Seoul Shakespeare Company

Seoul Shakespeare Company is a not-for-profit theatre company centered in Seoul, South Korea. Powered by a diverse community of actors and artists, Seoul Shakespeare company strives to produce quality productions that reach across linguistic and cultural boundaries while celebrating live theatre and the communities that produce these challenging and engaging works.

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Seoul's only English language theatre company devoted to performing Shakespeare's works.  

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Garage

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차고 

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October 14-15, 21-22

Studio SK in Daehangno


"This here's an arena."


This October, Seoul Shakespeare Company boldly expands its repertoire and presents Garage, an original, raw, intimate, and uncompromising piece of contemporary theatre. 


High school English teacher David, and his wife, Susan, return to David’s rural hometown in Arkansas for the funeral of his estranged, alcoholic father. While visiting the emptied-out garage where his father used to fix cars, the couple unexpectedly encounters Brandon, David’s childhood bully. During an alcohol-infused night in the garage together, David, Susan, and Brandon reveal parts of themselves in unexpected, intimate, sometimes violent ways.


Directed by Michael Downey (director of our recent productions The Winter’s Tale and Much Ado About Nothing), and starring Jamie Horan (Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing), Lauren Ash-Morgan (Paulina and Beatrice), and Jason Cutler (Shepherd and Borachio/Friar), this play breaks new ground for our company and gives audiences a chance to see some familiar faces in new theatrical territory.


Garage was originally devised by Dive Theatre in New York City (written by Michael Hogwood, Nathan Riley, Bryce Kemph, Jenna Kirk, and Jason Cutler), with rewrites in 2014 by Jason Cutler. 


From the original production:


“Terrifying.”

“Heartbreaking.”

New York Theatre Review


Garage has got some teeth!”

“The set-up of this play just plain works.”

nytheatre.com

 

Warning: Adult language, sexual themes, mild violence.

This play is appropriate for adults, college students, and very mature high school students. Not appropriate for children.

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AUDITIONS FOR THE MERCHANT OF VENICE


Seoul Shakespeare Company is excited to announce auditions for our eighth main stage production—The Merchant of Venice, directed by Ray Salcedo.

Audition Dates:
Saturday December 2nd, 1:00-4:50pm
Sunday December 3rd, 1:00-4:50pm
(Call backs Sunday December 10, 1:00-4:50pm.)

Location: Our rehearsal space near Sungshin Women's University Station (성신여대입구역) (Line #4) (see directions below)

Actors of all experience levels are welcome to audition. We are looking for a strong ensemble of actors who function well in a collaborative environment. This year we are not asking for prepared monologues. Auditionees will be asked to read from sides. The sides will be posted on the event page approximately one week before auditions. They do not need to be memorized. We highly recommend reading the entire play before the audition.

As in our past shows, we would like to incorporate a little bit of music into this play and will likely require a few people who can sing well. We will give all auditionees an opportunity to sing something in the audition if they wish (just a few bars, unaccompanied). Also, if you play a musical instrument, please bring it to the audition if possible.

To schedule your audition, email [email protected] with your name, phone number, and preferred audition time.

AUDITION TIMES (choose 1):
Saturday December 2:
A: 1:00-1:50pm
B: 2:00-2:50pm
C: 3:00 - 3:50pm
D: 4:00 - 4:50pm
Sunday December 3:
A: 1:00-1:50pm
B: 2:00-2:50pm
C: 3:00 - 3:50pm
D: 4:00 - 4:50pm
***Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before your audition time. There will be an audition form to fill out in the stairwell while you are waiting. (The rehearsal room will be a comfortable temperature, but the stairwell will be cold, so please dress accordingly.) Remember to allow yourself extra time to find the space.


