Audition Update: Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival will hold Los Angeles Equity Principal Auditions for 2015 Company Members on April 24 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4718 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Non-AEA will be seen as time permits. Unless specified, the roles in all of the plays are open to performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as actors with disabilities, and all are encouraged to attend. Please prepare two brief contrasting monologues: one Shakespeare and one contemporary. Those who wish to sing may replace a monologue with a short song. If you plan to sing, please bring sheet music – accompanist provided may not transpose. Please bring one picture & resume stapled together. The season includes Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Pericles, The Count of Monte Cristo, Guys and Dolls, Fingersmith, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Sweat, Cynthia, Head Over Heels, and one play TBA. For more information, go to or

Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival will hold auditions on Saturday May 17 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm for its Shakespeare in the Park production of Cymbeline. Auditions are by appointment only. Actors are asked to submit a picture and resume to and will receive a confirmation with their audition time and location. Please prepare a 2-minute Shakespearean monologue. Preference will be given to actors with theatrical training and experience, experience with Shakespeare text, and experience performing in an outdoor venue. All roles are open. There will be some double casting and possible cross-casting. Cymbeline is directed by Erin McBride Africa. Assistant director is Luck Hari. The Shakespeare in the Park series is part of the LA SummerFest, an eclectic theatre and music festival serving the entire North Los Angeles County region. new festival of theatre and music under the stars at the Rivendale Park in Towsley Canyon. Performances take place at Rivendale/Towsley Canyon Park. For more information, go to

Audition Update: Specific Roles in Twelfth Night and Hamlet

Two Southern California theatre companies are still looking for actors for several roles in their summer Shakespeare seasons:

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is looking for a classically trained actor with significant Shakespeare experience to play Sebastian in Twelfth Night directed by Kevin Kern. Rehearsals begin June 3 and will take place weekday nights and weekend days in Thousand Oaks. The production runs Friday – Sunday nights, June 27 – August 3. Pay Rate is $375/week (for AEA members). Guaranteed $200 minimum stipend (for non-union performer). Character description: Male, Caucasian, 20s. Must be 5’1” to 5’5” Big-hearted, sincere, with a wide romantic streak, but when we meet him, he is grief-stricken and lost in a strange land. For more information and to submit electronically, go to

Shakespeare by the Sea is still seeking 3 non-Equity actors (NEW SUBMISSIONS ONLY) for several roles in its summer production of Hamlet directed by Patrick Vest. Rehearsals begin April 26 at Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre Street San Pedro. Performances begin June 12 in San Pedro and will alternate between different parks throughout Southern California through August 16. Two shows in rep (Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) alternate rehearsals and performances on evenings and weekends. Interview date is April 12 and rehearsals begin April 27. The pay rate has been revised and is now a $100 rehearsal stipend and $15 per performance.

Roles they are seeking include Claudius: 40’s-60’s, calculating yet charismatic King of Denmark who gained his crown by murdering his brother; Gertrude: Female, 40’s-60’s Hamlet’s mother, married her dead husband’s brother. A queen in every way, but also a mother in every way. She doesn’t understand what has happened to her world; Polonius: Male, 40’s-50’s, the Lord Chamberlain, father of Hamlet’s love Ophelia, and right hand man to Claudius. Seen as a bumbling man by members of the court, he is a charming and a consummate politician. For more information and to submit electronically, go to

Audition Update: Sacramento Shakespeare Festival and Curtain Call Youth Theatre

Sacramento Shakespeare Festival will hold auditions for its 2014 season on April 29 (actors new to the festival) and April 30 (festival alumni and select callbacks) from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The season includes Much Ado About Nothing, The Three Musketeers, and Shakespeare Lite, as well as their High School Intern Program. To schedule an appointment please go to this link where you will be able to choose your appointment time. All appointments are 5 minutes in length. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign in. Walk-ins will be accommodated as the schedule allows. For the April 29th auditions, please prepare a classical 1-2 minute monologue and bring your theatre resume and schedule with evening and weekend conflicts; a headshot is highly recommended. Callbacks will be held later in the week. Auditions on the 30th will consist of cold readings. Callbacks will be announced on the SSF Facebook page and website. For complete audition details, festival dates, and rehearsal schedule, go to

