CSF in the Schools: Auditions for Hybrid Tour

Camp Shakespeare Extravaganza

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival seeks non-equity troupe members for the Shakespeare & Violence Prevention school tour for the 2021-22 academic year, a collaboration between CSF and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at CU Boulder.

Due to COVID-19, the tour will be hybrid for the coming year. Actors will be hired to rehearse and film two abridged Shakespeare plays, attend trainings in violence prevention and workshop facilitation, and facilitate virtual and in-person classroom workshops during the 2021-22 academic year.

This innovative program includes two performances in repertory: a 30-minute “Twelfth Night” for elementary audiences, directed by Rodney Lizcano, and a 45-minute “Julius Caesar” for middle and high school audiences, directed by CSF Managing Director Wendy Franz. Rehearsals for these 4-actor abridged plays will be primarily in person and outdoors. These performances will be filmed on the CU Boulder campus by a professional videographer, following expert safety guidelines pertaining to COVID-19, and the recordings will be shared with schools. During the academic year, actors will facilitate real-time virtual and in-person classroom workshops about violence prevention, using research from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence. Now entering its 11th year, this program has reached more than 110,000 Colorado students. Check out this Upstander video to learn more about the Shakespeare & Violence Prevention project.

View these trailers from the 2020-21 virtual tour:

Required Qualifications:

  • Non-AEA status.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability
    to handle conflict in the classroom.
  • Strong and reliable internet connection.
  • Reliable transportation.
  • Local housing in the Boulder / Denver area
    for the duration of the contract.
  • Background check required in accordance with
    University policies and procedures.
  • Dedication to an inclusive, diverse, and equitable
    workplace environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Singing / Instrumental performance proficiency.
  • Fluency in Spanish (conversational).
  • Hardwired internet connection.
  • Experience performing Shakespeare.
  • Experience teaching Shakespeare in the classroom
    (Grades 3 through 12).


  • Rehearsal/Filming: Aug. 16 through Sept. 2, 2021 (six days a week)
  • Workshop Training: Sept. 7 through Oct. 4, 2021 (6 to 8 hours per week, typically Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays)
  • Workshop Facilitation: Oct. 5, 2021, through Dec. 17, 2021, and Jan. 11 through April 13, 2022 (actors will be scheduled on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays, up to four virtual workshops or up to two in-person workshops per week).
  • Tours may include overnight trips to other parts of Colorado, pending public health conditions and actor availability. Housing, additional pay, and travel per diem are provided for overnight trips based on University Procurement Service Center policies and procedures.

Compensation: $6,550.00 total

  • $2,500.00 for the rehearsal and filming process (3 weeks)
  • $150.00 per week for 14 weeks after rehearsal and filming in the fall, $150 per week for 13 weeks spring.
  • You will be paid a salary rate, disbursed monthly, up to and not exceeding the above listed total compensation amount. Payments are subject to the terms and conditions as stated by the University of Colorado Employee Services Payroll Division.
  • Additional paid opportunities are available in the following area: Onsite actor/manager (additional $50 weekly for 14 weeks after rehearsal/filming in the fall and $50 weekly for 13 weeks in the spring)

If you are interested in being considered and available for the duration of the contract, please submit your information via this form no later than Friday, May 14, 2021, by 5 p.m. MST.

Contact the CSF Operations Manager, Kurt M. Mehlenbacher, at kume5547exc@colorado.edu for further details.

VALUE STATEMENT: CSF shares CU Boulder’s commitment to build an inclusive, diverse, and equitable community and strives to create an environment in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and ability to contribute.