Call for Performers

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EVENT DATE: Monday, June 17th, 2024 

CALL TIME: 5:50pm for 6pm EDT tech check-in

EVENT TIME: Reading: 7pm-8:30pm EDT

Social: 8:30-10pm EDT


Looking for:

  • Performers of all ages, diversities and abilities, who self-identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
  • Performers must be ACTRA Toronto members in good standing (Full, Apprentice, or AABP).

Goals: 

  • Giving 2SLGBTQIA+ performers a forum to perform roles they may have less opportunity to play in the industry, and to be seen and heard by industry members.

What to Expect:

  • A live, hybrid in-person and Zoom scene reading event that is open to members of the industry, including writers, performers, and industry partners.
  • 4 scripts read by ACTRA Toronto members who will be selected by members of the outACTRAto committee.
  • Performers may submit for specific roles, and may also be asked to perform roles they did not submit for if the casting team feels it might be a good fit.
  • There will be a Q&A for the writers after each script. Performers are welcome to participate if asked questions.
  • At this time, we are not able to provide an honorarium. This is a volunteer opportunity that will allow performers to showcase their talent and personality to a wider audience that may include casting directors, producers, and show-runners. 

Who We Are Looking For:

  • Q & A Moderator(s) (Any Pronouns, Any Age, Any Ethnicity): We are looking for engaged speakers who can facilitate a question and answer period following the reading of a scene.
  • Event Host (Any Pronouns, Any Age, Any Ethnicity): We are looking for an experienced host who can introduce the event and each scene.
  • Digital Stage Manager: We are looking for someone experienced with running Zoom webinars. Experience with hybrid events preferred but not required.

‘Heaven’ by Michael Ayres

Two young men make an unexpected connection at a party during a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven.

  • LONNY (20s-30s queer Black man): Lonny is constantly bracing himself against the world. Most social situations are agony for him, he always feels out of place. Despite this, a part of him still craves connection, and so he allows himself to be talked into situations. Lonny has a big, tender heart and he’s keenly aware of how easily it can be hurt. His defenses are always up, and he is suspicious of people who try to slip past them, usually challenging them when they make an attempt. Ultimately, Lonny just wants to feel like he can relax – he just wants to be held and loved as he is, whether he’s able to let his guard down all the way or not. 
  • BEN (20s-30s queer Asian man): Ben is bold and open, warm and expansive. He brings a lot of ease to most situations. He’s very comfortable with all parts of himself, including the heavy ones. He’s a dreamer; he thinks about other lives and other worlds because he’s keenly aware of the things in this one that are lost to him. He believes in love, he was built for it, and built to connect. He is not a defensive person because he knows that taking hits is part of life. Though not without his own uncertainties, they don’t stop him from acting. Ben has a lot of love to give, he’s just looking for the right person to give it to.
  • NARRATOR (Any Pronouns, Any Age, Any Ethnicity): To read scene descriptions and actions, and the O.S. ‘Crowd’ line.

The Ex’ by Kevin Gabel

Marcie attempts to go on a first date while contending with her cosmically clingy ex.

  • MARCIE (Early 30s. Bisexual. Any race. she/her): Well-put-together but stressed. Her boyfriend Stan died months ago but his ghost won’t leave her alone and she is losing her patience.
  • STAN (30s. Straight. Any race. he/him): Gangly, lovesick over Marcie and is so clingy that even after he dies he stays with her.
  • OONA (30s. Lesbian. Any race. she/her): Sturdy, good-natured, good sense of humour. Excited about going on a first date with Marcie.
  • NARRATOR (Any Pronouns, Any Age, Any Ethnicity): To read scene descriptions and actions.

The Hideaways’ by Doug Sroka

When the safety of her chosen family is at risk, a jaded matriarch must face her own fears and re-join the fight against a fascist government. 

  • CLAY (They/Them, Non-Binary, 20-25, White, Pansexual): Clay is a “post-gender Gen Z” who was born and raised by an affluent, white, liberal family in Rosedale. They were born into the “optimal” time for queer rights, so this is the first time in their life they’ve been “closeted”. Clay is naive and impulsive, and refuses to back down. A newcomer to the group, they want to rally the troops and revitalize a lost sense of hope. 
  • MIA (She/Her, Transgender Woman, Late 30s to 50, POC, Heterosexual): Mia is the matriarch of “The Hideaways”. She was born in Scarborough, but dropped out of school and moved out as a teen. She found her chosen family and began her transition in the 90’s. She has a strong sense of family and is determined to keep them safe. Her apartment became a safe haven for wayward Queers since the anti-crossdressing laws came into effect. She has now seen the rise and fall of queer rights, and after fighting on the frontlines before, she has lost her sense of hope for change. She harbours a certain amount of judgment towards Gen Z Queers, who she believes fueled the loss of these rights through their puritanical views. 
  •  AURORA (Open Gender, Any Pronouns, 25-30, East Asian, Homosexual): Aurora is the starlet of the group. She was raised in a hardworking, first-generation family in Markham. When her parents first discovered her drag, she was disowned. She then set out on her own and built her way up from nothing to achieve great fame among the Toronto drag scene. This has led her to be fiercely independent. She doesn’t know what to do or who to be without drag, and longs for her return to glory. 
  • NEHA (He/Him/She/Her, Cisgender Man, 25-30, Middle Eastern, Homosexual): Neha is the sassy beauty of the group. She is connected specifically to the beauty and power she feels while in drag. Out of drag, Neha is known as Amir, a shy and calculated international student from Iraq. Amir is deeply in the closet and fears for the consequences of his family discovering that he’s gay.
  • NARRATOR (Any Pronouns, Any Age, Any Ethnicity): To read scene descriptions and actions.

Not That Deep’ by Nikita Zhang

“Not That Deep” follows Irene Shi, a newly single Chinese mother making ends meet for herself and her teenage daughter, as an Uber driver with a scheme to become TikTok famous.  The scene is an excerpt from the penultimate episode.

  • IRENE SHI (first generation Chinese-Canadian, mid-50s, she/her): Irene Shi is a hustler. Also, politically incorrect— but what immigrant Chinese mother isn’t? Scrappy and determined, Irene still operates from the survival mode that first helped her carve a home for herself in Canada. Having always forged her own path, she is immune to the opinions of others (much to her daughter’s grievance). Always acting on instinct and flying by the seat of her pants, there’s never a dull moment with Irene. 
  • ERIN SHI (second generation Chinese-Canadian, 19, she/her, queer): Erin thinks she might be gay, but she has a major male-validation complex. Really, she has an everyone-validation complex. A chronic type-A planner with difficulty making decisions, Erin has always wanted to be perfect. She gravitates towards Mercedes, someone who always seems to be chasing her own sunsets. Through their friendship, Erin tentatively begins the journey of coming into her own.
  • MERCEDES (open ethnicity, 19, she/her, queer): Mercedes grew up on a small island town off the coast of British Columbia to hippie parents. Adopted, she never felt like she totally fit in anywhere, but she always knew how to brighten up a room. Mercedes gets by on odd jobs and never stays in the same place for more than she needs to. That is, until she enrolls in Vancouver Community College— her first attempt to commit to a future. 
  • NARRATOR (Any Pronouns, Any Age, Any Ethnicity): To read scene descriptions and actions.

Submissions – Please Submit:

  • Performer resume/bio
  • Headshot
  • Link to demo reel (if available)
  • ACTRA Toronto member number

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 11:59 pm EDT


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.


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 Working the Scene in Colour, a platform for BIPOC writers and performers. Thank you to Louis, Jessica, and to the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for sharing the Working the Scene in Colour template, and their valuable work and time with us.