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Auditions for our Summer 2017 John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre Season

We will be holding the auditions for all three plays simultaneously.  You are welcome to audition for either or both plays and/or the staged reading. The Caucasian Chalk Circle and The Knight of the Burning Pestle are full productions.  An Enemy of the People will be a staged reading.

Auditions will be held on Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th, 2017, 10a.m. -  1 p.m. at John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre,  41 Somerset Pl. (at Southampton, off Arlington), Berkeley, CA 94707. (Audition by appointment only.)

Please be prepared to read from sides provided.  You are also welcome to bring a monologue.  If you are new to theatre, don't be intimidated - we will guide you through the process!  If for some reason you cannot make the audition dates, do not hesitate to write to us - we may be able to make alternate arrangements.  We are also looking for folks interested in working on sets, props, costumes, etc!  If you have some musical talent please also be prepared to sing a song (a-capella or accompany yourself if possible) and/or play an instrument.

Write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an audition appointment.  We will schedule 2-3 actors in 15 minute blocks, please come 15 minutes or so before your scheduled audition time, and bring 2 copies of your headshot and resume, and your schedule/conflicts up through September 4th, 2017.  Non-AEA/no pay.

Roles, The Caucasian Chalk Circle:

*The Singer


Natella Abashvili
Michael Abashvili
Arsen Kazbeki
Lavrenti Vachnadze
Arkadi CheidzeMale

Plus a panoply of roles played by the ensemble!

*These are singing roles and although not required, playing an acoustic and portable instrument would be a plus.   Please be prepared to sing a selection of your choice a-cappella or self-accompanied.

All ensemble roles will involve at least some singing with a group, so if you can sing something a-cappella or self-accompanied at the auditions that would be a plus.

Actors Ensemble does cast cross-gender on occasion.


Roles, The Knight of the Burning Pestle
In the audience –
Citizen (George), a grocer
Citizen’s wife (Nell)
Rafe – their apprentice
Play within the play –
The Prologue         (double as  Host, Servant)
Venturewell, a rich merchant  ( double as Barber)
*Jasper, his apprentice, Mistress and Master Merrythought’s elder son  (double as Tapster)
*Luce, the merchant’s daughter  (double as Pompiona)
Master Humphrey – Venturewell’s choice as a future husband for Luce
Mistress Merrythought, Jasper’s mother
Michael – Jasper’s younger brother
*Master Merrythought – Jasper’s father
Tim, a squire
Boy (can double as Pompiona)
Others (tapster, host, barber, three knights, sergeant and soldiers)
Pompiona, daughter to King of Moldavia
Others ( captive woman, gentlemen, servants

*It would be good if ingenues Luce and Jasper can sing- there is a ballad for them.  Master Merrythought has a song as well.

Good if all cast members can sing well enough to do a group song.  If you play an instrument that is a plus.

Actors Ensemble does cast cross-gender on occasion

Roles, An Enemy of the People
Doctor Thomas Stockmann, the medical officer at the new Municipal Baths and the protagonist.
Mrs. Katherine Stockmann, his wife.
Petra, their daughter, a teacher.
Ejlif & Morten, their sons.
Peter Stockmann, Doctor Stockmann's elder brother; he is the mayor of the town and thus Thomas' supervisor.
Morten Kiil, a tanner (Mrs. Stockmann's father), also known as the Badger.
Hovstad, editor of The Peoples' Messenger, the local paper.
Billing, sub-editor.
Captain Horster, a shipmaster going to America and a friend of Thomas Stockmann.
Aslaksen, a publisher (also a character in The League of Youth).
Men of various conditions and occupations, a few women, and a troop of schoolboys – the audience at a public meeting.

Actors Ensemble does cast cross-gender on occasion.


Upcoming Events

  • Auditions for Summer 2017, - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., May 6th and 7th, Callbacks May 13th - John Hinkel Park.
  • The Enemy of the People, by Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Arthur Miller, directed by Michael R. Cohen,  May 21st at Temple Beth Hillel.
  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle, by Bertolt Brech, adapted by Stern, Stern, and Auden, and directed by Anna Smith - July 1st - July 16th, John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., special performance Tuesday July 4th at 4 p.m.
  • The Knight of the Burning Pestle, adapted from Beaumont by Vicki Siegel, and directed by Lelan Fernando,  Aug. 19th-Sep. 4th John Hinkel Park Amphitheatre, Saturdays and Sundays at 4 p.m., special performance Monday September 4th at 4 p.m. 

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Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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