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Upcoming Auditions

We held our 2017 General Auditions in Berkeley, CA from October 7-10, 2016. We will be holding General Auditions for our 2018 season in the fall of 2017. Please keep an eye on this page for more information, or join the Cal Shakes Artists Network group on Facebook to receive updates.

Please note that we also attend Theatre Bay Area General Auditions, which will be held February 4-6, 2017.

This year, we will also be holding EPAs in New York City on October 31, 2016 for Equity actors. Actors with local housing in the Bay Area encouraged to attend. We are specifically interested in seeing actors with disabilities, trans and nonbinary actors, and actors of color.

For the audition, please prepare one monologue, either contemporary or Shakespeare in verse, not to exceed 2 minutes. Please bring two copies of your headshot and resume, stapled together. If you have any questions, please contact the Casting Team at .

Follow-up auditions for individual productions are by invitation only; production dates below:

2017 Season Production Dates
As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
April 25- June 18

The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Lisa Portes
June 6- July 30

black odyssey
By Marcus Gardley
Directed by Eric Ting
July 11- September 3

Measure for Measure
By William Shakespeare
August 22- October 15

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Audition/Submission Policy

California Shakespeare Theater is a LORT-B level theater and primarily hires actors who are members of Actors Equity Association. Local, non-union actors are primarily hired as understudies or as Supplemental Extras. Casting takes place October through February for the upcoming season. Auditions for individual productions are by invitation only, and Generals for both non-AEA and AEA actors are held in the fall. Generals are announced on the AEA and Theatre Bay Area websites, as well as the Cal Shakes Artists Network group on Facebook. All are invited to join this group to receive audition updates. We also attend Theatre Bay Area General Auditions, which are usually held in January/February.

Please note: Due to department capacity, we are unable to hold individual auditions outside of these times. If you still would like to submit your headshot and resume for us to keep on file, please email us at In the subject line, please use the following format: Full Name, Equity status. For example: Jane Doe, non-AEA.

We do not currently accept play submissions.