2020 Colorado Shakespeare Festival Audition Announcement

2020 Colorado Shakespeare Festival Auditions

Thank you for your interest in auditioning for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. At this time, we are no longer taking submissions for the 2020 season.

If you already submitted your audition materials, please see the remaining important audition dates for the 2020 season.

We hold live initial auditions each season in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, in addition to considering video auditions from qualified candidates.

Plays being produced in our 2020 season will be announced online on Oct. 28, 2019. Please visit coloradoshakes.org on that date for a complete list of productions.

CSF hires AEA actors on two- and three-show contracts and non-AEA actors on one-, two-, and three-show contracts.

Live and video auditions

The deadline for submitting audition materials for a preliminary review closed Oct. 14 at 5 p.m.

If you have worked for CSF as an actor in the last three (3) seasons and wish to be considered for the 2020 season, you do not need to do an initial audition. Please contact Kurt Mehlenbacher at kume5547exc@colorado.edu to inform us of your interest and you may be invited to callbacks, considered without any audition, or made an offer directly.

Invitations to attend the live initial auditions or submit a video audition will be sent out starting on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, and continue through that week. An assigned audition slot and/or further instructions will also be sent out at this time.

Thursday, Nov. 7: If invited to submit an initial audition video, the deadline to submit is 5 p.m. MST. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Friday, Nov. 8: BOULDER CU student initial auditions (3 p.m. to 5 p.m., by assigned appointment). Department of Theatre & Dance Seminar Room (C342), University of Colorado Boulder Theatre & Dance Building, Boulder, CO, 80309.

Sunday, Nov. 10:
 DENVER Non-AEA initial auditions (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by assigned appointment). Denver University Department of Theatre, Johnson McFarlane Hall (JMAC), 1903 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO, 80210. Room TBA.

Monday, Nov. 11: 
DENVER AEA initial auditions (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by assigned appointment). Denver University Department of Theatre, Johnson McFarlane Hall (JMAC), 1903 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80210. Room TBA.

Audition materials

For live initial auditions, please bring with you one (1) hard copy of your headshot and resume stapled together or printed back to back.

For all initial auditions, please prepare two (2) contrasting classical monologues, no more than two (2) minutes in length total (each piece should not exceed 1 minute in duration). One (1) monologue must be comedic, one (1) should be dramatic, and at least one of the two should be Shakespeare.

CU acting internships

CSF will consider all Theatre & Dance undergraduate students who audition for the 2020 season as an applicant for a CU Acting Internship. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder for Academic Year 2019/2020 (AY19/20). Please follow the above instructions to receive an audition appointment for Friday, Nov. 8 to be considered for an internship. Please be sure to identify yourself as a CU student to ensure appropriate placement.


Live callbacks will be held in Boulder, CO on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on December 8th and 9th, from 9am to 5pm. Notifications of a callback—both live and video—will be sent via email (with sides) starting November 18th. The deadline for video callbacks is Thursday, December 5th, 2019 by 5pm MST.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is an equal opportunity employer and encourages actors of underrepresented groups to audition for our season. All ethnicities, ages, genders, and people with disabilities are welcome.

Minimum requirements for audition consideration

  • Applicant must have received Shakespeare training or equivalent experience.
  • Applicant must have at least one (1) professional Shakespeare production credential (or equivalent experience).

Preferred qualifications

  • Stage actor training at an MFA level or higher (or equivalent experience).
  • Training and applied experience in stage combat.
  • Dialect ability and fluency in languages other than English.
  • Training and applied experience in singing of any style (jazz, folk, opera, choral, non-western, etc.).
  • Training and applied experience in acrobatics and/or dance of any style (jazz, hip-hop, aerial, tap, ballroom, etc.).
  • Mid- to advanced-level training and applied experience in musical instrument performance of any type.

Unfortunately, CSF is unable to consider students at the undergraduate level who would require housing provided by CSF.