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2024 General Audition Notice

Audition Dates:

Friday, January 26 through Monday, January 29, please indicate in your submission e-mail if you have a preference of date or time. 

Submission Deadline:

Monday, January 22nd before 5pm MST.

Submit Headshot & CV TO:

Please title your documents using your last name and first initial, following this example: Horak.D Resume.PDF

CAEA members: please indicate your Equity status at the time of submission. Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Please bring your membership number to the audition.

We will be prioritizing seeing as many new folks as possible so If you have auditioned or worked for the company in the past two years we may not need to see you but please let us know in your submission your interest and availability.


Currently there are no protocols in place. However, we understand that everyone has a different sense of safety and so if you need to mask for your in-person audition, that is absolutely fine. We will let you know if any restrictions
are put in place before the in-person audition.

The Tempest, Directed by David Horak.

Since 1989 the Freewill Shakespeare Festival has produced the works of William Shakespeare outdoors with professional Canadian actors, directors, designers and technicians. We are committed to hiring local artists to illuminate in a bold, modern way the humanity of Shakespeare, and explore the relevance of those themes for contemporary audiences.

This season Freewill is embarking on a new adventure! Since we are unable to perform at the Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park due to renovations, we are going to be travelling to selected parks throughout Edmonton. The cast will be required to work
outdoors in varying conditions.

More details about the season will be updated on our website:

All actors must be locally based for the duration of the contract.

Rehearsals begin: May 27th, 2024
Opening: June 20, 2024

Contract ends: July 14th, 2024

If you receive an invitation to audition, please prepare two contrasting pieces, one monologue from Shakespeare and the other piece is your choice of monologue (Contemporary or Classical), song, dance, spoken word, special skill or any performance piece that you would like to share that best shows your talent. Please keep the pieces to less than 8 minutes in total length. Candidates should have a strong
handle on Shakespearean and heightened text and be able to work outdoors during a variety of weather conditions.


The Freewill Shakespeare Festival is located in amiskwaciwâskahikan ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Edmonton, AB), and we are proud to call Treaty 6 territory home. We strive to reflect the diversity and strength of Edmonton and welcome applicants of all gender identities, cultures, sexual orientations, ethnicities and abilities.

We are deeply committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and anti-oppressive creative working environment. This commitment is shared by all of our Board members, staff and volunteers.

Please let us know if there are any accessibility needs. If there are any potential barriers (language, disability, or any other considerations) preventing you from applying to audition please let us know and we will work with you to overcome them including accepting video or online auditions.

For those artists who have barriers to access to any part of our process as laid out, please don't hesitate to reach out to us and we will happily work with you to allow you to show us your artistry in whatever format is easiest and accessible to you.

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