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.

First up… 

2022 Season General Auditions 

We are accepting taped submissions from Equity and non-Equity actors for our 2022 Season (titles and dates below) through January 21, 2022. To submit, please email your taped audition, headshot & resume to casting@calshakes.org

  1. Record and attach your taped audition: 
    • Introduce yourself with your name and whatever else you’d like to tell us about yourself.
    • Please perform 2 contrasting monologues: one of these should include heightened language (eg. verse, poetry, or something “bigger” than our everyday speech).
    • Both monologues should be no longer than 90 seconds combined.
    • Submit tape via any downloadable forum: Quicktime, Youtube, Dropbox, G Suite or Vimeo are all accepted.
  2. Attach your headshot and resume.
  3. In the body of your email, please share the following information (optional):
    • Your primary home base and/or any locations you are considered a “local hire”
    • Website or link to additional samples of your work (eg. reel)
    • Any special skills or experience that you would like to showcase for the 2022 Cal Shakes productions specifically, especially proficiency in Spanish and/or comfort with singing or instruments
  4. Please format the subject line of your email as follows: “2022 Season Generals: NAME, UNION STATUS [AEA, non-AEA, EMC]”

If you have any questions related to the 2022 casting process or are in need of accommodation, please contact dorijacob@castingcollective.org for immediate assistance. Please note that no further communication from the casting department is guaranteed following your submission.

Submission deadline is January 21st, 2022.

2022 Cal Shakes Season (press release here):

Romeo y Juliet adapted by Karen Zacarías 
Directed by KJ Sanchez
Running May 25-June 19

Lear translated by Marcus Gardley
Co-directed by Eric Ting & Dawn Monique Williams
Running September 7-October 2 
In partnership with Oakland Theater Project 

 

Updated 1/04/22

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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