Read Cleveland Shakespeare Festival's Commitment to Diversity

2021 Production

William Shakespeare's

Romeo & Juliet

July 16 - August 14

2021 Season Auditions

Audition Video Submission Only                                                                                  

Though we are staying digital in our approach to auditions and callbacks, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival anticipates being able to hold a live tour of ROMEO AND JULIET during the summer season of 2021. 

Video Auditions are accepted as a private YouTube link

Upload a video of ONE Shakespearean monologue (comic or dramatic) to a YouTube channel (or any other video sharing site with a distributable link). 


Ensure auditions channels are set to UNLISTED (not private)

Have all materials ready when filling out Audition Form

This audition is for our 2021 production of ROMEO AND JULIET. All roles are open and paid a stipend to the actor upon completion of the season.

For the safety of our actors, crew and audiences, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is only considering actors who plan to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as it is made available. Provided all company members have received the vaccine ahead of our season, the production will perform a tour of live performances across northeast Ohio. 

If the vaccine is not made available in time, ROMEO AND JULIET will be converted into a digital production and all live performances will be cancelled/postponed. 

Twelfth Night (2)

Google Form: 

  • Resume & Headshot

  • Audition Video Link

  • Contact/Audition Info

  • Conflict Sheet


Auditions are due:

12:00 Noon

Monday, April 12th 

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 welcomed actors of all likes in

Sunday, April 25

Callbacks will be held digitally through a private Zoom call. Actors will be notified if they are called back by Monday, April 19.

(By Invitation Only)


 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 touring 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.