2022 MTA Unified Shakespeare Auditions Company Info Sheet
Information will be updated as needed

Descriptions listed as:
Name of Company
Representatives Present

Bard & Bourbon
Artistic Director Katie Merriman, and Rick Bingen
Mission: To produce clear, relatable, and fun productions of classic plays for a diverse modern audience. Respect the text, respect each other, respect your limits. Real bourbon is consumed by one pre-designated actor per performance during Bard & Bourbon shows. Company members must be 18+ and actors in drinking roles must (obviously) be 21+. Non-drinking roles are available, including main roles, and non-drinking actors are a valued part of the company. No actor will ever be required to drink if they do not wish to do so. Extra safety measures are in place surrounding alcohol consumption including limits on the number of drinks that may be consumed during a rehearsal or performance.
Rehearsal/Performance: 5-6 weeks of rehearsals (including tech), 3-4 hrs/rehearsal, 4 days/week; 1-2 weeks of performance
Pay: $300 minimum stipend plus profit sharing

Fleeing Artists Theatre
Artistic Director Alexander Metalsky
Mission: Through our theatrical productions and our community outreach programs, the Fleeing Artists will foster meaningful dialogue throughout the Kenosha area pertaining to artistic expression and theatrical innovation. With our eye always focusing on quality, we will be the Haven for artists to create the art they are passionate about. We will be hosting auditions for STOP KISS in late winter, with rehearsals and performances at Inspiration Studios in mid-April.
Rehearsal/Performance: 6 weeks
Pay: Between $50 - $300 (depending on position)

Optimist Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park
Executive Director Susan Fry
Optimist Theatre is seeking artists for Shakespeare in the Park 2023.
Rehearsal/Performance: Rehearsals are Monday-Friday, 6-10pm for 5 weeks beginning late May, then 10-14 weekend matinee performances June-August.

SummerStage of Delafield
Artistic Director Dustin J. Martin
To provide unique ways to present performing and visual arts experiences, arts educational experiences, and community outreach programs. Currently, they are not mounting a Shakespeare production in 2023 but plan to do so in 2024.
Rehearsal/Performance: Generally 6-8 weeks of rehearsal. Currently all performers are volunteers, but they are looking to change this in the upcoming seasons.

Summit Players Theatre
Executive Director A.J. Magoon, Education Director Caroline Norton


Mission: Summit Players Theatre's mission is to share empowering theatre experiences with children and communities throughout Wisconsin, regardless of income or background.

Rehearsal/Performance: Contracts are generally 15 weeks between early May and late August. Rehearsals happen from early May to mid-June and are generally six days a week, roughly 28 hours per week total. The performance schedule includes touring Wisconsin state parks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August. The company provides transportation and lodging. Some Thursday brush-up rehearsals are required. 13 of the 15 weeks are paid, with two unpaid break weekends with no shows. Summit Players Theatre offers high-energy, accessible, family friendly, free Shakespeare plays in the Wisconsin state parks. Some camping is involved. Each performance is accompanied by an educational workshop, and actors will also need to serve as teaching artists. Educational curriculum is taught to actors as part of the rehearsal process.
Pay starts at $500 per week.

The Constructivists
Artistic Director Jaimelyn Gray


Mission: The Constructivists are committed to creating viscerally driven theatre, exposing and exploring the complexity of human nature and the perils it creates in an effort to challenge, enlighten, educate, and entertain a diverse mature audience. We believe theatre is a public good, and passionate theatre is the necessary catalyst for change.
Rehearsal/Performance: Rehearsal periods are generally 20hrs/week for 6 weeks total. 3 weeks of tech and performances.
Pay: Currently a $150 stipend, and "we understand our stipends are incredibly inadequate. We hope the experience of working with the professional artists in the company provide training and and an experience to supplement that remuneration. We have a mission to provide a living wage within 5 years. We also use the Milwaukee Theatre Standards as a guide to provide a safe, healthy, and dignified environment." (The Constructivists do not produce classical work, but consider the ability to navigate classical text an asset.)

Voice Found Repertory
Hannah Kubiak and Brandon Haut
Our sixth season is comprised of three Shakespeare plays: The Tempest (Winter 2023), Romeo and Juliet (Spring 2023), and Richard II (Summer 2023).
Pay: Starting actor, designer, and crew stipends of $100 per person, with potential stipend increase depending on revenue of production.