• Shakespeare on the Common

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    Food & Beverages

    • · Vendors available onsite
    • · Personal food & drink welcome
    • · No alcohol
  • Tickets & Seating

    · Performances are free & open to the public

    · Bring a blanket to sit on

    · Bring or rent a chair - rentals $5 + $5 deposit

    · Learn more about sitting in our Friends Section

    · Additional information will be posted in the spring

  • Other Info

    · Parking: Boston Common Garage

    · Restrooms available onsite

Art, by Yasmina Reza

See Calendar for matinee schedule


CSC2 Auditions

CSC2 is a young company of actors that works with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on an extended basis.  The ensemble is built of twelve, non-equity, early-career actors with some professional experience.  CSC2 actors will work both as a cohort, learning from a diverse cast of their peers, and also alongside CSC’s professional company in a variety of productions.  CSC Academy faculty will also occasionally work with CSC2 to help brush up on fundamentals and extend the learning from the rehearsal room.  CSC2 candidates must have completed undergraduate level acting training or have comparable experience.

The actors of CSC2 will be cast in the following:

  • “Romeo and Juliet” at the Strand Theater – Rehearsals begin mid-March with performances from May 21st through May 30th.  This production will be performed by CSC2 and consist of six student matinees and two community performances.  There will be 3 to 4 rehearsals per week.
  • “King Lear” on the Boston Common – Rehearsals begin mid-June with performances from July 22nd through August 9th.  CSC2 will carry small and ensemble roles while understudying principle roles.  Rehearsals will be scheduled Tuesday through Sunday.  A daily call will be sent to all actors the night before.
  • Teaching Artists for CSC workshops in the Boston Public SchoolsFebruary through May.  CSC2 actors will be paired with a CSC2 teaching artist to help run workshops in theater and English classrooms.  These workshops can be scheduled with some flexibility.
  • Members of CSC2 may be offered roles in other CSC programming including “Shakespeare and Leadership,” “Shakespeare and the Law” and “Theater in the Rough,” February through May.  For more information on these performances visit http://commshakes.org/performances.


All audition slots are full at this time. Thank you. 

Audition Requirements:

Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume* and prepare one Shakespeare monologue under two minutes in length. If time allows, we may also ask to see an additional contemporary monologue, also not to exceed two minutes.

*Please make sure your resume includes a detailed description of your combat experience. 

Please fill out the form below and select your top three time slot choices after which you be contacted to confirm your final time slot assignment. No email submissions please.

If you have questions about the auditions or need to cancel your time slot for any reason, please email auditions@commshakes.org. No phone calls please. 

If you have questions about the CSC2 program, please email csc2@commshakes.org.