Theatres: Summer Stock



StrawHat Auditions for Non-Equity Summer Stock Performers



Eclectic Theater Company (UA)

Odd Duck Studio

1214 10th Ave

Seattle, WA 98122

Admin Tel: (206) 375-8945

Box Office Tel: 800-838-3006

Fax: 1-413-375-8945

Contact: Rik Deskin, Artistic Director. Eclectic Theatre Company presents free outdoor Shakespeare in Kirkland and Auburn. Season and show-specific auditions are announced on the TPS list-serv.  ETC also attends the TPS general auditions.  ETC operates under an AEA Umbrella Theatre Agreement.


PO Box 9594

Seattle, WA 98109

Tel: (206) 748-1551

Contact: Ken Holmes, Artistic Director. Green Stage produces 2 to 3 shows each year in Seattle parks.  Admission is free. Auditions are announced on the TPS website.  GS also attends the TPS general auditions.

Wooden O (SPT)

C/O Seattle Shakespeare Company

P.O. Box 19595

Seattle, WA 98109-1595

Tel: (206) 274-8471


Contact:  Amy Thone, Casting Director.  Wooden O is the outdoor, traveling arm of The Seattle Shakespeare Company.  Wooden O presents 2 to 3 Shakespeare plays each summer at several different locations in the Seattle area.  Auditions are held in February or March and are announced on the Seattle Shakespeare Company and TPS websites.  Rehearsals begin in early June and are held on weekday evenings and weekend days to equal about 25  hours per week.  Performances begin in early July and run Wednesday-Sunday evenings.  All actors are required to participate in the set-up and break-down of the set.  Non-Union actors are paid about $150 per week and Union actors are paid about $200 per week.  Wooden O operates under the AEA Small Professional Theatre Agreement.  (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Shakespeare Theatre and Equity Theatre)


East Side

Camlann Medieval Faire

10320 Kelly Rd NE

Carnation, WA 98014

Tel: (425) 788-8624

Contact: Roger Shell, President. Founded in 1984, Camlann Medieval Village is a living history project portraying rural England in the year 1376.  Auditions are announced in local papers.

Last Leaf Productions

322 N Madison St

Monroe, WA 98272

Tel: (360) 805-9379


Contact:  Alexandra Clark or Patricia Haines-Ainsworth.  Last Leaf Productions presents touring productions of Shakespeare- in-the-Park.  To audition, email headshot and resume or plan to attend LLP's general audition in April.  Individual show and general auditions are announced on the TPS and LLP web sites.  Last Leaf produces 2 Shakespeare plays each season and performers receive an equal share of "pass the hat" donations.  Evening and weekend availability is required.    

Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater

PO Box 249

Fall City, WA 98024

Admin Tel: (206) 365-8475

Box Office Tel: (425) 736-7252

Contact: Roger Westberg, Artistic Director. The Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater was founded in 1965 and presents outdoor shows every Summer. Auditions are posted on the TPS website.


North Sound

The Skagit River Shakespeare Festival
1500 College Way Suite A Box 502
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Admin Tel: (360) 770-7748
Box Office Tel: (360) 416-7727
Contact: Damond Morris, Artistic Director. Auditions are announced on the website.


South Sound

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
1516 Commerce St #164
Tacoma, WA 98402
Tel: (253) 318-5182
Contact: Kristie Worthey, Artistic Director.  Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is a traveling troupe that performs in outdoor, non-traditional venues. Auditions are announced on the SITPL web-site.  (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Fringe Theatre)


Peninsula and Islands

Island Stage Left (SA)
1062 Wold Rd.
Friday Harbor, WA 98250

Tel: (360) 378-5649
Contact: Helen Machin-Smith, Artistic Director.  Island Stage Left produces 3 classic, contemporary and/or new works each year, and the outdoor, "Shakespeare Under the Stars" production every summer.  To audition, email headshot and resume.  Private audition appointments can be scheduled in February.  Island Stage Left attends the TPS General Auditions.  University of Washington PATP graduate students and alumni are encouraged to schedule an audition.  Rehearsals are held 6 days a week for 1 to 3 hours.  Performances run Thursday through Sunday in the evenings.  Actors are paid.  Island Stage Left offers several AEA Special Appearance or Guest Artist Agreements per season.  (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Non-Union Professional Theatre)


Eastern Washington

Leavenworth Summer Theater
928 Pine Street
Leavenworth, WA 98826

Admin Tel: (509) 548-7324

Box Office Tel: (509) 548-2000

Founded by John and Susan Wagner and Bill Weis in 1994, Leavenworth Summer Theater is the largest theater between Seattle and Spokane.  LST produces 3 musicals each summer.  Audition information is on website.


