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Hancock Family Challenge 2014

This season, our friends The Hancock Family have agreed to support ASP for ONE FINAL HANCOCK FAMILY CHALLENGE!

Click here for a message from Sarah Hancock.

If ASP can raise $100,000 between November 25 - January 15, The Hancock Family will match it 2-to-1 with a gift of $50,000. ASP has the opportunity to raise $150,000, funds which will provide critical support for ASP's artistic work and education programs throughout the Boston area all year!

This means for every $2 raised, ASP will receive an additional $1 from The Hancock Family...they have upped the ante for this last hurrah, and we need your help to meet the challenge.

We invite you to join ASP for this incredible campaign! Please help with a donation of any size this season.

Click here to make a donation online. Donations can also be made over the phone at 617-776-2200 x225 or by mailing a check or money order to:

ASP - The Hancock Family Challenge
191 Highland Avenue, Suite 2B
Somerville, MA 02143

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Sign Up To Usher

Sign up to volunteer usher and see the show for free! Volunteer ushers arrive one hour before show time and help house management with program stuffing, seating patrons, merch and concessions sales, and post-show clean up.

If you'd like to usher, please enter your name and the name of anyone you are signing up to usher with you and select your top choice performances below.

Please leave shows you aren't ready to sign up for blank.

We will get back to you once we have set your performance date.

Why Get Involved?

Actors' Shakespeare Project welcomes those of all backgrounds to join in our mission of bringing Shakespeare's words into the voices, bodies and imaginations of our community.

One could argue that words have no meaning until they are heard and understood, and we work to strengthen that community foundation by keeping it energized through relationships with each other, our audience, the youth and adults who participate in our education programs, and this city.

We are always looking to bring new members into our community and there are a number of ways to get involved whether by seeing a play, attending an event, taking a class, subscribing, volunteering or donating. We cherish the opportunity to work with you.

Please take a moment to explore the opportunities to get involved with our company or, get in touch if you have an idea of your own. 

Become A Donor

Your tax-deductible donation will give us the resources we need to sustain our ardent desire to bring you top-notch Shakespeare in intimate local spaces.  If you would like to discuss the options for giving, please contact us at any time.  Our donors are listed in the Honor Roll in the programs and your gift is tax-deductible.

Make your check out to the Actors' Shakespeare Project
191 Highland Avenue
Suite 2B
Somerville, MA 02143

Did you know we encourage donating shares of stock to ASP? This is a great way to make a difference while enjoying a tax deduction of the full appreciated value of the stock donated.  Please contact us, and we will supply you with the necessary documentation and walk you through the process. 

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Volunteers are a crucial part of our oganization. We have volunteers help with everything from fundraisng to postering. Please email us and let us know how you'd like to help!

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Looking to usher and see an ASP production for free? Sign up here. 


Thank you for your interest in Actors' Shakespeare Project. 

For internship opportunities, click here.

For volunteering opportunities, click here.

For audition information, click here.


Actors' Shakespeare Project internships offer hands-on experience and a glimpse into what it takes to run a professional theater company. Interns are exposed to every aspect of theater management from rehearsals and production to marketing and community outreach.

Our interns become vital members of our community, gain practical experience and are encouraged to explore various aspects of theater management and production.

We offer flexible internships with each department of our company. Applicants should be passionate about the arts and eager to learn the strings and contribute to our ever-expanding theater company.

ASP offers the following internships on a semester or show by show basis:

  • Theater production
  • Artistic operations
  • Stage management
  • Design
  • Development/fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Event planning
  • Education/advocacy
  • Directing
If you are interested in an internship with ASP please fill out our internship application or send your resume and cover letter to: 

Mara Sidmore
Director of Education Programs, Projects & Partnerships
mara [at] actorsshakespeareproject [dot] org
617-776-2200 x224

In your cover letter please be sure to explain why you are applying for an internship with our company, what goals you would like to accomplish as an ASP intern and what your long term career goals are. Please also mention if you are looking for an internship for school credit.


Actors' Shakespeare Project 2015-2016 Season

Equity Principal Auditions by appointment in Somerville, MA

Monday, March 9, 2015 from 10am-6pm (with a one-hour lunch break)

Auditions will be at:
ASP's offices
191 Highland Ave., in Studio Not 2B on the second floor
Somerville, MA

NEAT category 6, this year's weekly AEA actor salary was $451.00
Artistic Director: Allyn Burrows
Typical Rehearsal Schedule: Tues-Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday days

Please contact Heather Stern for an apointment at or at (617) 776-2200 x230. Email is preferred.

