Who we are

The Young Emerging Actors Assembly (YEAA) is a committee of ACTRA Toronto performers who play between the ages of 17 and 30. YEAA unites young talent in Toronto’s screen-based entertainment industry. Together, we forge a powerful community for networking and sharing resources, and stand out as a fresh new voice promoting Toronto’s rising stars and a Canadian star system. To become a YEAA member, you should be a Full ACTRA Toronto member or ACTRA Toronto Apprentice who plays between the ages of 17-30.

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Mercedes Morris is a multi-disciplinary artist from Scarborough, ON. She’s an accomplished actress who has appeared on screens and stages across the country. In addition to her lead role on SkyMed for Paramount+/CBC, Mercedes can currently be seen recurring on CBS’s Ghosts. Recent credits include: The Amityville Curse (Incendo), Y: The Last Man (Hulu), American Gods (Starz/Prime), Hudson and Rex (City), Killjoys (Temple Street Productions) and as the series lead on Slasher season 3 and season 5 (Shaftesbury/Netflix). Mercedes also has extensive motion capture experience, appearing in multiple Ubisoft video game titles, including Far Cry 6 and the upcoming, Star Wars: Outlaws. Beyond her various artistic pursuits, this Actra member since 2016, is deeply passionate about activism and mentoring youth. Her goal is to help usher in a confident, creative, savvy and engaged generation of Actra members via this committee. She is proud to serve as your co-chair! 

Tavia Pereira (she/her) is a multidisciplinary actor of Afro-Caribbean and Portuguese descent. She has been a proud ACTRA member since 2017. Some of her credits include Falling Water, Odd Squad, The Boys, TallBoyz , The Division 2: Warlords of New York and Bakugan: Battle Planet. She has also been involved in many indie projects that have gone to compete (and win) in festivals. She is super excited to be a co-chair of the YEAA committee. She strongly believes in self-advocation and strives to create a strong network of peers. Her goal is to provide young actors with the tools to succeed!


TIFF Next Wave Festival Screening (April, 13, 2024): YEAA members were able to enjoy a free screening of Power Alley and Q&A with filmmaker Lillah Halla.

Black History Month Social Mixer (February 23, 2024): YEAA Socials Subcommittee, Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and The Disability Alliance co-hosted a Black History Month Celebration Networking event at The Duke of Cornwall (400 University Ave, Toronto).

Demo Reel Screening Event (March 24, 2023): The first YEAA meeting in 2023 was an in-person event where nine actors had the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their acting demo reel by a panel of Casting Directors and Associates.

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Interested in joining or have a question? Please email us at: yeaa@actratoronto.com.

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