The Festival has ended for 2018. Thank you to all our visitors for a wonderful season and we look forward to seeing you August 24, 2019.
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Interested in performing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in 2019?  Experienced actors age 18+ please read the information below.

Auditions are by invitation only.  If you are available for all performance dates AND you have no major conflicts (this includes week long vacations) in July/August and wish to be considered for an audition,  please send a picture and resume to: carolyn@rennfest.com.  

1. Auditions by invitation and appointment only.  Send your picture and resume to carolyn@rennfest.com

2.  Auditions will be held in the Annapolis area in late spring (DATE: TBA). You must have reliable transportation to both the auditions and the festival as no public transportation is available.

3. All actors need to prepare a Shakespearean monologue no longer than 90 seconds.  

4. Actors become part of our acting company ensemble.  In this company, you are given a village or court character which is your main character of the day.  That character will be involved in improvisation and scripted events/shows during the day.  On top of that, actors can also take part in period plays.  Our improvisation is character-driven and actors are given workshops and classes in constructing a character and in the nature of our improvisations. We do not expect actors to have experience in this, just a willingness to learn.

There are also opporunities to sing, dance, and engage in stage combat as part of your performance day.

General information:

Professional Company-

The Company of the Rose:
Actors over the age of 18 to perform in both scripted and improvisational events. These actors portray the villagers of Revel Grove and nobles from the Court of King Henry VIII. In addition to their historical characters, actors can take part in children’s theatre, Shakespeare and other period plays.

PERIOD PLAYS:  In addition to original scripts written for the court and village, the Festival also produces an hour long period play by Shakespeare or other Tudor writers. We also have our popular STREETspeare program, which began in 2015.  These include short scenes by Mr. Shakespeare and other Tudor/ Elizabethan playwrights performed in the pathways. The STREETspeare scenes range in length from 4 minutes to 10 minutes. 

Because of the nature of our event, every actor will have a differnt schedule and focus.  But no matter what your schedule, you will stay busy and engaged!

Rehearsal Commitment:  Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals, but if you have another commitment to a show in July and August or a week long vacation, then please do not audition for us as the conflicts won't be accepted. Thank you.

Rehearsal Times:  Rehearsals can be scheduled the following: Monday through Thursday evenings beginning at 7pm. Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 5pm. There are no Friday evening rehearsals. Alternate Sundays are off during rehearals. 

Performance Dates:  Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from August 24to October 20, 2019. Performances are 10am- 7pm. Actors must be available for all 19 performance dates.

ALL PERFORMANCES ARE PAID. Actors also receive a rehearsal stipend.