TheatreWorks Casting 

TheatreWorks holds general auditions locally twice a year, typically in March and September.  We also attend the regional auditions held by Theatre Bay Area, and conduct Equity auditions in New York and Los Angeles. Then for each show in our season, we set up casting sessions by invitation and agent submission.

We also cast actors throughout the year for staged readings and musical workshops in our New Works Initiative and for programs with our Education Department, including a school tour show and one-day projects with high school age writers.

TheatreWorks is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT). We cast both Equity and non-Equity artists, in plays, full-scale musicals and plays with music, including world premieres and second productions with authors in residence and established scripts. Please see our production history.  We work under LORT B, C, and Experimental Theatre Contracts. We have a long tradition of multicultural programming and casting. Our normal schedule is 2 or 3 weeks in the rehearsal hall, 2 weeks of tech and previews, and a 3 to 4 week run.  We rehearse 6 days a week, and perform up to 8 shows per week.

To Arrange an Audition

Actors can phone to request an appointment for one of our two general auditions (usually held in March and September.) Details are published a month or two before on this website and in Theatre Bay Area Magazine (, as well as on our casting voice mailbox: 650.463.1950 ext. 7520. To make an appointment, follow the instructions on that voice mailbox. At general auditions, we ask that actors present two monologues or, for singers, one monologue and one song.

Actors may instead attend the annual auditions held by Theatre Bay Area, or one of our out-of-town Equity auditions, announced on the Equity hotlines.

To Submit Your Résumé

If you are unable to schedule an audition, feel free to mail your résumé to our Casting Director, or send a postcard for a show in which you are appearing to:
Leslie Martinson, Casting Director
P.O. Box 50458
Palo Alto, CA 94303



TheatreWorks is delighted to announce an exciting new pilot program for pre-professional actors. Six actors will be chosen to join the TheatreWorks team for three months as Artistic Engagement Apprentices from August 1 to November 8, 2014.
The apprentices will perform in our production of Sweeney Todd as the centerpiece of their time here, under the direction of Artistic Director Robert Kelley and Musical Director William Liberatore, working side by side with our professional cast.
We have designed this program to also give the apprentices a broader view of the way a LORT theatre is put together. As Artistic Engagement Apprentices, they will observe and work with our New Works, Education, Marketing and Development Staff. For example, they will participate in our New Works Festival in August and will contact schools about our Education touring shows.
We’re looking for exceptional applicants with the insight of an actor, the precision of a crew member, the patience of a box office rep, the dedication of an educator and the people skills of a development staffer. In addition to acting skills, we’re looking for curiosity, enthusiasm, good phone manners, familiarity with social media platforms, the physical ability to lift up to 30 pounds, and an understanding of basic word-processing and spreadsheet programs.
The apprentices will receive a travel stipend during their first six weeks, and will be on Non-Equity contracts for the run of SWEENEY TODD, in non-speaking, non-singing roles.
To request an information sheet with more specific details about projects, dates, times, places and compensation, please contact
To apply, please send a charming cover letter outlining your career goals in theatre, an acting resume, headshot and a work resume to TAEA Selection at  by June 16.  Auditions and interviews will be completed by July 3.