VERMILLION —The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) seeks non-Equity performers for its sixth outdoor season of free Shakespeare in Vermillion’s Prentis Park.

This year’s production is “Richard III,” directed by Kate Powers. Rehearsals are May 14-June 6 at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts & Prentis Park. Performances are June 7-10 at Prentis Park.

Local auditions will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the University of South Dakota campus, in Vermillion. To schedule an audition appointment, sign up on the callboard at USD Theatre, call 605-622-0423, or e-mail company@sdshakespearefestival.org.

The festival seeks professional actors, actor/musicians, and teaching artists from the Great Plains region and nationally to form an ensemble-based Shakespeare company for a four-week contract in Vermillion. All positions are paid. Actors coming from out of town will be eligible for local housing and a travel stipend. We are committed to inclusive casting that authentically mirrors our communities.

Prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues, and bring a picture and resume. Actors have the option to prepare a song to showcase their vocal and/or instrumental abilities. Total audition packages should not exceed four minutes. Callbacks will be held at USD on Friday, Feb. 9, by invitation.

Additional auditions will be held in Minneapolis, in conjunction with the Twin Cities Unified Theatre Auditions, Feb. 24-25; and in New York City the week of March 5, by invitation and appointment only.

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is a professional non-profit theatre company, supported in collaboration with USD’s College of Fine Arts and Department of Theatre. The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival is to increase the cultural, artistic and educational offerings of the state of South Dakota and surrounding regions through professional Shakespeare performances and arts education events delivered in a lively and accessible format.

For more information about the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, visit www.sdshakespearefestival.org.

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