Free Shakespeare 2021: Pericles

SF Shakes is now accepting video submissions for our 2021 Free Shakespeare production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre.

Please submit via email to by April 5, 2021:
~ Link to one-minute Shakespeare monologue on video, waist-up 3/4, well-lit against a neutral background with clear sound
~ Digital Headshot and Resume
~ Completed audition form (submit via Google Forms)

Who’s reviewing your audition video:
~ Artistic Director Rebecca J. Ennals (she/her)
~ Directing team, TBD
~ Casting Associate/Resident Artist David Everett Moore (he/him)

About Free Shakespeare:
SF Shakes has been producing Free Shakespeare for 39 years. Free Shakespeare operates under a LORT D, LOA contract, and employ a mix of Equity and non-Equity actors. In 2020, when in-person performances were not possible, our Free Shakespeare in the Park production, which usually tours Bay Area communities, became Free Shakespeare at Home, which reached a global audience using live performances online using Unified Virtual Space, an innovative technique designed by our own technical director. Our 2021 production will begin in virtual space and possibly include an in-person component later in the season, if Equity protocols and state & county reopening rules allow.

Roles available:

An ensemble of 9 actors; doublings tbd:

Gower/as cast
Pericles/as cast
Thaisa/as cast
Marina/as cast
Lysimachus/as cast
Helicanus/as cast
Cerimon/as cast
Lord/Attendant/understudy/as cast (intern)
Lord/Attendant/understudy/as cast (intern)

SF Shakes is deeply committed to inclusive, empowering, and color-conscious casting. Actors of all genders & races and Disabled actors will be considered for all roles unless otherwise indicated.

Pay rates:
AEA Professional Actors: LORT D scale ($696/week during rehearsals and weeks with 4 performances; $139/performance for weeks with 2-3 performances; plus overtime for rehearsal on non-performance days.)
Non-AEA Professional Actors: $17.40/hour, comparable to Equity rates
16-25-year-old or current student Interns: $16.50/hour

SF Shakes is committed to paying for all artistic work and for all hours worked, including publicity & post-show discussion time. We do not work more than 40 hours/week, and we do not have 10-out-of-12 tech rehearsals - maximum hours are 8-out-of-10.

Important Dates:
SF Shakes has a Tuesday-Saturday rehearsal schedule, shifting to Tuesday-Sunday during rehearsal-and-performance weeks and Friday-Sunday during performance weeks. A script workshop may be held in May, with full rehearsals beginning no sooner than June 8, 2021. The production is slated to run through September at this time, with possible adjustments based on the ability to perform in person during later months. Regular updates will be made as information becomes available.

Casting decisions for Pericles will be made by April 30, 2021. All actors will be contacted whether cast or not regarding their status.