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Each spring the GVPTA holds Unified General Auditions (UGAs), an opportunity for local theatre actors to be seen by casting directors from throughout the region. The 2017 UGAs are set for March 21 and 22, with the Qualifiers February 15 and 16.


Note: The deadline for the Qualifiers has passed. If you're a Full member Equity, UBCP or ACTRA member OR if you've successfully qualified for the UGAs in previous years, you can register for the UGAs now. The deadline is March 1. But spaces are limited, so do it now!

All GVPTA members are entitled to attend the UGAs: theatre companies can send up to two directors, and individuals can attend either as a performer or an independent casting director. (Not a GVPTA member yet or need to renew your membership? Check out

Performers have up to three minutes during the UGAs to audition in front of all participating casting directors (two minutes during the Qualifiers and during the optional musical auditions). Before attending the UGAs in March, performers who are not members of an actors’ union must attend the Qualifiers in February or have qualified for the UGAs in previous years.*

“The UGAs was a great opportunity to showcase my work and to familiarize myself with various theatre companies (because there are a lot of them). Through the process, an emerging artist such as myself was able to branch out of my own comfort zone and work with theatre communities that I normally do not work with.”  ~A.M. (Performer, 2016 UGAs)

Performers interested in attending should check out this web page for details on the process they'll need to follow, and then apply online by March 1 for UGAs (those who don’t have to attend the Qualifiers).

Casting directors who attend the UGAs will receive a headshot and resume for each attending performer so they can directly contact those performers they wish to see for a specific callback at a later date. Directors interested in attending should check out this web page for more information and then apply online by March 1.

We are also looking for three Qualifier Judges to sit on a panel at the Qualifiers on February 15 and 16; they will be asked to provide concise constructive criticism to all applicants, in addition to helping decide who qualifies for the UGAs. Please send an email to if you’re interested.  

The 2017 deadline for performer AND director applications is March 1 for UGAs.

The UGAs are held and managed on the principle of diversity. We invite performers from all backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, class, and physical ability. As well, our audition panel of directors is meant to reflect as large a cross-section of theatre companies and casting directors as possible.

*Note: Full member Equity, UBCP and ACTRA performers are not required to be a GVPTA member or attend the Qualifiers. And, performers who have qualified for the UGAs in the past are not required to attend the Qualifiers in 2017. These two groups can apply directly to attend the UGAs. (Performers should identify their status when applying for the UGAs, and union members must present their membership card before auditioning.) See this webpage for details on the UGA application process for all performers.

Web pages with more information:
UGAs – Information for performers:
UGAs – Information for directors:
UGAs – Frequently asked questions: 

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