UPDATED: Shakespeare and 2020-21 Season Auditions

Audition Notice

For the safety of our community, the Shakespeare auditions have been converted to digital submissions only. Please email recordings to by Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Season auditions have been postponed. As we have better ideas of the timeline of returning to campus and normalcy, we will post new dates. Feel free to email digital submissions to

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work through this difficult time together. Please take care of yourselves and each other!

Theatreworks, located in Colorado Springs, CO, will be holding Equity and non-Equity auditions for our 2020-2021 season. All positions are paid. Theatreworks operates under an SPT Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.

Auditions Updates
By Digital Submission Only: Twelfth Night and the Free-for-All touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Postponed: Season auditions. New dates will be posted as soon as possible.

Each production will have separate callbacks, starting with the Shakespeares on March 22-23 by video chat.

Theatreworks is committed to diversity and we encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition. The genders indicated are the genders of the characters. We are open to actors of any gender in any role.



Ent Center for the Arts
Chapman Recital Hall
5225 N Nevada Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Auditions, rehearsals and our theatre are all located in the Ent Center for the Arts on the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus. Parking is free.


Shakespeare auditions: Please prepare two contrasting classical monologues, at least one in verse or one classical verse monologue and one self-accompanied song.

Season auditions: Please prepare two contrasting monologues or one monologue and one song. An accompanist will be provided on Saturday, March 21. Any actors who play musical instruments are encouraged to bring those instruments and play a short selection.

Each monologue should be no more than two minutes in length.


Caitlin Lowans, Artistic Director
Elena Hansen, Producer

Katy Walsh, Director of Twelfth Night
Sarah Shaver, Director of Turn of the Screw
Marisa Hebert, Director of Every Brilliant Thing

Cast Breakdown

Twelfth Night
Rehearsals begin 6.12.2020; Performs 7.8 - 8.2.20 (Separate Auditions)

Twelfth Night will be a riotous and joyful exploration of love, gender, and how we play (or not) by the rules. We encourage actors of all races, ethnicities, identities, and abilities to audition for the roles they are most interested in. While we have noted the genders of the characters below, decisions about character gender will be made during the casting process and are not set in stone. M = Male-identifying, F = Female-identifying, NB = Non-binary, ALL = actors of all genders encouraged to audition and/or the gender of the character will depend on the identity of the actor cast.

Orsino (M) 20s-40s — The lovesick Duke of Illyria. He’s listened to too much emo music and read too much Keats and is therefore lacking a real-world understanding of how love works. Myopic but compassionate, he’s actually doing his best.

Viola (F/NB) 20s-30s — Sebastian’s sister, who disguises herself as Cesario, a boy in service of Duke Orsino, after losing her brother in a shipwreck. A girl in mourning, who falls head over heels for Orsino, and who might be discovering she’s more excited about life as Cesario than she expected. She’s got a lot going on, but she’s a quick thinker, so she’s hoping she can think her way out of it.

Sebastian and others (M) 20s-30s — Viola’s brother. Jumps into things with both feet. Confident, brave, and a little naive.

Antonio (M) and Maria (F) and others (ALL) 20s-40s — When you are the smart, practical one surrounded by agents of chaos. Sometimes you use your powers for good, and sometimes you don’t. The actor cast in this track will be playing characters of two different genders.

Sir Toby (ALL) 30s-50s — Sir Toby drinks a lot, but then again, most people they love have died recently. Looking for fun in all the right and wrong places. Starting to lose the guardrails.

Sir Andrew (ALL) 30s-50s — The unluckiest in love. The sweetest clown in town.

Malvolio (M) 40s and up — Believes that moral rectitude and an upright life should result in earthly rewards. Abhors mess of any kind. Rules are his best friend.

Feste (ALL) 30s and up — A cynical Fool. Sees through all the illusions and kind of wishes they could go back to a time when they didn’t. A musician and singer is needed for this role.

Olivia (F) 20s-40s — A highborn lady constrained by her position. In deep mourning. Has no idea what to do with her life and isn’t even sure she’s allowed to ask that question. Extremely tired of wearing black.

Other Productions and Dates
Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue
Rehearsals begin 8.18.2020; Performs 9.10 - 27.2020

Turn of the Screw
Rehearsals begin 9.22.2020; Performs 10.15 - 11.1.2020

Little Women
Rehearsals begin 11.10.2020; Performs 12.3 - 20.2020

Rehearsals begin 1.5.2021; Performs 1.28 - 2.14, 2021

Every Brilliant Thing
Rehearsals begin 2.23.2021; Performs 3.18 - 4.4.2021

Lumberjacks in Love
Rehearsals begin 4.13.2021; Performs 5.8 - 23.2021

Actors Equity Association has issued the following statement
and we stand with them. You are welcome to email video
submissions to
If you aren't feeling well, please stay home and do not come to your audition. We know this is a difficult thing to ask for many of you, but hope you will take this practice to heart as an act of solidarity that can help keep not just your fellow members and EMCs healthy, but also Equity staff and countless others around you. For that reason, we are also temporarily suspending the "strike" policy around online EPA signups from now until April 15. That means no "strikes" will be added if you miss an audition.