Curtain Call Youth Theatre, in association with the city of Agoura Hills, will hold a second round of auditions for its Spring Teen Production: An almost-all-female version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set within the Steampunk Era. All roles are open to females, ages 13 to 19 (except for the three Witches and Hecate. These roles are open to males ages 13 to 19). Auditions are by appointment and will take place on Saturday, March 15 at Noon. Please prepare a Shakespeare monologue or be prepared to do a cold reading from the script (sides provided). Rehearsals will begin immediately and will be held Saturdays from 10am – 2pm and Sundays from 4pm – 7pm (not all actors will be needed for every rehearsal) and will take place at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center. The show will run June 20 – 29 playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, and perform at the G-Building Theatre on the campus of Agoura High School. For audition appointment and/or information, contact director Jeff Wallach at This is a tuition-based production. For more about the company, visit

Audition Update: Kingsmen Shakespeare, Idaho and Lake Tahoe

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Company will hold EPA auditions for its summer Shakespeare Festival on March 22 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at California Lutheran University, Woodland Hills Center, 5925 De Soto Avenue, Thousand Oaks, CA 91367. Parking is available in the front lot. They are seeking classically trained actors with significant experience in the performance of Shakespeare for their repertory season which includes Twelfth Night and Antony and Cleopatra. Prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, or one Shakespeare monologue, total time not to exceed 3 minutes. Time permitting, some actors may be asked to sing a few bars of a ballad a cappella. Rehearsals and performances will take place in Thousand Oaks, CA (60 West Olsen Road). For more information go to or

Idaho Shakespeare Festival will hold EPA Los Angeles auditions on March 12 & 13 at Dance Arts Academy, 731 South La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Attending will be Charlie Fee who is the Producing Artistic Director of Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, so actors will be considered for both companies. Season includes As You Like It, Merry Wives of Windsor, Deathtrap, Les Miserables and Steel Magnolias. They are seeking actors with experience in classical repertory, especially Shakespeare. Actors may be cast in 1-4 shows. Prepare one Shakespeare monologue, no more than 2 minutes. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. Please go to for complete audition details as one date is for dramatic auditions only and the other is for both musical and dramatic.

Audition Update: Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company and Coronado Playhouse

Santa Cruz Shakespeare Company will hold Equity Principal Auditions for its 2014 Summer Season on March 10 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Center Stage in Santa Cruz, 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. There is metered street parking and a nearby garage at 124 Locust Street. To schedule an appointment, contact Steve Boyle at 408-476-7277 or, before 9pm. Please prepare 2 contrasting classical monologues under 5 minutes combined, plus a few bars of an a cappella song, and bring a headshot and resume. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. They are seeking AEA actors of all ages, genders and ethnicities for a two-play Repertory Season of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Summer Schedule:
June 3: First Rehearsal
July 1: As You Like It, first preview
July 5: As You Like It opens
July 13: Merry Wives of Windsor, first preview
July 17: Merry Wives of Windsor opens
August 10: Both shows close
For more information, visit or

In San Diego, Coronado Playhouse has scheduled auditions for its upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet at 7:00 pm on Mon. and Tues. April 14 & 15. Callbacks will take place Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00pm. Prepare a 1-2 minute monologue (verse or prose) from any Shakespeare play. On the day of your audition, please arrive at least 15 minutes early. Bring a resume and headshot if available, as well as your calendar through July 20, 2014. All conflicts will be required to be listed on the audition form. In a modern staging of this enduring love story, director Tom Haine takes Shakespeare’s 400 year-old classic and juxtaposes the language of bitterness, anger and recrimination against the poetry of desire, giddiness and attraction proving that Romeo and Juliet is as relevant and direct today as it was when the first audiences heard it. Performances are June 27 – July 20, 2014 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. No performance July 4th) at Coronado Playhouse, 1835 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118. Questions may be directed toward Tom Haine at

