Audition

Shakespeare by the Sea is an outdoor summer Shakespeare Festival producing two shows in rep. Auditions are held annually in March/early April.

See Casting Notice Page for details.

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Rehearsals begin May 13 at
Little Fish Theatre, 777 Centre St, San Pedro, California 90731.

Things to know about SBTS

WE ARE NON-EQUITY
TEAMWORK IS MANDATORY
Shakespeare by the Sea is a hands-on production. Actors become part of the company and act as crew members, raffle ticket sellers, etc. Everyone is expected to be present for his/her performance evenings and participate in setting up the show. Each performance is a company effort, and each member is an integral part of the process. We must set-up and breakdown the set each night. It is a synchronized and streamlined team effort where each person is assigned a few tasks. If you don’t like being part of a team and you don’t like to do physical work, then SBTS is most likely not the company for you.

REHEARSAL TIMELINE & LOCATION
We rehearse both shows in tandem for 5 weeks beginning the first week of May, in San Pedro (located at the southern end of the 110 Harbor Fwy.). We’ll rehearse at Little Fish Theatre as well as at the performance venue – Point Fermin Park. Rehearsals usually run from 7-11pm, Monday –Thursday and either Saturday or Sundays from 11-5pm, but Saturdays and Sundays are left to the discretion of the director. Take the commute, if any, into consideration. Anyone who’s cast will also be required to commit to attending the first cast meeting, as well as at least one promotional-papering day.

COMMITMENT
We expect a full commitment.
Anything less is unacceptable and a waste of time – if you can’t commit – don’t audition.

PRODUCTION TIMELINE & TOUR
Our productions will run for 10 weeks — 4 in San Pedro and 6 on tour to locations throughout the South Bay, LA and Orange County. San Pedro performances are every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm with 7:30 raffle sales. The call is 6pm, unless otherwise announced. Please note the tour schedule; call times and locations vary – usually on tour the call is 5pm for a 7pm curtain.

PAY
We’re offering a flat stipend of $2000 to folks double cast in both productions and $1000 to those in only one production.

IT’S QUITE AN EXPERIENCE
Shakespeare by the Sea is a unique experience for those who get involved. Our performance venues are charming, the atmosphere we create is truly magical and our audiences are enthusiastic. Last year over 20,000 people attended our productions.

NOTE
Because our tour locations are local and our actors drive to each location, we are only able to consider actors who live in Southern California or who have access to Southern California housing and transportation.