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General Auditions for each round of BARDcore are held twice annually in Manhattan.

Interested actors are encouraged to follow us on social media or sign up for our mailing list to be alerted when submissions are being accepted; audition notices are also posted to and

General Auditions for BARDcore Round Six will be held in late Summer 2022.

Learn more about BARDcore


The easiest way to get involved is to meet us! Come see a BARDcore reading, submit for an appointment at our General Auditions, or take a class and see what makes our Shakespeare a little bit different.

To be the first to know about auditions and have early access to the submissions window, subscribe to our mailing list or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

We're always eager to meet our fellow Shakesnerds!



Those of us directly involved in casting at Match: Lit are keenly aware of the limited opportunities made available in the professional classical theater world for underrepresented artists, and we are committed to doing our part in not only creating opportunities for underrepresented actors, but also seeking to mitigate the unjust representation that is so often seen in Shakespeare's works.

We make every conscious effort to cast each of our projects creatively, conscientiously, and responsibly - so our audiences can expect to see:

  • Actors playing roles for which they are not typically cast (like gender variation, character merging for the sake of creating more well-rounded arcs, or eliminating/re-interpreting particularly damaging references to skin tone, race, and religion);

  • Adequate representation to encompass a broad racial, ethnic, genderqueer, and disabled coalition of artistic voices, opinions, and lived experiences;

  • Refusal to cast actors from underrepresented groups into roles that are not well-rounded, or worse, that promote damaging stereotypes of those particular groups while consistently casting actors of privilege in direct juxtaposition

We start at the very root, in the casting pool, to provide opportunities to our New York classical acting family, and we prioritize our actors over all else. We do our homework, we analyze and consider all character relationships, and we strive to do our utmost to represent, support, and uplift those who may not gain that opportunity elsewhere. Will we get it 100% right every time? Of course not - it's an impossible feat, at best - but we acknowledge, we adapt, and we move forward.

Upon building significant and meaningful relationships with our artists - especially our Alums and Artistic Associates - we focus on each of their journeys and interests for personal growth: and in almost every circumstance, no character will be off limits.

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