Each spring the GVPTA holds Unified General Auditions (UGAs), an opportunity for local casting directors to see auditioning theatre actors from throughout the region over the course of two days.
The 2017 UGAs are scheduled for 9am to 5pm on March 21 and 22.
As with previous years, we are holding a Qualifiers round in February for performers who are not Full member EQUITY, UBCP & ACTRA members and/or have not previously qualified for the UGAs. During the Qualifiers, performers have up to two minutes to audition. During the UGAs, they’ll have up to three minutes. We recommend performers select two contrasting pieces for their auditions. At the end of the Qualifiers, the panel of directors can provide feedback to each performer to help them in the UGAs and in other future auditions. The panel then decides if each performer is ready to attend the UGAs.
Who can attend the UGAs as a director?
GVPTA members are invited to attend the UGAs: Member theatre companies that are casting a show in the next year can send up to two casting directors, and independent directors and agents who are casting for a show in the next year are also invited to attend. (Not a GVPTA member yet? Check out our Membership web page to start the process of signing up.)
What can I expect as an attending director?
Each director who attends the UGAs will receive a digital PDF with headshots and resumes for all auditioning performers. The GVPTA is not a producing theatre company and will not hold callbacks, so directors can directly contact performers at a later date if they wish to see them again.
The number of auditioning performers will determine how long each day runs. Directors will receive a break for lunch and a couple coffee breaks. The GVPTA will provide coffee and light breakfast at the beginning of the day. Details will be sent to you when your registration is confirmed.
The number of auditioning performers fluctuates each year – in past years, we’ve seen between 50 and 130 performers over the course of two days.
Does it cost anything to attend as a Director?
There is no cost for GVPTA members to attend the UGAs as casting directors.
Directors who are not yet GVPTA members may attend if space permits, for a fee of $50. This fee, like our membership dues, covers the costs associated with the producing the UGAs. The fee can be applied to purchase of a GVPTA Company membership within one month of the UGAs. You may purchase or renew your membership at this time here.
How can I register to attend the UGAs as a director?
You can register online HERE.
The deadline to register to attend the 2017 UGAs as a director is March 1.
Interested in sitting on a small Qualifier Panel?
If you’re available to participate on a small panel of directors for the Qualifiers on February 15 and 16, please email GVPTA Producer Emily Neumann at UGA@gvpta.ca. Panelists will be selected based on a first-come, first-served basis, with a nod to industry experience and the principle of diversity. Ability to provide clear, concise constructive criticism is also an important factor in curating our panel this year.