Auditions

Cal Shakes is excited to announce a new partnership with The Casting Collective for the 2022 season! We will be working together as we attempt to return to in-person auditions; however, given AEA COVID requirements, this season will still feature a hybrid model of virtual and live calls. Casting Collective and Cal Shakes aim to make the audition process as easy on artists as possible starting with transparency surrounding our process. We will continue to update this page as we embark upon this exciting collaboration such that audition/casting/callback information is simple to find and resources are available for those who require additional support.

Our 2022 Generals are now over. Please check back for future updates about specific shows. 

 

Updated 2/23/22

Casting FAQs

What are Cal Shakes’ commitments around casting?

Cal Shakes is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in casting and uses a color and culturally conscious approach to casting. We commit to producing work and supporting processes that are nourishing and generative for artists of every race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, size and ability. (read more about Cal Shakes’ Mission, Vision and Values)

How do I submit my materials?

All actors who are interested in working at Cal Shakes are welcome to submit digital headshots and resumes at any time to casting@calshakes.org. No hard copy resumes via snail mail please.

How do I audition for Cal Shakes?

Following the Season General Auditions, invited auditions are held on a per show basis around the needs of the production. Actors who are new to the Bay Area should submit to the Season General Auditions. Due to department capacity, we are typically unable to hold individual auditions outside of these times or outside of the Bay Area.

If you have auditioned for a production but have not been called back, there is no additional notification sent from Cal Shakes or The Casting Collective.

We will do our best to keep all called-back actors notified of casting timelines. Any called-back actor not cast will receive notification of release as soon as possible.

Do you hire out of town actors?

We prioritize local actors in our casting. Cal Shakes accepts recorded auditions from out of town actors also by invitation only. If you are based outside the area but have access to local housing in the Bay Area, please note that when submitting your materials to casting@calshakes.org.

Do I have to be a member of Actor’s Equity?

California Shakespeare Theater is a LORT-B level theater and primarily hires actors on Equity contracts for our season. Additionally, we hire local, non-union actors as understudies each season.

If you have auditioned for a production but have not been called back, there is no additional notification sent from Cal Shakes or The Casting Collective.

We will do our best to keep all called-back actors notified of casting timelines. Any called-back actor not cast will receive notification of release as soon as possible.

How can I be notified about opportunities to work with Cal Shakes?

Those interested in receiving audition updates and other alerts about opportunities to work with Cal Shakes are invited to join the Cal Shakes Artists Network group on Facebook.

More casting-related questions? Email casting@calshakes.org. Please note this email is primarily used for communication around specific auditions and monitored infrequently outside of those auditions.

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