Union and Non-Union Auditions: CLOSED

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s 2020 Season! We are no longer auditioning actors for the 2020 Season.

For future reference, information about our audition process can be found below:

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.

SCS has a gender equity policy; of the sixteen 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 January and 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).

2021 Season Audition Dates 

Los Angeles – TBD*
Location TBD
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

San Francisco TBD
Location TBD

10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Santa Cruz TBD
Location TBD

12:00 PM to 8:00 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 2020 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 [TBD for 2021] 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
  • Video auditions will not be reviewed until late February
  • 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