VERMILLION — The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is seeking non-equity performers for its free, outdoor production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare to be staged June 6-9, 2019, in Prentis Park, Vermillion. Rehearsals run May 13-June 5 at the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts & Prentis Park, Vermillion.

SDSF seeks professional actors, actor/musicians, and teaching artists from the Great Plains region and nationally for 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. SDSF is committed to inclusive casting that reflects and nurtures the diversity of our communities.

Music is incorporated throughout the production. Performers are asked to prepare an optional couple of bars of a song to be played, sung acapella, or self-accompanied at call-backs in order to be included in musical components of the production.

Auditions will be held in the following locations. Video auditions are accepted by invitation only. SDSF will not accept unsolicited video auditions.


— Park Square’s General Auditions, Friday, Jan. 18, at Park Square Theatre, Historic Hamm Building, 20 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN

• Audition and registration information can be found at

• To be considered by the SDSF, audition packages must include a Shakespeare or classical monologue.

• Callbacks will be held by invitation and appointment, Saturday, Jan. 19.

— New Native Theatre, Sunday, Jan. 20, and 2 p.m., location TBA

• By invitation only for New Native Theatre ensemble members.

• Option to perform a Shakespeare monologue. Sides will also be provided.

• To sign up for an appointment please email


— Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region V, Professional Auditions, Jan. 22-23, Sioux Falls) Information and registration can be found

— University of South Dakota, Department of Theatre, Monday, Feb. 18, Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts.

• Additional call-backs and auditions by appointment.

• For initial auditions, actors must prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues.

• To sign up for an appointment, email


As a Mohegan director, Madeline Sayet (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) is excited to collaborate with both other Indigenous artists, as well as artists from diverse cultures on this production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” to build a world that resonates with the place and moment we stand in.

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.

By creating highly accessible work that entertains and enlightens individuals, strengthens communities, and increases the artistic offerings of the region, the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival seeks to fulfill an important cultural and educational need throughout the state and Great Plains Region.

More information, visit

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