Audition Update: Independent Shakespeare Co., Theatricum Botanicum

Independent Shakespeare Co. will hold Equity Principal Auditions on February 26 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at the ISC Studio Offices, 3191 Casitas Ave Ste 168, Los Angeles, CA 90039. They are in 3191, on the NORTH end of the building. Please use 168 door. Seeking men and women for multiple roles in Twelfth Night (directed by Melissa Chalsma), The Taming of the Shrew (directed by David Melville), and Richard III (director TBA).

Rehearsals begin June 3rd and festival runs June 26 – August 31. Please prepare two short classical speeches, one comic and one dramatic. At least one should be in verse. No more than 2 1/2 minutes TOTAL. ISC is committed to diverse casting: actors of color strongly urged to apply for all roles. The festival is outdoors and un-miked on a purpose built stage on the grounds of the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. They are looking for actors with strong voices, good speech and a background in classical theatre. Performances are Thursdays – Sundays at 7 PM. No show on July 4th. Special Wednesday performances TBD. For more information go to For more about Independent Shakespeare Co. visit

Theatricum Botanicum is seeking male and female local actors of all ages and ethnicities for its 2014 Summer Repertory Season in its outdoor Theatre. The season includes Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All’s Well that Ends Well and Much Ado About Nothing. The 5th show is TBD

The roles of Lear, Edgar, Edmund and Gloucester are cast. Seeking all other roles and potential understudies for all roles. Equity LOA contract for Union; EMC opportunity for non-union. 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

Lear and Dream begin rehearsals in early April and perform for schools weekday mornings throughout May, early June and again in early October. Weekend repertory performances run 6/7 through 10/13. All’s Well and Much Ado begin rehearsals in June and July (evenings) and join the repertory performances through the end of the season.

Audition Dates:
Equity Auditions, Open Call: Friday, March 14: 9am – 5pm
Non-Equity Auditions, Open Call: Saturday, March 15: 9am – 5pm
Students Internship Auditions, by appointment: Sunday, March 9: 9am – 3pm

Equity Casting, Open Call: Tuesday, March 18: 9am – 5pm
Non-Equity Casting, Open Call: Saturday, March 22: 9am – 5pm
Students Internship auditions: come to non-union open call in the event of rain

Call Backs:
Sunday March 16: 9am – 4pm (by appointment)
Saturday March 21: 9am-4pm (by appointment)
Please email with questions
Email for an internship appointment.

Audition Update: Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles will hold AEA auditions for The Merchant of Venice on Tues. January 21st at 1238 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Sign-up begins at 8:00 am. Auditions 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please prepare up to 2 minutes of Shakespearean verse with a second piece ready. SCLA is looking for strong, classically trained, versatile, company-oriented actors capable and comfortable transforming into several characters within the course of a single performance. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.

Actors must be available during daytime hours if cast. The rehearsal schedule includes daytime rehearsals Sunday – Friday (Feb. 16 – March 16) and matinee school performances on weekdays (March 17-April 6).

Casting for the following roles:  More

Audition Update: The Old Globe, Pacific Repertory Theatre

THE OLD GLOBE is holding AEA auditions in Los Angeles on January 3, 2014 for is 2014 summer season which includes Othello, Two Gentlemen of Verona and Quartet. Auditions will be held at Screenland Studios, 10501 Burbank Blvd. in North Hollywood from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sign in begins at 9:00 am. Please prepare (2) one-minute contrasting monologues. Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. For complete casting information, go to

