Audition Update: Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival and Art of Acting Studio

Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival is holding auditions for its annual Shakespeare in the Park series on April 25 – 26. This year’s production is 12th Night – The Musical, which combines the words of Shakespeare with a rock and roll score. 12th Night is directed by Erin McBride Africa, with original music by Jay Africa. Actors and singers should prepare a 2-minute Shakespeare monologue and 16 bars of music to sing acapella. All roles are open, and SCSF practices blind casting. Headshots and resumes are highly encouraged. To request an audition time, send an email to For more information, go to

High school and college students will also be considered for Once more unto the Breach, an original cutting of Shakespeare’s musings on conflict, honor and death performed by SCSF’s Young Company. Once more unto the Breach is directed by Luck Hari, and will tour various locations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to

Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company/Art of Acting Studio will hold auditions for Macbeth, directed by Michael Allen and Don K. Williams, on April 24, 2015. Callbacks will take place 4/29, 4/30, or 5/1. Please submit electronically by Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 pm on Actors Access Prepare a 2-minute Shakespeare Monologue for the audition.


Audition Update: Queer Classics – The Taming of the Shrew

Update 4/7/15: If you missed the open call you may submit through Actors Access for an appointment time for Friday, April 17, 2015. Click Here for a breakdown of roles and all the details.

Queer Classics is holding open call auditions Saturday, April 4 for Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew – An Exploration in Gender Expression, directed by Casey Kringlen, presented as part of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. In modern times, Queer Classics’ Kate and Petruchio might identify as trans, but the 1950s are a completely different world. In this fresh and sexy take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, the company explores the characters’ expression of gender in a time before there were labels to define it.

Please prepare no more than 45 seconds of Shakespeare verse (8-20 lines) and bring your headshot and resume. Rehearsals begin in late April. Performance dates: June 11 – 28. Additional AEA auditions will be held in mid-April by appointment. (To request an appointment or for questions contact For more information, including audition location, directions, and more go to

Queer Classics is a young company of theatre artists who want to work in an inclusive, creative environment. We are open to all and celebrate diversity within our team. Classic stories re-imagined through a queer lens: Art for the LGBTQ Community and it’s Straight Supporters.

Audition Update: ISC and Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Independent Shakespeare Co. is holding open call auditions for the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival March 30 and 31 from 10:00 – 6:00 in their Atwater Village Studio, 3191 Casitas Ave. #168, Los Angeles, CA 90039. AEA members will be seen first but they will also see as many non-union actors as possible. Please prepare one short (less than two minutes) classical speech and bring a copy of your resume & photo. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are unable to attend this call you may submit your headshot and resume to: Melissa Chalsma, 3191 Casitas Avenue, Suite 168, Los Angeles, CA 90039. They do not accept video submissions.

Breakdown: Much Ado About Nothing – All roles available except Beatrice and Benedict. Romeo and Juliet – All roles available except Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio and the Nurse

The festival is outdoors so they are looking for actors with strong voices, good speech and a background in classical theater.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company will hold Equity Principal auditions in North Hollywood March 30 from 10:00 – 6:00 pm for Midsummer Night, composed by Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda (Striking 12, Sleeping Beauty Wakes). Midsummer Night is a rollicking rethinking of A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in a rock festival. Rock stars Titania and Oberon quarrel, rock assistant Puck creates havoc, and roadie Bottom gets a chance to shine. This audition is for a six-day developmental workshop with one reading in Memphis, TN. It is being presented by Theatrical Rights Worldwide in partnership with Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the University of Memphis. Director: Janet Roston. Music Director: Ryan O’Connell.

They are looking for singers who can read music and harmonize quickly. Performers must also be comfortable with a contemporary portrayal of Shakespeare text. Please prepare 32 bars from an up-tempo rock song and 32 bars from a rock ballad. Bring a photo and resume. Non-Equity performers will be seen only once all Equity performers have been scheduled and seen.

Location: Madilyn Clark Studios, 10852 Burbank Blvd, N. Hollywood, CA 91601. Callbacks: April 3, 2015. Midsummer Night: June 22-27, 2015. Performers will be provided with round-trip flight to Memphis, plus housing. For more information and a complete breakdown of roles, visit For more about the company, go to

Audition Update: Kingsmen Shakespeare Company and Davis Shakespeare Festival

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is taking AEA submissions for the role of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, for its summer Shakespeare Festival production of Richard III directed by Ryan Lee. This is an eight week contract and rehearsals begin June 2 in Thousand Oaks. Please submit electronically on Actors Access by Friday, March 6. You must be a classically trained actor with significant Shakespeare experience to be considered. Richard (Male, 35-45) is a master manipulator who uses his wit, charm, and charisma to deceive everyone into believing that he is not a villain as he viciously carves his way to the throne. Bitter, ambitious, and utterly ruthless, he nonetheless manages to fool those closest to him. Born with a physical deformity that leads some to call him a “bottled spider,” “poisonous bunchedbacked toad,” and other insults.

