The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company is excited to announce its auditions for the 2016-2017 season. The auditions will be held at our theatre, located at 719 Race St in downtown Cincinnati on the following dates:

Saturday January 23rd                       12:00pm – 5:00pm

Sunday January 24th                         12:00pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday January 26th                          2:00pm – 7:00pm



Touring Company- This is the entry level position to the ensemble. It’s a group of 6 actors that tour to schools, colleges, community centers, etc., within a two-hour radius of the city (these tours are almost never overnight). They perform a variety of programming, including 3 full length Shakespeare plays. They are also called on to go into schools and lead workshops on particular plays or performance techniques. In addition, they play a variety of supporting roles in our larger mainstage productions. It is a ten month contract running from July to May. The weekly salary is $200 and housing is provided. Must be Non-Equity.


Guest Artist- This is an artist brought in for a specific production or sometimes multiple productions. Contract and pay scale varies dependent on union status, size of role, etc. May be Equity or Non-Equity.



Please prepare two contrasting classical pieces, at least one of them Shakespeare. The combined pieces should not exceed 3 minutes; and if you have any additional classical pieces in your repertoire, it couldn’t hurt to dust them off, as you may be given an opportunity to perform them. Those auditioning for a Touring Company position may also have a very brief interview with the Education Director.



Once you’ve scheduled an audition (see below), please submit a current Headshot/Resume, as well as a cover letter. Please specify in the cover letter whether you are interested primarily in a Touring Company or Guest Artist position. For those interested in a Touring Company position, the cover letter should also include the following:

-Why you are interested in CSC

-Your interest in/experience with education

-3 references with contact information

We are endeavoring to go entirely electronic this year, so please upload all materials to Jotform via the following link: AUDITION MATERIAL SUBMISSION

We ask that all materials be submitted by Monday, January 11th.  If there are any issues, or you need to submit your materials via snail mail, contact Artistic Associate Jeremy Dubin at


You can sign-up for an audition slot via the following link: SCHEDULE AN AUDITION

We ask that, if at all possible, you schedule your audition by Monday, January 11th. If you sign-up for a slot, but later find you will be unable to attend, please remove your name from the list. If there are any issues or questions, please contact Jeremy Dubin at


Since you are being kind enough to share your work with us, we’d like to do the same and offer you a complimentary ticket to see HENRY VI, which will be running during the time of the auditions. Once you’ve scheduled your audition, simply contact the box office (513-381-BARD). Mention your name and that you’re an auditioner, and we’ll be happy to set you up with a ticket to see the show.


I’m interested in becoming a part of the Resident Ensemble. What’s the process?

Members of the Resident Ensemble usually either graduate up from the Touring Company, or are Guest Artists that we have worked with a number of times. This gives both parties a chance to get to know each other before committing to a more long-term arrangement- in other words, go on few dates before getting hitched.

Are EMC points available?


I can’t make it to any of the allotted audition dates. Can I still audition?

If you absolutely can’t make it on any of the days listed, let us know and we can try to arrange an audition at a different time. It’s best to try to audition before the dates listed, as the casting process will begin very shortly after those dates. If you are from out-of-town, and are going to be in the area prior to the official auditions, we’re happy to try to set up an audition while you’re here to save you some travel costs.

Should I bring physical copies of my Headshot/Resume to the audition?

While we are trying to go all digital, we occasionally experience some glitches (hard to believe, I know), so it couldn’t hurt to bring along a couple of physical copies.

Do you accept video auditions?

We’re happy to take a look at video submissions, though we will almost always want to see an actor in person before casting them.


Thanks so much, and we’ll hope to see you in January!