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Western Gold Theatre 2024 General Auditions

AUDITION #1: February 9, 2024 VANCOUVER
AUDITION #2: February 10, 2024 VANCOUVER

Submission deadline: January 30, 2024

Submission email: [email protected]

Contact name: Stephanie Hargreaves

Phone: 604.725.2932

Engagement policy under consideration: INDIE 2.2

ETHNOCULTURAL MANDATE/CASTING STATEMENT

Western Gold Theatre is inclusive in its employment and castings processes. We encourage submissions from diverse artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In attendance: Artistic Director, Tanja Dixon-Warren and key collaborators for the season: Kathryn Shaw, Anita Rochon, Anna Hagan, Stephanie Hargreaves and Glenn MacDonald.

OUR 2024 SEASON 

Western Gold Theatre Company presents four productions per year. Scripts for all plays are available by email upon request. Read more about the plays on our On Stage page.

ON OUR FEET (OOF!) – Staged Reading Series
OOF! Performances have all the hallmarks of a full production – intricate blocking, designed sets, costumes, and music. The only difference – actors carry their scripts. Madcap hilarity follows!

She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Anna Hagan
March 15 – 17, 2024, rehearsals begin March 10, 2024
PAL STUDIO THEATRE

Hilda’s Yard by Norm Foster
Directed by Anna Hagan
May 10 – 12, 2024, rehearsals begin May 5, 2024
PAL STUDIO THEATRE

FRONT & CENTRE – Mainstage Programming

Super Seniors by Kathryn Shaw
Directed by Anita Rochon
June 6 – 23, 2024, rehearsals begin April 30 or May 6, TBC
PAL STUDIO THEATRE

Alice in Wonderland – The Manhattan Project
Created and originally directed by Andre Gregory
Director TBC
November 7 – 24, 2024, rehearsals begin September 30
PAL STUDIO THEATRE

AUDITION PREP

Actors are asked to prepare one contemporary and one classic monologue each of no longer than two minutes in length.

If any of the above creative team have worked with you in the past 2 years, and you are interested in working with WGT, we encourage you to submit for a General and we will allocate you a time during which you may choose to present monologues or simply come in for a chat.

Please send a current résumé and headshot in one PDF file to [email protected]

We are happy to accept YouTube or Vimeo submissions from any artists who are unable or have any barriers to attending the auditions in person.

WGT is the only professional theatre company in Western Canada solely devoted to providing work for, and supporting, the artistic practice of Canada’s veteran theatre artists (55+). Although our priority is to provide work for our senior community, we are also committed to and welcome our younger colleagues and emerging theatre artists to share the stage with us. We believe creativity has no expiry date!™

Mentorship

As a company comprised of established professionals in our senior years, we take great pride in the mentorship we offer to our younger colleagues as they share ‘the boards’ with us. In addition, we in turn learn from, and are inspired by, the extraordinary talent that is coming up through the ranks. It is a two-way street.

If you are an emerging arts professional interested in an apprenticeship (hands on and in the trenches with us!) please contact us at [email protected] with the subject line of Mentorship. Include a resume (headshot if you’re an actor) and a cover letter outlining what your hopes and dreams are.

WESTERN GOLD employs and mentors emerging artists in all areas of operations.

  • Actors
  • Assistant Directors
  • Dramaturges
  • Literary Managers
  • Musicians
  • Playwrights
  • Choreographers
  • Set/Lighting/Costume/Sound Designers
  • Stage Management
  • Production
  • Marketing/Promotion/Social Media
  • Outreach/Audience Development
  • Administration

Community Engagement

To fulfill our objectives to create a range of opportunities for senior artists to continue their life-long work and to encourage conversation amongst the Canadian public on the impact and joys of aging, Western Gold Theatre continually seeks opportunities for community engagement.

Community engagement events provide a forum in which to discuss the challenges of aging in the performing arts and brainstorm on how best to support our community to continue doing the work they love.

Read on to learn about the community engagement opportunities we’ve participated in and/or hosted.

 

AGING IN THE LIVE PERFORMING ARTS
Saturday, May 27 @ 2:00PM (2hrs)
With Dr. Julia Henderson (The Creatus Project), Glenn McDonald & Tanja Dixon Warren (Western Gold Theatre). 

No matter what their age or their physical or mental abilities may be, older adults can and should participate in the arts. Exploring Active Access Design for Seniors and the integration of access into the generative process of making theatre with Elder Artists.

  • Location: Presentation House Theatre, 2nd Floor Studio
  • 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9
  • Limited Seating: To ensure a seat, please register here

 

New Plays

Western Gold welcomes and encourages playwrights and new theatrical creations. If you have an idea, please contact [email protected]

Over the course of our history, Western Gold has commissioned, developed, and staged the following plays by Canadian playwrights:

  • 2022 90 DAYS by Salim Rahemtulla
  • 2021 Quills Don’t Tweet 2 conceived and created by Bernard Cuffling and Anna Hagan
  • 2021 The Ballad of Georges Boivin by Martin Bellemare, Translated from French by Jack Paterson and Johanna Nutter
  • 2018 Red Birds by Aaron Bushkowsky
  • 2016 Comfort Cottages by Jane Clayton & Judy Ginn Walchuk
  • 2008 Old Goriot by James Fagan Tait
  • 2004 One Last Kiss by Aaron Bushkowsky
  • 2003 Strangers Among Us by Aaron Bushkowsky

Submissions

Western Gold welcomes programming ideas, play submissions and community engagement initiatives. If you have a project that you feel may be of interest to us, please submit the project description, with a cover letter (and copy of the script if applicable) to [email protected]

Actors/Directors/Artists/Arts Professionals: If you are interested in working with Western Gold, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your resume (and headshot if an actor) with an accompanying cover letter to [email protected]

 

Creativity has no expiry date! ™

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Contact Us

Phone: 604-363-5734

Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:

PO Box 93513,
Vancouver RPO Nelson Park, BC V6E 4L7

Supported By

Live Plays Vancouver
Live Plays Vancouver
plays in Vancouver
Vancouver theatre companies
The Humber Foundation

The McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund,
held at Vancouver Foundation

Stewart Fund,
held at Vancouver Foundation

McLean Foundation

Community Partners

We gratefully acknowledge that we are on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam),Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. We deeply thank them for so generously allowing us to live, work, and play on their beautiful lands.

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