Summer Shakespeare at the Ranch

Audition Notice

Theatreworks, located in Colorado Springs, CO, will be holding Equity and non-Equity auditions for William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. All positions are paid. Theatreworks operates under an SPT Agreement with Actors’ Equity Association. Auditions are by appointment only.

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.


Audition Dates

  •   February 3, 2019 • 3:00 PM–9:00 PM
  •   February 4, 2019 • 11:00 AM–3:30 PM
Schedule an Appointment


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

The theater is located in the Ent Center for the Arts on the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus. Parking is free.


Prepare 2 contrasting classical monologues. Monologues should be no more than two minutes in length. One monologue must be Shakespearean.
Please bring a current headshot and resume.


Kathryn Walsh - Guest Director

Production Dates

Cast Breakdown

Seeking 12 performers to play various roles in William Shakespeares' Measure for Measure. All roles open to actors of all races, ethnicities, and abilities. Gender breakdown: M = male-identified; F = female-identified; NB = non-binary; ALL = open to all gender identities

M/NB - 30's / 40's

A man used to getting his own way, but not always clear on what he wants. Half-delighted with his own power and half-terrified of being ineffectual, tends to careen between extremes.

M/NB - 20's / 30's

Exacting and judgmental. Keeps his passionate nature under lock and key and would like everyone else to do the same. Not nearly as strong-willed as he thinks he is.

F/NB - 20's / 30's

Savvy enough to know the world is a dangerous place and would prefer to take refuge in rules and order. Has an even stronger will than she knows.

M/NB - 20's / 50's

Addicted to running his mouth, even at his own peril. Respects almost no one, including himself.

M - 20's / 30's

Never expected the rules to apply to him. Cares deeply. Is finding out that he’s not as brave as he imagined.

Escalus & Others
ALL - 40's and Up

Experienced, obedient, upright, and more observant than he/she/they lets on.

Mariana / Mistress Overdone
F/NB - 20's/30's

The wronged woman determined to do whatever it takes to get what’s hers/the madam of a brothel who does what she needs to in order to thrive. Spine of steel, flexible morality.

Friar Peter / Pompey & Others
M/NB - 30's & Up

Must be able to play a variety of parts, from helpful priest (who actually takes helping people seriously) to Fool (who can’t help but get himself in trouble)

Provost & Others
All - 30's & Up

A cog in the wheels of Justice, who really would rather not grind people to bits, but a paycheck is a paycheck. The Provost tries to do the right thing as far as it’s possible to get away with it, and may be the most actually moral person in the play.

Barnadine & Others
M - 30's/40's

A murderer, career criminal and unrepentant drunk.

Elbow & Others
All - 30's/50's

A public servant baffled by how complicated it all seems to be and how hard it is to make people understand what you are saying.

Juliet & Others
F - 20's/30's

Will play a variety of parts, including a tearful young woman, a john swept up in a vice sting, and a nun.