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Playwright Burke Campbell (New Ideas Festival 2017 – Week Two) gives his impression of the pre-audition Cold Reads in December.  Auditions finished on Sunday Jan 8; the Festival runs March 8-26.

Burke Campbell

burke-campbell-017-alumnae Alumnae Theatre, Toronto, Canada. Photo by Burke Campbell

My short play, The Red Lacquered Box, is one of 16 short works that will go on in March 2017 at the New Ideas Festival. Broken into groups, the various plays will be performed over a three week period at the Alumnae Theatre. Cold readings went on this past week, so the playrights and directors could hear the works spoken. Casting will take place later.


The 16 works  were picked from over 200 submissions, from Canada and the United States. The Alumnae staff has worked tirelessly to introduce playwrights to directors, and have sent out a call for actors to participate in the upcoming auditions.


The New Ideas Festival is an incredibly complex enterprise. For me, it’s an opportunity to meet a huge number of theatre artists and also have a lot of fun.

burke-campbell-019-actor-bwThe Alumnae Theatre is a gorgeous theatre…

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Audition notice for New Ideas Festival 2017

new-ideas-2017-imageStarting December 10, Alumnae Theatre Company invites non-union actors of all ages (18+) and ethnicities to book an audition for our 29th annual New Ideas Festival, a three-week juried festival of 15 new works, running March 8 – 26, 2017.  A different program of 4 short plays will be presented Wednesday to Sunday each week, with a staged reading of a longer play at noon on each Saturday.

General auditions for all the plays in Festival:
January 4, 5,  6 (Wed – Fri) – evenings
January 7 & 8 (Sat & Sun) – daytime
Callbacks will be held for individual plays in mid-January.
Actors must be available for rehearsals beginning January 30.

NOTE: Auditions will be booked according to age and gender, so actors should keep ALL the audition dates free until their slot is confirmed.

  • two-minute monologue (actor’s choice);
  • a side from one of the plays. Please print** and bring to audition.  (Members of Alumnae Theatre Company have the option to skip the monologue and read two sides);
  • headshot and résumé.

**Sides will be available on the Alumnae website (http://www.alumnaetheatre.com) at the end of December.

See blog post dated Dec 8 for the Festival lineup – play titles, writers, and directors.

To book an audition, email: NIFauditions@gmail.com after December 10.

Give your name, gender, acting age range, email address, phone number, and identify if you are an Alumnae member.

Auditions (and the performances) will be held in the 3rd floor Studio at Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto.

Note that all directors and many playwrights attend the general auditions, so be prepared for a full house.

Alumnae Theatre Company is a non-union organization, and this is a non-paying engagement.


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Audition notice for “Outside Mullingar” (Toronto Irish Players)

Toronto Irish Players logoThe Toronto Irish Players are holding auditions in late June for their fall production, which will be on the Main Stage of Alumnae Theatre.  Outside Mullingar, described as “an Irish Moonstruck”, was nominated for Best Play at the 2014 Tony Awards.



By John Patrick Shanley

Directed by Harvey Levkoe

Produced by Susan McQueen

 AUDITIONS: SUNDAY, June 26 (1-6pm) and MONDAY, June 27 (7-10pm), 2016


REHEARSALS: Start SUNDAY, August 28, 2016 – TUESDAY/ THURSDAY/ SUNDAY schedule, with some table work in August

PERFORMANCES: OCTOBER 20 – November 5, 2016 at The Alumnae Theatre, Toronto

 OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a compassionate, delightful work about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love. Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. They have spent their entire lives on cattle farms in rural Ireland. Rosemary lives right next door to Anthony and is determined to have him, while watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father, Tony, threatening to disinherit him and, a land feud simmering between their families, and Aoife, her mother as mediator, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny and ultimately, deeply moving.


CHARACTERS & AGES TO BE PLAYED (Accents are not needed at auditions):

TONY, 75 Bullying, tough-love father to Anthony. Easily provoked to anger & stubborn. Lives with a great deal of resentment and bitterness.


