April 23rd, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, and to celebrate his work, we have a big season planned.

Discover how you can be part of the Festival this year. 

Whether you're a post-secondary student seeking meaningful summer employment, a budding thespian or a seasoned actor looking for a new challenge, or a theatre lover who enjoys supporting local artists, we offer many opportunities for everyone to participate.

One of the comforts that life offers us is that you can not sincerely help others without helping yourself.

- William Shakespeare


The Shakespeare by the Sea Festival is now booking auditions for the 2016 Summer Season.


We are seeking actors of all ages and demographics.

Auditions dates:

Saturday, April 30th from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Sunday, May 1st from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Tuesday, May 3rd from 6:30pm to 9:00pm

TO BOOK AN AUDITION PLEASE EMAIL US: info@shakespearebytheseafestival.com


Shakespeare by the Sea Festival Inc. is seeking to hire a Costume Assistant for a 280 hour community service placement during May - July 2016 in St. John's, NL. This position is under a SWASP grant that offers a $1470 cash stipend and a $1470 tuition voucher to the student who completes the placement. Like all positions under SWASP, this position is contingent on the festival receiving a 2016 SWASP grant.

  • Assist the festival designer in the creation and/or acquisition of all costume items for the productions to be staged by the festival. This may include building items from raw materials, searching costume banks to find and pull relevant items, or shopping in new and used stores for useful items.
  • Communicate and collaborate with all members of the production team and cast, including directors, designers, stage managers, and actors.
  • Assist in taking measurements and facilitating costume fittings.
  • Assist in the organization and storage of costume items.
  • Assist the festival designer in repairs or adjustments to costume items.
  • Other duties as assigned.

All SWASP positions are designed to provide a training and mentorship opportunity to the successful applicant. Working with the trained and experienced festival designer and show directors will offer this opportunity to see theatrical design from concept development through to completion of a finished product.

  • A strong team player, who also possesses the ability to work under your own initiative.
  • A high degree of professionalism, positivity, and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Experience manipulating a variety of textile materials for the purpose of building new clothing items from scratch.
  • Sewing machine skills are a significant asset (but the candidate is not required to have their own sewing machine).
  • An interest in any or all of theatre, fashion, design, or costuming, are all considered assets.
  • A driver's license and access to a vehicle would be considered an asset (mileage costs are compensated).

Terms and Conditions:
  • To be eligible for a Community Service Council SWASP grant, students must be:
    • between 15 and 30 years of age;
    • registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and intending to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
    • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or have official refugee protection status under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
    • legally entitled to work in Canada, according to relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Full terms and conditions will be discussed with those candidates invited to interview and confirmed with the successful applicants in their contract.

How to Apply
Please send resume and cover letter by email only to ian@shakespearebytheseafestival.com
by 11pm (NL Time) on Sunday, May 1, 2016


Help us fund our TWENTY-FOURTH festival by making a donation today.

It's that time of year again when we are gearing up for another season full of props, sets and action!

"Do I get a tax receipt?"

Yes. We are a charitable organization and all donations are entitled to a tax receipt which will automatically be sent to you via our donation page.

"I would rather just buy some swag off you now. That cool?"

Are you kidding? Yes, that is the epitome of cool. You'll be sporting our logo AND you're donating to the festival. WIN! WIN!  So, what size shirt do you want, and where can we drop it off? ☺

See our NEW SWAG PAGE, and email us at info@shakespearebytheseafestival.com to place your order.


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