Seeking non-union actors for understudy positions

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is currently seeking non-union actors for understudy positions in our Children’s and Signature Series. To be considered, please email a current headshot and resume to anneh@orlandoshakes.org.

In your email, please include the following information:
  • Name
  • Email address
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  • Height
  • Singing vocal range
  • Productions in which you are interested and available
Understudies attend scheduled rehearsals, receive a stipend to defray transportation costs, and are expected to be available during the run of the production.

Cross-gender and color conscious casting:  Orlando Shakespeare Theater encourages cross-gender and coplor conscious casting.  Actors of all ethnic backgrounds are STRONGLY encouraged to attend our auditions.

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Sides are posted year-round in case replacement casting is needed



by Meredith Friedman

Richard and David reconnect after several years apart, prompted by David’s sudden diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Richard, a doctor, takes it upon himself to oversee David’s care and connects with Joshua, David’s adopted teenage son. Richard and his sister, Laura, struggle over how to care for their aging father, Oscar, especially when Oscar decides to use his own funds to finance David’s medical costs. The family deals with separation, sickness, death, and life with humor and hope. Your Best One is the sequel to The Luckiest People, our final play in the 2017–18 Signature series.

JOSH (13-16 years old) Male youth. David’s adopted son, very smart and eager to be famous.



by Tom Stoppard

Adapted from the Oscar winning film. Young playwright Will Shakespeare is stuck. He is overdue in finishing his latest play—a half-baked mess of a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. He finds his muse in Viola de Lesseps, who is driven to do anything—even disguise herself as a man—to fulfill her dream of performing onstage, where no women are permitted. Surrounded by familiar players, including Queen Elizabeth herself, backstage antics collide with on stage dramas. Will and Viola’s passionate, forbidden love affair goes on to inspire Shakespeare’s masterpiece—the most romantic tragedy ever written.

JOHN WEBSTER (10-14 years old) Male youth. A quirky street urchin, aspires to be a player.




by Lauren Gunderson

In this poetic yet analytical Victorian world of Ada Byron Lovelace, her father, the infamous Lord Byron, haunts her past. Her mother, Lady Byron, conspires to control her future and Lord Lovelace wants to rule Ada as his model wife. Ada shares a passion for mathematics with Charles Babbage, the genius mathematician behind early formulas to create analytical computing machines. Filled with steam power, math, and music, these soul mates are the visionaries of their time. A witty historical comedy with fierce female fire power.

*All actors must be able to do an RP Dialect.

ADA BYRON LOVELACE (19-36 years old) - A curious, funny, brilliant woman. She is of our time, but stuck in hers.

LADY ANABELLA BYRON (35-55 years old) Ada’s mother, harsh and strict but realistic. She has had a hard life because of her husband.

CHARLES BABBAGE (40-60 years old) Ada’s soulmate, friend, mentor. Lauded mathematical genius of London.

LORD LOVELACE (25-45 years old) A proud gentleman who becomes Ada’s husband. He’d rather that he was more rich and more lordly but he’ll manage with his lot.

MARY SOMMERVILLE (40-60 years old) Charles’s friend and colleague and Ada’s mentor, respected in science and math.

LORD BYRON (36 years old) - A charming man and darkly funny poet, who is also Ada’s father. He appears posthumously.


by Miranda Rose Hall

Ed, an ex-Jesuit priest, returns to Alaska to confront his estranged brother, Roger. Roger initially refuses to speak to his brother whom he has disowned over a tragic accident. He isolates himself from Maggie, his wife, preferring to deal with his grief by talking on his radio show. Ed tells Roger that he has been diagnosed with ALS and is planning to end his own life before the disease does, with the help of his new love, Joseph. In a small isolated town, the brothers must grapple with love, forgiveness, mercy, faith, and learning to let go.

ED (60s) A white male ex-Jesuit priest returns home to reconcile with his brother Roger and come to terms with his impending death of ALS.

ROGER (60s) A white male radio host who has not recovered from the loss of his daughter. Married to Maggie.

MAGGIE (60s) A white female nurse and rifle instructor grappling with the accidental shooting of her daughter. Married to Roger.

IRMA (60s-90s) A female Filipina landlord, transplanted to Alaska years ago, who knows everything about everyone in town and is always ready to talk about it.