Davis Shakespeare Festival in San Francisco will hold auditions for Twelfth Night and The Mystery of Edwin Drood on March 22 & 23. Guest Artist AEA contracts & non-AEA stipends are available. Please prepare a one minute Shakespeare monologue, a one minute contemporary monologue, and 16-bars of a song. An accompanist will be provided. Audition locations: Sunday, March 22, 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter Street in San Francisco and
Monday, March 23, 5:00 – 9:00 pm Veterans Memorial Theatre, 203 E. 14th Street in Davis. Rehearsals begin May 9 (Tues-Fri evenings & weekend afternoons) and the shows run Thurs-Sunday, June 25 to August 2, 2015. Click Here for more information and to select a time slot preference for your audition. For more info contact Carissa Lowe, Casting at

Audition Update: Idaho Shakespeare & Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festivals

Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival will hold EPA auditions in Los Angeles on February 18, 2015 (monologues only) for their upcoming seasons. All roles are available and actors will be considered for both companies. They are looking for actors with experience in classical repertory, especially Shakespeare, as well as actors who sing and have classical experience. Please prepare one Shakespeare monologue (no accompanist provided at this call). An EPA/ECC Singers Audition will be held on February 17, 2015. Audition location: Screenland Studios, 10501 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s season includes The Tempest, King Lear, Dial M for Murder, The Secret Garden, and The Fantasticks. Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s season includes Romeo and Juliet and The Fantasticks. All understudies are assigned from within the company. Actors unable to attend this call may submit headshot and resume to

For more information go to or

Audition Update: Theatricum Botanicum and Santa Cruz Shakespeare

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum will hold auditions for its 2015 Summer Repertory Season in March. The season will include Shakespeare’s As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, To Kill A Mockingbird by Christopher Sergel, August: Osage County by Tracy Letts, and a final show to be announced. They are seeking all ethnicities for all roles, alternates and understudies. Please prepare a 1-3 minute Shakespearean monologue and bring a headshot and resume. All Auditions and Call Backs take place on the main stage theatre at 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

Audition Dates & Times:
Equity auditions: March 5, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Open Call, no appt.)
Non-union auditions: March 7, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Open Call, no appt.)
Academy/Intern/College: March 8, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(E-mail John Blandino at or call (415) 512-5177 for an appointment for Academy/Intern/College auditions)

Please check their website for rain dates and call back dates.,

Santa Cruz Shakespeare has announced auditions for its 2015 season which will include Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, and The Liar. To be considered, please submit a headshot and résumé at least two (2) weeks prior to your desired audition date. (Please be sure to indicate your desired audition location and date along with your submission.) If you are considered appropriate for the available roles in the 2015 season, you will receive an email, usually one to two weeks in advance of the auditions at the location you requested. All actors living in Santa Cruz County are guaranteed an audition appointment in Santa Cruz, but you do need to submit a headshot and résumé in a timely manner. Submit your request for an audition appointment to:

Santa Cruz Shakespeare
500 Chestnut St., Suite #250
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Auditions will be held as follows:
In Los Angeles:
February 23 – AEA Auditions
February 24-25 – Invitation-only

In San Francisco:
March 1 – AEA Auditions
March 2 – Invitation-only

For residents of Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties:
March 15

For interested actors in New York, Chicago, or elsewhere, you may submit a video audition of two monologues (one should be Shakespeare). Please include your headshot and résumé. Videos are a viable way of auditioning for all actors, and will be given equal weight as the in-person auditions. For complete details about submitting a video audition, visit

Audition Update: SOC, The Porters of Hellsgate, Shakespeare in the Vines

Shakespeare O.C. has announced that general auditions for their 2015 season will take place on Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8 at the Garden Grove Amphitheater. The season will open with Romeo & Juliet, directed by John Walcutt, and will also include a second Shakespeare play and a world premiere drama, both TBA. All roles (except Romeo) are available, and SOC is open to non-traditional casting. The Summer Company will have both paid and intern performers; but all company members will have free access to their year-round acting workshop taught by members of the artistic committee, including producing artistic director John Walcutt. For more information and to request an audition appointment, contact For more details, visit

