The Taming of the Shrew

Please review the following information carefully:

The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, in partnership with Cripple Creek Theatre Company, will hold auditions for a production of The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Emilie Whalen.

Note from the Director:
A bawdy comedy that turns raw and heartbreaking, The Taming of the Shrew confronts the intimate makings of a servant. As Petruchio sets out to “tame” the full Katherina – and men vie for the affections of the dutiful Bianca – themes of disguise, subversion and the “costume” run rampant. The production will tour to untraditional New Orleans audiences (including a correctional facility), then open the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival’s 24nd season.

Seeking a diverse group of union and non-union actors with a strong command of classical text for this robust, in-the-round, and ensemble driven production. Actors of any age, race, or gender are encouraged to audition.

Directors from the TBA shows in the Festival season will also be present at these auditions.

All roles are open. The acting company will consist of 8 actors who will play all roles including:

  • Batista Minola: Parent to Bianca and Katherina.
  • Katherina: Daughter to Batista. The ‘shrew’ of the play.
  • Bianca: Younger daughter to Batista
  • Petruchio: Gentleman from Verona
  • Grumio: Servant to Petruchio
  • Lucentio: A Young Student from Pisa
  • Tranio: Servant to Lucentio
  • Gremio: Gentleman of Padua.
  • Hortensio: Gentleman of Padua

Audition Dates and Times:
Auditions will be held in 15-minute blocks on:

  • Friday December 16 from 5:00p-9:00p
  • Saturday December 17 from 11:00a-5:00p


  • Sunday December 18 from 11:00a-4:00p

Tulane University
Lupin Theatre, Located in the Dixon Hall Annex on Tulane’s uptown campus:

Street parking is usually ample around campus and on Broadway Street. You may park on campus M-F after 5:30p and anytime of weekends.

Actors interested in auditioning should email Chaney Tullos at Please provide your preferred day and window of time.

Actors should prepare a monologue of Shakespeare or heightened text, one minute in length. Please bring a headshot and resume with you.

Contract Dates:
First rehearsal: April 11, 2017

Tour begins: May 8, 2017. We plan to tour to approximately 4 organizations between May 8 and May 29. Tour schedule will be solidified closer to rehearsals. One show per week is likely (until May 29).

Rehearsals at Shakespeare Festival: May 29-June 1

Show opens at Festival: June 2

Performance dates at Festival: June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17. Curtain is 7:30p except for 1:30p Sunday matinees.

Rehearsals are held from 6:00p-11:00p Tuesday-Friday, and 12:00p-8:30p Saturday and Sunday. We ask that actors only audition if they are able to commit to all rehearsals and shows and will not accept conflicting work during that time.

All roles are paid.

AEA Contract:

We are unable to offer housing this season.

Taped submissions:
Taped submissions will not be accepted this season.

Pictured: Artist Heather Hansen in The Luna Series, 2014. Photo by Ben Carver.