Embracing gender and race blind casting practices

2020 Productions

Season Auditions

In response to the impact of Covid-19, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is shifting all auditions to Video Submission Only

Video Submissions are due by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 13.

We thank you all for being willing to adapt to the current needs in order to push forward with our season. Though we are staying fluid in our approach to auditions and rehearsal capabilities, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival anticipates being able to fulfill our  outdoor summer season of 2020. 

Video Auditions are accepted as a private YouTube link

Upload a video of TWO contrasting monologues to a private YouTube channel

  • Monologues should be no more than 5-minutes combined length

  • At least one must be from the works of Shakespeare

*If auditioning for one production (and not both), only one monologue is needed. ​

Sunday, April 26

At this time callbacks are anticipated to occur in person during the afternoon of Sunday, April 26. If this changes, all those involved will be notified.

If you are not able/willing to attend callbacks in person. Please indicate this on your Audition Form.

(By Invitation Only)



  • Audition Video Link

  • Resume

  • Headshot

Google Form: 

  • Contact Info

  • Audition Info

  • Conflict Sheet

  • Audition Video Link


Callback Location: 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland OH 44118

(Next to Coventry's P.E.A.C.E. Park)

Video Auditions will be accepted as a private YouTube link sent with digital Headshot (JPG or PDF format) and resume (PDF format) via email to Please put "Video Audition" in the subject line.

  • Private YouTube Link

  • Headshot (JPG or PDF)

  • Resume (PDF)


Video submissions must be received by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 13

Commitment to Diversity

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is fully committed to the goal of diversity in art. We are well-known for our practice of non-traditional casting, having used minority and female actors in roles traditionally reserved for white males, particularly leading roles. We put on stage a host of actors who do not look like traditional Shakespearean casts, and whom young minority audience members may identify as role models.


Over the last 21 years, our goal is to provide the many underserved populations of greater Cleveland with culturally rich experiences right in their own neighborhoods. In order to achieve this goal, we do something no other theatre in Northeastern Ohio does – we offer FREE ADMISSION to all of our productions. This allows all individuals, regardless of background, income or zip code, to experience live storytelling, community engagement, history, art and creative enjoyment in their own communities.

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