A Little Shakespeare

Each season, Two River Theater produces a 75-minute adaptation of a Shakespeare play—directed and designed by theater professionals, and performed and supported backstage by high school students. Student participants are selected through auditions and interviews, and rehearsals take place over a three-month period. Performances are open not only to the public; four school-time shows engage students as young as 4th grade, often serving as their introduction to Shakespeare. Since 2013, over 120 students have participated in six Little Shakes plays, performing for thousands of audience members as young as 9 years old.


Full Rehearsal and Production Calendar

Seeking actors in grades 9-12 for a 75-minute adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Prepare one short monologue: 15-20 memorized lines of text from any Shakespeare play. If you sing or play an instrument, please prepare a brief song as well. You will then be paired up and asked to read scenes. Audition scenes will be posted here shortly for your reference.

Auditions will be held on Mon. Oct. 28 starting at 3:30pm by appointment only. To book an audition time, contact Education and Community Engagement Manager Amanda Espinoza at aespinoza@trtc.org. (In-person auditions with the director are always best, but if you cannot make it on 10/28, you may send a video audition by 8pm on Wed. 10/30. Email Amanda Espinoza for details.)


For all interested assistant stage managers, directors, designers, and run crew, send an email telling us all about yourself and your experience to Education and Community Engagement Manager Amanda Espinoza at aespinoza@trtc.org by Mon. Oct. 28 and we’ll contact you for an interview.

  • Assistant Director We will need one high school student to assist our director throughout the rehearsal process and performances. Students who have an interest in directing and who want to learn more about it should apply. Shadow a professional director from beginning to end.
  • Assistant Stage Managers We are looking for 1-2 assistant stage manager(s). Enhance your skills as an organized and professional stage manager as you work with the director and cast throughout the rehearsal process to bring the show to life. Great learning opportunity to shadow a professional stage manager.
  • Assistant Designers and Run Crew We will need responsible, organized people to work backstage as assistants to each designer (Costumes, Lighting, Set, Sound, and Props). If you are interested in any areas of theater design or technical theater, you could have the opportunity to assist a professional designer in translating the director’s vision to the stage, and running the show during performances; time commitment starts when technical rehearsals begin in late January 2020.