Richard III
by Austin Shakespeare Youth Troupe

Nov. 29 - Dec. 31 (2023)

Auditions for a role in Richard III with Austin Shakespeare Youth Troupe on Nov 29 through Dec 31.

Austin Shakespeare Teen "Young Shakespeare auditions Richard III"


Performances of Richard III will be at the Curtain Theater, which is a replica of Shakespeare's Elizabethan theater. It is an outdoor theater (with air-conditioned backstage) off City Park Rd. (near RR 2222 and Loop 360).

Weekday rehearsals will take place at the Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Rd. from 6:30-9:30 pm, Mondays-Thursdays, and at Tapestry on weekends: Saturdays 1-4 pm and Sundays 5-9 pm. Rehearsals begin May 20, 2024

Performances at the Curtain Theater June 21-June 30

When you have responded to us with your interest we will email you an audition form and sides to choose from to prepare for our group workshop on Saturday, March 2, 2024, from 11:45 am-1:15 pm at Tapestry Dance Co. 2015 East Riverside Dr. Our program is for 13-19 year-old students, but we definitely have had younger experienced students audition in the past. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Email as soon as you can to confirm that you are able to attend. Please fill out an audition form and email back, with your headshot and resume if available. If you do not have a headshot, please send a recent picture. You can send a school picture or simply take a picture from the shoulders up. Audition sides will be provided. After introductions and a brief warm-up activity, we will ask actors to read from a variety of sides. Actors should familiarize themselves with the characters and plot of the play before the audition.

If there is a particular character an actor wants to be considered for, they may choose to prepare something specifically from that character. Please keep in mind auditions are closed to parents.

Looking forward to seeing you soon! Welcome,

Cynthia Florez, co-director for Young Shakespeare



Austin Shakespeare's Young Shakespeare is our intensive summer performance group for students aged 13-19. From 11:45 am– 1:15 pm, Saturday, March 2; teens will participate in an audition workshop in consideration for an intensive month-long rehearsal period culminating in a student-performed, professionally staged production at The Curtain Theatre, Austin's own Elizabethan replica theater space. Seven public performances, June 21-30.

Rehearsals evenings and weekends start May 20. Costumes, sets and lighting are professionally designed. Students all receive training in stage combat with a certified instructor, as well as training in voice, movement, and text analysis.

Young Shakespeare tuition is reasonably priced. This program is now in its 16th consecutive year.

Co-Directors Bios ----------------

Cynthia Florez (Co-Director) has been teaching and directing Shakespeare since 1999 after receiving fellowships to study theatre education and directing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London. Currently she teaches acting with ZACH Theatre Academy and Acting Conservatory. Prior to moving to Austin, Florez had a fourteen-year tenure as the Theatre Department Chair at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston where she received the United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts Teacher of the Year in 2008 and 2009. In Austin she has guest directed numerous theatre productions at McCallum High School Fine Arts Academy including the musical, Pippin, the 2023 Heller Award winner for Best Production.

ANN CICCOLELLA, Artistic Director: Ann Ciccolella joined Austin Shakespeare as Artistic Director in August 2007, following an eight-year tenure at Austin’s @ZACH Theatre as managing director, and executive director at Austin Circle of Theaters for nine years. Ciccolella led the Renaissance Theater Company for ten years, producing and directing Off-Off Broadway shows. Prior moving to Austin, Ciccolella served for three years as associate director for SHAKESPEARE ON WHEELS from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country. In 2013, she directed Off-Broadway for Austin Shakespeare, a new adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem by Jeff Britting at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.