Embracing gender and race blind casting practices

2020 Productions

Season Auditions

Saturday, March 28

Monday, March 30

1:00 - 4:00 pm

6:30 - 9:30 pm


Wednesday, April 1

6:30 - 9:30 pm

(By Invitation Only)





Bring TWO COPIES of Each:

of William Shakespeare

At least one must be from the works

Have prepared TWO contrasting monologues: 

No more than 4-minutes combined length

Bring ALL potential conflicts (May 2 - Aug 2)

of arrival as openings become available

Walk-in auditions will be seen in order

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, March 28

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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