AOIFE, 70 (Eo-fuh) Nurturing and protective mother to Rosemary and surrogate mother to Anthony. Plays the role of mediator between Anthony and Tony.


ROSEMARY, 39 Anthony’s powerful, feisty neighbour with a clarity of vision. She knows what she wants but getting it is complicated. Inherited her father’s stubbornness. Determined to have Anthony, she fluctuates between despair and hope.


ANTHONY, 42 Painfully shy, a joyless farmer who is torn about staying, while listening to the voice that tells him to “go.” He has stopped noticing anything outside himself and lives with the fear of rejection and failure.


TO BOOK AN AUDITION – Contact Judith Levkoe at  levkoejudith@sympatico.ca and indicate your preferred audition date, time and the character for whom you wish to audition. Attach your resume with contact number & a recent head shot. Alternately, call Judith at 416-214-4770 and provide the above info as well as your email address.

 LOCATION – Auditions and rehearsals will be held at Kimbourne Park United Church, 200 Wolverleigh Blvd, one black north of the Coxwell Subway Station exit, and east of Coxwell.


PREPARATION – If the Director does not know your work, prepare a 2-minute monologue. Read the play before your audition as there will be readings from the script.

SCRIPT- A copy of OUTSIDE MULLINGAR will be available upon request.

 PLEASE NOTE: Toronto Irish Players (TIP) is a non-profit, non-Equity community theatre group. Participants are not paid, and union members (ACTRA/Equity) cannot be used. If cast, it is required that you join the Toronto Irish Players group.

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Audition notice for “August: Osage County” (Jan 17-19)

Anyone fancy a little play reading over the holidays? You might want to slot that in, because auditions for the final production in Alumnae Theatre Company’s season, August: Osage County, take place January 17 – 19!

August Osage County imageRemember the 2013 film version?  It starred Meryl Streep as Violet, Julia Roberts as Barbara (both received Oscar nominations), and some English dude named Benedict Cumberbatch as Little Charles… http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3037715456/tt1322269?ref_=tt_ov_i

The play earned playwright Tracy Letts the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and won five Tony awards (Best Play, Best Direction – Anna D. Shapiro, Best Scenic Design, Leading Actress -Deanna Dunagan, Featured Actress – Rondi Reed as Mattie Fae) for the original Broadway production.

Alumnae Theatre Company’s production (April 8 – 23, 2016) will be directed by Victoria Shepherd, who has helmed many shorts in Alumnae’s Big Ideas and New Ideas, as well as Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke on the mainstage. Other favourite directing credits are the Titanic-themed drama Scotland Road (for Amicus Productions) and the charming, based-on-a-true-Canadian-story Queen Mili of Galt (for Village Playhouse).


August: Osage County
By Tracy Letts
Directed by Victoria Shepherd
Performance dates: April 8 – 23, 2016

When the family patriarch vanishes, the Westons return to rural Oklahoma to care for their afflicted, manipulative mother.  Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, Tracy Letts’ darkly comic drama is a harrowing epic that puts the “fun” in “dysfunctional”.

Beverly Weston:   The father of the Weston family, 69  –  (age range 60 – 75)
Violet Weston:   The mother of the Weston family, 65 –  (age range 60 – 70)
Barbara Fordham:   The oldest daughter of the Weston family, 46  – (age range 40 – 50ish)
Ivy Weston:   The middle daughter of the Weston family, 44 – (range late 30’s – late 40’s)
Karen Weston:   The youngest daughter in the Weston family, 40 –  (age range 30’s – 45)
Bill Fordham:   Barbara’s estranged husband and Jean’s father, 49 – (age range 40’s – 55)
Jean Fordham:   Bill and Barbara’s smart-tongued teenage daughter – (age range 14-19)
Steve Heidebrecht:   Karen’s fiancé, 50 – (age range mid 40’s to mid 50”s)
Mattie Fae Aiken:    Violet’s sister, 57 –  (age range 50 – 65)
Charlie Aiken:   Husband of Mattie Fae & presumed father of Little Charles, 60 – (range 55-65)
“Little Charles” Aiken:   Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 – (age range 30-45)
Johnna Monevata**:   Young, empathic Cheyenne woman who works as housekeeper to the Weston family and is the silent witness to the family dysfunction, 26 (range 20’s-30’s)
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau:   High-school classmate & former boyfriend of Barbara’s, 47 (range 40-50ish)
**Alumnae Theatre Company is auditioning First Nations, Metis or Inuit actors for the role of Johnna

