Illinois Shakespeare Festival
Illinois Shakespeare Festival
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Entering its 39th season, the Festival is still producing energetic new interpretations of plays, with the artistry and humanity of the Shakespearean canon as our inspiration and guide. The Festival performs to audiences of over 10,000 every summer and operates under an Actors' Equity U/RTA Tier I contract.

We will announce our 2016 season in September 2015. If you are interested in being considered for the 2016 season, please submit a video audition (one Shakespeare monologue in verse, not to exceed 3 minutes) to prior to Friday, October 16, 2015. If a callback audition is requested, you will be notified by November 2, 2015. Thanks for your interest in the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Thanks for your interest in the Festival!

The Company

The Illinois Shakespeare Festival operates as a repertory company. Actors are contracted to play multiple roles in two or more of the season productions. Opportunities to understudy may also be available.

The Festival seeks out actors who are passionate about working on Shakespearean texts and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, energy, and talents with other artists and with our audience members. Creating a positive and supportive environment that fosters artistic excellence is of primary importance at the Festival.


Festival actors are contracted to play roles in three shows. Non-Equity and intern actors may be offered specific roles or a position with roles to be cast upon arrival in May. All Equity and non-Equity positions are paid. The Festival offers housing for all employees.

Contract Dates

Contract dates are mid-May through mid-August.


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