2019 GVSF Season Auditions
February 16 & 17, 2019
The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival is committed to hiring the best actor for the job. We encourage actors of all backgrounds/ ethnicities to audition, and endorse the use of audition pieces without regard to traditional gender.
The Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, entering its 29th season, seeks a diverse and versatile company of actors with strong classical skills for their repertory season: Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Christopher Weddell, and Julius Caesar, directed by Tamara McCarthy.
The GVSF performances will run July 2 - 27, Tues-Friday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 1:30pm and 7:30pm, outdoors on the grounds of Camosun College’s Landsdowne Campus. There will also be three evening performances of Two Gentlemen of Verona August 1-3 at Saxe Point in Esquimalt. Rehearsals commence May 1, also at Camosun College.
Auditions will be held in Victoria on the Camosun Lansdowne campus on Saturday February 16 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday, February 17 from 10am to 2pm. Any callbacks will be held after 2pm Sunday afternoon. Appointments are required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an electronic version of your headshot and resume to request a time slot. Appointments are given on a first come/first served basis.
Please prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, at least one in verse, as well as approximately 16 bars of an acapella song of your choosing. If you play a portable instrument, please bring it and be prepared to play.
Video auditions are accepted in cases where attendance is not possible. Please send your materials as above, as well as a link to an online video source (please do not send large video files).
These productions require strong movers, singers, and some capable musicians. Actors who play percussive instruments are of special interest. Also, please note that we are an outdoor theatre and do not use microphones so great diction and vocal strength is very important.
Mentor Actors: Actors who anchor major roles, as well as teaching and mentoring the Company in text and speech work. These roles are paid.
Core Actors: Actors who play multiple roles in both plays. Some roles may be cross-gender cast. These actors receive workshops and engagement in a learning environment, as well as a small honourarium.
Company Actors: Actors who are cast in only one play. Some roles may be cross-gender cast. These actors receive workshops and engagement in a learning environment, as well as a small honourarium.
Junior Company: 2-4 actors, ages 13-18, who play minor roles as well as learn areas of stagecraft and technical theatre. These actors receive workshops and engagement in a learning environment.