How To Join

join[1]Thank you for your interest in joining San Jose Youth Shakespeare. You do not need to have prior theatrical experience to join us, but you must have an interest in Shakespeare and a love of the English language. We also welcome those interested in the technical aspects of theatre. You must be between the ages of 8 and 21 and follow these steps:

  1. Come to one of our Shakespeare plays.
  2. Find the Director after the show and introduce yourself.
  3. Send an email stating your interest in being included in our next production. You may tell us a little about yourself in this email, but please do not send resumes or video clips.
  4. We will invite you to a reading for our next play.

We do not hold open auditions. Casting is based on at least one complete read-through of the play. During these readings, everyone has an opportunity to read a significant number of lines.


We do not charge a participation fee and do not turn anyone away whose circumstances would hinder a financial contribution. However, we do strongly encourage a minimum donation per participant. In addition, cast members are expected to cover certain costume fees. We also encourage you to participate in opportunities to financially support the company through fundraisers.

Please be aware that we are a family-run organization. Families are expected to dedicate a significant amount of time and effort to the production. The benefits of involvement in San Jose Youth Shakespeare are limitless when the entire family takes part. Our productions become a family project when actors work with their siblings, parents, and relatives in jobs ranging from set construction to publicity.