Chaya Gordon-Bland, executive artistic director, looks forward to returning to live performances. "'Twelfth Night' is a delightful and uplifting comedy, chock full of music, playful antics, delicious language and nuanced explorations of human relationships."

The play will be directed by Oliver Mayes, who is in the midst of finishing his M.F.A. in directing at the University of South Dakota.

In light of the COVID-19 environment, social distancing, de-densification and other responsible mitigation protocols will be implemented at every phase of the audition, rehearsal, production and performance processes, until it is safe to do otherwise.

The festival seeks an ensemble of 10 professional actors/singers/musicians/teaching artists, primarily drawn from Vermillion, South Dakota, and surrounding areas, for a four-week contract in Vermillion. The SDSF is committed to inclusive and gender-flexible casting.

Auditions will be held on Friday Jan. 29 from 5-10 p.m. in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts Arena Theatre on the USD campus in Vermillion. To reserve an audition slot or read more about audition requirements and protocols, visit

The mission of the SDSF is to engage, connect and inspire communities by exploring our shared human experiences through inclusive, professional Shakespeare productions and theatre arts education. Our values encompass access, inclusion, integrity and artistic excellence.

Since 2012, the SDSF has been producing free, world-class Shakespeare in the Park in Vermillion, South Dakota, accompanied by a wide array of education and engagement programming, through partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations. The SDSF values diversity and inclusion in its work, and it seeks to create theatre and build audiences that reflect and nourish the diversity of its communities. Since its inception, and in keeping with our mission, all festival events are free and open to the public.

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