Contact: Chaya Gordon-Bland, Executive Artistic Director

Phone: (605) 622-0423


South Dakota Shakespeare Festival Announces Auditions

The South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) seeks a diverse company of Equity and non-Equity performers for its eleventh outdoor season of free Shakespeare in Vermillion’s Prentis Park. The SDSF will present Othello, June 16-19, 2021, with rehearsals beginning on May 23.

The Festival seeks professional actors and teaching artists from the Great Plains region and nationally to form an ensemble-based Shakespeare company for a four-week contract in Vermillion, South Dakota. All positions are paid. Actors coming from out of town will be eligible for local housing and a travel stipend.

Othello will be directed by Tara Moses, a citizen of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Mvskoke, multi-award-winning playwright, co-Artistic Director of Red Eagle Soaring, co-Founder of Groundwater Arts, and a current M.F.A. candidate in Directing at Brown/Trinity Rep.

Auditions will be held at the University of South Dakota, Department of Theatre, Sunday February 27, 2-5pm, in the Arena Theatre of the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts in Vermillion, South Dakota. Actors should prepare two contrasting Shakespeare monologues. Please email to schedule an audition or ask questions. In-person call-backs will take place Sunday March 6 by invitation & appointment.

The 2022 season and production are dedicated in honor and gratitude for the life and work of Mary Merrigan, a staunch supporter of the SDSF, who made immeasurable contributions to the Vermillion area community.


The mission of the South Dakota Shakespeare Festival (SDSF) is to engage, connect, and inspire communities by exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education. Our values encompass: access, inclusion, integrity, and artistic excellence.

Since 2012 the SDSF has been producing free, world-class, Shakespeare in the Park, in Vermillion, South Dakota, accompanied by a wide array of education and engagement programming, through partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations. We value diversity and inclusion in our work, and seek to create theatre and build audiences that reflect and nourish the diversity of our communities. Since our inception, and in keeping with our mission, all Festival events are free and open to the public. 

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