Drunk Shakespeare Chicago

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Website Drunk Shakespeare Chicago

Pay Rate: $90/show
Audition Date and Time: VIDEO submission with IN PERSON callbacks to follow.
Contact Person Email: jobs@brassjar.com
Contact Person Name: Lexee Leach


Scott Griffin – Producer

David Hudon – Director

Lisa Klages – Director


The exciting world of Off-Broadway’s hottest sensation, Drunk Shakespeare, is searching for versatile performers who exude charisma and creativity.

Every evening, a group of five skilled performers, members of ‘The Drunk Shakespeare Society,’ gather to put on a mesmerizing play. But here’s the thrilling twist: one among them bravely indulges in multiple shots of liquid courage, setting the stage for an unforgettable performance.

Since 2014, Drunk Shakespeare has been entertaining audiences from all over the world with productions in NYC, Chicago, DC, Phoenix, and Houston. Drunk Shakespeare is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and the Chicago Tribune said it “may just wind up being one of the most enjoyable ways to experience a tragedy.” Alumni from the cast have gone on to perform on Broadway, in the West End, Blue Man Group, The Deuce, Billions, Sunnyside and on national tours.

Drinking on Stage 

Every night, one of our performers becomes ‘The Drunk Actor,’ orchestrating controlled chaos by issuing challenges, performing their own curated ‘Drunk Challenges,’ and becoming the audience’s champion. This role allows you to bring an elevated version of yourself beyond Shakespeare’s boundaries, fostering a fresh and engaging show every time.

There is one drunk actor per show and the schedule is organized to ensure no performer drinks more than twice a week. There are numerous internal systems in place to ensure the well-being of performers and audience. The “Drunk Actor” receives free safe transportation home.

Finally, we acknowledge that everybody has a different relationship to alcohol. We are seeking to celebrate joy, laughter and libations as people have done through time but only you know if this is the right environment for you. Performers begin with an initial 4-week trial period so that both the performer and production can decide if this is a great fit. Brass Jar Productions does not promote irresponsible drinking, and strict drinking guidelines will be adhered to. By submitting for this casting you are acknowledging that you are over 21 years of age, and that you want to drink and perform Shakespeare on stage approximately once a week. We do not condone alcoholism. If you believe you may have a problem, please do not apply.

Material to Prepare:

Videos should be sent via shareable link (Youtube, Vimeo, google drive etc.) but please ensure no password or account is needed and no download is required. Do not attach a video file to your email.

MONOLOGUE - Shakespeare, 1 minute in length. We would like to meet YOU through this text, so approach it in a contemporary way that allows your personality to shine while honoring Shakespeare's intention.

SKILLS SHOWCASE - Prepare a 1-2 minute video showcasing your special skills. Examples could include: dialects, impressions, dance, acrobatics, musical abilities, speaking multiple languages, etc. Let your imagination run wild! You can incorporate your skills into a speech or use a more freestyle approach.
*Deadline for audition submission: July 5th, 2024. Submissions may not be considered after this date.

Time Commitment:

Holiday availability and flexible schedule are a must! Weekend availability is required. Initial rehearsals may be held during both day and night.
Actors will begin with an initial 4-week trial contract, followed by an extension with the opportunity for an open-ended run.

Character Type/Restrictions:


Lady M, a captivating force wielding every tool to sway her husband, seduce the audience, and propel their joint ascent (and inevitable descent) into power. You also get to play a pretty gnarly witch. Seeking a bold and enchanting actress with a strong command of Shakespeare’s text, ready to mesmerize audiences with every compelling twist of the tale.

*This role may be required to drink on stage approximately once a week.


Get ready for a rollercoaster of roles! This track is a whirlwind—shifting from the confidant best friend to the hilariously hungover, flirtatious porter; a puppet, a witch, and more. Seeking performers with a broad character range and a love for the outrageous. Improvisation and puppetry skills are a major plus!

*This role may be required to drink on stage approximately once a week.


Macduff is the pivotal force behind the play's climactic crescendo. We’re in search for performers with physical dynamism and electric energetic. You should be a compelling mover and must have an impressive musical talent. This track also gets to play a fun witch and indulge in a little puppetry. Whether you're a singer or a wizard with a guitar, this role promises an exhilarating fusion of movement, music, and mystique.

*This role may be required to drink on stage approximately once a week.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@brassjar.com