We’re now accepting submissions for 2020 – click here to view the CASTING NOTICE

Shakespeare by the Sea is an outdoor summer Shakespeare Festival producing two shows in repertory. Auditions are held annually in March/early April.

This season is fully cast, but sign up for our Audition Email List to be notified for next season.


Things to Know about SBTS



Shakespeare by the Sea is a hands-on production. Actors become part of the company and act as crew members, raffle ticket sellers, etc. Everyone is expected to be present for his/her performance evenings and participate in setting up the show. Each performance is a company effort, and each member is an integral part of the process. We must set up and break down the set each night. It is a synchronized and streamlined team effort where each person is assigned a few tasks. If you don’t like being part of a team and you don’t like to do physical work, then SBTS is most likely not the company for you.


We rehearse both shows in tandem beginning May 22, in San Pedro (located at the southern end of the 110 Harbor Fwy.). We’ll rehearse at Little Fish Theatre as well as at the performance venue – Point Fermin Park. Rehearsals usually run from 7-11 pm, Monday –Thursday, and either Saturday or Sunday from 11-5 pm, but Saturdays and Sundays are left to the discretion of the director. Take the commute, if any, into consideration.


We expect a full commitment.
If you can’t commit – don’t audition.


Our productions will run for 10 weeks — 4 in San Pedro and 6 on tour to locations throughout the South Bay, LA, and Orange County. San Pedro performances are every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 pm with 7:30 raffle sales. The call is 6 pm unless otherwise announced. Please note the tour schedule; call times and locations vary – usually on tour the call is 5 pm for a 7 pm curtain.


All actors are on the payroll at a rate of $16.25 per hour.


Shakespeare by the Sea is a unique experience for those who get involved. Our performance venues are charming, the atmosphere we create is truly magical and our audiences are enthusiastic. Last year over 20,000 people attended our productions.


Because our tour locations are local and our actors drive to each location, we are only able to consider actors who live in Southern California or who have access to Southern California housing and transportation.