Auditions

If you are interested in performing at the 2019 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 24 until October 20, 2019. 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 2018 season, all materials should be received by January 31st, 2019 - 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 24th until October 20th, 2019. 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 2018 season, all proposals must be received by JANUARY 31, 2019. 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 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 Spedden, Artistic Director: carolyn@rennfest.com.

2019 AUDITION INFORMATION:

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

2. Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 27th from 10 AM - 5 PM, CALL BACKS will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. 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 on the Saturday, and at least one hour if called back on Sunday.

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 in the year 1532. 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.

General information:

The Company of the Rose, the professional acting company of the Festival:

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 2019 we are pleased to announce the formation of The Company of Women. This all-women group will perform a one hour version of Julius Caesar. The play will be directed by Erin Riley. Dramaturge is Tony Korol-Evans, PhD. This performance will be at our Globe Theatre.

The Festival will also produce a 90 minute version of Romeo and Juliet. The play will be divided into 2 acts, each approximately 45 minutes. The first act will be performed around noon, the second act later in the afternoon. Both acts performed on our Globe stage. The director is Michael Burgtorf. The dramaturge is Mike Field.  NOTE: the title roles of Romeo and Juliet have been cast. All other roles open.

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 different 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 as the conflicts won't be accepted. 

Rehearsal Times: First rehearsal is on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 AM - 5 PM. This is an Acting Company all call. From Sunday, June 23rd - Thursday, June 27th the rehearsals will be for Shakespeare work. 

There will be a 2 week break, then rehearsals pick up again on Saturday, July 13th. Because every actor is involved in different shows, all actors are not called for all rehearsals. 

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. Alternate Sundays are off during rehearsals.

Performance Dates: Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday from August 24 to October 20, 2019. 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