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2022 Colorado Shakespeare Festival Audition Announcement

Tim Orr with company members from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival will be accepting headshots and resumes for actors to be considered for live and video initial auditions for the summer 2022 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 2022 season will be announced in late October 2021. Please visit at the end of that month 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.

Pay ranges

  • Outdoor AEA Contract: $748.00 per week for twelve (12) weeks
  • Indoor AEA Contract: $717.00 per week for eleven (11) weeks
  • Non-AEA contracts range between $200.00 and $600.00 per week depending on the number of productions
  • Internship and Apprenticeship ranges between $150.00 and $250.00 per week for eleven (11) or twelve (12) weeks

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, the festival 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. 13, 2021, at 9 a.m. MDT through Oct. 11, 2021, at 5 p.m. MDT for review. Please submit your materials via our online form 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). Please include if you intend to join AEA prior to May 2022.
  • Your preferred medium for auditioning, pending review of your materials.
  • If you are requesting a live initial audition, please identify all immovable time restrictions. (We will do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee anything at this time.)
  • If you would need to travel in from out of state to audition, please request a video audition.
  • Date of final COVID-19 vaccination. Full vaccination is required for CSF employment per university policy and AEA requirements.

If you have worked for CSF as an actor in the last three (3) seasons and wish to be considered for the 2022 season, you do not need to do an initial audition. Please contact Kurt Mehlenbacher at 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. Submissions received prior to 9 a.m. on Sept. 13 will not be considered. The deadline to submit your pre-screening materials is Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, by 5 p.m. MDT.

Important deadlines

Invitations to attend the live initial auditions or submit a video audition will be sent out starting on Monday, Oct.18, 2021, and continue through that week. An assigned audition slot and/or further instructions will also be sent out at this time.

  • Thursday, Nov. 4 — If invited to submit an initial audition video, the deadline to submit is 5 p.m. MDT. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  • Saturday, Nov. 6 —
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 TBD.
  • Sunday, Nov. 7 —
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 TBD.
  • Friday, Nov. 12 — BOULDER CU Student initial auditions (3pm to 5pm, by assigned appointment): Department of Theatre & Dance Seminar Room (C342), University of Colorado Boulder Theatre & Dance Building, Boulder, CO, 80309.

Audition materials

For live initial auditions, please bring with you one (1) hardcopy 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 CU Boulder Theatre & Dance undergraduate students who audition for the 2022 season as an applicant for a CU Acting Internship. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder for Academic Year 2021/2022 (AY21/22). Please follow the above instructions to receive an audition appointment for Friday, Nov. 12 to be considered for an internship. Please be sure to identify yourself as a CU Boulder student to ensure appropriate placement.


Live callbacks will be held in Boulder, Colorado, on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on Dec. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Notifications of a callback—both live and video—will be sent via email (with sides) starting Nov. 15. The deadline for video callbacks is Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, by 5 p.m. 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.