New Ideas Festival 2018 - Seeking Actors

— Onstage March 7–25, 2018 —


Actors (non-union) of all ages (18+) and ethnicities are needed for New Ideas Festival 2018, a three-week juried festival
of 15 new works. A program of 4 different plays will be presented each week, running from Wednesday to Sunday,
with a staged reading at noon on each Saturday.

NIF encourages actors from diverse communities to audition; this year NIF has roles calling for non-binary actors.

General Festival Auditions will be held:
January 6 & 7 daytime
January 8, 9 & 10 evenings
Callbacks the second/third week of January

 Actors must be available for rehearsals beginning January 30.

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 the Alumnae website ( at the end of December.

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

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

NOTE: NIF does festival casting, so you are not auditioning for a specific play or role.

To book an audition, email:

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

NO Emails between December 21 and 27 please!

Auditions will be held in the Studio Theatre at Alumnae Theatre - 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto

The Redirect Workshop

YOU’VE BOOKED AN AUDITION - yay! You select a monologue, memorize it, work it to death, get to the audition, control your panic, deliver it. You're great! They love you! You bask in your success! Then you hear the dreaded words: "Ok, let's do a re-direct..."
Please join us on Sunday, Jan 21, from 2-5pm in the Studio for Alumnae’s REDIRECT WORKSHOP. Led by Liz Best and Joan Burrows, the workshop will focus on the three most important steps to a successful redirect: Listening, Understanding and Going For It.
Once registered, you will receive a choice of monologues. You will choose one to memorize and prepare for the workshop.
Space is limited so sign up early. Contact Ellen @ or (416) 733-8413.
Free to all ACTIVE and SENIOR SUPPORTING members.
Interested in participating in NEXT STAGE readings? This workshop is a great opportunity for your work to be seen by Carol Libman and Anne Tait, who head up the programme and will be in attendance.

Next Stage Reading Series - Seeking Actors/Readers

The New Play Development Group (NPD) of the Alumnae Theatre seek actors/readers for Season Two of the NEXT STAGE READING SERIES The Next Stage Reading Series aids in the development of works-in-progress with "semi-cold" lobby readings of new scripts. All members and non-members welcome to attend! All ACTIVE members welcome to participate as readers!
Readings will be hosted in the Alumnae Lobby on:
September 18, October 2, November 6, December 11, 2017
January 8, February 5, April 2, June 18, 2018

Did you apply last year? You're still on the list!
Want to be on the list? Contact BOTH Anne Tait and Carol Libman, and be ready to supply your resume.

'Next Stage' is an Alumnae initiative for playwrights, actors and directors. Playwrights come from the NPD membership; directors and actors should be Active Alum members. In most cases, this means that our members read all roles including male ones.

To become an Active Member, contact Liz Best, VP Membership @  
To become an NPD member, contact Anne @ & Carol @

Open Stage

Open Stage is a program where Alumnae members interested in performance get together once a month to play, perform and push their own creative boundaries on one of our beautiful stages at the theatre. It’s a safe space where members can grow and try new things in front of a supportive audience of fellow performers and artists. It serves as an opportunity for members to perform a piece of their choosing and see performances from others in the first part of the evening followed by a group activity. Actors of all experience levels are welcome!

For more information on how to join and the event calendar, visit our members-only site to contact the Open Stage coordinator. If you are not yet a member, please join us and indicate on your registration that you would like to be included in Open Stage.