Students sit together for a table reading of an upcoming THT Repertory production

Worc at Play: Actor Training and Professional Performance for Greater-Worcester Residents 18+

A new initiative of The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts, The Hanover Theatre Repertory (THT Rep) seeks applicants of all ages 18 and above for a no-cost Shakespeare training and performance program, offered in partnership with The Hanover Theatre Conservatory.  

Applicants of all backgrounds and all skill levels are warmly encouraged to apply, including absolute beginners. 

If you’ve ever been interested in acting…

Or think you might be interested in acting…

Or already work as an actor, but not a Shakespeare actor…

Of if you loved reading Shakespeare in school…

Or hated reading Shakespeare in school…

Or if you've never read Shakespeare but love poetry, music, rap or spoken word…

We want YOU to apply for our first-ever Worc at Play company of actor trainees.

Here's the Deal: 

If selected, you will join a small group of trainees that meets once a week for three hours. During the weekly sessions, you will work with and learn from Olivia D’Ambrosio Scanlon, artistic director of THT Rep. Liv will teach you all the fundamentals of acting Shakespeare and support your growth as a performer. At the end of the training period, you will join the cast of THT Rep's outdoor production of Julius Caesar, which will perform live on the Worcester Common in August 2021. 

In addition to the basic program, trainees will receive: 

•    Full student benefits of The Hanover Theatre Conservatory 
•    Up to two private lessons with The Hanover Theatre Conservatory instructor of their choice
“I took Olivia's class while pursuing my Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. I'd always loved reading Shakespeare but never thought that I had the chops to truly command the language. Olivia was able to break down the words in a way that made them less intimidating on the page so the speech flowed more freely from my voice. I am forever grateful. Since her class, I have been excelling in auditions and readings for Shakespeare and other classical texts.” - Yewande Odetoyinbo, Actor

This program is fully subsidized, meaning it is available at absolutely no cost. You will receive professional, conservatory-style actor training and a professional performance opportunity, all tuition-free, provided you hold up your end of the deal. Due to the professional nature of the program, trainees will be required to meet certain standards regarding attendance and preparation. Failure to meet expectations will result in dismissal from the program.
“Although I am a biologist, one of my favorite experiences to this date was learning Shakespeare from Olivia. I grew up speaking multiple languages, and as I learned to dissect Shakespeare word by word, line by line, I began to appreciate how the plays portray universal themes that are still relevant today, despite being written in a different style.” - Yasuko Mano
All training sessions, rehearsals and performances will take place in downtown Worcester, MA, at either the BrickBox Theatre, The Hanover Theatre Conservatory, or the Worcester Common.

We Are Seeking Actors Who Are: 

•    Adults of greater Worcester 
•    Diverse in age, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, gender, sexual orientation, immigrant status and lived experience
•    18 or older
•    Not affiliated with or a member of Actors’ Equity Association
•    Comfortable speaking and reading English as a first, second or subsequent language; Accents welcome
•    Disciplined, rigorous and reliable
•    Joyful
•    Available for and eager to commit to the following, demanding schedule:

Wednesday Nights, 6 PM - 9 PM
March 17, 2021 - June 23, 2021

Julius Caesar, Rehearsal and Performance
June 28, 2021 - August 28, 2021
Evenings and weekends up to 6 days per week

To Apply: 


Audition appointments are 30 minutes in length and available Wednesday, March 3, 2021 and Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 5 PM - 9 PM, or at another time by special arrangement only. 

Auditions will be safe and socially-distant, held in person at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts.

For the Audition, Please: 

Memorize and be prepared to act 10-20 lines of Shakespeare to the best of your ability, even if you’re an absolute beginner! We aren’t going to judge you. On the contrary, we want to see your natural instincts, talents, stage presence and potential for growth as a performer. Please note: Your 10-20 lines should in the form of a monologue, all in a row and all spoken by the same character. For a convenient listing of monologues, visit

Be prepared to share any other performance skills you may have, like juggling, singing, dancing, magic, mime, stand-up comedy or spoken word, etc.

Be prepared to share why you want to be part of this program.