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Audition Notice

Shakespeare in Detroit is hosting digital auditions for a Spring 2024 production of As You Like It from December 1 - 20, 2023. 


Actors must film two contrasting Shakespearean monologues (i.e. tragedy and a comedy). Equity and Non-Equity artists are encouraged to apply. In addition, out-of-state actors are also welcomed to apply. Other audition requirements include:


  1. Please introduce your name (first and last) at the beginning of the audition video (include your pronouns). 

  2. Give the titles of the plays for monologues that you will be performing. 

  3. Please make sure you have good lighting so we can see you perform. 

  4. Submit a single video no longer than 3 minutes total.

  5. Create a private link on YouTube of your audition video and send it to us along with a PDF of your resume and professional headshot to

  6. Know your lines. Please ensure you are not reading from a form or document instead give your full attention to the character instead of reading lines. 

  7. Film in landscape not portrait. 

  8. Use a neutral background. 

  9. Film from chest-up or waist-up if there’s movement.

  10. Try not to stress too much. We provide these tips to support your best work but it’s more important to feel confident and send your best filmed audition. We are sending you positive vibes. 


Specific callback dates and times will be shared with actors who are asked to attend in-person auditions in January 2024. 


Actors will be required to attend a company orientation Sunday, April 14, 2024 from 11 AM to 3 PM EST. Rehearsals are 11 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday beginning Monday, April 15 through Friday, May 10, 2024. The show opens Monday, May 13th and runs the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th (7 PM), 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd and the 24th it closes (2 shows, a matinee at 11 AM and an evening show at 7PM). All the shows have an 11 AM start except Saturday, May 18th and the 2nd show in the evening of the 24th. Ten of the shows are student matinees with the goal of impacting at least 3,000 students, and two shows are for the general public. The show is at no cost to students or the public and will take place inside the danto lecture hall at the detroit institute of the arts. 


PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL DATES AND TIMES BEFORE DECIDING TO SUBMIT AN AUDITION. In addition, Shakespeare in Detroit rehearses in the spirit of most regional theaters which may be different than a typical Detroit theater schedule. What does this mean? We give you the times that rehearsals are happening. But, the actor may not be called for the entirety of rehearsal depending on what scene or moment is being rehearsed. You will find out the exact time you are called 24-hours prior to the next day’s call by the stage manager via email. 


Actors weekly earnings begin at $450.00 per week. Equity rates TBD based on AEA contract and casting needs. Typically, Shakespeare in Detroit works on a Guest Artist contract per the union. 


The show is directed by Shakespeare in Detroit’s Founder, Sam White, in collaboration with Associate Director Emilio Rodriguez. 


This abridged version of As You Like It is edited by Sam White and inspired by the film Something Good which you can view HERE


Actors of color are strongly encouraged to submit an audition. 

This is an opportunity for professional actors 18-Years or older only. 

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