Embracing gender and race blind casting practices

HENRY V - Directed by Kelly Elliott

June 21 - July 7

2019 Productions

  • Certain roles in this production require the use of French language and dialect.

    • Please indicate your ability with the French language on your audition form, and be prepared to speak a few words in the language at the audition.

  • Familiarity with Standard Welsh, Scottish, and Irish (Northern / Southern) is a plus.  

  • Not all roles require the use of accents. And any inability will not prohibit you from being cast.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Directed by Tyson Douglas Rand

July 19 - August 4

  • At least one role will be required to sing and play an instrument.

    • Any acoustic string instrument or accordion/squeeze-box is preferred.​

  • Please bring instrument and prepare 16 bars - ballad.  

Season Auditions

Saturday, April 27

Monday, April 29

1:00 - 4:00 pm

7:00 - 10:00 pm


Wednesday, May 1

7:00 - 10:00 pm

(By Invitation Only)



Bring TWO COPIES of Each:



Have prepared TWO contrasting monologues: 

No more than one minute each

At least one must be from the works

of William Shakespeare

Bring ALL potential conflicts (May 4 - Aug 4)

Audition 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 Saturday, April 27.

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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