The Porters of Hellsgate are holding auditions for their upcoming production of Othello on January 17. Callbacks will take place on January 18. Charles Pasternak plays Iago after returning from New Jersey Shakespeare and his stint as Claudio. Thomas Bigley directs. Othello will open at The Whitmore Theatre on February 28 for a five week run. Submit electronically on Actors Access by 3:00 pm on January 15. All roles other than Iago are open and all ethnicities are encouraged to submit. For a complete breakdown of roles and to submit, visit For more about The Porters, go to

Auditions for the Shakespeare in the Vines 10th anniversary summer outdoor season will take place March 27 – 29. Productions include Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night as well as additional events. Visit to find out more information as it becomes available.

Audition Update: Native Voices Adaptation of Measure for Measure

Hello Everyone,

Shakespeare in LA is still on hiatus until December 15 but I wanted to let you know about an audition notice for Native Voices at the Autry’s upcoming production of Off the Rails, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure by Randy Reinholz. Similar in structure but with re-imagined plot twists and a new setting in the American West, the play is Shakespeare meets Blazing Saddles. All auditions will take place at the Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 91914 unless otherwise noted.

Open Call: Friday & Saturday Dec. 12 &13, 2014 (Noon – 4:30 pm)

Callbacks: Sunday, Dec. 14 (location TBA) and Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at the Autry (Noon – 4:30 pm)

Equity Auditions: Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 (9:00 – 5:00 pm)

Equity Callbacks (if needed): Sunday & Monday Jan. 4 & 5, 2015
(10:00 am – 4:30 pm)

Rehearsals: February 3-24 (Tuesday-Sunday);
Previews: February 25-26;
Run: February 27-March 15 (Thursday-Saturday 8pm; Saturday-Sunday 2pm)

Please prepare two contrasting monologues – 3 minutes (include Shakespeare for the roles of Angelo, Isabel, Momaday, Madame Overdone, General Gatt, McDonald, Alexie, Elbow, Sheriff). All characters will sing. Mariana and Caitlin must be legit singers. LEGIT SINGERS prepare 16 bars a cappella. Please bring 2 copies of your headshot and resume. BreakdownMore

Audition Update: A Noise Within and The Old Globe

A Noise Within is seeking actors for its 2014-15 Season. Equity Principal auditions for Julius Caesar and Figaro will take place on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10:00 – 6:00 pm. Please prepare a contemporary monologue no more than 2 minutes in length and have a Shakespearean monologue ready if asked. Auditions will be held at A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. Please park in the Metro Station parking structure behind the theatre. More information at For more about A Noise Within visit

The Old Globe will hold Equity Principal auditions on Monday, Nov. 3 and Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 10:00 – 6:00 pm for the Globe’s 2015 Summer Season: Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, Rich Girl, and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. Please prepare 2 one-minute contrasting monologues. They will see Non-Equity actors if time allows. Actors who cannot attend either EPA are welcome to submit to, or Attn: Casting 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101. Auditions will take place in the Old Globe Rehearsal Hall, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. For a complete breakdown of roles available and more information, go to For more about The Old Globe visit

Audition Update: A Noise Within, Lovers & Madmen Productions

A Noise Within has scheduled Equity Principal auditions for its 2014-15 season on November 13 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm for Julius Caesar and Figaro. Sign in begins at 9:00 am. Please prepare a contemporary monologue no more than 2 minutes in length and have a Shakespearean monologue ready if asked. Contract is LOA/LORT salary pending (previous reh. min. $290/wk). Auditions will take place at A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. Please park in the Metro Station parking structure behind the theatre.

Lovers & Madmen Productions and director Michael Matthys are holding auditions for A Midsummer Night’s Dream on August 9 & 10, with callbacks on August 10. Shows will be performed at Plummer Park as part of the City of West Hollywood’s Free Theatre in the Park Series. Rehearsals begin September 2nd and performances run Saturdays, Oct. 11 & 18 at 3:30 and Sundays, Oct. 19 & 2 at 2:00. There is a possibility of additional performances at other venues TBA. The company is especially interested in actors that are process-driven, movement based, and that have a love for Shakespeare’s language. To submit electronically (by August 9) and for a breakdown of roles and more info, go to Actors Access.

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