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Oct 27, 2017

Two River Theater Announces Auditions for Its “Little Shakespeare” Program

Auditions for interested high-school students will be held at Two River Theater on November 13. To schedule an audition appointment, contact Education Assistant Amanda Espinoza at

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces an opportunity for student actors, stage managers, designers, and run crew in grades 9-12 to be involved in the theater’s upcoming performances of A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, running March 6-11, 2018 on the stage of Two River’s Rechnitz Theater, adapted and directed by Sara Holdren.  A Little Shakespeare is supported by OceanFirst, The Jorgensen Foundation, and Monmouth University.

A Little Shakespeare

One of Two River’s most popular Education programs, A Little Shakespeare launched in 2014 and now introduces the works of Shakespeare to hundreds of young people each season. Through this program, Two River produces a 75-minute abridged version of a Shakespeare play performed by as many as 20 high school students, directed and designed by theater professionals. Student actors are cast through auditions, which are followed by three months of rehearsals, including script analysis, blocking, and character development.

This season, the Little Shakespeare production will be The Comedy of Errors, adapted and directed by Sara Holdren. Holdren, who was appointed the theater critic for New York magazine in July 2017, is a director and teacher. She specializes in Shakespeare, reimagined classics, and spectacular, outsized stories new and old.

 A Little Shakespeare includes a series of eight performances, including four student matinees, which are geared toward young people ages 9 and up. Each student matinee includes a one-hour in-school pre-show workshop conducted by a professional Two River teaching artist, as well as a talkback after the show with the student actors.

Auditions for Actors 

Student actors should prepare a memorized Shakespeare monologue that consists of 15-20 lines of text from any Shakespeare play. Students will then be paired up and asked to read scenes.

Auditions will be held at Two River Theater on Monday, November 13 by appointment only. New this season, Two River is also accepting video auditions through Wednesday, August 15. To schedule an audition or for more information about video auditions, contact Amanda Espinoza, Education Assistant, at and include your full name, school, and cell phone number.

Opportunities for the Production Crew and Run Team 

Students interested in opportunities to work as an assistant director, assistant stage manager, director, assistant designer, or on the production’s run crew should email Amanda Espinoza, Education Assistant, at by December 1 with information about yourself and your experience.  

For more information about A Little Shakespeare: The Comedy of Errors, visit


Two River Theater’s Education programs are supported by The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, The Jorgensen Foundation, Investors Foundation, The Community Foundation of New Jersey, and OceanFirst, and are made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Two River Theater is supported in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Monmouth University, The Shubert Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Riverview Medical Center, The Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation,  The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Springpoint Senior Living Foundation at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Jorgensen Foundation, US Trust, Wells Fargo, William T. Morris Foundation, Kessler Foundation,  Investors Foundation, The John Ben Snow Foundation, VNA Health Group, Brookdale Community College, and many other generous foundations, corporations and individuals.