Entering its 40th season, the Festival is produces energetic new interpretations of plays, with the artistry and humanity of the Shakespearean canon as our inspiration and guide. The Festival performs to audiences of over 10,000 every summer and operates under an Actors' Equity U/RTA Tier I contract.
The deadline has passed for general submissions for the 2017 season. Please check back in August/September 2017 for information about auditioning for our 2018 season. Thanks for your interest in the Illinois Shakespeare Festival!
The Illinois Shakespeare Festival operates as a repertory company. Actors are contracted to play multiple roles in two or more of the season productions.
The Festival seeks out actors who are passionate about working on Shakespearean texts and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge, energy, and talents with other artists and with our audience members. Creating a positive and supportive environment that fosters artistic excellence is of primary importance at the Festival.
Festival actors are contracted to play roles in up to three shows. ISF functions under an U/RTA Tier 1 contract. All Equity and non-Equity positions are paid. The Festival offers housing for all employees.