El Cid
by Austin Shakespeare

Sep. 08 (2023)

Austin Shakespeare's translation of Le Cid by Pierre Corneille, passages in Spanish.


Auditions - El Cid

 (locals ONLY, by appointment)

Friday, September 8, 2023 at Tapestry Dance Studios, 2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741 

Corneille’s El Cid with Spanish language
Rollins Theater, November 10-26, 2023, Thursday-Sundays (added performance on November 22, no performance on Thanksgiving Day.) 

In-person auditions are by appointment only. Submit appointment requests with headshot & resume to auditions@austinshakespeare.org

Cannot attend in person? Video submissions should be emailed with headshot & resume to auditions@austinshakespeare.org.

Webform link for virtual submissions is at the bottom of the auditions page (click HERE)

  • Equity & Non-Equity actors
  • Diverse ethnicities are encouraged to audition
  • Monologues of two minutes or less can be memorized or read with familiarity
  • You may also prepare two contrasting monologues
  • An unaccompanied song is optional
  • If you would prefer to read a side from El Cid please ask for copy in advance
  • If you are interested in auditioning but cannot make this date, let us know by emailing auditions@austinshakespeare.org
  • All rehearsals are weekends and evenings
  • LOCAL ACTORS ONLY - no housing or transportation available
  • All hires are paid positions
  • All productions will be directed by Ann Ciccolella, Austin Shakespeare Artistic Director

Austin Shakespeare is an Equity theater working under the Actor’s Equity Association Small Professional Theater - Level 1 (SPT-1) agreement, using 1 AEA Stage Manager and 2 AEA Actors working side-by-side with our local non-union ensembles.


Character Breakdown for El Cid:

  • Don Rodrigo (El Cid) – (20’s) Ximène's lover, son of Don Diego
  • Ximène – (late teens-20’s) Daughter of Don Gomez
  • Don Gomez, (40 & up) Count of Gormez– father of Ximène, general of Castile
  • Don Diego – (60 & up) Father of Don Rodríguez (too old to fight)
  • Don Fernand – (40 & up) King of Castile (historically, from 1035-1065)
  • Don Sánchez – (20’s and up) In love with Ximène, fights Don Rodrigo
  • Elvira – (40 & up) Ximène's governess
  • Don Arias (30 & Up) nobleman of Castile
  • Don Alonse – (30 & up) nobleman of Castile
  • Elvira – (40 & up) Ximène's governess
  • Princess – (20 and 30) daughter to King
  • Leonora – (30 and up) lady in waiting to Princess

Notes: age is a matter of appearance and there may be some double casting


  1. Please know with all due certainty -- we want you to do your best!
  2. Take a breath.  Try to be in your body.  Definitely be “in the moment” when you are in the room.
  3. You have control of what you do during the audition. I may ask you to sit down and tell me a little about yourself when you first come into the room.
  4. If you are reading with another person, be responsive. Try and really listen and hear/feel what that person is giving you.  Look UP at them from your script after you deliver your line.
  5. “Nerves” are natural; they come because you CARE.  Try to use them as energy!
  6. Afterward, give yourself a pat on the back for auditioning!

Remember: Casting is a complex issue often about creating an ensemble. So, it doesn’t mean you were not “good enough” if you are not cast.

We usually cast within a week or two weeks. Be aware that your availability is a factor in your casting. If it changes, please let us know ASAP.