JOSEPH (30s) A male nurse of color who falls in love with Ed and agrees to care for him in his final days.


by Meridith Friedman

Richard and David reconnect after several years apart, prompted by David’s sudden diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Richard, a doctor, takes it upon himself to oversee David’s care and connects with Joshua, David’s adopted teenage son. Richard and his sister, Laura, struggle over how to care for their aging father, Oscar, especially when Oscar decides to use his own funds to finance David’s medical costs. The family deals with separation, sickness, death, and life with humor and hope. Your Best One is the sequel to The Luckiest People, our final play in the 2017–18 Signature series.

RICHARD (mid-late 50s) A doctor who comes back in contact with his ex-partner, David, because David has been diagnosed with cancer.

JOSH (13-16 years old) Male youth. David’s adopted son, very smart and eager to be famous. Loves his father and worries for his health.



by Eric Pfeffinger

When a fertility clinic mistakenly implants Madelyn and Keenan’s embryo in somebody else, an unlikely relationship is forged between two couples with wildly different backgrounds. A shared pregnancy with Heather and Jim brings out the best and worst in each of them. The couples spend time getting to know each other and realize this whole incident could’ve gone very differently. Guns, church, abortion, yoga, the environment and child rearing are all up for discussion. Conservatives and liberals unite for the sake of the baby against the scatterbrained Dr. Hoskins in this comedic and magical mishap.

MADELYN (30s) Probably white, female, Keenan's wife. A liberal who teaches yoga and longs for a baby.

KEENAN (30s) African-American male, Madelyn's husband. A liberal who studies comedy at an institute.

JIM (30s) White, male, Heather's husband. A conservative father of three who loves Ohio State football.

HEATHER (30s) Probably white, female, Jim's wife. A conservative, church-going mother who is having a baby for Madelyn and Keenan.

DR. HOSKINS (50s) Male. He has nervous ticks, possibly because his clinic is in deep trouble for implanting an embryo in the wrong womb.


by Deneen Reynolds-Knott

Ava is on a date with Tim, when breaking news comes in about riots in Baltimore where a young black man has died while detained by the police. As tempers on the street reach a fever pitch, Ava and Tim grapple with the specter of police brutality and systemic racism. For Ava another specter is raised—that of her life five years earlier when Ava had stood with and defended her white fiancé Caleb when he was accused of torturing a black man with his baton. When the date ends back at her apartment, Ava has to make decisions about who she trusts and what she believes.

AVA (30s) Black woman dating Tim, but was once engaged to Caleb, a white cop.

TIM (30s) Black man, Ava's Date. Fierce defender of black civil rights.

CALEB (30s) White man, Ava's Ex-Fiance. Once accused of violently beating up a black man.

MARYANN (mid 50s) White woman, Caleb's Mom. She is supportive and concerned.

STUART (mid 50s) White man, Caleb's Dad. He tries to lift Caleb up in the midst of his trial.

EDDIE (30s) White man, mid 30s, Caleb's Brother. Avidly on Caleb’s side.

LATRICE (early 30s) Black woman, Ava's Friend. She worries Ava is making the wrong decision in being with Caleb.


by Rachel Lynett

Cass is a queer black professor being targeting in hate crimes, but she refuses to deal with it because she has conditioned herself to expect the behavior. Her white ex-girlfriend Viv tries to help and her boss, Dean West assigns Cass a campus-wide unity event to make a difference. Meanwhile Parker helps Cass maneuver through all those good intentions. Cass has to decide if she will smile and nod along with the white people or deal with the problem and try to make a change. A serio-comic look at liberal arts colleges and how they handle the gamut of social “isms.”

CASS (mid to late 20s) Female, Black, College Professor. She has been targeted by hate crimes on campus and is organizing an Equality Day.

VIV (mid to late 20s) Female, White, Cass's roommate, "Activist.” She tries very hard to fight social injustice and be a white ally.

PARKER (mid 30s) Female to Male Transgender person, Latinx, College professor. They help Cass decide how to handle the campus racism, tenure, and their boss.

DEAN WEST (50s) Female, white, Dean of the Arts Division. She is proud of her Equality Day idea; wants the world to see her university is progressive and inclusive.

MARA (mid 20s) Female, white, student at the college. She is outspoken and searching for her beliefs.


by Mark St. Germain Adapted from the novel by John Updike

We are not holding auditions for these roles.


