Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre sets auditions for 2012 Festival

CONWAY — The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre will hold auditions for its 2012 summer season on Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Snow Fine Arts Center on the University of Central Arkansas campus.

Auditions will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

“We will cast actors of a variety of ages and ethnicities,” said Rebekah Scallet, artistic director of AST. “All are encouraged to apply.”

To arrange an audition appointment, actors should e-mail a headshot and resume to or mail it to:

Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre

P.O Box 5136

Conway, AR  72035

“If people have any time conflicts on Nov. 19, they should be sure to include that information with their submission,” Scallet said. “Direct any questions to”

For the auditions, actors are asked to prepare two contrasting monologues. Both should be classical and at least one must be by Shakespeare. Those wishing to be considered for the musical should prepare 16 bars of music and provide sheet music for the accompanist.

“Unlike previous years, we will not be holding call backs the same day as the auditions, so actors will only be needed for their time slot,” Scallet said. “AST is a professional Equity theatre operating on an U/RTA contract. We will be hiring Equity, non-Equity, and intern actors.  There is pay.”

Interviews for technical positions will also be held on Nov. 19.

“We are looking for staff to work in the scene and costume shop as well as electricians, scenic painters, stage managers and others to work during our 2012 season,” Scallet said. “Both staff positions and internships are available.”

Those interested in a tech position should send their resume to the e-mail or address above.

The 2012 season will be announced on Oct. 21. See then for further information about the specific plays. The season will consist of a comedy and history by Shakespeare, a musical and an adaptation of a Shakespeare comedy for the children’s show. Rehearsals will begin May 13, and the performance season will run June1-July1, 2012.

For more information, contact Scallet at (501) 852-0702 or