Auditons

VIDEO Submission Deadline:
Wednesday January 26th  

 

We realize that many people are uncomfortable or unable to meet us in person during the rising cases of Covid-19 and we want to meet as many Edmonton-based actors as possible so we are accepting video submissions for the 2022 Season (in accordance with the COVID Addendum to Canadian Actors’ Equity Association’s ITA). 

 

Please prepare one piece, preferably from Shakespeare or other piece that highlights heightened language. If you feel strongly to show a special skill or other performance piece that also best shows your talent, feel free to add that but please keep the submission to less than 8 minutes in total length. 

 

Please attach a resume and headshot to the submission e-mail and title your documents using your first initial and last name, following this example: "D. Horak - Resume.PDF”.

 

Let us know in the e-mail if there are roles in either productions that you see yourself best fit. **Only artists residing in Alberta or who can arrange housing as ‘locals' will be considered at this time**.

Send the completed video directly to: auditions@freewillshakespeare.com or you may send a link to the video that you've uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or some other cloud service. Make sure you give us permission to view the online video and if you send it directly to us please send it in MP4 or MOV format. 

 

Candidates should have a strong handle on Shakespearean text and be able to work outdoors during a variety of weather conditions. 

 

We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other communities facing systemic marginalization, and welcome members of those communities to self-identify as they feel comfortable. We welcome applicants to inform us of their pronouns if they wish, and to include details about how their identity informs their practice and needs as they see fit.

 

Once we have seen all the submissions we may request an online meeting. If you do not hear from us by mid- February, 2022 we have probably moved on but please stay in touch with the Festival for future seasons.

 

 

Production Details

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by David Horak & Measure for Measure directed by Nancy McAlear. Freewill Shakespeare Festival produces the works of William Shakespeare in the outdoor Heritage Amphitheatre with professional Canadian actors, directors, designers and technicians. We are committed to hiring local artists too illuminate in a bold, modern way the humanity of Shakespeare, and explore the relevance of those themes for contemporary audiences.

 

Rehearsal begins May 9th, 2022

Opening June 16 & 17th

Contract ends: July 10, 2022

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 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.

 

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.