Sunday January 17, 2016 from noon – 6:00pm
Monday January 18, 2016  from 6:00 – 10:00pm
Tuesday January 19, 2016 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm

CALLBACKS: evenings of January 25 & (if required) January 26.

Please prepare a short (2-3 min.) contemporary monologue.
Please read the play before auditioning. Reading copies are available at the Toronto Reference Library, 5th floor – Performing Arts desk.
Please submit or bring your photo and résumé.

Please e-mail augustauditionsATC@gmail.com or leave a message on the audition line at 416-364-4170 ext 3.
Auditions will be held at the Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street (SW corner of Berkeley and Adelaide)

The Alumnae Theatre Company encourages diversity in its membership and casting. Please note this is a non-paying engagement.

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Announcing lineup for New Ideas Festival 2016

Last week’s post was the audition notice – auditions for New Ideas Festival 2016 take place January 6-10. Where do the plays come from? 250 scripts were submitted to the Festival this year, and from this, the 15 below were selected. These are the short plays that actors will be auditioning for. [Names in bold are members of Alumnae Theatre Company]  New Ideas 2016 image

Week 1  (March 9-13, 2016)

Stuck by Stacey Iseman, directed by Kelsey Laine Jacobson

Prayers to St. George by Andrew Lee, directed by Meg Moran

The Council by Deanna Kruger, directed by Claren Grosz

This Will Be My Last Transmission by Natalie Frijia, directed by Zita Nyarady

Reading (Sat March 12 at noon)

A Better Place by Ramona Baillie, directed by Chelsea Dab Hilke


Week 2  (March 15-20, 2016)

Housekeeping by Jean Koppen, directed by Ingryd Pleitez

Pose Ball by Caitie Graham, directed by Emily Nixon

War and Peace: A Family Story by Krystyna Hunt, directed by Rebecca Grace

Yeats in Love by Anne Tait, directed by Jane Carnwath

Reading   (Sat March 19 at noon)

Curved by Kristen Shepherd, directed by Rebecca Ballarin


Week 3  (March 23-27, 2016)

Provenance by Linda McCready, directed by Pam Redfern

Trying by Norma Crawford, directed by Juliet Paperny

Sick Kids Wanna Talk to You by Carolyn Bennett, directed by Jennifer McKinley

Four Hours by Joan Burrows, directed by Helen Munroe

Reading   (Sat March 26 at noon)

Omission by Alice Abracen, directed by Michela Sisti


The 250 scripts received were almost an even split between writers from Canada and international writers (mostly from USA; a few from UK and Ireland).

The chosen playwrights hail from Ontario – Toronto, Hamilton (Andrew Lee), London (Deanna Kruger), North Bay (Kristen Shepherd) and Quebec – Montreal (Alice Abracen); and the USA is represented by Jean Koppen from Alexandria, Virginia.

Once the reading committee had chosen the scripts, New Ideas Festival held its Creative Exchange on November 14, to match up writers and directors. The Creative Exchange is a bit like speed dating:  each applicant to direct meets for 10 minutes with each of the writers, after which both writers and directors submit their top three choices to the NIF producers. After some juggling, the producers match up the NIF creative teams, and schedule the weekly program of plays for the Festival.

So polish up that monologue, and book your audition!

