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Announcing Round 1 of our 2019 Season Auditions

The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is pleased to announce auditions for the first two shows of our 2019 season! All roles are open unless noted, and we’d like to see all ages and types; gender is not a factor unless noted. No experience with acting Shakespeare is required. Below is a brief overview of each show and its rehearsal schedule. Actors will receive a stipend of $250. Download and complete an audition form and then click below to submit your form and schedule your audition, or email Rachel at




When Auditions Will Be Held

Call backs will be held:

Saturday, August 18, 2018

12 pm – 5 pm

Monday, August 20, 2018

6 pm – 10 pm



What We Are Auditioning For

Cymbeline, directed by Tom Delise

This will be the first Baltimore Shakespeare Factory production of this play!

  • Text work weekend: Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 10am-5pm

  • Rehearsals begin Saturday, December 29, and will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 – 10pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm (tech week rehearsals will run Monday February 11 through Thursday February 14)

  • Opening night: Friday, February 15, with performances every Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm from through March 10


Hamlet, directed by Chris Cotterman

This will be the fifth of our annual original pronunciation (OP) productions. Experience with OP is NOT required; experience with Shakespeare is NOT required; knowledge of IPA and experience with dialects and accents is a plus, but not required. 

  • Text work weekend: Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 10am – 5pm

  • Rehearsals begin Saturday February 23, and will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-10pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm (tech week rehearsals will run Monday April 8 through Thursday April 11)

  • Opening night is Friday, April 12, with performances every Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm through May 5

Where Auditions Will Be Held
St. Mary’s Outreach Center
3900 Roland Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211
Look for the sign on the building marking the entrance.
There is a parking lot next to the building, but be careful to park only in spots on the church side of the lot; DO NOT park in numbered/reserved spots on the tower side of the lot: you WILL be towed. Free parking is also available on Roland Avenue.


What to Bring

  • 1 copy of your headshot/resume

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

  • 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 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 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 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 work as an ensemble to achieve our artistic philosophy cooperatively

  • 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!


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

If you have not performed with us in the past, please prepare a 30-60 second monologue by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries.

If you've performed with us in the past, you only need to schedule a slot in the callbacks!

Download the Form

Callback Sides

These scenes are the sides we'll be using for the callbacks. We will not necessarily use every side during your audition. Copies will be available.

 Cymbeline I.1a

Cymbeline I.1b

Cymbeline II.3

Cymbeline III.6

Hamlet I.2

Hamlet I.3

Hamlet III.2

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