AUDITIONS

Sunday, December 1, 5-10pm

Monday, December 2, 6-11pm

Callbacks:

Sunday, December 8, 5-9pm

Monday, December 9, 6-10pm

How to sign up

 

Please email Rachel Tilley:

rachel@baltimoreshakespearefactory.org

What to Bring

  • One copy of your photo/resume; 

  • Any musical instruments you play; 

  • A copy of the audition form, completed (Copies also available on-site.); 

  • A list of all your known conflicts with the rehearsals listed below.  We ask that actors limit their conflicts to three, and please note that no conflicts are allowed for tech week. If you have more it may not eliminate you from consideration if the director feels that they can work around them.  

 

What to Expect

  • You will be expected to deliver a monologue -- please make sure the monologue is in VERSE.  

  • For this monologue, we would like to see that you take no mid-line pauses, and that you "lift" the end of each verse line by pausing or punching the last word in each line through volume, inflection, duration, pitch, a physical gesture, etc.

  • You will be asked to work collaboratively with a group of actors to produce a scene – sides to be used will be 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).

LOCATION FOR AUDITIONS:

 

St. Mary’s Community Center

3900 Roland Ave

Baltimore, MD 21211

Look for the signs telling you where to enter the building.

 

There is a parking lot next to the building, but be careful NOT to park in a numbered spot.  Look for visitor’s parking on your right when you come in, or if those spaces are filled, go to the bottom of the lot and you can park in the spaces to your right.  Street parking is also available on Roland Ave.

DOWNLOAD AUDITION FORM

HERE: 

About the shows

 

King Lear (to be performed in Original Pronunciation)

  • Directed by BSF founding artistic director, Tom Delise. 

  • The role of King Lear has been cast.

  • Text work weekend is Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, 2020 -- Working hours are 10 a.m. – 5 pm.

  • Rehearsals begin Tuesday, February 11 and are held every Saturday (10-4), Tuesday and Thursday (7-10 pm).

  • Tech week is Monday, March 30 through Thursday, April 2 -- no conflicts are allowed for tech week.

  • Performances begin at St. Mary's Friday, April 3 and closes Sunday, April 26.

  • Show Times:  Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sundays at 4 pm.

  • Two student matinees are scheduled and begin at 10 am.  Those dates are Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 16.  Both matinees begin at 10 am. and, if held, actors will be paid a minimum of  $25, in addition to the base stipend of $400, for each matinee performance.

Much Ado About Nothing

  • Directed by Kaitlyn Fowler. 

  • Text work weekend: Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29, 2020.  Working hours are 10 a.m. – 5 pm.

  • Rehearsals begin Saturday, April 18, and are held every Saturday (10-4), Monday and Wednesday (7-10 pm).  A few Sunday rehearsals may be hold instead of Saturdays.   

  • Tech week is Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4 -- no conflicts are allowed for tech week.

  • Performances begin at St. Mary's on Friday, June 5 and closes Sunday, June 28

  • Show Times:  Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sundays at 4 pm.

  • There are two daytime matinees scheduled for this production: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 and  Thursday, June 18, 2020. Both matinees begin at 10 am. and if held, actors will be paid a minimum of  $25, in addition to the base stipend of $400 for each matinee performance.

All's Well That Ends Well

  • Directed by BSF founding artistic director, Tom Delise. 

  • Text work weekend: Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3, 2020.  Working hours are 10 a.m. – 5 pm.

  • Regular rehearsals begin Saturday, May 23 and are held every Saturday (10-4), Tuesday and Thursday  (7-10 pm)

  • A few Sunday rehearsals may be held instead of Saturdays.   

  • Tech week is Monday, July 6  through Thursday, July 9 - no conflicts are allowed for tech week.

  • Performances begin Friday, July 10 and closes Sunday, August 2.

  • There are two daytime matinees scheduled for this production: Wednesday, July 15 and  Thursday, July 23, 2020. Both matinees begin at 10 am. and, if held, actors will be paid a minimum of  $25, in addition to the base stipend of $400 for each matinee performance.

 

All rehearsals are held at St. Mary’s Community Center.  

 

Each show will have 12 performances spread over four consecutive weekends (Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 4 pm).  

 

All performances of King Lear and Much Ado About Nothing will be performed at St. Mary's.  All's Well That Ends Well will be performed at an alternate location in Baltimore to be announced at a later date.

CALLBACK SIDES

ADDITIONAL INFO: 

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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This organization is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. 

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