Actor - Drunk Shakespeare NYC

Actor - Drunk Shakespeare NYC

CATEGORY: Performer

Drunk Shakespeare
New York, NY 10036


Lisa Klages

Job Details



Pay Rate: $110/show + $25/hour for Rehearsals

Audition Date and Time: By appointment. Please send video submission to be considered.

Audition Location: The Lounge- 711 7th Avenue, NY NY 10033

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All your whiskey-soaked actor fantasies are about to come true, because the hit Off-Broadway comedy, Drunk Shakespeare, is casting in Chicago! We are looking for outstanding performers with that special combination of an indestructible liver, an incurable love of The Bard, and an insatiable desire to play.

About Drunk Shakespeare: 

Each night, one actor downs six shots before the ensemble attempts a Shakespeare play. Seriously. Inhibitions are released, the muse is invoked, and the spirits flow freely. Pop culture, current events, the whole canon of plays, music, drinks and more take over a hidden library speakeasy in the heart of TImes Square.  


For five years, Drunk Shakespeare has been entertaining audiences from all over the world. Drunk Shakespeare is A New York Times Critics’ Pick and “the best thing to ever happen to the theater” according to Slate Magazine.  Alumni from the cast of Drunk Shakespeare have gone on to perform on Broadway & the West End, in TV series like Billions, in national equity tours, and with Blue Man Group

We want actors who are excited about the opportunity to get involved with a long-running show by bringing fresh ideas and excitement. Actors have agency in this company to bring their own artistry and individual skill-set to the roles and we’re specifically looking for individuals who are eager to push the envelope of “a traditional theatre experience”. Performers should be well-versed in Shakespeare, comfortable with improv and audience-interaction, possess outstanding comedic chops, commanding stage presence and an up-for-anything attitude.

This is an ensemble piece and all actors must possess a positive attitude with a strong sense of teamwork and ensemble sensibility. 


Drunk Shakespeare encourages performers of all backgrounds, ages, sizes, racial identities, physical abilities and gender-identities (and/or non-conforming) to apply for any role(s). We are actively seeking a diverse cast. 

We are hoping to cast a performer who could play both Lady MacBeth and Banquo. We will consider performers for either or both roles.



Strong actor with substantial Shakespeare and improv experience plus a commanding stage presence; Lady M exudes sexual energy and tenacity. Her drive for success is matched only by her devotion to her husband, for whom she will do anything to help become King. Looking for surprising special skills. This role will be required to get tipsy/drunk on stage approximately once a week.


You’re the best friend, the hungover & sexually repressed porter, a puppet, a witch, Bill Pullman, and more. You’ve got charisma and spunk, and you’re not afraid to do whatever it takes for the laugh. Since you’ll be playing multiple characters throughout the course of the evening, this role requires versatility, comic timing, and heavy improvisation. Puppetry, character voices/impressions, or accent skills are a plus. This role will be required to get tipsy/drunk on stage approximately once a week.


NOTE: The ‘Drunk Actor’

The ‘Drunk Actor’ track rotates through all roles with the exception of the Host. By submitting for this casting you are acknowledging that you are over 21 years of age, and that you are excited and able to drink on stage approximately once a week. Meme Juice Productions does not promote irresponsible drinking, and strict drunk performance guidelines will be adhered to. The “Drunk Actor” receives free safe transportation home. We do not condone alcoholism. If you believe you may have a problem, please do not apply. 



Holiday availability and flexible schedule are a must! Initial rehearsals will be held during both day and night. 

Actors will begin with an initial 4-week trial contract, followed by an extension with the opportunity for an open-ended run! 


Schedule: Drunk Shakespeare plays 8-12 shows/week. Actors will be joining a rotating cast to cover any/all performances. 

Schedule includes performances 7 days a week in matinee and evening times.




Video Submissions

1) You should prepare and record a brief Shakespearean monologue. We encourage a "conversational" approach to the text that honors the Bard's intentions while still feeling fresh and current. The goal is to see your personality, so don't be afraid to mess with the text or approach it in an unusual way. 


2) If you have dialects/accents, character impressions, or foreign language skills (especially the ability to deliver Shakespeare in another language), we’d like to see that as well. Please record a 1 minute excerpt showcasing these skills in addition to your monologue. 


3) Once you've completed the above, please feel free to send links to any other material you'd like us to view. 

To apply for an audition appointment, Email headshot, resume, video monologue, and BRIEF cover letter highlighting any special skills / talents to with the following in the subject line: “[YOUR NAME], [THE ROLE(s) YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR]”

Deadline for audition application: 01/23/20. In person auditions will likely be held January 27th-29th.



February 3, 2020 - December 31, 2020





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