Each year, as a part of its summer season, the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane offers local high school students the opportunity to study Shakespeare and acting under the guidance of theatre professionals and educators. This process culminates in a fully staged production, highlighting each student through Shakespearean scenes and soliloquies.
Silas Cooper will direct the 2015 program. Mr. Cooper is the Chairman of the Drama Department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and holds a MFA in Acting from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington, as well as a BFA in Theatre from Tulane University. Mr. Cooper is a classically trained stage actor who has worked regionally across the country on numerous classical and contemporary productions. Additionally, he has a noteworthy career in film and television.
The schedule is as follows:
July 14 – July 24, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (M-F only)
July 28 – July 31, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
August 1 – August 2 (technical rehearsal), 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
August 4 – August 5, 3:00 pm-10:00 pm
August 6 – August 8, 7:30 pm (cast called at 6:30 pm)
Sunday August 9, 1:30 pm (cast called at 12:30 pm)
Interested students should:
*Be in grades 9-12. Those entering 9th grade and graduating from 12th are eligible.
*Discuss the program with his/her parents. Only those available for all rehearsals and shows should audition.
*Attend the audition. Details and requirements below.
Auditions will be held on Saturday April 11 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at:
**The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
**2800 Chartres Street
**New Orleans, LA 70117
Students should prepare and memorize two contrasting monologues:
1. One contemporary monologue, 1 to 1.5 minute(s) in length.
2. One short Shakespeare monologue in verse, between 16-20 lines.
Students who have a headshot and resume should bring a copy with them. Those without may bring a snapshot and a short biography of themselves.
Students who audition for the program will be notified of their status by May 1, 2015. Those accepted will be given instructions on how to complete registration.
Those interested in auditioning should RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition for students accepted into the program is only $75.
Chaney Tullos, Director of Operations
The Festival’s All Things Shakespeare Program is dedicated to the memory of Gavin Mahlie, founding company member and one of New Orleans’ most beloved actors. Dr. Buzz Podewell, the late scholar/director and Tulane faculty member, once said of Gavin, “…beyond being an actor, he was the most decent human being I’ve ever met. Just a loving man.”
Giving up a career in law to become a full-time actor, he was the only actor to appear in every one the first 12 seasons of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, playing such roles as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, Richard II, Richard III, Laertes in Hamlet and Banquo in Macbeth. Gavin Mahlie passed away suddenly in his sleep in 2006, leaving behind a legacy that still lives on at the Festival.