Get ready for the 2018 Unified Shakespeare Auditions
Scott Palmer has directed Shakespeare’s work for over two decades, and has seen thousands of Shakespeare auditions throughout his career.
Hear Scott talk about what kind of auditions have the most impact, and learn how you can make yourself stand out from the crowd.
All participants will also have the opportunity to perform their audition with some brief feedback from Scott.
At the end of my workshop, participants will be able to:
Select/create an effective audition program
Avoid playing to directors’ pet peeves
What to Bring:
Your 2-minute audition program
Scott Palmer, Bag&Baggage’s founding Artistic Director, has directed and produced critically acclaimed theatrical productions across the globe. As the Artistic Director of Glasgow Repertory Company (Scotland’s Shakespeare company), Scott directed world premiere adaptations of King Lear, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Henry V, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and The Tempest. His radical reinterpretation of Lear was called “a 21st century Lear to cherish” by The Scotsman and his anti-war adaptation of Henry V was called “a thoughtful effort to relate to the modern world” by the Scotland on Sunday.
In the United States, Scott has adapted and directed versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Comedy of Errors. His world premiere adaptations of Twelfth Night (featuring added text by F. Scott Fitzgerald) and The Taming of the Shrew alongside Fletcher’s rarely performed sequel The Woman’s Prize have helped to develop an international reputation for Bag&Baggage. In addition to Shakespeare, Scott has directed critically acclaimed productions of Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and his own remarkable adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol that puts Dickens himself center-stage.
Scott is a passionate advocate for the arts, having served on the Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, the Westside Cultural Alliance and regularly reviewing grants for the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. In 2017, Scott was inducted into the National Theatre Conference as a distinguished member of the American Theatre Community; Scott is one of only two Oregonians to hold this distinction. His continuing work on major literary adaptations has brought him to the attention of Shakespearean scholars across the world, and his work is regularly reviewed and featured in textbooks and journals. Scott received his BA at the University of Oregon, his Masters at Oregon State University and studied for a PhD in Contemporary Theatre Practice at the University of Glasgow.