Auditions

If you are interested in performing at the 2020 Festival please click on one of the links below for additional information. Thank you! 

Please note: Booking for stage, street acts, and musicians has been completed for the 2020 season. EPKs can be sent in for consideration for 2021.  The Acting Company auditions are by invitation only. Please click on the Actors - Professional Company link for more information. 

NO PHONE CALLS.

Variety Acts/Stage Performers and Street Acts

Stage and Street Act

To be considered as a Stage Act or Street Act for the Maryland Renaissance Festival, please send the following information:

  • A DVD of your act. (If you are sending a "highlights" dvd, it must contain at least 5 continuous minutes with patter.) EPK are acceptable.
  • Please note: FIRE is not allowed to be used by performers at the festival. So, no fire eating or fire juggling.
  • The use of pre-recorded music or sound effects is not allowed at the festival.
  • your resume, references, and any PR (Public Relations) materials you may have
  • your salary request per day (no hat passing). Stage acts traditionally perform 4 twenty-five minute stage shows per day. Street performers are scheduled for 4-5 hours of street work with breaks
  • your availability. The MD Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday from August 29 until October 25, 2020. Full or partial contracts are available. If you are interested in a partial contract, please specify the best weekends for you.
  • All stage and street acts are required to carry general liability insurance. 

For serious consideration for the 2021 season, all materials should be received by January 20th, 2021. Packets are accepted year-round.

Proposals that do not include a salary request and availability information will not be considered seriously. Note: We are always willing to negotiate.

EPKs are preferred lease email them to: carolyn@rennfest.com

NO PHONE CALLS.

Or, you may mail your information. For the US Postal Service, please use this address:

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Attn: Carolyn Spedden, Artistic Director

P.O. Box 315

Crownsville, MD, USA 21032

For FedEx or UPS deliveries send to:

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Attn: Carolyn Spedden

1821 Crownsville Road

Annapolis, MD, USA 21401

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Please note that materials will not be returned. Thanks!

Musicians and Dance Companies
  • Musicians: a cd of your music. The music should be appropriate to the Renaissance Festival venue. Acoustic instruments only. (EPK also accepted.)
  • Dancers: a video tape or dvd of your dance troupe. Please note that dance groups are expected to provide their own live music for the festival. The use of tapes or CDs are not permitted at the show.
  • your resume, references, and any PR (Public Relations) materials you may have
  • your salary request per day (no hat passing, although musicians can sell approved tapes and CDs at the end of each set). Musicians traditionally play 4 twenty-five minute sets per day (although more or less can be arranged). Dancers perform 3 twenty-five minute sets per day.
  • your availability. The MD Festival runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday from August 29th until October 25th, 2020. Full or partial contracts are possible. A partial run can be as short as one weekend or as long as five weekends. If you are interested in a partial contract, please state the weekends in which you are particularly interested.
  • All musicians and dancers are required to carry general liability insurance.

Proposals that do not include a salary request and availability information will not be considered seriously. Note: We are always willing to negotiate.

NO PHONE CALLS.

For serious consideration for the 2021 season, all proposals must be received by JANUARY 20th, 2021. Materials mailed in will not be returned.

Electronic Press Kits, containing all of the information listed above, can be emailed to: carolyn@rennfest.com.

Or, you can mail your information to:

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Attn: Carolyn Spedden, Artistic Director

P.O. Box 315

Crownsville, MD, USA 21032

For FedEx or UPS deliveries send to:

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Attn: Carolyn Spedden

1821 Crownsville Road

Annapolis, MD, USA 21401

Actors - Professional Companies

Interested in performing at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in 2020? 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 Spedden, Artistic Director: carolyn@rennfest.com.

2020 AUDITION INFORMATION:

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

Actors become part of our acting company ensemble. The acting company portrays villagers and courtiers during the reign of King Henry VIII. Characters will be involved in Pathway Performances, which can include improvisation and scripted events/shows during the day, and our popular STREETspeare program which presents brief scenes by Tudor playwrights all through our village.  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.

Period plays:  Eastward Ho!, a 'masterpiece of city comedy'  by Jonson, Chapman, and Marston. Directed by Steven Kirkpatrick.  The roles of Master and Mistress Touchstone have been cast.  All other roles open.

The Company of Women, the Festival's all-female classical theatre company,  will present Shakespeare's Richard III.  Directed by Erin Riley.  The role of Richard has been cast, but all other roles open.   

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

The Festival rehearsals and performances take place in an outdoor wooded setting. If you have extreme seasonal allergies, allergies to dust or mold, or asthma, please consider your health and the outdoor performing environment prior to auditioning.

Rehearsals will begin on July 7th.  Rehearsals can be schedule Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays evenings beginning at 7pm.  There are NO rehearsals on Friday nights.  Rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday can be scheduled between 10am - 5pm.  All actors will not be called every day.  Each actor has a different rehearsal schedule depending on the shows and activities they are doing. 

You must have reliable transportation to the festival site. There is no public transportation available. 

Performances: Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday from August 29th to October 25th. Cast Call at 9:30am.  Performance day 10am - 7pm with lunch hour and breaks. 

Rehearsal Commitment: If you have another commitment to a show in July and August or a week long vacation, then please do not audition as the conflicts won't be accepted. 

ALL PERFORMANCES ARE PAID. Actors also receive a rehearsal stipend. First year Acting Company contract: $2300, which includes a $200 rehearsal stipend