Auditions

Cal Shakes’ 2022 season has closed. Planning for 2023 summer programming is on-going amidst leadership and staffing transitions. Please check back here for updates about upcoming casting opportunities at Cal Shakes.

In the meantime, we recommend that performers interested in working with Cal Shakes in the future submit materials to The Casting Collective, our casting partner for the 2022 season, via their online form.

Updated 10/24/22

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 audition for Cal Shakes productions?

As of Summer/Fall 2022, Cal Shakes is in the midst of a leadership transition, as well as re-envisioning what a season of Cal Shakes-produced work looks like moving forward. For this reason, future casting opportunities will likely be announced on a project-by-project basis. 

How can I be notified about future 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 Artist Network group on Facebook. We also post casting notices to the AEA website, Theatre Bay Area’s job listings board, Playbill, and Backstage.

How do I submit my materials?

We recommend that performers interested in working with Cal Shakes in the future submit their materials to our casting partner, The Casting Collective, via their online form. Due to staff capacity, Cal Shakes is currently unable to review materials regularly outside of auditions.

What type of contracts does Cal Shakes offer?

California Shakespeare Theater is currently a LORT-B level theater and primarily hires mainstage performers on union contracts at the Equity minimum weekly rate. Understudies or non-speaking ensemble members/supplemental extras are typically hired on competitive non-AEA contracts.

Do you hire out of town actors?

Cal Shakes strives to invest resources back into the local artistic community. For this reason, local artists are prioritized in our hiring processes whenever possible. Additionally, our ability to hire out of town is extremely limited due to the prohibitive cost of Bay Area housing. For this reason, 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 except as required by Actor’s Equity.

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 times. At this time, Cal Shakes does not have a dedicated casting director/department.

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