2020 Colorado Shakespeare Festival Audition Announcement

2020 Colorado Shakespeare Festival Auditions

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is accepting headshots and resumes for actors to be considered for live and video initial auditions. 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.

Minimum requirements for 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.

To request an initial audition

Headshots and resumes will be accepted starting Sept. 16, 2019, at 9 a.m. MDT for review. Please submit your materials to Kurt Mehlenbacher, Operations Manager, at kume5547exc@colorado.edu for consideration. Audition requests should include the following:

  • Your full name, preferred email address, and direct phone number.
  • A PDF of your current headshot and acting resume (in one file).
  • Your AEA status (AEA or non-AEA). If EMC, please include the number of weeks you have accumulated and if you will join AEA prior to May 2020.
  • Your preferred medium for auditioning, pending review of your materials.
    • If you are requesting a live initial audition, please identify any and all immovable time restrictions. (We will do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee anything at this time.)

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.

No phone calls, please. Emails received prior to 9 a.m. on Sept. 16 will not be considered.

The deadline to submit your pre-screening materials is Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, by 5 p.m. MDT.

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.