A chance to work on Shakespeare and new texts for theatre so that you can audition with confidence and freedom.  We will look carefully at what obstacles we put in our way when preparing for and going into auditions and find techniques to ensure we can be our best selves when it matters most. The session will be led by Erica Whyman. 

Please can you bring a short (no more than two average paragraphs/half an A4 page) modern (written between 1930 – 2019) text that you LIKE.  Can be a poem or a monologue from a play.  IF and ONLY IF there is one you LIKE, please also bring a short (10-30 lines) piece of verse from a Shakespeare play.  You don’t need to have learnt them, and if you don’t bring a Shakespeare don’t worry I will have lots with me.  If you find sight-reading a challenge please let me know in advance or when you arrive and you won’t have to do anything under time-pressure.


Erica is Deputy Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Director of The Other Place. She works closely with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on all aspects of artistic strategy, taking a particular lead on the development of new work, and on extending access, equality, diversity and inclusion across all RSC activities.

Directing for the RSC includes Revolt, She Said. Revolt Again by Alice Birch, Hecuba by Marina Carr, The Seven Acts of Mercy by Anders Lustgarten, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation, The Earthworks by Tom Morton-Smith, Romeo and Juliet and the musical, Miss Littlewood by Sam Kenyon. This autumn she will direct a new play by Hannah Khalil, A Museum in Baghdad.

Erica was Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Northern Stage (2005-2012), Artistic Director of Southwark Playhouse (1998-2000) and of The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill (2000-2004). She chairs the Board of Theatre503 and is on the Board of Trustees for Coventry City of Culture 2021.

She was one of the first fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme. In 2012 she won the TMA Award for Theatre Manager of the Year and was awarded an OBE for services to UK Theatre. In 2016 she won the Peter Brook Empty Space Special Achievement Award.


Pay What You Decide.

You need to book yourself a place (either online or by calling box office) and then at the end of the session you will have the opportunity to make a donation of what you decide you want to, or can afford to pay. There is no obligation to pay anything.

We recommend booking early as capacities are limited.

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