2022-2023 General Auditions

Seattle Shakespeare Company invites in-person auditions from actors of all identities who reside in our local Puget Sound community and are interested in being considered for all shows being produced in the coming year (Fall 2022-Summer 2023)*.

At Seattle Shakespeare, we believe it is important to fully represent our community onstage so that these classic texts can speak to everyone. To do so, we strive to bring together diverse performers working from their full, authentic selves and operating at the top of their craft. As a Seattle-based company, we prioritize the local cultural ecology and local artists in our work.

Following health & safety guidelines, we will be rehearsing in-person and performing live in our home indoor venue at the Center Theatre in the Seattle Center Armory building, as well as touring to outdoor, community, and educational venues throughout Washington state.

Seattle Shakespeare Company holds rehearsals during the day, historically between the hours of 10a-6p. We are working to develop an anti-oppressive work schedule and are currently using a 5-day work-week model, expecting to learn more and respond to the specific needs of our community throughout the year. We will offer space to inform us of your access needs on our audition form and pre-contract intake.

Seattle Shakespeare Company’s 2022-2023 show line-up: (ALL DATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
CASTING EXPECTATIONS
While there are standard names and descriptions of Shakespeare’s characters, the stated attributes from the original text (including gender, age, race, ability, and other identity expressions) do not prescribe how we will cast the productions. It is also likely that additional doubling or cutting of characters may happen as part of the creative conception of the production.

Macbeth
By William Shakespeare
Directed by John Langs
Featuring Reginald André Jackson
1st Rehearsal: September 27, 2022
Run: October 25-November 20, 2022
Performed at the Center Theatre

Drum & Colors: Henry IV
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sophie Franco
Workshop TBD (week of Jan 8th)
1st Rehearsal: February 14, 2022
Run: March 14-April 9, 2023
Performed at the Center Theatre

EDUCATIONAL TOUR
Julius Caesar and Romeo + Juliet
Directed by Sunam Ellis and Makaela Milburn
1st Rehearsal: January 23, 2023
Run: March 22 – June 4, 2023
Performed across Washington State (some bookings require overnight stays)

Twelfth Night
A musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Conceived by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
Music and lyrics by Shaina Taub
Directed by Ruben VanKempen
1st Rehearsal: Approx. March 22, 2022
Run: April 25-May 21, 2023
Performed at the Center Theatre

WOODEN O
2 Outdoor Touring Shows TBD
1st rehearsal: June 5, 2023
Run: July 6- August 6, 2023
Performed at outdoor venues & parks throughout the Puget Sound area

Our weekly guaranteed minimum pay varies by contract type (indoor or touring), rehearsal hours, and by union status. All performers are paid as employees and we meet or exceed Seattle minimum hourly wage on all contracts. Below are some examples of pay scale; you are welcome to inquire for further details.

INDOOR CONTRACTS:
Weekly AEA Pay $657 + Health & Pension
Weekly Non-Union Pay $600 + additional hourly pay should weekly call exceed 34 hours.

TOURING CONTRACTS:
Weekly AEA Pay $450 + Health & Pension
Weekly Non-Union Pay $450 + additional hourly pay should weekly call exceed 26 hours.
Weekly Education Pay $345 (rehearsals) + additional hourly pay should weekly call exceed 20 hours.

AUDITION INFO

Audition request: Please prepare a piece of Shakespeare that you connect with and that reveals something about your interest & potential as a performer of classical material. It should be no longer that 1 minute in length.

We will ask you to share a headshot (or other current picture) and resume (or other written account of experience & education).

To register for an audition, please fill out the form below.

Auditions will be held August 24th & 26th (11am-7pm, AEA priority), August 25th (10am-6pm) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in lower Queen Anne. You will receive further details upon confirmation of your audition appointment.

If you have direct inquiries about our upcoming shows or casting process, please email casting@seattleshakespeare.org — or, if you prefer, you are welcome to reach out to our Diversity Programming Coordinator, Lamar Legend (lamarl@seattleshakespeare.org).