MON, DEC 11, 2-4 p.m.

Assistant Director of Education and Community Engagement, Kelly Duyn, is looking for 8-10 adults to join the cast of VT’s community engagement program, Troupe in a Trunk. Troupe’s goal is to tell a story and teach a larger life lesson through humor and audience participation.

This is a group audition as Troupe In A Trunk is an ensemble program. All auditionees need to arrive at 2 p.m. Please come ready to use your storytelling skills by presenting your favorite children’s story (ex: Little Red Riding Hood) to the group and also be prepared to participate in some improvisation exercises.

Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear to the auditions. Rehearsals and performances take place during daytime hours. Questions? Contact Kelly at 941-486-8679 or

Learn more about Troupe in a Trunk.

Kelly Duyn

Kelly Duyn


Kelly is proud to be a product of the Education & Community Engagement program she now assists in directing. Her teaching career started right here at Venice Theatre back in 2001 as an intern for the summer programs. From there she went on to take on a teaching role at the theatre prior to leaving for college to pursue a degree in the theatre arts. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Central Florida, teaching certifications in multiple disciplines and a 20-year teaching resume that encompasses working with students in exceptional education, coaching a nationally ranked speech and debate team, and developing as well as running theatre programs for elementary through high school in both in the US and in China.

She is responsible for the Troupe in A Trunk Community Engagement Program, the summer student programs and Venice Theatre’s Youth Production Company as well as various other departmental responsibilities. In addition to directing shows throughout the year (her most recent being the Generations show She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition) and being onstage herself (recent shows include Disenchanted and Blood Brothers), she enjoys giving back to her community by facilitating theatre workshops with local schools/clubs/organizations and by reading to classrooms (sometimes via zoom) through Embracing Our Differences or collaborating with other arts education programmers in our area to bring new arts education opportunities to the community whenever possible.

Additionally she enjoys working with the local Chamber of Commerce, where she was the 2019-2020 chair of the Venice Area Young Professionals. Her professional memberships include Leadership Sarasota (Class of 2018-2019), The Educational Theatre Association and AACT.