Casting call for Indigenous actors on Vancouver Island


Western Edge Theatre seeks Indigenous actors from the central Vancouver Island area for its production of “Trying to Keep Up” by Castor Angus, to be produced at the New Waves Festival in Nanaimo in Feb. 2022. Director Tsatassaya White and Festival Director Daniel Puglas will hold auditions in Nanaimo on Dec. 30th for the following roles:

Archie. Age: Late-teens and late 20s/early 30s (played by the same actor at both ages). When we first meet Archie, he’s living in a small town in BC where, as he tells his boyfriend Walsh, “there’s no gay anything besides us and a rainbow crosswalk.” Fifteen years later, he’s married to Claire, and Walsh comes to dinner with his current boyfriend, Ashton. Sparks fly.

Claire. Age: Late 20s/early 30s. Generous and open-minded, Claire nevertheless has trouble with the news that Archie and Walsh were once engaged.

Ashton. Age: Late 20s/early 30s. Walsh’s current boyfriend. Funny and sly, he enjoys pricking peoples’ illusions.

The role of Walsh has already been cast.

Indigenous actors from the central Vancouver Island area may email to make an appointment and receive a portion of the script to use for the audition. Acting experience or theatre background is an asset, but not required. Actors will be paid a fee.

Equity and non-Equity actors from central Vancouver Island are welcome to audition. If you are unable to audition on Dec. 30, please let us know and we will try to set up an alternate date. Those auditioning will be required to present a vaccine card and wear a mask, except while performing. Rehearsals will begin in early January in Nanaimo, for a mid-February opening.

If any part of the process as described presents barriers to your participation, please advise and we will find a way to best serve you.

“Trying to Keep Up” is part of the 2022 New Waves Festival, featuring Indigenous plays and artists. Five plays by Indigenous writers will be presented in all. For more information, see here.