Working the Scene in Rainbow is a live virtual scene-reading session, featuring works by 2SLGBTQIA+ Ontario-based scriptwriters.

Working the Scene in Rainbow is a place for 2SLGBTQIA+ writers to hear their work read aloud by 2SLGBTQIA+ professional actors and an opportunity to network with an audience of industry members. Actor/readers will be cast from within the ACTRA Toronto membership. The event is open to industry partners, friends and all ACTRA members in good standing.

If you are an Industry Partner (producer, director, casting director, literary agent, etc.), Working the Scene in Rainbow is a great opportunity to discover the ACTRA Toronto actor you need for your next project.


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Event Location

625 Church Street

Toronto, ON

AND Live on Zoom

Event Date/Time

Monday, June 17, 2024

Reading: 7:00–8:30 PM

Social: 8:30–10:00 PM

Contact

lgbtq@actratoronto.com

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Call for Performers

Performer submissions are now closed.


WRITERS

Kevin P. Gabel – The Ex

Kevin P. Gabel (he/him) is an actor, screenwriter, and director who graduated with honours from the University of Winnipeg. As an actor, he has appeared on-screen in projects such as Rabbit Hole, V/H/S/94, and The Pinkertons. He has written and directed several short films including The Drive Home, Seven Drinks, and The Fardy Brothers, which have won awards and screened internationally in festivals in Canada, the United States, the UK, South Africa, India, and more. For the stage, he wrote and performed in the one-man play Undress Me, for which he was shortlisted for the Harry S. Rintoul Memorial Award.

Michael Ayres – Heaven

Michael Ayres (he/him) is an actor and writer based in Toronto. His writing often explores personal stories inspired by his experience as a queer, mixed-race Black man navigating love, intimacy, and intersecting identities.

Selected Film/TV: Star Trek: Discovery (CBS); The Boys (Sony/Amazon); Sugar Highs (Emotion Pictures/OutTV); Jupiter’s Legacy (Netflix); Private Eyes (Global/EOne); Handmaid’s Tale (MGM/Hulu); Two Sentence Horror Stories (CW); Shoot the Messenger (CBC). Selected Theatre: Levi in Prodigal (The Howland Company/Crow’s Theatre); Sanders in Casimir and Caroline (The Howland Company/Crow’s Theatre); Kyle in What I Call Her (In Association/Crow’s Theatre); Jackie Savage in Bang Bang (GCTC); We Are Proud To Present… (Theatre Centre); Chariots of Fire (Grand Theatre).

Doug Sroka – The Hideaways

Doug Sroka (he/they) is an Actor/Filmmaker based in Toronto, Ontario. He grew up on a farm in rural Saskatchewan and moved to Toronto to pursue acting at The Toronto Film School. Since graduating, they have completed a successful festival run with their capstone film, “Chivalry Ain’t Dead”, which was selected for five festivals and acquired several accolades. Doug’s passion in filmmaking is centered around showcasing Queer stories. They believe it is important to create the art we want to see more of in the world. Doug wrapped production on his latest short film, “Forgiveness in F Minor”, this past summer and is eager to hit the festival circuit.

Nikita Zhang – Not That Deep

Nikita Zhang (she/her) is a writer and filmmaker in pursuit of translating her daydreams and curiosities into screenplays and films. A 2022-2023 participant of the BIPOC Episodic TV Writers Lab, she aspires to bring honest queer and immigrant stories to screen. As a Youth Critic for the Reel Asian Film Festival, her writing has been published in the 2023 edition of Taclanese. She is a 2023 VAFF Film Fund recipient for writing and directing her short film “Good Boy,” which was an Audience Choice Award winner and Programmer Pick at NFFTY 2024. Nikita is always looking for stories that can authentically express experience and capture the imagination— and striving to bring those stories to life however she can.


PERFORMERS (alphabetically by scene)

The Ex

Jess Abramovitch

Clint Butler

Tara J Paterson

Suzanne Miller

Pierre Simpson

Heaven

Alten Wiltmot

Daniel Chung

Darius Zee

Yemie Sonuga

The Hideaways

Shana Rose

Kiara-Kumail

Chase Lo

Maher Sinno

Raymond Johnson Brown

Stevey Hunter

Not That Deep

Nikita Zhang

Violet Grace

Yael Leon

Tony Tran

Sarah Thorpe


About outACTRAto

The outACTRAto Committee is dedicated to raising awareness about queer performers, our stories and our place in the industry and society. We value diversity and equality and we aim to be recognized, supported and valued as queer performers. We aspire to educate and inform our industry about realistic queer representation on screen as we seek a more accurate and balanced reflection of our rich and multifaceted community. We denounce and will work to end harassment and stereotyping of any kind. We will work to achieve true-to-life queer onscreen visibility of our culture and our stories, and to realize change in our industry.

For more information visit the outACTRAto page on the ACTRA Toronto website.

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About Working the Scene in Rainbow:

Working the Scene in Rainbow builds on the work of writer/artists Jessica Meya and Louis Taylor and their original project showcasing the work of creators, Working the Scene in Colour.

Many thanks to Louis, Jessica and to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for sharing the Working the Scene in Colour template, their vision, and their valuable work and time with us.