Artistic Employment

Elm Shakespeare Company, now in its 23rd season, is known for producing professional theater in association with Actors’ Equity Association and innovative educational programs with students ages 7-70 from widely diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. -We hire approximately 16-20 performers each summer and are always looking for talented, committed teaching artists year-round.


Performance Contracts

Each summer, ESC’s free Shakespeare in the park is produced outdoors in New Haven’s historic Edgerton Park each year with a cast of approximately 20 made up of union and non-union professionals along with a selection of students, performing for 20,000 people over 16 performances.

  • Rehearsals: Tuesday-Sunday starting July 16
  • Performances: Tuesday-Sunday, August 16-September 2

What we are Seeking

ESC looks for classically-trained actors who also are strong singers and musicians. Our actors will be playing and singing music before and during the summer production. 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, and strive for our casts to accurately reflect the wide diversity of the community for which we perform.


Auditions

Because the actor-audience connection is an important company aesthetic, actors are scheduled for a ONE HOUR appointment, in groups of 6-8. This allows for more time with each actor and provides an audience to connect with. See below for how to schedule an appointment.

Actors should prepare two 1-minute Shakespeare monologues (preferably in verse), and be prepared to share their musical ability (bringing any hand instruments).

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Actors’ Equity Association–EPA

When: Tuesday, February 20th from 11am-10pm
Where: Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven
Details: Email Audition@ElmShakespeare.org with two ONE HOUR time slots that work for you. Our Audition Intern will reply with an appointment time, for you to confirm. Walk-ins will be added as space allows.

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Non Union Professionals

BY INVITATION ONLY
Please submit a headshot and resume to Audition@ElmShakespeare.org

When: Sunday, February 25th 1pm-9pm
Where: To be communicated on confirmation
Details: 

  • Pictures should be in JPG format (no larger than 250k)
  • Resume should be in PDF format (no larger than 250k)
  • All file names should be your first and last name (i.e. John Smith.jpg)
  • If you are invited to audition, our Audition Intern will reply with an appointment time, for you to confirm. Please no follow up calls or emails.

College Students

When: Wednesday, February 28th from 7pm -10pm
Where: To be communicated on confirmation
Details: Submit a headshot in jpg format and resume in pdf format to Audition@ElmShakespeare.org

  • Pictures should be in JPG format (no larger than 250k)
  • Resume should be in PDF format (no larger than 250k)
  • All file names should be your first and last name (i.e. John Smith.jpg) Our Audition Intern will reply with an appointment time, for you to confirm.

Education Contracts

Offering a wide range of education programs from in-school residencies to summer camps and pre-professional training, ESC provides educational opportunities to students of all ages in myriad communities. We are always looking for experienced teaching artists with specific skills in Shakespeare, Playbuilding, and special needs students. We also offer teacher training workshops in our teaching methodologies throughout the year, by invitation.

Please send letter of inquiry, resume and 2 references to Education Program Manager, Sarah Bowles here.