These roles have been filled. Sides will remain posted on the website in case a replacement is needed.


Salaries: AEA LOA $683 (16/17 rate, 17/18 rate pending)
Written by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion
Director: Nick DeGruccio, Choreographer: TBA, Music Director: Steve MacKinnon
1st reh: 8/15/17. Runs 9/8-10/8/17. Margeson Theater

ROLE IS CAST. Male. 50s. Baritone to F (B2-F4). an actor, playwright, would-be knight. The errant knight, who only sees the good in life. Refuses to see the evil in the world. He’s either crazy or the sanest of all.

Male. 40s-50s. Comic Tenor - Middle C3 to G4. Very loyal. He has served Quixote/Cervantes for many years and is devoted to him, even with all his vagaries. He is able to see the humor in situations, even in the midst of all of the travail they face.

The following are all prisoners but take on the following roles in acting out Don Quixote’s play. The prisoners also play various Guards and Men of the Inquisition.

Female. mid-30s-40s. Soprano G#3/Ab3 to G#5/Ab5 with Belt. Raw, gutsy and sexy. The kitchen wench/prostitute who Don Quixote falls in love with and tries to make a lady. She believes him, until she is brutally attacked by other prisoners.

Male. 40s-60s. Bass -Low G2 to C#4/Db4 A large and powerful man, he is kind as the Innkeeper, but as the Governor, he is the powerful but fair leader of the inmate society in the prison.

Male. 30s-40s. Baritone Middle C up to Db(C3-C). Loves money, power and prestige. He thinks Don Quixote is a madman and insists that he comes home for treatment. As the character of the Duke, he is second in command in the inmate society.

Male. 40s- 50s. Tenor – up to G(C3-G4). Kindly, sympathetic cleric. Also plays the CAPTAIN OF THE INQUISITION, a large, imposing and cruel man.

Male. 40s 50s. Mezzo F4 to F5. Innkeeper’s wife. Strong of body and religious/moral convictions. Loves Quixote and worries about him and his state of mind.

ANTONIA - Mezzo C4 to F5. Alonso’s niece
FEMINA – Mezzo. A servant girl/dancer.

The muleteers (20s-40s) are a rough, tough group. Except for the Barber, all have a taunting, vicious streak.

- BARBER/PACO - MULETEER - Tenor D up to G(G3-D4). Comic character as barber though also plays a rough muleteer.

- PEDRO/MULETEER - Baritone D to D. Lead muleteer, the roughest and most ruthless of all.

- ANSELMO/MULETEER/also plays the Moor- Tenor C to Bb.

- JOSE/MULETEER – Bass Baritone.

- JUAN/MULETEER – Baritone.

- TENORIO/MULETEER/also plays CONTOUR-Tenor F to Ab


Salaries: AEA LOA $683 (16/17 rate, 17/18 rate pending)
Adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel by Steven Canny and John Nicholson
Director Jim Helsinger
1st reh: 9/19/17. Runs 10/13-11/19/17. Goldman Theater

Actor 1 - Holmes/Stapleton/Cecile Stapleton/Mr. Barrymore/Mrs. Barrymore/Yokel 3:
Holmes: The Greatest Detective of All Time. / Stapleton: Wicked-looking, with an eye-patch and a terrible limp. Scheming manipulative. / Cecile Stapleton: Latin beauty. Terrified of her husband. / Mr. & Mrs. Barrymore: The domestic help of the Baskervilles. Eager, Earnest. / Yokel: Village person. A psycho with a horse on the rope. Seeking strong comic lead actor familiar with quick changes and playing multiple characters in a small cast play.

Actor 2 - Watson/Yokel:
Watson: Second banana to Holmes. May appear dim-witted to Holmes’ brilliance. / Yokel: Paired with Yokel 2 as guys who watch people come to town. Seeking strong comic character actor.

Actor 3 - Sir Henry Baskerville/Sir Charles Baskerville/Mortimer/Cabbie/Yokel 2/Wise Yokel:
Sir Henry: a small, alert, dark-eyed man about thirty years of age, very sturdily built. / Sir Charles: Dies at top of the show, running for his life. / Mortimer: Family friend and doctor to the Baskervilles. Solicits the help of Holmes to solve the case. / Cabbie: Working-class cab driver. / Yokel 2: Townsperson. Carries a “lamb in a bag.” / Wise Yokel: The “wisest of the yokels.” Seeking strong comic lead actor familiar with quick changes and playing multiple characters in a small cast play.


