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Audition Notice

Shakespeare in Detroit is hosting auditions for both our youth production and our professional show on Monday, March 13, 2023 and Tuesday, March 14, 2023 from 6 PM to 10 PM EST on both days at Marygrove, located at 8425 W. McNichols Road in Detroit, 48221. Parking is free. 


Please, check-in with security and let them know you are there for auditions in the theater inside the Liberal Arts building. Someone will be outside of the theater to greet you and to check you in. 


Each actor will receive a 5-minute slot to showcase two (2) monologues: one Shakespeare monologue and one contemporary monologue of their choice. We suggest reserving no more than 2 minutes for each monologue and using the other minute to ask any questions pertaining to SiD’s summer programming, if necessary.


Email to set up a time for an appointment. 


Details for Macbeth: A Youth Production

  • Must be a Detroit-based student currently enrolled in a school within the city proper

  • Headshots and resumes are not required. However, a polaroid or digital photo will be taken of students during the audition process if you do not have a headshot available

  • Must be between the ages of 14 and 17 years old (in some cases an exception will be made for students who are 13 years old and headed into 9th grade)

  • Accepting 12 to 15 students into the summer program, which is an extension of SiD’s youth program, Shakespeare STEAM

  • Saturday, April 8, 2023 student/parent orientation and information session from 10AM to 2 PM 

  • Must commit to being a part of pre-production work on our set in collaboration with LiveCoal on April 10,11,12,13,14 and 15 in Brightmoor from 5PM to 7PM

  • Must be available for costume fittings (specific time will be assigned) from 10AM to 2PM on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at Marygrove 

  • Conservatory runs Monday through Friday, beginning Wednesday, July 5, 2023 through Sunday, August 13, 2023. Classes are from 9 PM to 3 PM (7/5 -8/4) (8/6 selected scenes in partnership with LiveCoal in Brightmoor) (8/9 3PM to 6 PM Tech at Campus Martius) (8/10 Filming at Marygrove for archive/YouTube). A schedule will be given out with offers to those that receive them

  • Students will rehearse for Macbeth and learn stage combat and dance skills during conservatory along with literacy and life skills training 

  • Must participate in promotional activities for the summer show i.e. possible pop-up performances on the East, West and Southwest sides of the city. Dates and times to be given if offered a role. 

  • Must be able to perform outdoors: August 12 and 13 (Tech run will be August 9, 2023)

  • Production is a modern verse translation by Migdalia Cruz for PlayOn

  • Production will be directed by Emilio Rodriguez 

  • Parents must be willing to support student’s experience in conservatory with SiD by ensuring they are on time for each day and picking them up from conservatory; some transportation stipends available for families in need 

  • SiD will support transportation to Tech rehearsals and to and from each performance (8/9, 8/12 and 8/13) *Macbeth will open for the professional showing of The Tempest on August 12th and 13th 

  • $1,000 scholarships will be given to each participating student at the conclusion of the summer conservatory on Sunday, August 13, 2023

  • Performances will take place in downtown Detroit at Campus Martius Park located at 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48226

  • Outdoor performances will be free for the entire community so don’t forget to invite your family and friends 

  • Parking at Campus Martius is not free. There is street parking and lot parking available


Shakespeare in Detroit is returning to downtown Detroit with a live, professional performance of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by SiD’s Founder, Sam White.  


Email us for more information about the show which is an homage to Detroit’s The New Dance Show and Techno Music. 


Email to set up a time for an appointment. 


Details for The Tempest: A Celebration of Detroit’s Techno Music + Ten Years of Shakespeare in Detroit 


  • Non-Equity and AEA Actors are encouraged to audition for the role of Prospero

  • Digital auditions will be accepted for Prospero only (Must submit a private YouTube link for consideration for the role)

  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) actors are highly encouraged to audition for this production which pays homage to Detroit’s Techno roots and The New Dance Show

  •  Please send resumes and headshot in your inquiry for an audition slot via email to Actors are also expected to bring two physical copies of your headshot and resume to the audition. 

  • $500 per week salary for Prospero only 

  • $300 per week salary for other characters: Ariel, Caliban, Ferdinand, Stephano, Trinculo, Antonio, Sebastian, THEE Goddess, Gonzalo, Alonso (the role of Miranda has already been cast)

  • Actors are expected to be off book before the first day of rehearsal as the rehearsal period is only 3.5 weeks 

  • No more than 2 conflicts, please. 

  • Rehearsals begin Tuesday, July 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31 then August 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and  from noon to 8 PM EST

  • Tech will be the day of the show on August 11, 2023 from 10 AM to 2 PM EST with a 4-hour break before the call for opening night

  • This production will be an outdoor showing of The Tempest at Campus Martius August 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 PM

  • Actors may be asked to participate in promotional activities for the production i.e. giving quotes to newspapers, interviews, TV appearances, etc. 

  • Please note it tends to be very hot in August and if high temperatures are not conducive to your wellness, we ask that you take that into consideration before inquiring about a time for auditions

Please NOTE: We will also be casting for our Black Classical Reading Project which runs as  part of this summer's CLASSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL of events. 

Shakespeare in Detroit accepts artists of every identity, and does not discriminate on the basis of identity, including but not limited to:  race, creed, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, HIV serostatus, disability, height, weight, veteran status, marital status, or economic class.

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