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General Auditions 2023

"Speak the speech, I pray you.”

The St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival are holding General Auditions in Toronto & Ottawa for their 2023 season. Professional actors interested in working in Prescott are invited to submit.

Candidates should have a strong handle on Shakespearean text and be able to work outdoors during a variety of weather conditions.  We work in a large outdoor amphitheatre without microphones, so strong voice production and speech clarity is important.
Skills in puppetry, movement and the ability to play hand-held instruments will be considered an asset. 

Auditions will be held in Toronto on February 1st, and 2nd, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm. Auditions in Ottawa will be held on February 19th.  The contract runs from June 5 - August 5.  SLSF is an "F" House.

Candidates are asked to prepare:

  • Two contrasting monologues, one from Shakespeare and the other of your choice. 


How to Submit:

Please send a headshot and CV to by January 28th at 5 pm. State which city you would like to audition.  We will also accept self-tapes for those unable to make the audition dates. 

Please title your documents using your first initial and last name, following this example:

‘E. Thompson – General Audition.PDF”

CAEA members: please indicate your Equity status at the time of submission. Equity members will be seen first at all open audition calls. Please bring your membership number to the audition.

Agents: please do not send bulk submissions. If submitting for your clients, please submit them individually, following the format above.

Questions: email  Lawrence Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Richard Sheridan Willis


Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.


St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival encourage submissions from artists of all backgrounds regardless of culture, race, colour, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

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