Shakespeare in Detroit (SiD) is hosting auditions for its free July 2020 summer production, The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Lionel Walsh, to be performed in Windsor, ON and Detroit in partnership with the University of Windsor. PLEASE READ ENTIRE NOTICE as most questions can probably be answered here.

  • Actors must have a valid passport or Enhanced Driver’s License.

  • All rehearsals will take place at the University of Windsor with performances in both cities.

  • Actors will be paid $2400 USD for their participation (averages $400 per week). Housing and transportation costs will not be provided for this production.

  • Six (6) week commitment from June 15 through July 26, 2020. No more than 2 conflicts during the rehearsal process, please. If you have more than this, please consider auditioning for another show in the future.

  • This is an outdoor production. The venues will not be shared unless you are cast in the show.

  • No video submissions at this time. And please bring two (2) copies of your resume and headshot with you. There is no need to email or send them in advance.

Email for an appointment. These are Non-Equity auditions. No calls, please. And no information outside of this notice will be shared with auditionees. A SiD representative will reply "Confirmed" within 48-hours of receipt of your request. If you have a preferred date/time, please, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. Please also let us know what city you prefer to audition. If your preferred date/time is unavailable, we will let you know and try to find another time at your convenience.

A character breakdown and rehearsal schedule will be shared upon arrival to your appointment. However, please read the play, any available version, for the context of the story and characters. Please also research and review Shakespeare in Detroit's Mission and Vision statement for understanding of the company's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion values HERE.


Thursday, January 16, 2020 (Windsor auditions) 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Jackman Dramatic Art Centre - University of Windsor inside the Movement studio | 401 Sunset Ave, Windsor, ON N9B 3P4, Canada | Visit for assistance navigating your way to the building. | Metered parking available. US and Canadian coins work in the meters.

Friday, January 17, 2020 (Detroit auditions)  10 a.m. – 8 p.m.  

The War Memorial inside the Dance studio. Please look for sign |  32 Lake Shore Dr, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236 | Free parking in the lot of the building.


Requirements — One comic Shakespeare monologue and one monologue that is similar to the character you are auditioning for in Merry Wives. Prefer another Shakespeare, but can be from modern/contemporary plays.  Note: at least one piece must be in verse but it does not have to be from Merry Wives as prose is dominant in the play.

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