Location Address: 4-8 Dongseong-dong, 1(il)-ga, Seongbuk-Gu (성북구 동선동 1가 4-8번지), 4th floor


Map: https://www.google.co.kr/maps/place/4-8+Dongseondong+1(il)-ga,+Seongbuk-gu,+Seoul/@37.5920517,127.0167659,18z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x357cbcc77502625d:0x48da3e6e91b25d7f?hl=en

Directions: Sungshin Women's University Station (성신여대입구역) (line #4). Go out exit 1. Turn right at the first major street going into the shopping area (at KB bank). Walk about 150 yards. Turn right at Tony Moly. Walk about 50 yards to VIP Bar or 7080 Bar on the right. Come up to the 4th floor.

SHOW INFORMATION:
Performances will be on the weekends of: April 28-29, May 5-6, and May 12-13 at Theater Egg and Nucleus (알과핵 소극장) in Daehangno (대학로), Seoul. There might be an additional weekend of shows outside of Seoul on May 19-20.

REHEARSAL INFORMATION:

First read-through: Saturday, January 13, 1-6pm.

Regular Rehearsal Times:
We have booked our rehearsal space for: Saturdays 1-6pm, Sundays 1-6pm, and Thursdays 7-10pm.
(Not everyone will be called at all times, and we will work our rehearsal schedule around actors’ schedules as much as possible. Please be aware that we may adjust this regular schedule or add additional rehearsal times if actors’ schedules make it necessary.)

(No rehearsals on February 15, 17, 18 because of Lunar New Year.)

We may have additional rehearsals in the theatre between our theatre load-in date (Wednesday, April 18) and our opening (April 28), depending on actors’ availability.

Tech Weekend:
Saturday April 21: All day (Hanging lights, etc. Actors are not needed on this day.)
Sunday April 22: All day (Tech/Dress Rehearsal—All actors must be at this rehearsal!)

***At the audition, be prepared to write down ANY and ALL your potential rehearsal conflicts, including work schedules, days that you will be away, etc.

**If you plan to travel for more than two weeks during the rehearsal period, you may still audition, but be aware that it may affect our ability to cast you.

Please do not hesitate to email us with any questions or concerns you may have. ([email protected])

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Get Involved


SSC is an all-volunteer company that aims to produce professional-quality productions of Shakespeare’s works. By being made up of volunteers, we are able to allow people of all nationalities to participate freely in the creation of theatre. At the same time, we aim to put on productions that are professional in quality, so that we are worth the time and effort of people who are serious about a future career in the theatre. Some of our company members work professionally as theatre/TV/film actors or voice actors in Korea, and some of our past company members are now pursuing professional careers in theatre in other countries. One of our core purposes is to provide an opportunity for English-speaking theatre people living in Korea to continue to develop their craft, while also contributing positively to Korean society.


Have a particular skill, or just want to get involved with us? 

Actors: Auditions for our spring mainstage shows are typically in late November to early December. This year's auditions for The Merchant of Venice are December 2-3. See the audition announcement above!

If you have training/experience in a particular technical area, feel free to email us at [email protected] to let us know. We are pretty well covered in technical areas at the moment, but it is always good to know that you're out there! The one area we need to fill for The Merchant of Venice is Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Managers, so if that is your area of interest, please contact us! 

If you are inexperienced in theatre but well-organized, punctual, a good communicator, and passionate about involvement in theatre, being an assistant stage manager (ASM) is a good way to start. Email us at [email protected] to let us know your interest. ASMs will need to be able to attend most rehearsals, and MUST attend tech rehearsal and all performances. (See our audition announcement for The Merchant of Venice above for the rehearsal schedule.)

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Spring Mainstage: The Merchant of Venice

Directed by Ray Salcedo


We are beginning to prepare for our annual Spring mainstage show, The Merchant of Venice, directed by Ray Salcedo!


Performance dates will be:

April 28, 29 

May 5, 6, 12, 13

at Theater Egg and Nucleus in Daehangno

(and possibly a weekend out of town May 19-20)

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"Shakesperiments"

November 2017 Edition


Sunday, November 19, 4-6pm

At Camarata Music Company Studio


What are "Shakesperiments" Workshops? We have a detailed description on this page: 

http://www.seoulshakespearecompany.org/shakesperiments-workshops 

and also on the Facebook group (feel free to join the group!):

Everyone is welcome to attend as an observer (RSVP on this event page or just show up) or as a performer (please let us know in advance via the email provided).

