2019 Colorado Shakespeare Festival Audition Announcement

CSF will be 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 now considering video auditions from qualified candidates.

Plays being produced in our 2019 season will be announced on Oct. 29, 2018. Please visit our homepage 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.

To request an initial audition

Headshots and resumes will be accepted starting Sept. 4, 2018, 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 phone number
  • A PDF of your current headshot and acting resume
  • Your AEA status (AEA or non-AEA)
  • 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 2019 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. 3 will not be considered.

The deadline to submit your pre-screening materials is Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 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. 22, 2018. An assigned audition slot and/or further instructions will also be sent out at this time.

Friday, Nov. 9 — Deadline to submit a video audition is 5 p.m. MST. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Friday, Nov. 9 — 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. 11 — 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.

Monday, Nov. 12 — DENVER AEA initial auditions (2 p.m. to 10 p.m., by assigned appointment): Denver University Department of Theatre, Johnson McFarlane Hall (JMAC), 1903 East Iliff Avenue, Denver, CO 80210. Room TBD.

Audition materials

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

CSF is interested in a variety of skills required of our productions and request that your resume clearly reflect your competency in the following areas:

  • Dialect ability and fluency in languages other than English
  • Stage combat and/or fight training experience
  • Singing training and experience (jazz, folk, opera, choral, non-western, etc.)
  • Acrobatic and/or dance experience
  • Musical instrument proficiencies

CU acting internships

CSF will consider all THDN undergraduate students who audition for the 2019 season as an applicant for a CU Acting Internship. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder for Academic Year 2018/2019 (AY18/19). Please follow the above instructions to receive an audition appointment for Friday, Nov. 9 to be considered for an internship.


Live callbacks will be held in Boulder, CO on the University of Colorado Boulder campus on Dec. 2 and 3, 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. 16. The deadline for video callbacks is Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 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 welcome.