Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Employment Opportunity is a fundamental principle at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble (RTE), where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, citizenship, religion, disability, military status, or any other trait or characteristic protected by law. This policy of Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.  Read our Anti-Racism Statement here.

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General Auditions

Auditions are by invitation and by appointment only, and are usually held on a show-to-show basis. Rivendell hires both Equity and non-Equity artists. You may submit your head shot and resume for future consideration for an audition invitation by mailing to:

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Administrative Office, ATTN: Casting
5775 N Ridge Ave., #1
Chicago, IL 60660

For general inquiries about our auditions, you may also email Ashley Neal, Casting Associate, at:


Interns at Rivendell Theatre:

  • Work 15 to 20 hours per week for approximately 12 weeks
  • Are given training and leadership, as well as specific duties and projects in one department under the guidance of department managers
  • Have various opportunities to interface with staff and visiting artistic professionals
  • Attend all staff meetings and participate in the planning and presentation of mainstage shows, donor events, readings and developmental workshops

    Learn more about our internships and apply here!

Script Submissions

Rivendell accepts full scripts via agent submission only. Playwrights are welcome to submit a script synopsis of no more than one page along with a character breakdown, production history, and current resume. We will be in touch if these materials are of interest to us.

We primarily produce new plays—either world premieres, second productions, or Midwest premieres. Please keep in mind that we are a small theatre and it’s rare for us to produce plays with a cast size larger than 6.

Learn more about how to submit your script here!

Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Theatre: 5779 N. Ridge Avenue
Office: 5775 N. Ridge Avenue
Chicago, IL 60660


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