Pay Rate: 80/Show, 20/hr for rehearsals

Seeking Actors of Color for Drunk Shakespeare Chicago

Video Submissions requested, please see below for details.

$20/hr for rehearsal

JOB START DATE: 4/1/2019


All your whiskey-soaked actor fantasies are about to come true, because the hit Off-Broadway juggernaut Drunk Shakespeare is opening in Chicago! We are looking for outstanding performers with that special combination of an indestructible liver, an incurable love of The Bard, and an insatiable hunger to play.

About Drunk Shakespeare:

Each night, one actor downs six shots before the ensemble attempts a Shakespeare play. Seriously. Inhibitions are released, the muse is invoked, and the spirits flow freely. Pop culture, current events, the whole canon of plays, music, drinks and more take over a hidden library speakeasy in The Loop.

For five years, Drunk Shakespeare has been entertaining audiences from all over the world Off-Broadway in NYC. Drunk Shakespeare is A New York Times Critics’ Pick and “the best thing to ever happen to the theater” according to Slate Magazine.  Alumni from the cast of Drunk Shakespeare have gone on to perform on Broadway & the West End, in national equity tours, and with Blue Man Group.

We want actors who are excited about the opportunity to get involved with a long-running show by bringing fresh ideas and excitement. Actors have agency in this company to bring their own artistry and individual skill-set to the roles and we’re specifically looking for individuals who are eager to push the envelope of “a traditional theatre experience”. Performers should be well-versed in Shakespeare, comfortable with improv and audience-interaction, possess outstanding comedic chops, commanding stage presence and an up-for-anything attitude.

This is an ensemble piece and all actors must possess a positive attitude with a strong sense of teamwork and ensemble sensibility.

Drunk Shakespeare encourages performers of all backgrounds, ages, sizes, racial identities, physical abilities and gender-identities (and/or non-conforming) to apply for any role(s). We are actively seeking a diverse cast.

Note: With the exception of The Host, all roles will be required to get tipsy/drunk on stage approximately once a week.

Rehearsals will begin early April with an anticipated opening in early May. Actors will begin with an initial 4-week trial contract, followed by an extension with the opportunity for an open-ended run!

Schedule: Initially 3-5 shows/week: (Wednesdays through Saturdays) with potential to expand up to 8+ shows/week. (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat)

NOTE: The ‘Drunk Actor’

The ‘Drunk Actor’ track rotates through all roles with the exception of the Host. By submitting for this casting you are acknowledging that you are over 21 years of age, and that you are excited and able to drink on stage approximately once a week. Meme Juice Productions does not promote irresponsible drinking, and strict drunk performance guidelines will be adhered to. The “Drunk Actor” receives free safe transportation home. We do not condone alcoholism. If you believe you may have a problem, please do not apply.

To submit, please email the following to chicago@drunkshakespeare.com ASAP:

  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • BRIEF note highlighting any special skills / talents Link (Vimeo, YouTube) to taped audition.You should prepare a brief Shakespearean monologue that shows us your ability to conversationally handle language. Additionally, we want you to be comfortable and have fun. The goal is to see your personality, so don’t be afraid to mess with the text or approach it in an unusual way.
  • Any additional link(s) that show off your special skills and/or musical abilities

Character Type/Restrictions:


The thru-line of the show and carries the task of telling the story. A soldier returning home from war, enticed by vaulting ambition (and a very convincing wife), does whatever it takes to become King. Charismatic, charming, physically imposing. Looking for excellent Shakespeare chops, commanding stage presence, great comedic timing, and surprising special skills.  Macbeth often ends up shirtless at the end of the play. This role will be required to get tipsy/drunk on stage approximately once a week.


Macduff is a catalyst for justice. Strong command of Shakespeare text and compelling stage presence are a must.This role requires strong & natural musical ability - singing, guitar playing, and/or the ability to accompany yourself singing are a plus. Dancing/gymnastic ability is also a plus. Macduff often ends up shirtless at the end of the play. Good sense of humor, up for anything attitude required. Audience interaction within the confines of the story. Individuals with outstanding comic timing, commanding stage presence, and high level of energy are desired. This role will be required to get tipsy/drunk on stage approximately once a week.

To apply for this job email your details to chicago@drunkshakespeare.com