The Stanford Shakespeare Company

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Dedicated to the performance of free, innovative, and high-quality Shakespeare at Stanford and in the Bay Area.

AUDITIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 company will be held week 2 fall quarter 2019

Audition info

The Stanford Shakespeare Company aims to examine some of the universal themes in Shakespeare through the visions of student artists. We regularly accept people with no previous experience with Shakespeare; we are looking for people with unique or under-represented stories and voices they want to share through Shakespeare, especially as we explore what "universality" means and how Shakespeare's works invite us to overlay our own experiences in order to understand core human connections. As a company, we are also a community and we are always looking for new members who want to contribute to creating professional-quality Shakespeare plays for Stanford and the broader community. We do two full-length plays each year and once a member of the company, you can participate in all of them through graduation, if you choose to do so.

StanShakes is looking for new members for both our acting and technical theater companies, so whether you like to be performing onstage; designing the costumes, props, sets, lights, and sound; or running the show as a stage manager, we hope to see you in auditions. Our company is also entirely student-run with opportunities for leadership roles, directing, and producing.


Prepare a 1-2 minute Shakespearean monologue (no need to memorize — you can read off a copy, if you like). After a once-through, we'll give you some direction to respond to, and you'll repeat with these notes in mind. Contact Lexi Stein at with any questions.


Be prepared for a design-thinking/behavior kind of conversation. We want to know about what excites you and what attracts you to theatre. If you get a callback, you'll get a design/management prompt to brainstorm, and we'll chat about why you make the decisions you do. Contact Renee Cai at with any questions.