Southern Washington

Columbia Gorge School of Theatre/Columbia Gorge Repertory Theatre (GA)

Columbia Gorge School of Theatre  
1381 Snowden Road  
White Salmon, WA 98672


Fax: (509)-493-1501

Contact: Jesse Merz, Artistic Director. Founded in 1997, the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre (CGST) is an actor training program for youth who love theatre. Columbia Gorge Repertory Theatre (CGRep) is devoted to producing quality theatre in New York City and in the Northwest. CGRep is also the producing organization of CGST and is a professional summer stock company. CGRep operates under AEA Guest Artist Agreement.


Portland Area

Portland Actor’s Ensemble

PO Box 8671

Portland, OR. 97207

Tel: (503) 467-6573


Contact:  Michael Streeter, Artistic Director.  Each summer, Portland Actor's Ensemble presents 2 to 3 Shakespeare productions for free in Portland metro area parks.  To audition, email or send headshot and resume.  PAE announces auditions in the PDX Backstage Blog, the PATA website and attends PATA general auditions.  Rehearsals are held on weekday evenings for 4 to 6 weeks. Performances are presented Thursday through Saturday in the evenings with some performances held in the afternoon on Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day.  Portland Actor's Ensemble is non-union and pays a minimum of $100.00 per run with the remaining profits equally divided between actors.  PAE can arrange a Letter of Agreement for union members with enough advance notice. 


Greater Oregon

Oregon Shakespeare Festival (AEA LORT B+)
15 S. Pioneer Street
Ashland, OR 97520

Tel: (541) 482-2111

Fax: (541) 482-0446


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest non-profit, professional theatres in the USA.  OSF produces 11 plays (Shakespeare, classical and contemporary classics) in an eight-and-a-half-month season. Acting contracts are either 10 months (January through October) or 7 months (April through the mid- October) and involve casting in multiple productions, including understudy roles. To audition, send a headshot and resume to the email address listed above.  Auditions for AEA principals are announced on the AEA website and hotline as well as on the OSF web site.  OSF operates under AEA LORT B+ contract.  (See Ch. 1 Theatres: Shakespeare Theatre)

Rogue Music Theatre

PO Box 862
Grants Pass, OR 97528

Rogue Music Theatre presents family entertainment.  Auditions are announced on the website.



Coeur D'Alene Summer Theatre (LOA, GA)

PO Box 1119
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816

Tel: (208) 769-7780

Fax: (208) 769-7856

Established in 1967, Coeur D'Alene Summer Theatre produces full-scale Broadway musicals during a 12-week, 36-performance season between the months of June and August. CST performs in The Schuler Performing Arts Center on the campus of North Idaho College by the shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene. Auditions are announced on the CDAST website and on  CDAST operates under the AEA Letter of Agreement and the Guest Artist Agreement.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival

P.O. Box 9365

Boise, ID 83707

Admin Tel: (208) 429-9908

Box Office Tel: (208) 336-9221

Contact: Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director. To audition, send headshot, resume and cover letter (Attn: Casting) or email the company manager at Idaho Shakespeare Festival operates under an AEA Letter of Agreement.



Bigfork Summer Playhouse

PO Box 456

Bigfork, MT 59911

Box Office: (406) 837-4886

Audition information on website.

Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (GA)

P.O. Box 174120

Bozeman, MT 59717-4120

Tel: (406) 994-1220

Contact: Joel Jahnke, Artistic Director. Founded in 1972, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks is a non-union professional touring company in residence at Montana State University.  Auditions are held in Missoula, MT.  MSIP operates under AEA Guest Artist Agreement.

Virginia City Players

PO Box 338
Virginia City, MT 59755

Tel: (406) 843-5314

Contact: Stacey Gordon, Artistic & Producing Director. Virginia City Players at the Opera House specializes in authentic 19th-century entertainment and is Montana's oldest summer stock company. The Virginia City Players perform nightly (with the exception of Monday) from Memorial Day through Labor Day.



Bard on the Beach

301- 601 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC

Canada V6B 2P1

Admin Tel: 604-737-0625

Box Office Tel: 1-877-739-0559

Auditions are announced on the website. Bard on the Beach engages professional artists who are members of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the terms of the Independent Theatre Agreement.

Shakespeare Kelowna Theatre Society

4321 Dunvegan Court
Kelowna, BC
Canada V1W 2L6

Auditions are announced on the website.