Casting Call for 2016/2017 Summer

Posted on 18 September 2016

We are having general auditions for different projects during the 2015/2016 Summer Season and beyond. The creative team will be casting our Shakespeare "Under The Stars" and Children productions.

Submission Process

  • Please send a email to: with:
  • Performance CV.
  • Show Reel if available.
  • Self Film of any speech from any of Shakespeare's plays.
  • Contact Details.
  • Please put your Full Name as the subject line.

Please note that auditions may be photographed and/or for casting purposes.
Auditions may be kept on file for other productions throughout the year with The Australian Shakespeare and other Glenn Elston productions.
The Australian Shakespeare Company is a committed equal opportunities employer

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Bravehearts Catch Up - Mia Landgren

Posted on 30 March 2016
Bravehearts Catch Up - Mia Landgren

Spotlight on Mia Landgren, Braveheart (Comedy of Errors, 2012 & Much Ado About Nothing, 2013)
Mia has taken part in two Braveheart programs (Comedy of Errors, 2012 & Much Ado About Nothing, 2013). She quickly made her way to the ASC main stage productions, first as an Understudy for Romeo and Juliet, then as a lead actress in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2013-14. In 2014 she starred as OPHELIA in the ASC's production of HAMLET. In 2015 Mia played was cast to play Tinkerbell in the brand new family production of Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies. She also works on the ASC's school incursion program. She took a moment this week to catch up with us and tell us what she has been up to!  

What lessons from Bravehearts do you still use/ is there anything that you reflect on or that stands out in your memory?
In the 2012 Bravehearts production of Comedy of Errors I was cast as EMILIA and DOWSABEL. As a young actor, these character parts were a fun challenge as they were so far outside usual casting. I remember working very closely with company actor Kevin Hopkins to develop characters that physically and vocally served the production. I look back on that rehearsal process in particular as a special time where I just got to play and try new things. It was during this production that I discovered a love of performing Shakespeare. His plays demand actors to be brave and make bold choices. I try to remember that when I walk into the, always daunting, first day of rehearsal.

How did you transition from Bravehearts to Main stage ASC?
In Comedy of Errors I was also understudying one of the main female characters, the young lover LUCIANA. I relished the opportunity to tackle another character's text and took my understudy role very seriously. After Comedy of Errors the Artistic Director of ASC, Glenn Elston then auditioned and cast me in the company's 2013 Main stage production of Romeo and Juliet as JULIET'S understudy. This was my first professional theatre job.  I learned a great deal on that production by just watching professional actors work.

What productions have you performed in with the ASC?

I began in the education program and have steadily worked my way up to performing main stage roles. My first production in 2013 was Romeo and Juliet as the female understudy. In 2014 I was cast as HERMIA in A Midsummer Night's Dream and also as OPHELIA in Hamlet. This year I played TINKERBELL the company's new production of Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies. I also perform in the ASC incursion program - touring schools.

What was it like to play Tinkerbell?

It is always really exciting to be cast in a brand new ASC company production! The script, music and characters were developed throughout the rehearsal process. The young cast worked closely with writer and director Glenn Elston, Musician Paul Norton and choreographer Sue Ellen Shook to bring the fairies to life in the gardens. I think that is was extremely clever to use an iconic Disney character like Tinkerbell as a pathway for young children in the world of Shakespeare. The kids responded to really well to Shakespeare's fairies and text from A midsummer Night's Dream. Playing Tinkerbell, especially in this context, was a joy - 6 weeks went by too quickly!

Mia as Tinkerbell in the 2016 Production of 'Tinkerbell and the Dream Fairies'.

What else have you been working on?
In 2014 I portrayed HELEN OF TROY in the Australian premiere of Margaret Attwood's The Penelopiad at La Mama Courthouse. In 2015 I toured Aus/NZ with Essential Theatre's production of Macbeth and played VIOLA in TheatreINQ's production of Twelfth Night.



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White Night 2016

Posted by Isobel McNamara on 19 February 2016

Start White Night at Shakespeare's Best Bits!


White Night is on again this year in Melbourne on Saturday the 20th of Feb. Our plan for the evening is to start at Shakeespeare's Best Bits in the Royal Botanic Gardens Vic. 

Settle back under the stars for an 8pm show, finishing at 10.10pm and then walk upto the city to enjoy the White Night Festivities.

You don't have to worry about carrying your picnic gear with you - we can sort you out with everything you need! With chairs for hire, food and drink availavle and an Italian dinner menu that will knock your socks off, you don't need tp bring anything!

Shakespeare Under the Stars is the perfect way to settle into white night and avoid the traffic!

Tickets available here or at the on site box office. On site box office opens at 6pm.


For more information about Shakespeare's Best Bits, click here


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Planning A Date with the ASC

Posted on 5 November 2015

The perfect date night

The Australian Shakespeare Company's outdoor theatre productions offer the perfect way to impress that special someone this summer. So, if you are planning a romantic day or night out just follow these simple steps and your beloved is sure to swoon.

Step 1. Book tickets here. If you can whip out the tickets before the show, you will look majorly classy.

Step 2. The picnic. This is the make or break really. Relationships have begun and ended over a picnic spread, so don't let yourself down. You can purchase wine, beer, spirits, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, soft drink, chips, chocolate and lollies on site at the candy bar, so that saves a bit of running around on the day. If you want to look uber cool, go to the shops and pick up some bread, dips and cheese. Easy as reciting a sonnet perhaps even simpler really. The main thing to remember is a picnic rug and blanket.

Step 3. If you can get there before your beloved, then do! Find a nice spot, set up your picnic rug, hire a chair ($5 from the box office staff) and let the staff know you are here to impress that someone special. It is not always possible, but when we can arrange a little bit of audience humiliation.. oops! We mean interacting. We do!

Step 4. Finally, you can relax as the show starts up and begin to count all of the brownie points you have just earnt. Congratulations on supplying the date of the year.


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Great 'date night' entertainment!

Posted on 9 October 2015
Great 'date night' entertainment!

As You Like It

Valentines Day is booking fast!!   Don't miss the out on this special night !!!

On Valentines Day 2015 join us in the beautiful Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens and be transported to the world of the forest of Arden. A place of tangled loves and mistaken identity. A night with Shakespeare Under the Stars is relaxing and romantic. So pack a picnic, pop the cork and snuggle up under the stars with that someone special. Hurry, tickets are selling fast so don't delay!!

To book tickets click here or call 03 8676 7511

For those who are not sure just how to go about this let us help you!

Step 1. Book tickets here

Step 2. Get the picnic sorted- go to the shops and buy- good quality bread, yummy dips, chocolate and some wine OR you can order a warm meal to be delivered to you at the show here. Wine, beer, cider and soft drinks can also be purchased at the show.

Step 3. Pack a picnic rug and maybe a blanket to have a cuddle under

Step 4. Surprise that someone special one Valentines day, and make your way to The Melbourne Botanic Gardens for the 8.00pm show

Step 5. Relax, watch the show and take stock of all the brownie points you just got

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