If you are interested in performing, please email [email protected] with the subject: "November Shakesperiments." Provide your name as well as the full text of your monologue (so the audience can follow along easily). 
Performers are greatly encouraged to focus on monologues or scenes from Shakespeare but other classical or modern texts are also welcome.

Shakesperiments is a stress-free environment and we do not expect performance-ready pieces; a reading is perfectly fine if that’s what you feel comfortable preparing. This is an opportunity for you to perform material for a small group in order to receive some constructive feedback.

Directions to Camarata Music Company: Take exit 2 from Noksapyeong Station (line 6) and walk straight for approximately 100 meters. Bear left at the wall of kimchi pots and enter Haebangchon. Continue walking straight for approximately 400 meters (about 4-5 minutes). Camarata Music Company Studio will be on your left (look for a white sign), directly before a CU Mart that is in the same building. Jacoby Burger is directly across the street.

While this event is free, we’ll have a donation box and encourage all to make a small donation (1,000-5,000KRW) to help defray the cost of the space.

(Please don’t hesitate to join our Shakesperiments Facebook group in order to keep up-to-date on our workshop series and other Seoul Shakespeare events: www.facebook.com/groups/728276260546745/ )

We can’t wait to see you there!

Sincerely,
Jamie Horan
Seoul Shakespeare Company

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Much Ado About Nothing, Full Video


 The video of our 2016 production, Much Ado About Nothing, is now on Youtube and Vimeo!  


Much Ado About Nothing, 1st half:

You can also watch the 1st half in slightly lower resolution on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmfuqKGcm-s





Much Ado About Nothing, 2nd half:

You can also watch the 2nd half in slightly lower resolution on Youtube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqOsBtM5b3k


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Much Ado About Nothing Teaser Trailer:


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Visit to Seoul Foreign British School


On May 10th, we had a great time at Seoul Foreign British School! It was fantastic to see these bright young students exploring Shakespeare with such insight, creativity, humor, and enthusiasm!

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Global Shakespeare Map

Seoul Shakespeare Company has been added to Expediablog’s global Shakespeare map! To find us, go to http://expediablog.co.uk/shakespeare/ , then click on “His Legacy.” Click on the feather over South Korea. (We are currently the only Shakespeare group in all of Asia listed there.)

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Titus Andronicus Full Video

 The video of our 2015 production, Titus Andronicus, is now on Youtube!  You can watch it in full HD quality here:


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(For our archive of past announcements, see the blog page on this site.)

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Seoul Shakespeare Company is proud to be a member of The Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). For more information visit www.stahome.org.


STA was established to provide a forum for the artistic, managerial, educational leadership for theatres primarily involved with the production of the works of William Shakespeare; to discuss issues and methods of work, resources, and information; and to act as an advocate for Shakespearean productions and training.




A Look at Our Past Productions:
(See our photo gallery for more)

Much Ado About Nothing, 2016
Directed by Michael Downey
Produced by Lauren Ash-Morgan
Photography by Robert Michael Evans

Titus Andronicus, 2015
Directed by Raymond Salcedo
Produced by Lauren Ash-Morgan
Photography by Jorge Toro, My Seoul Photography

A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2014
Directed by Raymond Salcedo
Produced by Lindsey Higgins
Photography by Robert Michael Evans

Hamlet, 2013
Directed by Jessica Adel
Produced by Lindsey Higgins
Photography by Jorge Toro, My Seoul Photography

The Tempest, 2012
Directed and Produced by Lindsey Higgins
Photography by Matt Bedford Photography

Macbeth, 2011
Directed and Produced by Lindsey Higgins
Photography by Michele Farley and Ben Olthafer
(Plus film stills)