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Auditions (Alberta): Citadel/Banff Centre Program

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Auditions (Alberta): Citadel/Banff Centre Program


The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, presented by the Citadel Theatre and The Banff Centre, offers an advanced creative development Program to enrich the skills of established theatre professionals. Now in its eleventh year, this Program provides a unique professional development opportunity to Canadian theatre artists.

Award-winning director Ravi Jain is the new Director of the Citadel/Banff Program and his company, internationally renowned Why Not Theatre (, will curate the 2018/19 program, combining national and international techniques into our teaching and training.

The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program is designed to embrace and enhance the artist’s strengths while encouraging the exploration of new concepts. Under the leadership of Ravi Jain, the training program has been reinvisioned to reflect the diversity and talent of Canada. The curriculum of the Program comprises a four-week course in master classes with renowned international directors, voice and movement techniques, physical theatre techniques, Shakespeare, and classes in ASL and Deaf Culture training. Please note some classes will be held in French. The residency for the program is four weeks in Banff, AB.

Following the four week training period, participants will rehearse and perform The Tempest, as part of the Citadel’s 2018/2019 Season. The production will be directed by Josette Bushell-Mingo, Artistic Director of Tyst Teater, Sweden’s National Deaf Theatre ( The Production of The Tempest, and the Citadel/Banff Program will include opportunities for both Deaf and hearing actors.

The 2018/19 Program will accept 12-14 acting participants. We are looking for exceptional actors at all stages of their careers who are interested in continued professional development.

Audition dates:
Edmonton: July 23 – 24, 2018
Vancouver: July 26 – 27, 2018
Toronto: July 29 – 31, 2018

Audition requirements:
One prepared Shakespeare monologue
Please note: There will be a same day callback, which will be a 20 minute movement audition.
Please bring loose fitting clothes and running shoes for the callback / movement audition.

Important Program dates:

Banff Centre residency: February 16 – March 16, 2019
Rehearsals for The Tempest: March 19 – April 19, 2019
Performances of The Tempest: April 20 – May 13, 2019

Important Program information:

  • All artists will be registered as Participants for the training, rehearsal and performance period.
  • Training at the Banff Centre from Saturday, February 16 – Saturday, March 16, 2019. While at the Banff Centre, the meal plan, shared accommodation and tuition will be covered by a scholarship.
  • Rehearsal and performance of The Tempest at the Citadel Theatre from Tuesday, March 19 – Sunday, May 12, 2019. All artists will be engaged on a CTA contract at A-Category minimum for this 8 week period. Participants are responsible for obtaining their own accommodation in Edmonton during this time.
  • Participants will be responsible for travel the Banff Centre for the commencement of the Program. Transportation is provided from Banff to Edmonton, as well as return travel to point-of-origin from Edmonton at the completion of the Program
  • All participants will receive the same non-negotiable offer.

Additional information to read before applying:

The Program is designed for established theatre professionals. We encourage applications from established, mid-career artists, as well as emerging artists with a recommended minimum of three years professional experience. There is no age minimum or maximum.

The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program is committed to inclusive training and casting. We encourage submissions from professional artists who self-identify as members of underrepresented communities. The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program seeks applications from any theatre professionals desiring to enhance their skills. We encourage submissions from Deaf artists, artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, all gender identities, all ages and all abilities. The Program is open to those with Canadian citizenship or landed immigrant status. This year’s program will provide opportunities for both Deaf and hearing actors.

There is a $40.00 non-refundable application fee. This processing fee covers the administrative costs of the application, and is paid directly to the Banff Centre. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an audition/interview. Applications who have not paid their non-refundable application fee will be deemed incomplete.

Please note: Not all actors who apply will be seen for an audition. Selected applicants will be seen for an audition/interview in Edmonton, Vancouver, or Toronto. Applicants are responsible for their own travel to one of these locations. Please do not apply unless you are available to audition in one of the three audition centres in July, 2018. Video auditions will only be accepted under special circumstances.

All successful applicants will be required continuously for the 12 week duration. Please do not apply if you cannot commit to the entire contract period.

For further information, please contact Wayne Paquette, Program Coordinator:

To apply, please visit:

The deadline for application is 5:00pm (MST), Friday, June 22, 2018.

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