Director Opportunities for 2014-2015 Season

DIRECTOR OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2014-2015 SEASON:
We are advertising all the opportunities to direct a play next year so everyone has a chance to prepare their application and gather their ideas. If you have any questions regarding any of these opportunities, feel free to e-mail us at any time. All directing opportunities are as follows:

UTMDC MAIN PRODUCTION:*
Director(s) of UTMDC’s main production are selected by application and vote of UTMDC executive council. If the executive council finds it necessary, there may be an online/phone interview process. To apply, we ask candidates to e-mail us at drama@utmsu.ca to receive the application forms. A candidate may propose a specific play, a directorial concept, and/or any plan they have in mind.** Alternatively, you may simply state that you are interested in directing without a formal proposal of a play. Applications to direct our annual production are due on Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 11:59 PM via e-mail.

U OF T DRAMA FESTIVAL:
The UTMDC will be producing up to three student-written plays to be performed at the annual U of T Drama Festival at Hart House Theatre in February 2015. It is often the case that the student playwrights chooses not to direct the show themselves. In these cases, the playwright may personally seek a person to direct or ask the UTMDC to make a call for directors. If you would like to be contacted when a playwright is seeking a director for the Drama Festival, please send us an e-mail. We encourage playwrights and directors to pair up and work together on their application and submission.

UTM ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL:
A new event to our season next year is the One-Act Play Festival. This two-night festival will comprise of up to three student-written, student-directed productions in the second semester of next year. Each show will be performed both nights of the festival. Similar to the application process for the U of T Drama Festival, the playwright may personally seek a person to direct, or may ask the UTMDC to make a call for directors. If you would like to be contacted in this case, please send us an e-mail. We encourage playwrights and directors to pair up and work together on their application and submission.

*We encourage candidates to e-mail us sooner rather than later, so they can see the application and take time over the next few months to work on their proposal, if they so choose.

**We are looking for a show with a minimum cast of 8, both male and female. A candidate may also propose if they have anyone in mind for co-director/assistant director, stage manager, or crew members.

Playwriting Opportunities for UTMDC’s 2014-2015 Season

PLAYWRITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2014-2015 YEAR:
We are announcing all student playwright opportunities for next year so everyone has a chance to write something new or touch up a previously-written play over the summer. If you have any questions about any of this information, please send us an email at drama@utmsu.ca. Here are all the opportunities for student playwrights to have their play’s performed in the UTMDC 2014-2015 season:
U OF T DRAMA FESTIVAL*:
The UTM Drama Club will be submitting at least one student-written play to be performed at the annual U of T Drama Festival at the Hart House Theatre in February 2015. We may submit up to three student-written plays, based on the submissions by students. The requirements for the festival is that the play is between 15 and 60 minutes and has not been previously produced. You may chose to direct the show, or you may have another person direct. The deadline to submit a play for consideration is Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 11:59 PM. There will be a brief application form that will be sent out in September. A play can be submitted for consideration to both the U of T Drama Festival and the UTM One-Act Play Festival, however, it will not be selected for both.
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UTM ONE-ACT PLAY FESTIVAL*:
A new event to our season next year is the One-Act Play Festival. This two-night festival will comprise of up to three student-written, student-directed productions in the second semester of next year. Each show will be performed both nights of the festival. No play can be longer than 50 minutes. You may chose to direct the show, or you may have another person direct. The deadline to submit a play for consideration is Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 11:59 PM. There will be a brief application form that will be sent out in September. A play can be submitted for consideration in both the UTM One-Act Play Festival and the U of T Drama Festival, however, it will not be selected for both.
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UTM PLAY DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP:
The UTM Drama Club will host play development workshops for up to three plays. These events will feature a staged reading of part of a developing student play. The playwrights will speak about their process and about the piece itself. Following the staged reading, audience members will be encouraged to participate in a dialogue about the piece and provide feedback. These workshops can feature student-written plays that were submitted to the UofT Drama Festival or the UTM One-Act Play Festival, regardless if they were selected to be produced in either festival. Alternatively, we will accept submissions from student playwrights who would like the opportunity to workshop and receive feedback on something they have been working on. Submissions for the UTM Play Development Workshop are due at the end of October 2014.
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*Plays can be submitted as early as August. Ideally, submissions should require a cast of 3 – 10, however, exceptions can be made.
We hope you take advantage of your time during the summer to prepare for these submissions.

U of T Drama Fest: Auditions for “Marianne Are You Asleep?”

“Marianne, Are You Asleep?” by Nicholas Potter has been chosen to represent UTM at the 2013 Dramafest done at Hart House.

The play: “Marianne, Are You Asleep?” tells the story of a young woman obsessed with communicating with the spirit of her deceased mother.

We are looking to cast 4 roles: 3 females and 1 male.

