2023 Shakespeare OutLOUD AUDITIONS

Part of Tennessee Stage Company’s Education and Outreach programming, this is our 3rd round of digital Shakespeare OutLOUD. Performers will have approximately 5-7 rehearsals, with 1-2 technical/dress rehearsals and a livestream performance. This program is meant to allow access to all of Shakespeare’s works in a different way or to works that are not done incredibly often. We hope to bring performers of all experience levels into the folds of classical literature– and we cannot wait to see you!


Henry The IV, Part One: Ladies’ Night — all cast members will be female or femme presenting.
Performance Date: October 30th, 2023 | 7 pm EST

Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Drunken Edition — All cast members must be of legal drinking age, although not all cast members are required to drink.
Performance Date: October 13th, 2023 | 7 pm EST


You will sign up for a Zoom meeting on either Tuesday, Sept 5th or Wednesday Sept 6th via the appropriate zoom link.

You will receive an appointment time (between 6 pm and 9 pm EST) on the day you auditioned. If you have a specific time requirement on that day, please provide it in your Zoom registration “comments or question” section.

For your audition, we ask for two contrasting Shakespearean/ metered language monologues, between 60-90 seconds.

We are looking for:
Your ability to use your computer
Your ability to read into the camera
Your ability to have fun!
That’s right– these are practiced public readings; you will not be required to have anything totally memorized!

If you are unable to join us but still want to audition, please email, subject: VIDEO SUBMISSION SHAKES OUTLOUD



New Play Festival: Night of Shorts

This year’s 2024 New Play Festival will present a Night of Shorts (a la Tiger Lily Theatre) from February 2nd- February 11th. Six to Nine plays will be accepted into the festival, each featuring between 2-6 performers. We will need approximately 20 performers to participate in 1-3 pieces each. We will also conduct technical interviews for Stage Management, Design, and Crew.

Preparation: Please provide a Headshot and Resume if available. Readings will be cold readings from selected scripts. You will not need to attend both evenings. They will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 600 State Street, Knoxville, TN. Any updates to time, place, or requirements will be made here and announced via social media.

Friday, November 17th, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Sunday, November 19th, 3 pm to 6 pm

2024 Knoxville Shakespeare Season

Auditions for all three of our Knoxville Shakespeare productions will take place together on February 24th and 25th. Auditions are by Appointment only. Email to reserve your spot today!

The Three Productions are as follows:

  • Knoxville Shakespeare on The Hill: Much Ado About Nothing
    • Mabry Hazen Historic Home
    • May 2024
    • Directed by Allison Crye
  • Knoxville Shakespeare at Ijams: Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    • Ijams Nature Center
    • July 18th-August 11th, 2024
    • Directed by H. Caitlin Corbitt (R&J); and Laura Beth Wells (Midsummer)


  • Auditions consist of 2 contrasting monologues,
    • preferably both with metered language
    • Time: 60-90 seconds
  • Music
    • A song– if you can carry a tune at all, we’d love to hear you sing a little. Radio tunes over musical theatre style. (Cannot sing? No big deal!)
    • Musical Instrument– if you play an instrument you have access to, come play a little tune for us.
  • Technical Interview:
    • If you would like to be considered for set design, lighting, sound, carpentry, props, or costumes, we’d love to talk to you. Feel free to bring any portfolio examples you may have, if any.
  • List of Conflicts
    • Please be sure to bring any and all known conflicts you may have from the day of audition through August 11th so we can best place you.

While this audition is for all three Knoxville Shakespeare productions for 2024, we do, from time to time, need to hold special auditions. However, attending this audition, or submitting a video audition, offers you first position in filling any roles that become available later.

Who Should Audition?

We encourage all hopeful auditioners to join us. Shakespeare may seem scary, but we promise, you’ll find a place with us. If you would like some more information about our company, please check out A Word About Our Practices.

Tennessee Stage Company is a company– meaning we audition each year for multiple plays, generally casting the performers who audition in the same year, in multiple shows. We have folks who have joined our company year after year for 30 years and others who have just started their journey as performers. We have an internship program that offers a multi-year track; students are paid a stipend for the season and generally choose a technical focus such as lighting, sound, set construction, costuming, or props. For more information, feel free to email or

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