DRM402 Directors' Showcase 2022 Call for Auditions

The student directors of the 2022 Directors’ Showcase at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto have begun casting for their productions which will premiere between December 2-4th. There are five productions happening as part of the Showcase this year, which are listed below. Please read the details to find out more about the productions, and how to audition!

Please find specific production and submission details below.

Directed by Valeria Venturo

A Number is a science fiction play about identity, parent-child relationships, nature vs. nurture, and human cloning. Equal parts thrilling, touching and thought-provoking, it brings forth questions about what individuality means in an age where who we are can be so easily reduced to a genetic sequence. What is it that makes us who we are? 
Looking for two actors of any gender identity, but preferably someone comfortable playing a male character. You can sign up for an audition slot in-person or submit a self-tape. No preparation necessary, but you will be provided with material if you would like to familiarize yourself with it. 

The in-person auditions will be held on Saturday, September 24th between 10AM to 1PM in the Leonard Common Room (in the basement of Morrison Hall, 75 St. George Street) and on Sunday, September 25th between 10AM to 5PM in the Performance Studio (on the main floor of the University College Union building, 79 St. George Street).

Character descriptions, plot summary, sides and the instructions to sign-up can all be found here: https://forms.gle/D5Zi9opMZ71GpGpVA 
I am also looking for a stage manager, a lighting designer and a sound designer. If interested, all the info is here: https://forms.gle/r91y5Nk2oJZEFexh8 

Directed by Ohryong (Olivia) Kwon

He Said Yes / He Said No is a short play written by Bertolt Brecht. While criticizing the notion of blindly adhering to the custom, this play depicts a fable-like story that seems deviated from most traditional plays. The language used in this play is stylized and detached rather than emotional or colloquial. Looking for teammates who are willing to creatively explore new theatrical possibilities.

Currently looking for three performers, regardless of their sex or gender. Because some parts of the play would break down the fourth wall and performers are required to interact constantly with the audience, they are asked to be flexible, witty, and spontaneous throughout such situations.

  • If you are interested in applying for an in-person audition, please fill out this google form due September 22nd 11:59 p.m.: https://forms.gle/ATiqc87eyxiQA5dD9
  • In-person auditions will take place on Saturday, September 24th, between the timeslots from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the LCR. If this time does not work for you, there is also an option of figuring out a different time or even meeting virtually; so please feel free to let me know.

Please contact me if you are interested in stage management or light design via my email o.kwon@mail.utoronto.ca. If you have any prior experience in these areas, I would love to briefly know what those are; if not and this is your first time trying, you are still more than welcomed to apply.

If you have any issues, concerns, or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me: o.kwon@mail.utoronto.ca or +1 (437) 217-0053.

Directed by Bohong Fu

Let It Enfold You is a poem written by German-American poet Charles Bukowski. It depicts the life journey of a young man as he craves and eventually finds happiness, self-acceptance, and peace of mind. Like going down a slippery slope, Bukowski’s language is fast and easy to capture, but it is only until you reach the end of the poem, its meaning and imagery start to embrace or enfold you. It is a story about angst and peace, rejection and acceptance, finding a soul that once was lost in pandemonium. Happiness is always there, find it and make it yours.

Directed by Chloë Flowers

Lunch by Steven Berkoff follows a dynamically tortured relationship between a Man and a Woman who meet during their lunch break. The one-act expressionist piece explores an emotional, psychological, and sexual power struggle fuelled by fast-paced wit. This production will be analyzing Berkoff’s work through a feminist lens, exploring the story through the Woman’s memory and symptoms of PTSD.

  • Looking for one male-identifying and one female-identifying actor.
  • In-person auditions will be held on Saturday September 24th between 1-5 PM in the Perf. If you cannot make this time, message me and we can arrange a solution.
  • Performers should be comfortable with movement, complex text/poetry, and willing to explore rhythm.
  • If you are interested in auditioning, please fill out the online Google form to sign up for a time: https://forms.gle/Rjs3JzhKQUdBTpjD6
  • Content warnings: Please note that this play contains sexual themes, themes of violence, and staged intimacy.
  • I am looking for sound and projection designers. If you are interested in any of these positions, please message me or chat with me after Town Hall with a brief statement of interest and any past experience you may have. My email is chloeroseflowers@gmail.com.

Directed by Liam Donovan

For my DRM402 show, we are making a piece of theatre out of the 1917 Virginia Woolf short story, The Mark on the Wall. In it, a woman in her room fights to stay grounded in reality. Outside, chaos looms. The aesthetic will be contemporary, and fairly minimalist.

For now, it is a one-woman show, and the one role is already cast; however, I am considering adding a 3-4 minute scene to the middle of the show involving a second character. This character would be female or non-binary. If you’d be interested in playing this potential role, you can send a self-tape of a 1-2 minute contemporary monologue to liam.donovan@utoronto.ca with the subject line “Mark on the Wall DRM402 actor.” Include your availability on Fridays from 2-5. I may then invite you to join one of our rehearsals for twenty minutes or so. There, we’ll workshop the scene, and you’ll be considered for the role.

I’m also looking for a lighting designer and a costume designer. If you’re interested in one of those positions, you can send an informal note of interest to liam.donovan@utoronto.ca with the subject line “Mark on the Wall DRM402 designer”. Please, include any relevant experience and which design position you are interested in!