Salaries: AEA LOA $683 (16/17 rate, 17/18 rate pending)
By Joe Landry
Director Melissa Mason Braillard
1st reh: 11/13/17. Runs: 12/1-12/31/17. Margeson Theater

Note: All of the actors play multiple roles in a live 1940s radio broadcast of the holiday classic. All must be strong character actors.

Freddie Filmore
Male. 40s-50s. Full of charm, well-polished, self-assured with a bit of an ego. Plays many of the older men, including Mr. Potter (the bad guy) and Uncle Billy. He is the WBFR announcer. Must have an impeccable 1940s “announcer” voice.

Jake Laurents
Male. Late 20s-30s. Genuine and idealistic, the underdog that everyone wants to win in the end. Handsome, but a bit uncomfortable with his own physicality. Characters include George Bailey.

Sally Applewhite
Female. 20s-30s. Wholesome, smart, funny, and sweetly beautiful. Once she falls in love, it’s forever. Sally is a recently crowned Miss Ohio. Characters include Mary Hatch, George’s wife.

Lana Sherwood
Female. 30s-40s. A glamorous character actress who has heard and seen it all. Must be able to play the small town siren to various matronly characters. Characters include Violet, Mrs. Thompson, and ZuZu.

Harry “Jazzbo” Heywood
Male. 30s-50s. Likeable and lovable. A former vaudeville performer with great physicality who must capture the iconic charm of Clarence, the Angel who saves George’s life on Christmas eve.


Salaries: AEA SPT 7 $490 (16/17 rate, 17/18 rate pending)
By Karen Zacarías
Director Cynthia White
1st reh: 12/12/17. Runs 1/5-2/4/18. Goldman Theater

Tania Del Valle
Female. Latina. Late 20s-30s. Doctoral student. Nearly 8-months pregnant, from New Mexico with some knowledge of Spanish. Seeking grounded comic actor.

Pablo Del Valle
Male. 30s. Latino. Lawyer. Chilean immigrant who wants to build a future for his family. Fluent in Spanish. Seeking grounded comic actor.

Virginia Butley
Female. 55–65. Engineer at Lockheed-Martin. Social and mature woman who stands by her husband and isn't afraid to politely but firmly fight for what she believes is right. Seeking grounded comic actor.

Frank Butley
Male. 55–65. Consultant. Strives to maintain and build upon his professional relationships while living comfortably with his wife. Gardens to relieve stress. Seeking grounded comic character actor.



Salaries: AEA LOA $683 (16/17 rate, 17/18 rate pending)

(performed on alternating nights, actors will be in both shows)
1st reh: 1/2/18. Runs 2/9-3/25/18.

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall
Based on the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard
Director: Richard Garner

Will Shakespeare
Male. 20s-30s. Young romantic lead. Poet and Playwright, He is struggling to write a new play, married but estranged. He is looking for a muse to satisfy his creativity.

Kit Marlowe
Male. 20s-30s. Colleague and friend to Will, and gives inspiration from time to time.

Male. 40s-50s. Comic Character. Owner and manager of the Rose Theatre. Owes money to Fennyman, sold Two Gents to Burbage without Will’s consent. He’s in over his head in debt.

Male. 40s-50s. The Money. Finances Henslowe’s production of Shakespeare’s new play. In it for the money till he is offered a role.

Lord Wessex
Male. 30s-40s. Entitled, conniving lord. Has title but needs a financial stimulus to back it. Betrothed to Viola. Very jealous of his fiance’s dealings with other men.

Richard Burbage
Male. 30s-40s. Lead actor of the Chamberlain’s men. He is rivaling the Rose theatre and was promised Will’s new play. He doesn’t play nice when things aren’t done his way.

Edmund Tilney/Sir Robert de Lesseps
Male. 50s-60s. Tilney: The Lord Chamberlain. He is all about obeying the statutes laid for the theatre. Against women on the stage. / Sir Robert de Lesseps: Viola’s Father. Wants title for his family and agrees to promise his daughter to Lord Wessex.

Queen Elizabeth I/Molly
Female. 50s. Elizabeth I: Queen of England, loves theatre, especially if there’s a dog. /Molly: tavern whore

Viola de Lesseps
Female. 20s-30s. Strong willed, passionate woman, aspiring to act in a world devoid of female actors. She disguises herself as actor Thomas Kent.

