Denver Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Auditions

Colorado Shakespeare Festival will hold auditions for the 2014 season in January 2014. The CSF holds auditions in Denver and Boulder, Colorado as well as accepts video / email submissions from actors who can not make the casting call.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival was established in 1958. The professional theatre company has celebrated the work of Shakespeare through its continues Shakespeare festival which is held every summer. CRH the answer. The festival is associated with the University of Colorado Boulder and promotes education, community engagement and artistic quality.

The shows are performed under summer skies at the outdoor Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre and also in an indoor venue.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival main stage


This season, the Festival will produce 5 shows

Directed by Geoffrey Kent
A gnashing storm spills the enemies of the great sorcerer and rightful duke of Milan Prospero upon the shores of his island realm, setting the stage for revenge. But from there, Shakespeare’s final, much-loved play defies expectations, erupting into a timeless, exotic tale of monsters and cavorting spirits, love and song, merriment and mercy.

Directed by Seth Panitch
Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s most enduring comic characters, is at the heart of one of the Bard’s greatest laugh-out-loud farces. Pursuing the amorous attentions of two married English ladies, the pompous, rotund knight doesn’t let their mischievous pranking swerve him from his quest. Sure, he’s been punk’d, but surely it’s a sign of affection. Truly one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most popular plays.

Directed by Timothy Orr
A rising Hollywood star accepts the role of Hamlet at New York’s Shakespeare in the Park and his agent thinks he’s gone daft. Why would he trade a fluffy, big-money TV role for dusty old Shakespeare? Leave it to the ghost of actor John Barrymore, the quintessential Hamlet of the 20th century, to hilariously haunt Andy in a play that seeks to answer that question. Written by New Yorker contributor Paul Rudnick, who “may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today,” says The New York Times.

Directed by Carolyn Howarth
Often considered Shakespeare’s most sophisticated history play, the unquiet reign of Henry IV following the murder of Richard II introduces the Bard’s greatest comedic character, Falstaff, the licentious, crafty knight-adviser to Prince Hal. As the action moves from political sparring between the king and the rebellious Hotspur to the clash of swords in battle, the prince begins a journey toward his heroic reign.

performances of Henry IV, Part 2 — Shakespeare as it might have been done in his time. Hal is now on the road to kingship while his old advisor Falstaff ever deeper into ill health and petty criminality. See Part 1 in a matinee, enjoy dinner with us, then be part of an evening presentation of Part 2 for an unforgettable theater experience.

Please review the plays being produced in our 2014 season on our mainpage, at this time ALL roles are being auditioned except Mistress Quickly. CSF hires AEA and non-AEA actors on one, two, and three-show contracts.

Auditions dates and times (The auditions are by appointment only, for an appointment follow the email directions below)

Friday, January 17th

DENVER General auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): Tramway Building, 1101 13th St., Denver, CO, 80204. 2nd Floor, Purple and Blue Studios.

Saturday, January 18th

BOULDER General auditions (9am-5pm, by appointment): University of Colorado, Boulder, Theatre and Dance Department, 2nd Floor Acting Studio.

Sunday, January 19th

BOULDER Callbacks (9am-5pm, by invitation): University of Colorado, Boulder, Theatre and Dance Department, University Theatre.
Both AEA and non-AEA actors will be seen at the general auditions.

Appointments will be taken starting November 25th. Please contact Greg Thorson, Casting Associate, at to obtain an audition slot. You do NOT need to send in a copy of your headshot and resume at this time. No phone calls please. DO NOT EMAIL BEFORE 11/25/13.

Please bring with you to the general auditions two copies of your headshot and resume stapled together. Pease prepare two contrasting classical pieces, no more than three minutes total in length. At least one piece should be Shakespeare, in verse. Please consider pieces from plays in our 2014 season.

Beginning 12/2/13, emailed video auditions will be accepted (either Youtube or Vimeo). Deadline to submit is 12/31/13. Please prepare two contrasting pieces, no longer than three minutes total in length. Actors auditioning by video are encouraged to perform excerpts from the plays in our 2014 season. Please email link (plus headshot and resume) to: Casting Associate, Greg Thorson
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is an equal opportunity employer and encourages actors of underrepresented groups to audition for our season.

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