Union and Non-Union Auditions 2017

Santa Cruz Shakespeare seeks union actors, non-union actors, and acting interns for its 2017 summer season.

Our 2017 agreement with Actor’s Equity Association calls for 9 AEA actors and 3 AEA Stage Managers.  Additionally, we will hire 3 non-AEA actors, and 6 acting interns.  Those union and non-union actors who live 50 miles or more from Santa Cruz are housed at the company’s expense for the duration of their contracts. Acting interns often receive housing, but we do not guarantee it.                               Learn more about applying/auditioning for a Santa Cruz Shakespeare acting internship.

We have a gender equity policy in place; of the eighteen actors hired for next summer, half will be men and half will be women.  We are also committed to improving diversity and inclusiveness on our stage: Equity Opportunity Employment applies.

Auditions will take place in February in the following cities: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz.  For actors who cannot attend auditions in those cities, we also accept video submissions (see below).

2017 Season Audition dates

Los Angeles – February 9th

Actors Equity Audition Center – 5636 Tujunga Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91601

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

San Francisco February 20th and 21st

California Shakespeare Theater Rehearsal Hall 701 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Santa Cruz February 23rd

Center Stage 1001 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Auditions in Los Angeles are arranged through the Actors’ Equity Office, per their EPA regulations. Auditions in all three locations will be preceded by a post to the AEA website with our 2017 season and breakdown information. Please wait for the AEA posting before contacting them for an appointment.

Auditions in San Francisco and Santa Cruz are arranged by Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Please email auditions@santacruzshakespeare.org to request an appointment at one of these two locations. In the email, please list your preferred date and any time constraints that may exist. We do our best to accommodate individual schedules, but it is not always possible. AEA actors will receive scheduling priority.

*NOTE: Please send a direct email to SCS to arrange for an audition. If you connect to SCS through a casting website or clearinghouse, we cannot accommodate your request.


Actors should prepare two contrasting monologues, each under two minutes, and with a combined time of no more than four minutes. At least one of the monologues should be from Shakespeare’s canon. If you sing or play an instrument, we welcome 30 seconds of music in the audition room as well.

Video Auditions

We realize audition dates and locations are not always feasible for actors to attend. Video auditions are a perfectly acceptable means of auditioning and are treated seriously. When submitting a video audition, please bear in mind the following guidelines:

  • Email your video as an attachment or a link by March 1, 2017 to auditions@santacruzshakespeare.org
  • Include your name, contact information, and a recent headshot in the email
  • We prefer you shoot your video as a medium (3/4) shot, not a close-up as we are an outdoor theatre company
  • Videos auditions will not be reviewed until mid March
  • You will be notified by the end of March if we are interested in having you read sides from the play(s) or in casting you