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Artist Positions

Auditions for Henry VIII directed by Jeff Miller

 

All roles are open unless noted, and we’d like to see all ages and types; gender is not a factor. No experience with acting Shakespeare is required. Please download and fill out the audition form above.

Proof of vaccination required. No exceptions. This can be a photo or original card.

KN95 masks are recommended when not actively auditioning.

PLEASE NOTE SOME CHANGES TO PERFORMANCE DATES

  • A Text Work Primer and Workshop will be held online January 14, 2023.

  • Text Work Weekend: Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, 2023.  Working hours are Noon - 4 pm.

  • Regular rehearsals begin Tuesday, February 28 and are held every Tuesday and Thursday  (7pm - 10 pm)  and Saturday (Noon - 4 pm)

  • Tech week is Monday, April 10 through Thursday, April 13

  • Performances beginning Friday, April 14 and closing Sunday April 30 (includes April 23, Shakespeare’s Birthday!) Showtimes are Friday/Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 4pm.

  • There is a stipend for each weekend of performances.

What to Bring

  • 1 copy of your headshot/resume

  • 1 completed copy of the audition form (available on our website)

  • Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

  • Conflicts you may have (please note that no conflicts are allowed for tech week)

  • Any instruments you play; be prepared to play 15-30 seconds of any selection you are familiar with (playing an instrument is optional)

 

What to Expect

  • If you have not performed with BSF, you will be asked to perform a monologue. This monologue should be by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries and be 30-60 seconds long. Please do not prepare a longer speech.

  • You will be asked to work collaboratively with a group of actors to produce a scene – sides to be used are posted on our website

  • You will be asked to sing (optional – 15 seconds of song of your choice)

  • You will be asked to play a musical instrument (optional – short piece of your choice)

Who We Are Looking For

  • We love to see actors make BIG, BOLD choices

  • We want actors who LOVE THE LANGUAGE and relish speaking it

  • We want actors who are willing to be equal members of an ensemble

  • We want actors who are willing to learn and grow

  • We want actors who are willing to do the necessary text work

  • We want actors who are dependable, responsible, and generous – actors who realize the good of the many outweigh the good of the few, or the one

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ADDITIONAL INFO: 

Non-Discrimination

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory (BSF) is an equal-opportunity nonprofit organization committed to serving a diverse population. BSF does not discriminate against individuals based on race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, citizenship status, veteran status, or the presence of any disability.
This policy extends to staff, administration, actors, performers, designers, board members, and volunteers.

What We Are Looking For

  • We want actors who are willing to be a member of an ensemble -- we want to remove the "drama" from drama -- we want actors who can play well in the sandbox.

  • We want actors who are dependable, responsible, and generous – actors who realize the good of the many outweigh the good of the few, or the one (thank you, Mr. Spock).

  • We love to see actors make BIG, BOLD choices.

  • We want actors who LOVE THE LANGUAGE and relish speaking it.

  • We want actors who are willing to do ALL the necessary text work required by this company.

  • We love actors who are comfortable making strong eye contact with our audiences and interacting with them when it is appropriate -- so please don't hesitate to make eye contact with the auditors during the auditions if your text calls for it.

  • We want actors who are on time to rehearsals and calls and off-book when requested.

  • We want actors who are willing to learn and grow.

Who We Are

  • We are dedicated to producing the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries by employing, as closely as possible, the staging conditions used by Shakespeare and his contemporaries – see below for more information about these staging conditions.  

  • We celebrate the concept of being an ensemble who works cooperatively together to achieve our artistic philosophy.

  • We do NOT produce shows that involve an elaborate "notion" or a "concept."

  • We are EXTREMELY DEDICATED TO THE TEXT -- we work hard on paraphrasing, scansion, analysis of rhetoric, and other text concepts which we believe enables us to produce shows of excellent clarity (don’t worry, we will help you to develop these skills if you are not familiar with this type of work).  We are iambic fundamentalists, and we are proud of it!

 

Shakespearean Staging Conditions

  • Use of universal lighting so actors can see the audience, and the audience members can see each other interact.  We do not want our audiences to feel that they are "AT" a play, we want them to feel they are "IN" a play.

  • Cross-gender casting -- Shakespeare's female characters were played by males -- we let the women in on the fun. 

  • Doubling -- most actors play more than one role -- some play MANY roles. 

  • Use of modern music in our pre-show and interlude (Shakespeare used the modern music of his day). 

  • Limited (if any) set pieces -- what we use we carry on and take off with each scene. 

  • A brisk pace -- we do not use unnecessary an self-indulgent pauses, and we move very quickly from scene-to-scene -- as one scene is ending, the other is beginning.  We make every attempt to see that our shows adhere to Shakespeare's "two hours traffic of our stage". 

 

Thanks for your interest in Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and we hope to see you at auditions!

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