Pay Rate: Stipend
Audition Date and Time: Audition tapes must be submitted by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 19th.
Audition Location: Virtual submission
Contact Person Email: manon@chicagoyouthshakespeare.org
Contact Person Name: Manon Spadaro

Seeking up to 15 youth actors, ages 14-19 for the Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble’s 2021/’22 Season.

The Chicago Youth Shakespeare Ensemble (CYSE), is the city of Chicago’s only professional youth Shakespeare company, offering teen artists ages 14 -19 the opportunity to train, collaborate, and perform Shakespeare’s plays while earning a $200 stipend and professional credit for their work.

The CYSE will produce two plays in the 2021/’22 Season: William Shakespeare’s Macbeth [January thru March, 2022] and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised), [April, 2022]

For those who were unable to attend our in-person auditions, CYS is accepting taped auditions thru Sunday, September 19th.  Details and instructions for submitting your audition tape can be found at: https://www.chicagoyouthshakespeare.org/cyse-virtual-audition-portal.html


Material to Prepare:

A monologue from any Shakespeare play (any role/gender), approx. 1-2 minutes in length, memorized.

Time Commitment:

Weekly training and rehearsals for the full company will be on Sundays from 1-5 pm, October 17, 2021 - January 2, 2022. Select weeknight rehearsals in Nov/Dec ,2021 (TBA). Tech rehearsals, filming dates, and live performances at The Edge Off-Broadway Theater, January 3 - 16, 2022. Up to 5 local touring engagements in February/March (TBA). Sunday rehearsals in March & April, 2022 TBA. Performance on April 23, 2022. *Final rehearsal and production schedule not yet confirmed.

Character Type/Restrictions:

The CYSE is a diverse, multi-racial Ensemble. All types are welcome. BIPOC youth actors are strongly encouraged to audition.