Experienced professional actors that are interested in being part of the Core Ensemble are encouraged to apply for an audition. QSE may or may not be taking on any new core ensemble members in 2021.

Applicants will be skilled actors with a passion for performing Shakespeare and a strong desire and capacity for being part of an artist-managed ensemble. The Core Ensemble, as the name suggests, is the heart of QSE, and drives its artistic and business activities.

Applicants for the Core Ensemble should be familiar with QSE’s work and activities, and ideally would have some previous experience with QSE’s training. It is unlikely that an applicant who has not previously performed or trained with QSE would be invited to audition for the Core Ensemble. 

The ideal Core Ensemble member would have the following qualities:

  • a passion for performing Shakespeare
  • respect and commitment to QSE’s work and training
  • skilled and energetic in their work on-stage and off
  • able to receive and incorporate feedback into their practice
  • a mix of artistic and business/administrative skills
  • able to fill a gap in QSE’s current skill profile
  • a team player, more concerned with the creation of artistic community than in furthering their own commercial career
  • long-term commitment to the advancement of QSE and theatre in Queensland

Core Ensemble members are given first priority, where possible, for any paid work within the company. In return, Core Ensemble members are expected to make QSE their first artistic priority, and not allow other artistic activities to preclude them from QSE activities.

In addition to artistic commitments, Core Ensemble members are expected to commit an average of 6-8 hrs per week to their management portfolio across the year.


Applications will be accepted electronically only, by e-mail to (if electronic submission is not possible, please contact QSE at the same e-mail address well in advance of the deadline to request an alternative).

Make sure that your application includes ALL required documentation, or it cannot be accepted. Each of the following should be a separate document, ideally JPEG for the headshot and PDF for other documents. Applications should include:

  • your headshot (ideally A4 size / high resolution)
  • your acting CV
  • a one-page cover letter, as a separate attachment (ie not in the body of the e-mail) that:
    • clearly states whether you are auditioning for the Core Ensemble, Apprentice Program, or both
    • includes contact details; specifically mobile and home phone numbers and an e-mail address
    • indicates if you have a preference for a particular audition time
    • details why you would like to work specifically with QSE
    • assesses your strengths and challenges as an actor
    • if you have specific time restrictions for your initial audition on December 4th or 5th, please make these explicit in the cover-letter, otherwise we cannot guarantee you a specific time.
  • a non-acting CV or a short description of your non-acting experience that outlines your administrative, managerial, marketing and/or computer skills


Once we have received your application we will send you an e-mail acknowledging receipt, along with information about QSE and our 2022 activities. Your audition time will be e-mailed to you on or by November 29th.


In order to be accepted into the Core Ensemble or the Apprentice program, you must be available for the following dates in 2021:

• Initial company meeting: Sunday January 23rd 6-10pm.

• Residential Training Intensive at Stradbroke Island: January 31st through February 6th (dates include travel days).

• Regular Advanced Training: 6-10pm Wednesday nights from February 16th to April 13th, with a public sharing the week after Easter (must be available evenings April 19th–23rd).

• Members of the Core Ensemble must have general availability on Sunday evenings for meetings. While not held every week, many Sunday evenings are taken up with business, artistic, and production meetings (currently the first and third Sunday evenings from 6-10pm are set aside for this purpose).

• Apprentices and NEW Core Ensemble members: training in voice and acting on the weekends of February 12th/13th, 19th/20th. and 26th/27th from 9am to 5pm on each day.

Rehearsals are generally held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and on Saturday during the day. Rehearsal and performance periods for 2021 are likely to be May 28th – September 4th and September 24th – November 27th. Please note that although QSE encourages its Core Ensemble members to gain experience through other performance opportunities, priority must be given to QSE artistic activities throughout the year.

More detailed information about 2022 activities and events, including a detailed calendar, will be available prior to the audition.

If you have questions, please e-mail QSE at or leave a message on 0411 172 390.

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