Equity appointments are scheduled in five-minute intervals, and each Equity member has a maximum of three minutes to audition. Please bring your AEA membership card. Please prepare material of your choice (including, if you wish, selections from the season -- scripts are available at the StageSource offices). For those who wish to perform a scene, a reader will be available. Please be prepared to state your starting & stopping places.


Non-Equity Auditions by appointment in Somerville, MA

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 10:30am-2:30pm
Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 10:30am-2:30pm

Auditions will be at:
ASP's offices
191 Highland Ave., in Suite Not 2B on the second floor
Somerville, MA

Present at the auditions will be:
Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director
Jennie Israel, Casting

Please prepare one monologue by William Shakespeare, less than two minutes in length. This piece can be from any play in the canon, including the plays in our upcoming season. There is a slight possibility that you will be asked for a second monologue by Shakespeare; however, limited time will most likely leave space for one strong piece. Please bring one copy of your photo attached to your resume.

Typical rehearsal schedule: Tuesday-Friday evenings and Saturday & Sunday days

Please note ~ Each production has at least 5 student matinees which begin at 10am. Actors must be available for all matinees.

Please contact Heather Stern for an appointment at
Appointments will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once you have emailed, please be patient. We have a lot of requests coming in at once. 


No understudies are being cast. All available roles are available for non-traditional casting. Please note that ASP does not supply housing. Actors must have Boston area housing in order to work with ASP. Available roles listed below:

Othello by William Shakespeare
Directed by Bridget O'Leary

First Rehearsal - 8/25/2015
Previews - 9/23/15-9/25/15
Opening - 9/26/15
Closing - 10/25/15

Available roles:

Desdemona ~ daughter of Brabanzio, Othello's love
Iago ~ Othello's ensign and unknown enemy
Cassio ~ Othello's Lieutenant, devoted to Othello
Roderigo ~ a young, rich fool in love with Desdemona
Emilia ~ Iago's wife, a truth-teller


The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare
Directed by Melia Bensussen

First Rehearsal - 11/10/15
Previews - 12/9/15-12/11/15
Opening - 12/12/15
Closing - 1/3/2016

Available roles: 

Hermione ~ Queen of Sicilia and wife to Leontes
Perdita ~ daughter to Leontes and Hermione
Polixenes ~ King of Bohemia, childhood friend of Leontes
Camillo ~ an honest Sicilian who refuses to do Leontes' murderous bidding
Paulina ~ a fierce Sicilian noblewoman and dear friend to Hermione
Autolycus ~ a roguish peddler, vagabond, and pickpocket


Richard II by William Shakespeare
Directed by Allyn Burrows

First Rehearsal - 1/19/16
Previews - 2/17/16-2/19/16
Opening - 2/20/16
Closing - 3/13/16

Available roles:

John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster ~ King Richard's uncle, and the father of Richard's banished cousin Bolingbroke, who eventually usurps the throne
Edmund of Langley Duke of York ~ King Richard's uncle, and a brother of John of Gaunt and of the late Thomas of Gloucester. A traditionalist who is loyally devoted to the crown, he is deeply upset by any kind of treason against the crown
Queen Isabel ~ King Richard's wife. She was born into the French royal family and flees to France when Richard is deposed
Henry Bolingbroke Duke of Herford ~ Bolingbroke is King Richard's cousin and the son of Richard's uncle, John of Gaunt. He stages a revolution against Richard and is later crowned King Henry IV.


School for Scandal by R.B. Sheridan
Directed by Paula Plum

First Rehearsal - 3/15/16
Previews - 4/13/16-4/15/16
Opening - 4/16/16
Closing - 5/8/16

Available roles:

Sir Benjamin Backbite ~ rude suitor of Maria
Maria ~ Sir Peter's wealthy ward
Moses ~ Charles' honest moneylender
Snake ~ worthy of his name, Snake works for Lady Sneerwell but later betrays her
Lady Sneerwell ~ slanderous woman also worthy of her name since she "sneers well"
Charles Surface ~ the protagonist of the play, he is in love with Maria, but Mrs. Sneerwell also desires him
Joseph Surface ~ friendly and respected, but hypocritical. He also desires Maria, his brother's love, but entices Lady Sneerwell
Sir Oliver Surface ~ the rich uncle of Charles and Joseph, he disguises himself as a moneylender to test his relations
Lady Teazle ~ her country roots will show, but she has learned to spend money wildly. She fights with her husband and flirst with young men, but, in the end, she shows her loyalty