CALIFORNIA SHAKESPEARE THEATER 2020 SEASON - California Shakespeare Theater Auditions

Posted: September 30, 2019

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California Shakespeare Theater 2020 Season - Berkeley EPA

California Shakespeare Theater

AUDITION DATE

Mon, Oct 14, 2019
9:30 am - 6:30 pm (PDT)
Lunch: 1:30PM - 2:30PM

APPOINTMENTS

Please complete the 2020 Generals Application at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/calshakesjotform/2020-generals. You will be emailed a link to schedule your audition once you have submitted your materials. Please note that AEA members have priority. Non-Equity actors will be seen as time/space permit. Contact casting@calshakes.org with questions.

CONTRACT

LORT Non-Rep Minimum - $969/wk

SEEKING

AEA Actors for 2020 season. Especially interested in local actors. See breakdown. Please note that casting personnel from Crowded Fire will be seeing actors for their 2020 Season at this EPA. See their separate notice for season breakdown.

PREPARATION

Please prepare 2 contrasting pieces, one classic and one contemporary, totaling no more than 3 min (auditions will be timed).

LOCATION

Cal Shakes Rehearsal Hall
701 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
Auditions will be held in accessible Rehearsal Hall at Cal Shakes administrative offices. Parking available in designated lot and adjacent street parking. Please follow posted signs to check-in area.

PERSONNEL

CAL SHAKES
Artistic Assoc./Casting Manager: LeeAnn Dowd
CROWDED FIRE
Artistic Director: Mina Morita
Resident Artist Casting Lead: Nailah Harper-Malveaux

OTHER DATES

See breakdown.

OTHER

Casting personnel from other local Bay Area companies, Playwrights Foundation, C and Z Space, will tentatively be in attendance. These theatres have held their seasonal auditions and are not seeing actors for specific projects. A confirmed schedule of who is in the room will be posted.
An Equity Monitor will not be provided. The producer will run all aspects of audition.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to attend every audition.
Always bring your Equity Membership card to auditions.

BREAKDOWN

Season will be cast holistically and with an emphasis on strong ensemble casts. Our casting practices are driven and informed by our values of artistry, authenticity, discourse, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. As a theater, we believe that equity is a practice, and we recognize that this work is ongoing, often imperfect, and necessary. To that end, we value and prioritize ensembles that reflect the diversity of our world, be it race, gender identity, ability, sexual orientation, immigration status, size, age, or socioeconomic status.

THE ORESTEIA

Director: Eric Ting
Playwright: Ellen McLaughlin
1st Rehearsal – Tuesday 4/28/20
1st Tech – Thursday 5/21/20
1st Preview – Wednesday 5/27/20
Opening – Saturday 5/30/20
Closing – Sunday 6/14/20
Closing (with extension) -- Sunday 6/21/20
Saturday Matinee (2 pm) -- 6/13/20

Casting all roles in 12 person ensemble. With the exception of any noted gender or age needs, all characters can be any race, age, gender identity, and ability. The chorus, in particular, should reflect the diversity and multiplicity of identities within the Bay Area.

CLYTEMNESTRA: A queen (female, 30-40s)
IPHIGENIA: A princess (female, character is 10 but may be played by an older actor)
AGAMENON: A king (male, 30s-50s)
ORESTES: A prince (male, 20s)
CASSANDRA: A former princess of Troy who is still an unwilling priestess of Apollo and a prophetess. (female, 20s-30s)
CHORUS A/WATCHMAN: earthy, folk wise
CHORUS B: cool, pious, otherworldly
CHORUS C: reasoned, questioning, just
CHORUS D: fierce, frightening, decisive
CHORUS E/ELECTRA: creature energy, watching, wary, sly
CHORUS F: older, ironic, cool. Formerly the caretaker of Orestes.
CHORUS G: motherly, capable, experienced. Formerly the caretaker of Electra.

SHOW 2 (TBA)

Director: TBA
Playwright: William Shakespeare
1st Rehearsal – Tuesday 6/9/20
1st Tech – Thursday 7/2/20
1st Preview – Wednesday 7/8/20
Opening – Saturday 7/11/20
Closing – Sunday 7/26
Closing (with extension) -- Sunday 8/2/20
Saturday Matinee (2 pm) -- 7/25/20

EPA for this production will be held at a later date.

1001 NIGHTS (A RETELLING)

Director: Evren Odcikin
Playwright: Leila Buck & Evren Odcikin
1st Rehearsal – Tuesday 7/21/20
1st Tech – Thursday 8/13/20
1st Preview – Wed 8/19/20
Opening – Saturday 8/22/20
Closing – Sunday 9/6/20
Closing (with extension) -- Sunday 9/13/20
Saturday Matinee (2 pm) -- 9/5/20
Student Matinees (tentative)- 9/3 and 9/4

Casting 2 roles in 6 person ensemble. All characters are female and MENASA (Middle Eastern, North Africa, South Asian) identified. Breakdown TBD.

ROMEO Y JULIET

Director: KJ Sanchez
Playwright: WIlliam Shakespeare
Adaptation by: Karen Zacarias
1st Rehearsal – Tuesday 8/25/20
1st Tech – Thursday 9/17/20
1st Preview – Wed 9/23/20
Opening – Saturday 9/26/20
Closing – Sunday 10/11/20
Closing (with extension)- Sunday 10/18/20
Saturday Matinee (2 pm) -- 10/10/20
Student Matinees (tentative)- 9/30, 10/2 and 10/8

Casting all roles in 10-13 person ensemble,particularly interested inactors bilingual in Spanish and English.


Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to audition.

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