Quill Theatre announces auditions for the 21st Annual Richmond Summer Shakespeare Festival to be performed at Agecroft Hall in June and July of 2019.

Directors James Ricks and Chelsea Burke are seeking an energetic ensemble of actors of all ages and ethnicities who are adept at Shakespearean verse.

Most roles are open (see below for information on roles that have been pre-cast).

The Tempest, directed by James Ricks, will be performed at Agecroft, June 6 - 30, 2019. Rehearsals will begin around April 21, 2019.  The role of Prospero has been pre-cast.

Character breakdowns are as follows:

Miranda – F – Prospero’s daughter. Though she has some vague memories of her time at court when she was a toddler, in the main she has no recollection of a life other than being isolated on an island with no company but her father and Caliban.

Caliban – M – Prospero’s servant. He is the savage son of the witch Sycorax and was born on the island.

Alonso – M --  the King of Naples. An enemy of Prospero’s, he accepted Antonio’s proposition to help the latter usurp Prospero’s throne in return for Antonio’s swearing Milan’s fealty to Naples. 

Sebastian -- M –  the brother of Alonso, the King of Naples. 

Ferdinand – M –  Alonso’s son. Cast up on his own on the island after the wreck, he is convinced that his father has drowned, not least by Ariel’s songs. 

Antonio – M –  Prospero’s brother. He usurped the throne of Milan from his brother with Alonso’s help, willingly abandoning the sovereignty of the Dukedom to Naples. 

Gonzalo – M – A kindly, Neapolitan courtier. An honest counselor of Alonso’s

Trinculo – M – a jester. He is a coward and is delighted to have Caliban subservient to him. He has a taste for finery as well as for liquor and plans to help Stefano become kind of the island.

Stephano – M – a drunken butler. He has something of a taste for liquor and is well-served when he is cast up on the shore with a butt of wine that he held onto to avoid drowning.

Boatswain – M – servant of the master. He is in charge of running the ship in the storm.

Adrian – M – a lord serving under Alonso. He appreciates the climate of the island where they have landed and questions Gonzalo’s scholarship.

Francisco – M -- a lord serving under Alonso. He attempts to comfort the King with the hope that Ferdinand may be alive, but is unsuccessful. He is intrigued by the vanishing of the spirits at the feast.

Master of the Ship – M – He is in charge of the boat carrying Alonso and his court home from a wedding in Tunis.

Ariel – M or F – Prospero’s spirit leader and is impatient for his release.

The Taming of the Shrew directed by Chelsea Burke, will be performed at Agecroft, July 11 – August 4, 2019. Rehearsals will begin around May 26, 2019. This will be an all-female cast. The role of Baptista has been pre-cast.

Character breakdowns are as follows:

Katherina -- Late 20s/early 30s -- Intelligent, versatile, and clever. Strong-willed, vibrant, and merciless. Someone that might attract and scare you in equal measure. A force of nature. Experience with physical theatre and stage combat preferable.

Petruchio - Late 20s/early 30s -- Sharp, charismatic, witty, and great with verse. Outspoken and vivacious. A bit sleazy, a bit charming. Someone you might regret the morning after. Experience with physical theatre and stage combat preferable.

Bianca - Early/mid 20s -- sister of Katherina. Coquettish & subversive, but knows how to play the game. The ‘perfect woman’ in the minds of the men that surround her. Innocent but not stupid. The flame to Lucentio’s moth. Someone you’d wake up next to months later realizing you got duped into a long term relationship.

Lucentio - Early/mid 20s -- A hopeless romantic, young and gormless. Intrepid, immature but good natured, pure. A little misguided. Someone that might propose after your third date.

Hortensio - Mid/Late 20s -- Well-spoken and well-meaning, but a bit lost. Pompous and foolish, his heart-break is well-earned.

Tranio - 20s -- Wry, playful, & cheeky. Scheming, bright, and loyal to their master. They revel in playing the master.

Gremio - Mid 40+ -- Aged suitor of Bianca. Tries to play the game but has no chance.

Grumio -- Any age -- Petruchio’s servant. A mischievous fool. Dim but not dumb, their misinterpretations create chaos. Astute in observation of others.

Biondello -- Any age -- Servant of Lucentio. Obedient and a bit dense. Can enjoy play acting when the time comes.

Vincentio - 40+ -- Lucentio’s wealthy father. Loving and worried for his precious boy.

Pedant -- 40+ -- A school master from Mantua. Mousy, anxious for his own security, gets overwhelmed and wrapped up in the act of playing ‘Vincentio’.

The above age brackets are guidelines; don’t let them dissuade you if you feel a role right for you. Cis women, gender non-conforming, trans women, and non-binary performers are all encouraged to audition for this production. Strong movement and music skills preferred. Actors of all backgrounds and experiences are welcome.


First round auditions will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 12:00 noon – 6:00pm; Sunday, Jan. 20, 6:00pm – 10:00pm; and Monday, Jan. 21, 6:00pm – 10pm at Centenary Methodist Church. Callbacks for The Tempest will be held Tuesday, Jan. 22, 6:00pm – 10:00pm at Centenary Church. Callbacks for The Taming of the Shrew will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 10:00am – 4:00pm at Centenary.

Please bring ONE OR TWO headshots and resumes with you to the first round audition (depending on how many shows you’d like to audition for) and allow enough time to fill out the Quill audition form in duplicate. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 1 minute memorized Shakespearean monologue (verse or prose). No monologues from Tempest or Shrew please. Most acting positions are paid. Some student performance ensemble positions available.

First round auditions by appointment only. To schedule an audition day and time, please email Melissa@QuillTheatre.org. Please indicate which play(s) for which you would like to audition and the day and time range you’d prefer. No phone calls please.

The confirmation email with your day/time slot will include directions to the church.