Call for Youth Actors (ages 14-19)!
Announcing non-Equity auditions for the 2021/'22 CYS ENSEMBLE, the city of Chicago's only professional youth Shakespeare company!
ABOUT THE 2021/'22 SEASON
Weekly training and rehearsals for the full company will be on Sundays from 1-5 pm, beginning on October 17, 2021. Small group rehearsals by scene will be held on select weeknights, beginning in mid-November. ALL YOUTH ARTISTS WILL EARN A STIPEND AND PROFESSIONAL CREDIT FOR THEIR WORK!
Saturday, September 11th Noon - 5PM
Sunday, September 12th Noon - 5PM
Monday, September 13th 5PM - 9PM
*NOTE: Youth artists will register to be part of a 1-hour audition group on one of the dates above. Everyone will have an individual audition, followed by a performance activity with the other members of their audition group. In-person auditions are strongly preferred. However, if you are COMPLETELY UNABLE to attend any of the audition dates above, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss potential virtual alternatives. Auditions for the CYS Ensemble (CYSE) are only open to youth actors, ages 14-19 years old. (So even if you "look" young for your age, you actually have to be a teenager to audition, sorry!)
Auditions will take place in-person at The Chicago Literacy Alliance, located at 641 W. Lake Street, Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60661
*NOTE: In accordance with the Chicago Department of Public Health's indoor mask mandate on Aug 17, 2021, face-coverings are required for all individuals entering The Chicago Literacy Alliance, regardless of vaccination status. We appreciate your compliance.
WHAT TO PREPARE
A monologue from any Shakespeare play (any role/gender), approx. 1-2 minutes in length and (ideally) memorized. *NOTE: You do not need to bring a headshot or resume, just yourself, and preferably a hardcopy of the monologue you'll be performing.
CYS COVID Safety Policy
CYS is deeply committed to doing all that we can to ensure the health and safety of our youth actors, contributing youth artists, staff, and volunteers. To that end, all youth actors and contributing youth artists in the CYS Ensemble must complete the COVID-19 vaccination process and provide proof of vaccination in advance of the first Full Company Rehearsal on October 17, 2021. CYS staff members, teaching artists, visiting artists and volunteers are all fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the organization continues to comply with all local, state, and federal COVID-19 safety guidelines and recommendations. Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to keep everyone in our community healthy and safe!
At CYS, we believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is fundamental to learning, to art-making, and to building a more just and equitable world. We welcome students, teaching artists, staff, and volunteers of all backgrounds and ideologies into our community. Chicago Youth Shakespeare is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation,gender identity and/or expression,status as a veteran, basis of disability, or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Email: email@example.com, or visit https://www.chicagoyouthshakespeare.org/cys-ensemble.html to learn more about the CYS Ensemble!
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