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.
Auditions have ended for our 2016 season; please check back in September 2016 for information about auditions for our 2017. Thanks for your interest in the Illinois Shakespeare Festival!
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 are mid-May through mid-August.
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