PACIFIC REP in Carmel, CA is holding EPA auditions for its 2014 Main Stage Season on January 6, 2014. Auditions will take place at Pacific Repertory Theatre, Cassanova St. between 8th and 9th in Carmel, CA 93922 in the Circle Theatre from Noon – 6:00 PM. For an audition appointment call (831) 662-0100, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. The season includes The Winter’s Tale, Venus in Fur, Evie’s Waltz, and The Servant of Two Masters. Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces (1 classical preferable). Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend. For more info go to or

Audition Update: Northern CA – Marin Shakespeare Company

Marin Shakespeare Company in San Rafael will hold auditions for its 2014 season on February 7, 8 & 9, with callbacks on February 15 & 16. The season includes As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, and An Ideal Husband. Up to ten AEA actors will be hired. There is pay for non-union actors. Equity actors should prepare two contrasting Shakespearean monologues, total 3 minutes max; non-Equity, please prepare one Shakespearean monologue, 2 minutes max. Bring photo & resume. They will also see a short example of any special talents (singing, juggling, musical instrument, etc.) To sign up for an audition slot, please contact or (415) 499-4488.

Out of town actors wishing to audition in San Rafael before February may send photo & resume to along with information about when you would be available for an audition appointment. At the artistic director’s discretion, an appointment may be scheduled after your resume is received. They are also accepting videotaped auditions although you are more likely to be considered for casting if they can meet you in person. They are particularly interested in actors with extensive outdoor Shakespeare experience. Some housing for out of town AEA actors is available. Complete details, including rehearsal and show schedule, contract information, intern program and more can be found HERE. AEA info is available at

December Shakespeare Update

Romeo and JulietHere’s a last minute notice for Independent Shakespeare Co.’s non-union auditions for Romeo and Juliet. You must submit online by Friday, December 6. The 7-person cast will play ISC’s indoor studio venue and have a limited tour of the Los Angeles area. Actors should be athletic, and have significant classical theater experience. All will play multiple roles in this new adaptation, including, but not limited to, Romeo, Mercutio, Friar Lawrence, and the Nurse. All roles are open except for Juliet. Musical ability is a plus. They are looking for 2 women (20-45) and 3 men (20-45). Romeo and Juliet will be directed by Melissa Chalsma. Interview Dates are December 10 & 11, with callbacks on December 17. For more information and to submit, go to [Note: interviews for this production have been moved to January 2014].

Salty Shakespeare will be performing flash mob Shakespeare at Peach Tree Pottery’s 8th annual holiday show on Saturday, December 7th. The company will be flashing between 11 and 4.

LA Drama Club Shrew

The country’s youngest Shakespeare troupe, Los Angeles Drama Club, gets subversive on December 7 and 8 when they present The Taming of the Shrew Cur at their new home, the Lyric Theatre on La Brea. In this production all the genders are flipped. Kate the Shrew becomes Jake the Cur and her sister Bianca is now Bianco, the boy who all the girls are after. For tickets go to

Trip City has announced the launch of The Adventures of Shakespeare & Watson: Detectives of Mystery, a new web series from Chris Miskiewicz and Christopher Piazza. The series pairs William Shakespeare (David Blatt) and Dr. John Watson (Chris Miskiewicz ) as time traveling detectives who are trapped in the present after an accident with their time cane.

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson have traveled to William Shakespeare’s era to solve “The Riddle of a Thousand Faces,” but Professor Moriarty has sprung a clever ruse, breaking Sherlock’s “time cane,” causing a “temporal storm” that sends Sherlock and Moriarty to times unknown, and Shakespeare and Watson to the present. Together, the unorthodox partners have formed the premier detective agency in all of north Brooklyn to fight crime while trying to figure out a way to get back to their own eras. The cast also includes award-winning British graphic novelist Nick Abadzis as Sherlock Holmes, and rock & roll drumming legend Ozzie Martinez as the loveable Cracky. Directed by Christopher Piazza. You can view the first four (of thirteen) episodes on YouTube now.

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