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New Ideas Festival 2016 Audition Notice

New Ideas 2016 imageNew Ideas is a three-week juried festival of 15 new works.  A program of 4 short plays (changing each week) runs Wednesday to Sunday, and additionally the staged reading of a longer script is presented at noon on each Saturday.

Script submissions (solicited back in July) have been waded through by the reading committee. 15 scripts have been selected and programmed. Directors have been interviewed and selected. And now, Alumnae Theatre Company’s 28th annual New Ideas Festival (March 9 – 27, 2016) seeks actors!

Non-union actors of all ages (18+) and ethnicities are invited to apply for auditions.

General Auditions (all New Ideas directors and many playwrights in attendance) will be held:

Wed – Fri: January 6, 7 & 8 evenings

Sat & Sun: January 9 & 10 daytime

Callbacks:  the second/third week of January

 Actors must be available for rehearsals beginning February 1.

 NOTE: Auditions will be booked according to age and gender, so actors should keep all the audition dates free until they receive an audition time.

Actors will perform a two-minute monologue of their choice and
a side* from one of the plays. (Alumnae members have the choice of reading two sides rather than presenting a prepared monologue.)

*Sides will be available on Alumnae website (http://www.alumnaetheatre.com) after Dec 20.

Please print an appropriate side and bring it to the audition, along with your résumé and headshot.


To book an audition, please email: NIFauditions@gmail.com

Give your name, gender, acting age range, email address, phone number,
and say whether you are a member of Alumnae Theatre Company.

No emails between December 20 and 27 please.

 Auditions will be held in the Studio at Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street, Toronto).

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Auditions July 30 for “Interview with a Demon” (B.SMART Productions/Beech Street Theatre Company)

BSmartLogoB.SMART Productions, Inc. and Beech Street Theatre Company  Beech_Street_Logo_-_JPEG.293161826_logowill be producing Mark Terry’s play Interview with a Demon Nov 10 – 16, 2015 at Alumnae Theatre.

Aptly scheduled between Hallowe’en and the holiday season, Interview with a Demon will provide the world’s first-ever report on life after death, what Heaven and Hell are really like, the essence of the soul, mythologies, angels, Satan and God. The Demon will compel audiences to reconsider their faith in the messenger and the messages they share, and will challenge us all with a perspective that re-evaluates our entire belief system.


Here is the audition notice.

Interview with a Demon

Written by Mark Terry

Director: Michael Khashmanian

Producers: Abigail Pinto Correia and Boyan Stergulc

Co-Producers: Michael Khashmanian and Mark Terry

Audition Location: Casting Central, 321 Davenport Road, Toronto

Email: markterry@bell.net to book your audition.

Compensation: Yes

Auditions: Thursday, July 30, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM (all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)

INSTRUCTIONS: Please bring your head shot and theatre resume to the audition as well as attaching them to your audition request e-mail.

Synopsis: See http://bsmarttv.ca/portfolio/interview-with-a-demon/ and http://www.beechstreettheatre.com/productions


CHARACTERS (with bodies):

Boodle: Female, mid-20s, attractive, television talk show director. Strong, assertive, take-charge personality.

Bradley Gibb: Male, mid-20s, attractive, television reporter/talk show host. Opportunistic, ambitious, curious.

Pat Lor: Male, mid-30s, average-looking, television cameraman Not very bright, clumsy.

Father Francis Flanagan: Male, mid-50s, white hair, possibly balding, Church exorcist. Strong, devoted, bordering on fanatical.


CHARACTERS (without bodies):

* The Demon / Frank: Male, middle-aged, confident, cocky, real estate salesman Intelligent, but playful and unpredictable.

Tom: Male, mid-40s, Producer of The Hot Seat. Seasoned professional; cynical.

The Angel / Angie: Female, middle-aged, foreign accent Sweet, loving.

* NOTE: All actors will, at some point, be possessed by The Demon. To ensure consistency of character, all actors should adopt a similar interpretation and voice for The Demon. We recommend channeling Michael Keaton’s performance in the film Beetlejuice (1988).

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