Auditions will be held on Monday, November 26th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm, Rehearsal Hall A, North Building. There will be a sign-up sheet posted on the callboard. If you cannot make it during this time but would still like to audition, feel absolutely free to contact me at 416-735-3644 or facebook message me or grab in the hallway so that we can figure something out.

The audition will consist of one monologue of your choice, classical or contemporary, comedic or dramatic, and a cold read of one of the characters.

U of T Drama Fest: Auditions for “Bruised Porcelain”

“Bruised Porcelain”, written by Kaitlyn Alexander, will be featured in Dramafest 2013 this coming February at Hart House. Rehearsals will begin in January and the performance will be between February 13th and 17th.

The Play:
In “Bruised Porcelain”, Macy’s relapse of illness demands that she tells the truth to those around her as well as face it herself. The problem is she’s the only one who wants to face it.The Audition:
Friday November 30th from 12-2 pm and 7-9 pm in rehearsal hall B (in the North Building). A sign-up sheet for audition slots will be posted on the callboard outside rehearsal hall A (in the North Building). Contact me if you want to audition but can’t make the Friday date!

6 roles to audition for: 4 female and 2 male.

Please prepare a monologue, contemporary preferred. A cold read from the text will follow.

U of T Drama Fest: Auditions for “The Gully”

“The Gully”
Written By: Sara Peters
Directed By: Courtney Keir

“The Gully” is one of the three amazing shows representing UTM this year at the University of Toronto DramaFest this February 13th and 17th. Rehearsals will begin in January with the exception of a readthrough before the break!

About the Play: Penny is an eleven-year-old girl who can’t stop talking. The man she meets by a gully never says enough. While the characters themselves are light-hearted and their friendship often humorous, the dark undertones of Penny’s life and the man’s past cannot stay secret for long.

The Audition: We are looking to fill the role of “The Man”: A middle aged, reserved Southern Male with a slightly skewed mental perspective. Please prepare a dramatic monologue of about two minutes in length. Also be prepared to do a cold read of a couple of sections of the script.

Ten minute time slots for the auditions are available on: Monday, Nov. 26th from 1:30 to 4:00 pm (Rehearsal Hall C) and Wednesday, Nov. 28th from 3:30 to 5:30 pm (Rehearsal Hall A). To sign up for an audition please sign up on our sign up sheet right outside Rehearsal Hall A. If you have any issues with the times of the auditions, have questions about the show, or any other questions give me a shout by emailing me (Courtney) at courtney.keir@mail.utoronto.ca. Can’t wait to see you at auditions! Best of luck!

October 12 – Performance Night

A UTM Drama Club tradition returns! 

Come out to the MiST at 7:00 p.m. this Friday October 12 for a night of poetry, singing, dramatic readings and more! Performance Nights run in the format of the more familiar Coffee Houses, or Talent Shows (minus the competition). We welcome anyone and everyone to showcase their artistic talents in a safe and encouraging atmosphere.


To sign-up for a performance slot please e-mail 
drama@utmsu.ca with your name and what you plan to perform. There are no auditions required and all are welcome. We will be taking sign-ups until Thursday October 11, however we will be happy to accept those that decide to perform the night of as well.

And, if you’d prefer to just be in the audience it’s pay-what-you-can.

It’ll be the perfect way to kick off your weekend!


The News is Out! We have chosen our show!

The news is out. The UTM Drama Club’s production this year is: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard. It is a comedy, by one of the most highly regarded contemporary playwrights. Check out the synopsis below. You can still sign-up for auditions for either Monday October 15 form 12 pm to 2 pm, or Friday October 19 from 6 to 8 pm, however the available time slots are filling up!Arcadia is set in Sidley Park, an English country house, in both the years 1809–1812 and the present day. The activities of two modern scholars and the house’s current residents are juxtaposed with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.

In 1809, Thomasina Coverly, the daughter of the house, is a precocious teenager with ideas about mathematics well ahead of her time. She studies with her tutor Septimus Hodge, a friend of Lord Byron who is an unseen guest in the house. In the present, a writer and an academic converge on the house: Hannah Jarvis, the writer, is investiga

ting a hermit who once lived on the grounds; Bernard Nightingale, a professor of literature, is investigating a mysterious chapter in the life of Byron. As their investigations unfold, helped by Valentine Coverly, a post-graduate student in mathematical biology, the truth about what happened in Thomasina’s lifetime is gradually revealed.”Pure entertainment for the heart, mind, soul…The best Broadway play for many, many a season. It is a work shot through with fun, passion and, yes, genius.” – The New York Post

Winner! 1995 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
Winner! 1994 Olivier Award for Best Play

Come out and audition for our Annual Production. Be sure to reserve your audition spot now!


This year we will be doing a full length play. Reserve your audition time and come with a two minute monologue. Stay tuned. We will be publicly announcing the play soon. To reserve your audition spot email us at drama@utmsu.ca