Austin’s over three dozen film and television credits include recurring roles on Felicity,24, Alias, Ally McBeal, Everwood, Mister Sterling, and The Practice; and guest star appearances on The West Wing, E.R., The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Chicago Med, Gilmore Girls, Nip/Tuck, Nash Bridges, Chicago Hope, and CSI: Miami. His voice can be heard in the animated film Balto, and he co-wrote and co-starred in The Ring Reduced, which reduced Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle down to 22 minutes for UK’s Channel 4.
Christopher MooreNew York Times bestselling comic novelist
"My go-to person"
“Austin is a consummate talent in all aspects of theater, from writing, editing, directing, and performance. His sense of comic timing is impeccable on the page and on the stage. He’s my go-to person for advice on all matters Shakespeare.”
THE SERPENT OF VENICE
SHAKESPEARE FOR SQUIRRELS
LAMB: THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO BIFF, CHRIST’S CHILDHOOD PAL
Nicole GallandNew York Times bestselling author
"A gifted, natural storyteller"
“Austin is a gifted, natural storyteller, which means he doesn’t just tell great tales on his own, he helps others improve theirs too. I could not have written my last novel (Master of the Revels) without Austin’s insights and suggestions – he got the sensibility of my work, understood how I needed to get from A to B and helped me get there – a guiding hand without stepping on my toes. And he made me laugh throughout – a priceless addition to any editorial process.”
MASTER OF THE REVELS
THE RISE & FALL OF D.O.D.O. (w/ Neal Stephenson)
Ellen MargolisPlaywright; Chair, Dept. of Theatre & Dance, Pacific University
"A master class...balancing pathos with pratfalls"
“Austin directed a superb production of MUCH ADO, where every rehearsal was a master class in Shakespeare’s techniques, comic timing, and balancing pathos with pratfalls. In class, he challenged all his students with innovative assignments while helping each one find their artistic voice.”
Peter HollandChair, International Shakespeare Association
"The guide of all guides to the Shakespearean multiverse..."
“We need a good guide when we enter the strange spaces of Shakespeare-land. Someone knowledgeable, of course, but also generous, kind, thoughtful, provocative, responsive, caring, respectful – oh, and being very funny would be a help too. So it’s plain that the coach of all coaches, the adviser of all advisers, the guide of all guides to the mysterious Shakespearean multiverse must be Austin Tichenor! No-one is as Shakespeareanced as he is!”
Louis BayardBestselling novelist; now playwright!
"He definitely lifted my work"
“I was a first-time playwright, and Austin read my maiden effort with such sympathy, such insight and such constructive candor that I felt as if a whole semester’s worth of playwriting classes had been condensed into a few email exchanges. He definitely lifted my work to the next level, and I know he could do the same with any other aspiring playwright.”
COURTING MR. LINCOLN
THE PALE BLUE EYE
Elise DixonActor; Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
"Working with him is FUN!"
“Austin has the uncanny ability to get to the heart of a text and helps you, the actor, do the same. My short time working with him equipped me with tools to better understand myself, my work, and Shakespeare, and I’ve used what I learned with him in every project since. Also, he’s delightful! Working with him is FUN!”
Beatrice, MUCH ADO
Pheobe/Adam, AS YOU LIKE IT
Anne Page, MERRY WIVES
Hannah KennedyDirector of Communications, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
"A rare platform for nuanced conversations"
“Thank YOU for offering the opportunity to dig into these substantive topics. [The Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast is] a rare platform for nuanced conversations, and we’re grateful for the chance to share our beautiful work with a wider audience.”
Allan BatchelderHistorical and fantasy novelist
"Wit, wisdom, and unflagging enthusiasm"
“[My] novel would never have been completed without the wit, wisdom, and unflagging enthusiasm of Austin Tichenor and TheShakespeareance.com.”
THIS THING OF DARKNESS
STEEL, BLOOD, & FIRE
AS FLIES TO WANTON BOYS
Jamie GowerPlaywright & Performer
"Five stars, would go again."
“Working with Austin is like working with a team of experts: a brilliant comic actor, an accomplished playwright, an experienced producer, and an assured business manager. Austin provided clear structure and actionable insights throughout our entire interaction. Right brain, left brain—Austin has the best of both. Five stars, would go again.”
Ken LudwigTony and Olivier Award-winning playwright
"Talk about giving joy!"
“[Austin] personally, on the stage as well as writing, [has] given more joy to people than I have. Talk about giving joy! We’re in the same business.”
LEND ME A TENOR
CRAZY FOR YOU
MOON OVER BUFFALO
HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN SHAKESPEARE
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Watch Elizabeth Dennehy discuss Shakespeare and STAR TREK!
Do you have an easy answer? I don’t! I have favorite productions, sure. The Taming of the Shrew, American Conservatory Theatre, 1976 Hamlet, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, 1982 Pericles, Royal Shakespeare …
Since December 2017, I’ve contributed monthly essays about the intersection of Shakespeare and popular culture for the Folger Shakespeare Library‘s “Shakespeare & Beyond” blog. Topics I’ve written about include: how …