Young Emerging Actors Assembly

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 member or ACTRA apprentice member who plays between the ages of 17-30. You can send us an at to be added to our membership and mailing list!

Current Projects

Since 2011, members of ACTRA Toronto’s Young Emerging Actors Assembly (YEAA) have been creating short film anthologies called YEAA Shorts that premiered annually at the Toronto ReelWorld Festival.

Successful applicants for the 2017 programme will receive some funding from ACTRA Toronto’s Young Emerging Actors Assembly to produce their films, in addition to receiving mentorship from industry professionals and support from the YEAA community.

With our brand stronger than ever, YEAA Shorts will continue its strong relationship with ReelWorld in 2017, and will join the festival in celebration of films that spark conversation and inspire social change.

YEAA members will be notified when submissions for the next round of film selection opens.



We here at YEAA are working hard at creating and maintaining an ever-evolving list of resources that can benefit any professional actor (that’s you). Select a topic from our options below to get started!

  • CASTING SITES: All the separate casting websites.
  • GENERAL: A healthy collection of useful links that everyone should be aware of.
  • ACTRA CO-OPS: How to make a film on a micro budget.



Current Co-Chairs

Clara PasiekaACTRA Toronto Councillor Clara Pasieka is Co-Chair of YEAA. She is passionate about giving young Canadian performers a voice in our industry. She is responsible for drafting YEAA’s first ever survey that will ask young performers what issues they care about and would like to see YEAA fight for in the coming year. Have a question or topic you’d like to see make it onto the survey? Email Clara with your ideas at Clara Pasieka

YEAA Co-Chair Ayla Lukic-RomanAyla Lucik-Roman is Co-Chair of YEAA.


Past Chairs and Founders

Richard YoungRichard Young served as YEAA co-chair from 2012 to 2013, going on to become an ACTRA National Councillor and co-spearheading the OMDC-funded Ontario ACTRA Census research project.
Eli GoreeEli Goree founded YEAA, as the youngest ACTRA Toronto Councilor in 2010, to address a lack of youth involvement in the union. Eli created the name Young Emerging Actors Assembly, designed the committee’s pillars, and teamed up with Bryn McAuley to build the organization.
Bryn McCauleyBryn McCauley co-founded YEAA in 2010. As co-chair from 2010-2016, Bryn developed numerous initiatives and steered this committee of over 500 members.

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