speaks to the performers, and the shows move at a break-neck pace.  We welcome you to come and enjoy some old text brought to new light!



@ The Brumder Mansion- 3046 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53208

November 1st, 6 PM – 8 PM

November 2nd at 6 PM – 8 PM


Additional FREE workshops if you COME SEE THE SHOW!

@ Charles Allis Art Museum – 1801 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202

*show has a suggested donation of $10*

November 5th: WORKSHOP 1:30-2:00pm. SHOW 2pm-4pm

November 12th: WORKSHOP 1:30-2:00pm. SHOW 2pm-4pm




Production Dates: Aug 31-Sep 3, 2017 at 7:30pm

This Labor Day weekend, the Tenth Street Theatre becomes a vaudeville stage for Bard & Bourbon’s Twelfth Night (drunk). Twelfth Night is the story of twin siblings separated by a shipwreck in a foreign land. What follows is a wild mix of love triangles, mistaken identities, and general foolery. In this production, however, events are further complicated by the fact that two of the actors each night will be under the influence of quite a bit of whiskey. Anything can happen and it’s up to the sober actors to hilariously try to keep the show on the rails.

Founded in late 2014, Bard & Bourbon is one of several drunk Shakespeare companies that have sprung up over the last decade, including LA’s Shotspeare, New York’s Drunk Shakespeare Society, and Milwaukee’s fellow drunk company, Boozy Bard. “We take the most traditional approach of any drunk company I know,” says director and

Bard & Bourbon founder Katie Merriman. “For us, the Shakespeare comes first and we just trust the alcohol to take care of itself. Our goal is always to produce a genuinely good play with a bit of loving irreverence thrown in.”

Twelfth Night Director Dylan K. Sladky says “As one of Shakespeare’s funniest and lighthearted love stories, Twelfth Night (or What You Will) is a fantastic romp about the absurdities of love in all its forms. Every character has an open world in-front of them, just out of their grasp, and we get to see them set upon each other in hopes of reaching that which they desire most. With this in mind, I looked to old-school backyard vaudeville for inspiration. Vaudeville was for all manner of people, and Shakespeare’s plays share this quality. The over-the-top nature of Twelfth Night and its characters, paired with it’s subtle moments of bittersweet hope of a better tomorrow, makes the 1930’s dust bowlera a striking concept to play in, and has proven to be a truly fun experience.”

Twelfth Night (drunk) runs August 31-Sept 3 at the Tenth Street Theatre, 628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233. All performances at 7:30pm.

Pay What You Can preview on August 30.

Tickets are $18 (general) / $15 (students/seniors/military/artists).

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To book tickets, visit

Actors of all ages, genders, races, and body types are invited to audition for a diverse, nontraditional cast of Twelfth Night (drunk). All roles are available. Many roles require drinking but non-drinking roles are available. Rehearsals begin July 17 with performances Aug 31-Sep 9.

Auditions will be held at the Tenth Street Theatre – 628 N 10th St on Monday, June 26 from 5:45-9:30 with callbacks the next day.

Prepare a 1 min classical monologue of a gender different from the one you identify as and a 30 second a cappella song.

Get more info and sign up at


Join the cast of Bard & Bourbon’s MACBETH in a five night broadsword stage combat class culminating in a DAI certification test.


The class will be taught by Milwaukee fight director, Christopher Elst, a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International (DAI).


Dates: April 28, 29, May 4, 5, 6  from 6pm-9pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 7pm-10pm on Thursday.

Location: Plymouth Church, 2717 E Hampshire Ave, Milwaukee.

Cost: $150 including sword rental and testing fee
Maximum of 8 students will be accepted.  To register, email  You will receive confirmation that space is still available and a link to complete payment via Paypal.   Registration is complete once payment is received.  We will maintain a waiting list if all spaces are filled.


First Stage Theater Academy’s Classical Company Class Presents:
The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare

Jim Fletcher, Director
Ro Spice-Kopischke, Assistant Director

What must one risk for love? For fortune? For friendship? And what is the cost of risking such things? Set in the highly polarized world of sixteenth century Venice, Shakespeare gives us no easy answers. How does one find justice in such a world where everyone is culpable? The questions Shakespeare posed four hundred years ago, are sadly ones we still face today.

Performance Dates:

Friday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is free! Come out to support the hard work of these incredible young performers!


Voices Found Repertory Presents


Romeo & Juliet

A Tragedy by William Shakespeare

Directed by Jake Russell Thompson


10th Street Theatre, Milwaukee WI

August 10 ­ 13 at 7:30pm, 13 ­ 14 at 2:00pm

(Doors open 30 minutes before curtain)

$12 general admission


Romeo Montague crashes Juliet Capulet’s party, and in one moment they find what most people believe they’ll never had in their lifetime. Less than a hundred hours later, there’s been a

wedding, a banishment, a sex scene, some domestic abuse, and a horrible miscommunication –

and five people are dead. What the hell went wrong? Between an iconic balcony and a double suicide, Voices Found Rep’s debut production is a fresh and stylish take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, set in an abstract post­punk world, and aims to portray the heart and humanity

of a timeless story.


Tickets at


This production features flashing lights, and violence against men and women.



Voices Found Repertory is the product of many creative minds. Through experimentation, flexibility, and integrity, we hope to produce passionate, empathetic, and imaginative stagings of Shakespeare’s work, alongside original, never­before­seen plays.


Our mission is to create theatre that unifies its audience; to develop a common artistic vocabulary and allow artists to work, learn, and play together; to establish and uphold an

inclusive safe space for exploration, communication, and empathy. We want to give you a place where you can do what you love, what you’re interested in, what you’re curious about. Our interest is in how art resonates with you, and how you can communicate yourself through it.


Learn more at, and follow our blog to keep up with our productions!




Jared Stepp



Eric Schmalz



Jake Russell Thompson



Caroline Boettcher



Andy Montano



Krista Kanderski



Zach McClain



Aaron Suggs



Shanna Theiste



Alec Lachman



Alison Howard



Allison Paranka



Beatrice Kuenn



Kira Renkas



Roc Bauman




Tawnie Thompson



Victoria Hudziak



Wren Du Vernois



The Bard & Bourbon Theatre Company presents ROMEO AND JULIET (drunk), a fully rehearsed, staged, and memorized production of Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers performed with the addition of several shots of whiskey.

The Bard & Bourbon Theatre Company adds an alcoholic twist to classic plays, with a goal of introducing Shakespeare to new audiences in a fun and relatable manner. Each fully rehearsed and memorized production features small non-traditional casts playing multiple parts while getting one actor very drunk over the course of the show.

ROMEO AND JULIET will be performed at In Tandem Theatre, 628 N 10th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233 over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-29. All shows 7:30 pm.

Pay What You Can on May 25th.
General admission – $15
Student, Senior, Artist, or Military – $12