by Vortex Repertory Theatre

Jul. 06 - Jul. 20 (2017)

Vampyress is based on the true story of Erzsebet Bathori, “The Bloody Countess”. This award-winning opera is a tale of horror, murder, and magic, created by ethos composer and Artistic Director, Chad Salvata. Born in 16th-century Hungary, Bathori murdered hundreds of young women and bathed in their blood in order to sustain her youth and beauty. This historical figure has been both vilified and honored over the centuries. Salvata’s embellishment of her notorious downfall produces a powerful and mysterious work of storytelling.


Photo: Krysta Gonzales and Melissa Vogt in 2010 production at Vortex Repertory. Photo by Kimberley Mead.

AUDITION. The VORTEX is now casting (1) Female-Bodied Shapeshifter role for the Gothic Opera Vampyress. See Below for details. PAID.


For Immediate Release

Immediately Casting one Shapeshifter for Vampyress 

Director, Bonnie Cullum, is seeking one courageous performer. Female-bodied. Any race or color. 18 and over. Must be willing to perform totally nude and partially nude for the entire opera. Must be tolerant of violence and simulated blood effects. This is a non-speaking role that is constantly onstage and performing multiple roles throughout this gothic opera. All other roles are cast.

Rehearsals in August-September and performance in September-October. Compensation.

To schedule an audition, please send resumé to

The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX 78722

The VORTEX Mission Statement
We conjure and navigate the storm of imagination 
with urgent, unashamed art 
that dares to dream the world in which we want to live. 
This magic emanates from our cultural harbor, 
embraces diverse communities, 
breaks down barriers, 
and opens channels for vital exchange.