Auditions and Interviews

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NDSF 2020 Auditions and Interviews
January 7/8 - Chicago, IL
January 24/25 - South Bend, IN

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival seeks undergraduate/graduate students and regional area designers, technicians, and actors. Paid positions are available at both the professional and apprentice levels.

Apprenticeships last nine (9) weeks. Apprentice actors receive three weeks of training in voice, text, and movement. Apprentice designers, stage managers, and technicians receive on-the-job training and may participate in master classes.

The NDSF family includes Broadway directors, Tony Award-winning designers, and world-class actors from the Cleveland Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, the Old Globe, the Public Theater, Canada’s Stratford Festival, and many others from New York to Los Angeles.

DePaul University Auditions (Students):
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
9:30am - 5:00pm
The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
301 Reskin Rehearsal Studio ​
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DePaul University Auditions (Equity Principal):
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
9:30am - 5:00pm
The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
301 Reskin Rehearsal Studio ​
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Notre Dame Auditions and Interviews (Equity, All Students and Recent Grads, and Local Professionals):
Friday, January 24, 2020 and Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:00am - 5:00pm
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Room B24, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Please check in on the main level by the north lobby doors.
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Actors will be asked to perform one (1) classical monologue, under 2 minutes ideally from Shakespeare or another early modern playwright. It should be a piece you know very well, as you may be given an adjustment and to play with the speech. Actors who play musical instruments with high levels of proficiency and strong singers should prepare 16-32 bars. No accompanist provided. Please attach a headshot and resume to your form submission.


Those selected for an interview will be asked to discuss your experience and (not required) present a portfolio. DO: attach a resume and electronic copy of your portfolio (or link) with your form submission. DO NOT: spend long hours updating either.


Which company will I be a part of?  

Apprentice actors may be cast in the Touring Company production, the Professional Company production or, for most participants, both. Apprentice technicians will be a part of both the Touring and Professional Companies.

What are the dates?

  • Apprentice Program Dates:  June 29 - August 30, 2020 (design/tech may start as early as June 19)
  • Professional Company Dates:  July 17 - August 30, 2020

May I submit a video audition?

By invitation only.

Would you like to know more?

Download the following forms for more information: