Chicago Shakespeare Theater is always looking to meet new talent and we accept headshot/resume submissions throughout the year. We conduct Equity dramatic and musical general auditions every year in January. We conduct non-Equity dramatic and musical general auditions first in February and then at multiple other times of the year. For specific submission guidelines and more information please read below.
Equity Auditions are held each January in Chicago at the Actors' Equity Offices on West Randolph Street. Equity will announce the dates of our general auditions a month in advance on their hotline and message boards. Once Equity general audition dates are announced you can make an appointment by calling the Chicago Equity audition hotline. Chicago Shakespeare Theater does not schedule these appointments; all appointments are scheduled through the Equity office.
Submissions are accepted year round. If we are interested in seeing your work at a general audition, we will contact you directly. Non-Equity general auditions are first held in February for the upcoming season, and then at varying additional times of the year. To be considered for the February auditions, please submit between December 1 and January 31. We often receive many more submissions than we have appointment times for; if it happens that you are not selected for an audition, we encourage you to resubmit in six months.
For out-of-town actors we prefer videotaped auditions for General Auditions. Please note in your submission that you live out of town and we can provide instructions on how to submit a taped General Audition.
WHAT TO PREPARE:
Actors invited for a dramatic audition should prepare two contrasting monologues not exceeding three minutes in total length. One monologue should be classical (preferably Shakespeare) and one contemporary. Two contemporary monologues are acceptable if you are uncomfortable with classical work. Please do not let a lack of classical experience deter you from submitting. Chicago Shakespeare produces and develops work in a variety of genres, from Shakespeare to Sondeim to hip hop. Actors preparing a musical audition should have 32 bars of a song (bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided) and one 90-second monologue, either Shakespeare or contemporary. Shakespeare should be performed in standard American dialect.
Submissions for a particular production
If you are interested in a particular production please let us know by submitting your headshot, resume and a letter of interest. Please specify the show and role you're interested in, and we will be happy to review and consider your request.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Mail or email submissions will be accepted. Email submissions must be formatted correctly in order to be considered. Both your headshot and resume should be submitted as one attachment and your contact information must appear on your resume. Requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
The need for out-of-town actors depends on the demands of each individual production. Auditions held outside the Chicago area are by invitation only; however, if you are interested in a particular production please let us know by submitting your headshot, resume and a letter of interest specifying the show and role you are interested in. Please let us know where you are based in your letter of interest.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
You may send a hard copy by mail or submit via email.
A hard copy of your headshot/resume may be mailed to the attention of Casting Director, Bob Mason at:
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 East Grand Avenue on Navy Pier
Chicago, IL 60611
Headshot/resumes may be emailed to: email@example.com. Email submissions must be formatted correctly in order to be considered. Both your headshot and resume should be submitted and your contact information must appear on your resume. Please include your cover letter in the body of the email, not as a separate document.
Please choose only one form of submitting for general auditions. No phone calls, please.