Our announced production of The Winter’s Tale for 2021 has not yet been cast. The Cal Shakes Producer’s Circle* is working to create a clear process for the casting of this production around the following goals and incorporating feedback from members of our artistic community. We intend for this process to implement demands outlined in The Living Document BIPOC Equity Action Plan and the We See You White American Theater Demands regarding casting and BIPOC representation; focus our resources on supporting Bay Area-based artists; and prioritize the artists originally hired for our cancelled 2020 season.  

We are closely watching and following all safety and social distancing protocols set by Contra Costa County, Actors’ Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society to ensure the wellbeing of our audience, staff, and artists. We will not move forward with an in-person performance or event unless we are in compliance with all guidelines.

Based on current state, county, and union guidelines around COVID-19 protocols and vaccine rollout, we are planning for this production to rehearse in-person five days a week outdoors at the Bruns Amphitheater in Orinda, CA from late July to late August, with performances from September through mid-October (subject to change). 

This page will be updated with more information about The Winter’s Tale & 2021 casting as it is available. If you have specific questions not addressed here, email (please note that this email is monitored infrequently in light of reduced staff capacity). To receive Facebook notifications when this page is updated, join the Cal Shakes Artist Network group.

Updated 4/7/21


*Cal Shakes Producer’s Circle: 
Eric Ting (he/him, Artistic Director)
Haley Miller (she/her, Interim Production Manager)
LeeAnn Dowd (she/her, Artistic Producer)
Steven Schmidt (he/him, Technical Director)
Clive Worsley (he/him, Director of Artistic Learning)
April Ballesteros (she/her, Artistic Learning & Development Associate)
Isabel Siragusa (she/her, Associate Director of Digital Marketing & Communications)
Philippa Kelly (she/her, Resident Dramaturg)

We hold General Auditions every fall for the following season. General Auditions for our 2020 Season were held October 12-14, 2019.

Auditions for specific productions are by invitation only, typically between October and February.

We also attend the Theatre Bay Area Generals, which are typically held in January/February.

Due to department capacity, we are typically unable to hold auditions outside of these times. To receive updates about opportunities to work with Cal Shakes, please join the Cal Shakes Artists Network page on Facebook.

To submit your materials for consideration for the 2020 season, please complete our online form.

The materials you have submitted will be kept on file and under consideration for the 2020 season, particularly for understudy or ensemble positions (non-AEA only).

FAQs about our audition process:

Cal Shakes’ General Auditions are in the fall as we begin casting for the following season. After that, we hold invitation-only auditions for every show in the winter and spring. We also attend the Theatre Bay Area Generals, which are typically held every year in January/February.

Please contact us directly at

Due to capacity, we are unable to consider unsolicited video submissions, like from those unable to attend Generals. However, it is always helpful when submitted materials contain a reel or other sample of your work via a website or Vimeo link. These materials can be useful for reference.
Due to limited department capacity, we are not able to follow up with actors after Generals. Please do not email following Generals asking for updates. You will be contacted if you are under consideration for a specific production. 
California Shakespeare Theater is a LORT-B level theater and primarily hires actors who are members of Actor’s Equity Association. Local, non-union actors are typically hired as understudies or in non-speaking ensemble members/supplemental extras.

Our ability to hire out of town is extremely limited due to the prohibitive cost of Bay Area housing. We are always interested in knowing when actors based out of town have access to local housing.

We do NOT typically hold auditions outside the Bay Area.

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 page on Facebook.
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