Audition for our 2015 Summer Season!

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Announces Auditions for their 18th Season of Free Outdoor Theater

We are seeking a company of intelligent, energetic and imaginative actors of all races and ethnicities for two touring outdoor productions:

The Life of Timon of Athens

adapted and directed by David Hansen
Performance Dates June 5-28
Rehearsals begin May 3
Touring to twelve different outdoor venues across Northeast Ohio

Seeking 5 men/4 women

4 MEN 20s
3 WOMEN 20s
1 MAN 40-60
1 WOMAN 40-60

Also, we are seeking an additional actor who is a skilled guitarist (M or F).
Musicians, please be prepared to perform eight bars, preferably late 1960s R&B

The Merchant of Venice

adapted and directed by Scott Miller
Touring to eight different outdoor venues across Northeast Ohio

Seeking 7 men/4 women of various ages

Also, we are seeking an additional actor who is a skilled guitarist (M or F).
Musicians, please be prepared to perform eight bars, preferably classical


Auditions will be held at CleveShakesFest Headquarters:
Coventry Commons (formerly known as Coventry Grammar School)
Ensemble Theater Center
2843 Washington Blvd.
Cleveland Hts. OH 44118

Evening Auditions on Friday, April 10 – 6pm to 9pm
Afternoon Auditions on Sunday, April 12 – 2pm to 5pm

No appointment necessary.  Artists will be seen in the order of sign in.
There are no AEA contracts available. No housing is provided.  All actors and production staff are paid a modest stipend.  Actors may participate in either or both productions.

Prepare two contrasting monologues. Total delivery time of both monologues combined should not exceed three minutes. At least one of your two monologues must be from the works of Shakespeare.

For consideration, bring TWO COPIES of each – head shot & resume, and please also bring any & all possible known conflicts between the dates of May 3 & July 16 AND Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays through August 2.

Call Backs will be Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30pm

For more information about auditions and our full touring schedule, visit our website at www.cleveshakes.org.  If you have questions, are interested in volunteering or joining us in any other capacity, please email info@cleveshakes.org.

We hope to see you there. Break a Leg!

Scene Magazine names CSF among “Best of 2015″

We’re very grateful to the kind folks at Scene Magazine, Cleveland’s free weekly newspaper, for including us as the “Best Outdoor Arts Experience” in their “Best of 2015″ issue.

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is an exciting event series in Cleveland, but it’s still somewhat under-the-radar, particularly among those who aren’t totally plugged into the region’s theater scene. Often enough, passersby out for a gentle walk — through, say, Lakewood Park — have stumbled upon a performance of, say, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ This year, take the time to look up the group’s schedule and make an evening of it. Pack a picnic, bring your friends. Shakespeare is timeless stuff, and Cleveland is lucky to have such a wellspring of talent to deliver the good bard’s finest works each summer.


CSF recognized by BBC America blog as one of “10 British Things about Cleveland”


The editor notes that the Open Mic Shakespeare reading series sounds ‘utterly intriguing’.  Consider yourself invited, BBC America!

Open Mic Shakespeare – On Hiatus

NOTE: The Open Mic Shakespeare series is on hiatus indefinitely while we search for a new venue.
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On the first Monday of each month, we gather in an informal, social setting, for the pleasure of speaking and hearing the verse aloud.

Roles are distributed prior to reading, and we switch it up each act, so there are plenty of chances to read a variety of roles.

BYOB – Bring Your Own Bottle (if you care to have a drink) and Bring Your Own Bard – limited copies of the script will be available, so please bring your own if you have one.
Free apps are available for iPad and Android with the complete works.

We welcome all comers, regardless of acting experience. It’s even OK if you just want to come and listen, although often folks can’t resist the fun and join in before the evening’s over.

See our Facebook events page to RSVP