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Auditions for the 2024 production of Title TBA

SF Shakes is now accepting audition submissions for our 2024 Free Shakespeare production of TBA!
Due to a change in Equity guidelines, we are no longer accepting video submissions.
Please reach out to us at if you have any questions.

Casting team

  • Artistic Director- Carla Pantoja
  • Director- Maryssa Wanlass (She/They)
  • Assistant Director- Vanessa Dalpiaz (She/Her)
  • Production Manager- Pratiksha Shah (She/Her)
  • Casting Assistant- Gabriella Howell (She/Her)

audition and callbacks

(Location: Moonschool – 42nd Street Moon, 250 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102

  • February 19, 9-5pm: In-person Auditions Day 1 (Non-AEA)
  • February 20, 9-5pm: In-person Auditions Day 2 (AEA)
  • February 26: In-person Callbacks Day 1
  • February 27: In-person Callbacks Day 2
  • March 31: Deadline for all casting decisions

how to sign up

Complete the following by February 18, 2023:

safety and accessibility

  • SF Shakes is deeply committed to inclusive, empowered, and conscious casting.  Actors of all genders and races as well as disabled actors will be considered for all roles.
  • We have stairs in our audition room, please email us if you need accommodation.
  • We are a fully vaccinated theater company.  Please submit your updated vaccination card along with the audition form.
  • We encourage you to stay masked during audition process and contact us if you have COVID symptoms on the day of audition.

roles and Pay Rates

SF Shakes will be casting an 8-to-10-actor ensemble* consisting of the following:

  • 5 AEA Professional Actors: LORT D scale ($739/week during rehearsals and weeks with 4 performances; $144/performance for weeks with 2-3 performances; plus overtime for rehearsal on non-performance days.)
  • 1-3 non-AEA Professional Actors: ($18.48/hour, comparable to Equity rates)
  • 1-2 non-AEA Performance Interns: ($17.00/hour): Play small roles; understudy supporting roles
  • 2-4 non-AEA full-time understudies: (same rates as #2 above)

*Some roles will be precast.
SF Shakes is committed to paying for all artistic work and for all hours worked. We do not work more than 40 hours/week, and we do not have 10-out-of-12 tech rehearsals – maximum hours are 8-out-of-10.

We are committed to hiring our local Bay Area acting community whenever possible, and regret that we are unable to provide housing for non-local actors. All actors should have access to local housing within 50 miles of San Francisco.

production schedule

We are thrilled to be back for a fully in-person season in 2023!  We will be recording one performance and sharing it online.

  • SF Shakes has a Tuesday-Saturday rehearsal schedule, shifting to Tuesday-Sunday during tech/preview weeks and Thursday-Sunday during performance weeks.
  • A script workshop may be held in March or April, with full rehearsals beginning no sooner than June 6, 2023.
  • The production is slated to run through September 10, with a possible 3-week extension.