Now Seeking:  Actors To tell the stories of all of us

The American Shakespeare Center looks for classically-trained actors who also are strong singers and musicians. Our actors play and sing music before and during all ASC shows. Musical ability is not, however, a requirement for employment.

We look for actors of all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. We frequently cast women as male characters and sometimes men as female characters. We cast actors of color in any/all roles. We believe that Shakespeare’s plays tell the stories of all of us and we want our casting to reflect that.

Current casting information is available here.

Contract periods

Summer/Fall Season

May – November (7 months)

  • performs in rotating repertory at the Blackfriars Playhouse
  • Equity and non-Equity actors
ASC On Tour/Holiday & Spring Seasons

July – June (11 months)

  • Tours in the fall and late-winter with three plays in rotating repertory
  • Performs in residence at the Blackfriars Playhouse in December
  • Performs four plays in rotating repertory in the Blackfriars Playhouse Spring Season
  • Non-Equity actors
Actors’ renaissance season

January – April (3.5 months)

  • Performs five plays in rotating repertory at the Blackfriars Playhouse
  • Equity and non-Equity actors
  • All actors in the Actors’ Renaissance Season will have worked previously with the ASC

Casting Period

Our casting period is June through February for the following year’s seasons. Final auditions/callbacks will be held in Staunton and other selected cities, and by video. Offers will be made on a rolling basis.


We invite approximately 20% of the submissions we receive to audition, based on experience and training.  No phone calls or follow-up emails, please.  All actors must be authorized to accept employment in the United States in order to audition.  Candidates will be required to present proof of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work in the U.S.

We may ask you for a preliminary video audition, but to be considered for final casting, actors should attend auditions/callbacks in Staunton and selected cities in the fall.

Submit Here

Open Calls

We hold Equity Principal Auditions each year.