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: No act or musician will be seriously considered unless all requested information is sent. Many proposals have recently come in that do not contain availability or salary request. This information must be included. Thank you!

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 2020 season, all materials should be received by January 24th, 2020- although 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 2020 season, all proposals must be received by JANUARY 24th, 2020. 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:

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

2. Audition date will be announced in late winter, 2020. You must have reliable transportation to both the auditions and the performances as no public transportation is available to the festival.

3. Appointments will be scheduled to actors who have been invited. Actors should allot at least 2 hours for the entire audition process.

4. All actors need to prepare a Shakespearean monologue no longer than 90 seconds. Bring a picture and resume

5. Actors become part of our acting company ensemble. The acting company portrays villagers and courtiers during the reign of King Hnery VIII. Characters will be involved in Pathway Performances, which can include 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 opportunities to sing, dance, and engage in stage combat as part of your performance day.

6. 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.

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 as the conflicts won't be accepted. 

Rehearsals can be scheduled the following: Monday through Thursday evenings beginning at 7 PM. Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. There are no Friday evening rehearsals.

Performance Dates: Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from August 29 to October 25, 2020. Performances are 10 AM - 7 PM. Actors must be available for all 19 performance dates.

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