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Equity Principal Auditions

Shakespeare & Company is committed to evolving its approach to diversity and inclusion to engender an active process and positive change toward race equity in its employment and artistry, seeking candidates who will embrace its vigorous commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access as well as anti-racism initiatives. Applicants from groups historically underrepresented in theatre and theatre administration are strongly encouraged to apply.   

Shakespeare & Company is also committed to a COVID safe environment: successful applicants will have completed their COVID vaccination regimen, be tested before they start work, and may be required to test weekly or more. The entire Company will be adhering to local, state and union safety protocols, where and when appropriate, throughout the season.  

The Company announces Equity Principal Auditions.  Note: At this time there are no non-union acting roles available for the summer. 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Actors sought for 2021 season in Lenox, Massachusetts; these auditions are virtual only (see below).  All rehearsal and performance dates listed are in 2021. All roles will be understudied; all roles that are listed as "pre-cast" have been cast without audition (* for pre-cast roles, auditioning performers will be considered as possible replacements, should any become necessary).

AVAILABLE ROLES

Art by Yasmina Reza

  • Outdoors, first rehearsal July 13th; first preview July 30th; closing performance August 22nd.  SPT 7 at $562/wk, rehearsed and performed outdoors in the Roman Garden Theatre (149 socially distanced seats) 
  • Marc: 50s, pompous, intellectual African American male 
  • All other roles are pre-cast* without audition: Serge (50's, male); Yvan (50s, African American male)

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

  • Outdoors, first rehearsal August 28th; first performance Sept. 1st; closing Sept. 5th. SPT 4 at $404.00/wk, rehearsed and performed outdoors at the Roman Garden Theatre (149 socially distanced seats) 
  • Escalus/Abhorson: 60s or 70s, male 
  • Lucio: 30s, male or female 
  • Claudio / Barnadine: 30s, male 
  • All other roles are pre-cast* from 2020 auditions: Isabella/Pompey (40-s, African American female), Duke (50s, female)

hang by debbie tucker green

  • Indoors, first rehearsal August 17th; first preview Sept. 10th; closing performance October 3rd. SPT 6 at $508/wk, rehearsed and performed indoors in the Tina Packer Playhouse (137 socially distanced seats)  
  • One: 40s or 50s any race or gender 
  • Two: 40s or 50s, any race or gender 
  • All other roles are pre-cast* without audition: Three (40s, African American female)

The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco

  • first rehearsal Sept. 21st; first performance October 8th; closing performance October 31st. SPT 6 at $508/wk, rehearsed and performed indoors in the Tina Packer Playhouse (137 socially distanced seats)
  • All roles are pre-cast* without audition: Old Man (70s, male), Old Woman (70s, female)

Submissions will be viewed in the order they are received.  Callbacks will be announced and scheduled after auditions submissions are viewed. 

PERSONNEL VIEWING AUDITION SUBMISSIONS

Artistic Director, Allyn Burrows and/or Producing Associate, Ariel Bock; Other Personnel: Managing Director, Adam Davis; General Manager, Stephen Ball.

AUDITION DATES

Submissions will be accepted May 1st through 14th, 2021.

PREPARATION

Prepare a 2-minute Vimeo submission with name, name of piece to be presented, and 1 short classical / Shakespearean monologue OR 1 short contemporary monologue. Send an email with headshot, resume and link to a monologue on Vimeo to: auditions@shakespeare.org

Shakespeare & Company is committed to the principles of equal employment and to providing equal employment opportunities. It is our intent to maintain an inclusive work environment free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation on the basis of sex, gender, race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, military service, veteran status, pregnancy or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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