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Audition/Submission Policy

California Shakespeare Theater is a LORT-B level theater and primarily hires actors who are members of Actors’ Equity Association. Local, non-union actors are primarily hired as understudies or as Supplemental Extras. Casting takes place October through February for the upcoming season. Auditions for individual productions are by invitation only, and Generals for both non-AEA and AEA actors are held in the fall. Generals are announced on the AEA and Theatre Bay Area websites, as well as the Cal Shakes Artists Network group on Facebook. All are invited to join this group to receive audition updates. We also attend Theatre Bay Area General Auditions, which are usually held in January/February.

Please note: Due to department capacity, we are unable to hold individual auditions outside of these times. If you still would like to submit your headshot and resume for us to keep on file, please email us at In the subject line, please use the following format: “Full Name, Equity status.” For example: “Jane Doe, non-AEA.”

We do not currently accept play submissions.

2018 Season General Auditions

We do not currently accept play submissions.

PLEASE NOTE: Appointments will be scheduled beginning September 20 (please note that appointment requests received prior to 9/20 will not be considered. Requests received prior to this date will need to be resent on 9/20).

Equity Generals
Auditions for Equity members will be held Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3. EMC members with Must-Join status (50 weeks) may attend on the Equity day if there are slots available, but preference will be given to Equity members.

Non-Equity Generals
Non-Equity (including EMCs with <50 weeks) auditions will be held on Monday, October 9 and Tuesday, October 10. [*PLEASE NOTE UPDATED NON-AEA DATES*]

All auditions will be held at our administrative offices in Berkeley (701 Heinz Ave. Berkeley, CA 94710).

Season Breakdown
Season will be cast holistically and with an emphasis on ensemble casts. Actors of color, actors with disabilities, trans & non-binary actors, and actor-musicians (including singers) encouraged to attend.

By Octavio Solis
Director TBA
June 16- July 1
(potential extension thru July 8)

By Branden Jacob-Jenkins
Director TBA
July 21- August 5
(potential extension thru August 12)

The War of the Roses
By William Shakespeare, adapted by TBA
Director TBA
August 12–September 9
(potential extension thru September 15)

How to Request an Audition Slot
To request an audition beginning September 20th, please email your headshot and resume to In the subject line, please use the following format: “Full Name, Equity status.” For example: 'Jane Doe, non-AEA.'" If there is availability, you will receive a link to our online scheduler within 48 hours, which you can use to self-schedule your audition slot.

What to Prepare
Please prepare one monologue, either contemporary or Shakespeare in verse, not to exceed 3 minutes (please note auditions will be timed). Please bring 2 copies of headshot & resume, stapled together.

More Information
Follow-up auditions for individual productions are by invitation only. If you have any questions, please contact the Casting Team at