Call for Auditions

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Performers are invited to audition for roles in the Wellington Summer Shakespeare production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to be staged in Wellington in February 2020.

This will be a contemporary, ensemble-based production directed by Shane Bosher with a commitment to diverse, inclusive casting.

Wellington Summer Shakespeare encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, sexual identities and ages, as well as Deaf actors and those with disabilities, to submit.

Summer Shakespeare is an excellent opportunity to build your performance skills and to spend summer with a tight-knit ensemble for a spectacular outdoor production.
The opportunity is unpaid.

Auditions will be held between the 16th – 23rd October 2019.

Each audition will be with 10-15 other auditionees and will be approximately three hours. You will be required to perform a monologue in front of the group. Please prepare a 2-3 minute monologue from the play for the audition. You may also be asked to sight read a scene with another actor. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing you can move freely in. This production is open to actors playing across or against the gender they identify as.

Callbacks will be arranged with the participants individually if required.

Rehearsals will be late October – February. Christmas/New Year break: 18 December 2019 – 6 January 2020
Season dates: Thursday 13 February – Saturday 29 February 2020

Summer Shakespeare 2020 – Director and Show Announcement

“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Wellington Summer Shakespeare presents for its 2020 season A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the very same play that started it all back in 1983.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Shane Bosher will make its way into the city as the summer of 2020 comes to its end.

Shane has been a director, actor, dramaturg and producer for the last twenty years. Following training at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, he has worked for most of New Zealand’s major theatre companies including Auckland Theatre Company, Downstage, Court Theatre, NZ Actors Company and Circa Theatre. He was Artistic Director of Silo Theatre from 2001-14. He now works between New Zealand and Australia, recently directing the NZ premiere of Homos, or Everyone in America, Delicious Oblivion and the forthcoming production of Cock at Circa Theatre.

Shane Bosher, director A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wellington Summer Shakespeare 2020

Stayed tuned for more exciting updates on the 2020 season of Summer Shakespeare.

Celebrating over 35 years of live performance!

Welcome to the home of Summer Shakespeare Wellington and the Summer Shakespeare Trust. We will shortly be announcing our 2020 season of Wellington summer Shakespeare.

Summer Shakespeare has been an annual outdoor theatre event in the capital city since 1983, when students at Victoria University of Wellington presented A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Victoria University Quadrangle.  For over thirty years, Wellington audiences have been treated each year to large-scale, large-cast productions of Shakespeare in a variety of settings including the Dell in the Wellington Botanic Gardens, Civic Square, Te Papa and in 2018 in Reading Carpark.  Our productions have ranged from some of the most popular to some of the most obscure plays in the Shakespeare canon, approached with diverse concepts and staging, directed and performed by both the country’s newest talents and leading practitioners alike.