Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators
Canadian Stage is now accepting applications for the Ontario Arts Council Recommender Grant for Theatre, please see details here:
Canadian Stage is proud to participate in the OAC’s Recommender Grants for Theatre Creators program. These grants, funded through the OAC, this program assists Ontario-based theatre creators by provide funding for new work creation.
Grant Amount - $1000.00 – $3000.00
Canadian Stage can recommend a total of $10,000.00.
Canadian Stage is interested in applications from artists at a variety of experience levels, and we are particularly interested in proposals for:
- New creations which are multi-disciplinary in form or subject
- Works that are innovative in form, use of media, style or subject matter
- Shows that reflect the dynamism, complexity and diversity of Canada
Deadline: December 2, 2022 1PM
Applications for this program are only accepted through the OAC’s NOVA Portal, and must be submitted before 1PM EST on the deadline date. You can apply to more than one company with your application. Click here to see a full list of recommending companies.
Please read through the guidelines carefully before you prepare your application.
If you have any questions about the Recommender Grants for Theatre Artists program, please contact Associate Artistic Director Jordan Laffrenier (email@example.com)
Shakespeare in High Park 2023: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare, directed by Jamie Robinson
Please submit a resume? and headshot to the address below by 5 p.m. on November 9, 2022. Early submissions are encouraged.
Shakespeare in High Park rehearsals begin June 26, 2023, previews begin July 20, 2023, and closing is September 3, 2023. All dates are subject to change.
Canadian Stage is committed to building an anti-racist, equitable and inclusive cultural institution, and is committed to diverse, inclusive casting. We work to reflect the stories, ideas, concerns, and priorities of the communities we have been entrusted to serve authentically and meaningfully. For information on our ongoing organizational work, please click here.
As part of our commitment to inclusive casting, we are intentionally seeking actors of all ethnicities, people of all gender identities, and those of all ages. You are encouraged to apply for the role that resonates most with you.
If you have any access needs for your audition, please contact Emily Johnston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare in High Park is an exclusive 10 week contract and the pay scale for this venue is a CTA “E” house. It should be noted that these productions rehearse and perform outdoors in all safe weather conditions.
- Please include CAEA status, performance training, and the role for which you wish to be considered in your submission. Please do not submit for multiple roles.
- When submitting by email, please include your resume and headshot as a single PDF attachment.
- Email submissions should have subject lines in the following format:
- Name / Equity status (union or non-union) / Role for which you are submitting
- Experience/proficiency with Shakespearean text is useful, but not mandatory.
- Please indicate in your submission if you sing and/or play any musical instruments, have any magic and/or acrobatic training/experience.
- All actors must be 18+ and residents of Toronto.
The character descriptions below outline the major role(s) that will be played by each performer; due to the ensemble nature of this project, some performers will also be engaged in roles defined as “Cast by Consent”. These roles will evolve over the course of the rehearsals and in consultation/communication with the director and creative team.
Please note: Character descriptions are subject to change according to your interpretation of them.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions about this.
We are casting the following twelve (12) roles:
THESEUS: a Duke, betrothed to Hippolyta, excessive financial wealth, confident.
OBERON: a Fairy King, loves power, jealous lover to Titania, magical, lives in the woods.
HIPPOLYTA: a former Queen, betrothed to Theseus, excessive financial wealth, wise, skeptic, devoted to the Moon.
TITANIA: a Fairy Queen, loves nature, cautious lover to Oberon, great debater, selfless, forgiving, magical, lives in the woods.
Youthful, well-educated, new to true love, rebellious, physically strong, needy, betrothed to Demetrius but in love with Lysander, financially average wealth, urban dweller.
Youthful, well-educated, in love with Demetrius, easily heartbroken, loyal to Hermia, cunning, financially average wealth, urban dweller.
Youthful, well-educated, In love with Hermia, disrespects authority, rebellious, poet and singer, financially very wealthy, urban dweller.
Youthful, well-educated, betrothed to Hermia, jealous and experienced lover, petty, law-abiding, financially very wealthy, urban dweller.
- Peter Quince/Casting by consent
Experienced contract carpenter, somewhat educated, independent Theatre director and actor, lover of words, rural or suburban dweller, makes friends easily, a leader, financially below average wealth.
- Nick Bottom
Contractor who makes cloth/textile designs (“Weaver”), somewhat educated, independent Theatre actor, a dreamer, distracted easily, self-indulgent, rural or suburban dweller, financially below average wealth.
EGEUS: Single parent of Hermia, strict, law-abiding, well-educated, loyal to Theseus and old friend of the family, financially average wealth, urban dweller.
SNUG: Experienced wood-worker (“Joiner”), extremely shy, lacks education, respectful, open-hearted, financially below average wealth, rural or suburban dweller.
- Francis Flute/Casting by consent
Junior Jack-of-all-trades, keeps to themselves, lacks education, new to acting and Theatre, loves working with tools on anything, financially below average wealth, rural or suburban dweller.
- Starvling/Casting by consent
Junior contract tailor, fashionable, very good at their job, somewhat educated, keeps to themselves, new to acting and Theatre, financially average wealth, urban dweller.
- Robin “Puck”
Lead Fairy servant to both Oberon and Titania, mischievous, jaded, prankster, physically agile, can hold a tune, magical, lives in the woods.
We thank everyone for their interest; however, only those selected for an audition will be contacted. Auditions take place starting November 21, 2022.
Applications can be e-mailed to Casting Consultant Emily Johnston at email@example.com or submitted on: www.castingworkbook.com. Please note the role for which you wish to be considered.
Deadline: November 9, 2022, 5 p.m.
No late submissions will be considered.
No phone calls or hard copy submissions please.
For those interested in Canadian Stage General Auditions please note an announcement will be forthcoming.
If you have any questions about our audition calls or processes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this email is only active when auditions calls are posted.
For all other inquiries, please contact Associate Artistic Director Jordan Laffrenier (email@example.com)
We are not accepting unsolicited submissions for future programming at this time.
We are always interested in meeting with artists to chat about their work, their ideas and their processes to see if there is any way we can support or intersect. If you would like to find out about our events, workshops, and programs for artists, or to discuss our Artist Residency’s, Granting Programs or New Work Development at Canadian Stage, please contact our Associate Artistic Director Jordan Laffrenier (firstname.lastname@example.org).