Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks will be auditioning non-union actors for the September production of Shakespeare's King Lear on

@ Blue Slide Park, Frick Park, Squirrel Hill

Audition appointments begin at 10:30 am. There will be three group sessions: 10:30-11:30 am; 11:45-12:45 am; 1:00-2:00 pm There is a limit of 15 people per session. Ron Siebert has been pre-cast in the title role.

Non-union Rehearsals begin Monday, August 3, 2015; union rehearsals begin Monday, August 10th Rehearsals run Mondays-Thursdays 5:30pm to 8:30 pm, Saturdays 10a-2pm, and Sundays 2pm-6pm Friday is Company Day Off

First performance is Saturday, September 5th @ 2:00 pm. Performances are every Saturday and Sunday in September, with a total of 9 performances.

A small honorarium will be paid to each non-union actor.

NB: If you are unavailable for the audition date, the director is willing to Skype with you or review a submitted video of you performing a monologue. Please contact PSIP for details, if you want to pursue this.

NBI: Call backs will be Monday, June 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm, Frick Park

TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION, EMAIL Helen will send you an audition form, which you should print out, complete, and bring with you to auditions, along with your resume and head shot.

*Please come in attire that will allow for movement during the group session
*Please be prepared to perform any singing, musical instrument playing, juggling, tumbling skill, etc. that you want to make sure the director knows you can do (not required to be considered for a role)
*Please bring a head shot and resume to the audition

A group audition, where you will be asked to interact with other members of the group. You will be asked to do a brief movement exercise, then present your monologue, then present music or other skills

Our company will comprise of a cast of eight actors (4 men, 4 women) working outdoors in an often unpredictable environment. You will have to contend with city noise, barking dogs, playing children, overzealous audience members, not to mention the unpredictability of Pittsburgh’s weather. The rehearsal period will be relatively short, and the material will be rather demanding.

We are looking for actors who meet the following criteria:

*Actors with a strong work ethic:* A solid training is good, but strong desire to improve one’s craft is even better.

*Actors who are independent:* We will be producing this play with only eight actors, and we’ll be doing it with a brief rehearsal period. We will maintain open lines of communication (email, skype, facebook) to ensure that we can work quickly and effectively when together as a cast, but it is incumbent upon each individual actor to be responsible for his/her portion of the show and be prepared to come to rehearsal each day.

*Actors with skills:* Musical instruments, singing, dance, combat training, clowning, pantomime – you’re not required to have any or all of these, but we will do our best to make use of everything.

*Kind people: *A strong ensemble is only successful if the individual members work well together. This is most easily achieved if the individual members of the ensemble are genuinely good people who enjoy working together. We will be spending a lot of time together and interacting closely with our audiences. Our company has no room for big egos who detract from the company atmosphere by serving their own interests first. This is more than a line on a resume. This is an opportunity to improve your craft and form a sense of community with your fellow actors and audiences. We need people who are creative, energetic, and flexible, but most of all kind.


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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks celebrates 11 seasons of bringing FREE Shakespeare plays to the Steel City! All performances FREE to the public!

Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks is the city’s only outdoor Shakespeare company and has been offering free productions in city parks since 2005. In 2013, PSIP’s Romeo & Juliet, directed by Helen M. Meade, played to over 1,000 patrons over four September weekends. Celebrating our 11th season in 2014, PSIP served up As You Like It, (reprising our inaugural 2005 production), featuring Artistic Director Jennifer Tober as Rosalind. Next up: King Lear, playing free to the public in Pittsburgh city parks in September 2015.

Founding Artistic Director Jennifer Tober
Founding Artistic Director Jennifer Tober

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Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks' productions of Midsummer Night's Dream in 2006, Twelfth Night in 2008, Much Ado About Nothing in 2010, Merry Wives of Windsor in 2011, The Tempest in 2012, Romeo and Juliet in 2013, and As You Like It in 2014 were supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency.

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