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2022 Season Directing Position

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is seeking an Ohio-based director to mount a comedy (from or inspired by William Shakespeare) for their 25th Season. Interested candidates should submit proposals (via the form below) no later than Monday, September 20 at 11:59pm. 

Plays Under Consideration: Comedic plays from the Shakespeare cannon, and comedic/light hearted plays inspired by William Shakespeare or his works.


Comedies NOT Under Consideration: The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night


Rehearsals & Timeline: CSF rehearsals are held at Wizbang! Theater located at 2134 Lee Rd. Cleveland Heights OH 44118. Technical rehearsals take place outdoors at Coventry PEACE Park (weather permitting).

Summer rehearsals to begin in June with opening night slated for Friday, July 22. Exact rehearsal schedule will be determined by director and production team.


Production: All CSF summer shows are produced to tour across northeast Ohio and perform outdoors in parks and recreational areas, with each show being held in a different venue and presented free of charge to all audiences. CSF attracts nearly 5,000 patrons each summer.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates should have previous directing experience, preferably having acquaintance with the works of Shakespeare and/or Outdoor Theatre. Candidates must be based in/near/or have access to residence around northeast Ohio.


Paid Position: CSF directors are paid a stipend upon opening of show.

Twelfth Night (2)

Proposals due:

11:59 PM 

Monday, September 20th 


Directing Proposals may include:

  • At least one (1) or up to three (3) play suggestions

  • Brief description of production thoughts | (1 page or less)

May include: what draws you to the play, specific style or concept (if any), proposed cast size, relevance or intended theme

  • Brief description of directing approach/philosophy | (1 page or less)

  • Artistic Resume/CV


Read Cleveland Shakespeare Festival's Commitment to Diversity

Commitment to Diversity

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The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival is fully committed to the goal of diversity in art. We are well-known for our practice of non-traditional casting, having welcomed actors of all likes in

 roles traditionally reserved for white males (particularly leading roles). We put on stage a host of actors who do not look like traditional Shakespearean casts, and whom young minority audience members may identify as role models.


Over the last 21 years, our goal is to provide the many underserved populations of greater Cleveland with culturally rich experiences right in their own neighborhoods. In order to achieve this goal, we do something no other theatre in Northeastern Ohio does – we offer FREE ADMISSION to all of our touring productions. This allows all individuals, regardless of background, income or zip code, to experience live storytelling, community engagement, history, art and creative enjoyment in their own communities.

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