Video Submissions

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing efforts, Orlando Shakes is currently accepting AEA principal audition video submissions for its upcoming production of Poe: Deep Into That Darkness Peering, in lieu of live EPAs locally at the theater in Orlando FL.

All other season auditions will occur at a later date.

Non-union actors may submit for understudy consideration. Please email us a resume and headshot only, a video is not required, at [email protected].

AEA Audition Submission:

  • AEA Actors will be asked to record video of a monologue cut from the show available below.
  • The preferred video format is an unlisted YouTube or Vimeo link; please do not submit a video that needs to be downloaded to view.
  • At the beginning of the video, please state your name and what show/role you are auditioning for.
  • Submissions are due by June 7 and will be reviewed in the order they are received.

AEA Actors may submit online here or by emailing the link to the video and PDFs of their headshot and resume to [email protected].

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Local actors are particularly encouraged to submit. One AEA contract will be available for this production.

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

Character Breakdown & Sides

Poe: Deep Into That Darkness Peering

By Mark Rector and Mark Brown
Director: Cynthia White
Salaries: AEA LOA $746 (19/20 rates. 20/21 rates pending)
1st reh: 09/15/20. Runs 10/7-11/15/20. Tentative Extension through 11/22/20.

Focusing on Poe’s stories and poetry, supplemented by text taken from his letters, the play explores the intimate connection between Edgar Allan Poe’s work and the tragic events of his life. Stories and poems featured in this one-person performance include: The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, Annabel Lee, The Raven, and others.

POE. Male. 40s. As the threads of his life and his writing intertwine, Poe confronts the phantasms of his past – the women he loved and who died too young, his cruel stepfather, the critics who sneered at his talent, and the personal demons that drove him to write his masterpieces of mystery and imagination. Deeply troubled and brilliant. Seeking an expressive actor with a strong command of language and keen storytelling.

Available Sides

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Please refer to our FAQ’s below as well as this blog post from our company manager about our usual expectations for season auditions.

We look forward to holding auditions as soon as it is safely possible and we hope that you and your families are safe and healthy.


Do you provide a salary and/or a stipend?

Yes! We provide AEA actors a weekly salary as determined by the union. Rates are typically included in our audition notice as it varies by show. Non-union actors are paid an hourly wage based off a minimum number of hours per week (typically 38-48 hours per week).

Do you provide housing?

We can provide housing, but we have a limited number of housing funds available and must use them on a case by case basis.

What are your rehearsal/performance schedules like?

We rehearse a full (or more) 40 hours a week, typically 10am-6pm or 2pm-10pm Tuesday-Sunday, Monday being the regular day off. We perform 7:30pm on Wed-Sat nights, 2pm on Wednesday and Sunday. Occasionally we have additional shows at 10:30am for student groups and additional performances by demand.

Do you accept video submissions?

Yes, we do. As we will likely be accepting more video submissions this year due to COVID-19, we ask that you do not send us any submissions at this time. We will be posting further guidelines at a later date. Our goal is always to watch every video that is submitted to us. By following our guidelines, you improve our ability to review your work!

PLAYFEST AUDITIONS: Auditions for PlayFest 2020 will be announced in the fall.

Internship Opportunities

Are you creative, driven, passionate about the arts, and looking for a bridge between university and the world of professional theater? Orlando Shakes offers training programs geared toward future theater professionals including Acting/Education Internships, Summer Education Internships, Production Apprentice Internships, and Administrative Internships.

Interns and apprentices gain real-world experience, professional theater credits, contacts, and career guidance from our resident staff, guest designers, and directors. If you are willing to work hard and play harder, we invite you to join our theater family!

Internship Opportunities