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' Artistic Engagement Apprentice program is exciting opportunity for pre-professional actors. Apprentices appear on our mainstage while also observing and working with our New Works, Education, Marketing, and Development staff to give participants a broader view of the way a LORT theatre is put together.
Exceptional applicants posess 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. 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.
Apprentices receive a travel stipend during their first six weeks, and are on Non-Equity contracts when performing on our mainstage in non-speaking, non-singing roles.

Stay tuned for information on our 2015 Artistic Engagement Apprentice program.

For more information, please contact