Female. 40s-50s. Nurse: Servant to Viola.

Ned Alleyn
Male. 30s. Leading man type, lead actor of the Admiral’s Men, plays Mercutio. Very confident in himself.

Male. 20s. Robin: Novice Actor, plays Lady Capulet. / Frees: Fennyman’s Henchman.

Adam: novice actor. / Boatman: Has known Viola for a long time. Sees through her disguise as Kent and thinks nothing of it. Also plays various instruments.

Male. 20s. Ralph: novice actor, plays Nurse and Petruchio

Male. 20s. Nol: novice actor. Also plays various instruments.

Male. 50s-60s. Lambert: Fennyman’s Henchman. / Sir Robert de Lesseps: Viola’s Father. Wants title for his family and agrees to promise his daughter to Lord Wessex.

Male. late teens/early 20’s. Sam: actor, plays Juliet. Alluded to have higher pitched voice as “they” have not “dropped” yet, very fair looking.

Male. 20s.Peter: actor, plays Tybalt

John Webster
Male youth. 10-15 years old. John Webster: a quirky street urchin, aspires to be a player.

Male. 20s. / Wabash: novice actor, Henslowe’s stammering tailor. / Prince: plays Prince in “Romeo and Juliet.”

Mistress Quickly/Kate
Female. 30s-40s. Mistress Quickly: Wardrobe mistress. /Kate: tavern whore

By William Shakespeare
Director Ben Crystal

This production will be set in the Elizabethan era using an all masculine-gendered cast playing both male and female roles. The play will be set as if in the Blackfriars Theatre in 1608, using Elizabethan dress, original pronunciation, and lit by candlelight. Seeking actors with strong Shakespearean skills, physically fit, and ideally singers, too. No specific accent required for auditions.

Duke Orsino
Man. 20s-40s. Strong leading man. Regal, wealthy, stern, romantic yet cerebral, a dreamer, loves the idea of being in love.

Actor playing a woman playing a man. Early to mid 20s. Plays a boy (Cesario) for most of the performance (pants role), twin to Sebastian, passionate, poetic, highly intelligent, hard working, regal yet earthy, thoughtful, honest, romantic. Seeking masculine-gendered actor who can convincingly play the female leading role.

Man. 20s-40s. Comic actor. Olivia’s clown, keeps a low profile, good at his job, open to having fun.

Actor playing a woman. 20s-40s. A proud, beautiful, sensual, focused, Duchess, who surprises herself. At the beginning of the play, in mourning for the loss of a brother. Seeking a masculine-gendered actor who can convincingly play the second female leading role.

Man. mid 20s-50s. Olivia’s fool, strong music background and must be able to sing, ideally play an instrument. Independent, wise beyond his years, loves Olivia like a daughter (though she may be older than him), has been with the family for years. Comic clown.

Man. 30s-50s. Dedicated, loyal, cynical, puritanical, analytical. Sardonic. Steward of the house - at the top of the ‘beneath the stairs’ folk. Dry Comic Clown

Sir Toby Belch
Man. 20s-60s. Uncle of Olivia, drunk at least since her brother died. Falls in love with Maria, larger than life (but not necessarily physically as well as temperamentally), free spirit, charming, loveable, enjoys drinking, wicked sense of humor. Broke but uses Aguecheek for his money. Must sing. Braggart clown.

Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Man. 20s-40s. Associate of Toby Belch, shy, timid bordering on being scared of his own shadow. Well meaning but foolish, insecure, A suitor to Olivia. Must sing. Silly comic clown.

Actor playing a woman. 20s-40s. Olivia’s maid, but under the Stewardship of Malvolio. Falls in love with Toby Belch. Smart, witty, cunning, dedicated to Olivia.

Man. 20s-30s. Attendant to Orsino. Sent to Olivia as a messenger of love, but she refuses to allow him to speak to her.

Man. Any age. Sea Captain. Loyal, courageous, forthright. Rescues Sebastian and becomes very fond of him. The bond may appear romantic in nature. Experienced in war, and considered an enemy to Illyria.

Man. Early to mid 20s. Ruled by his emotions. Probably bi-sexual. Impulsive. Long-lost twin brother to Viola.