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Theatre Under the Stars encourages submissions from artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. When making casting decisions, the creative team considers many different criteria; one is that we envision a cast that reflects the rich diversity of our performing arts community and of the Lower Mainland more generally.
For general information about auditioning with TUTS, please see our Audition FAQ page.
It is important to note that TUTS is a registered non-profit society, and primarily a volunteer organization. While our summer season is (weather permitting) enthusiastically attended by thousands of patrons, the organization receives no significant grants or funding. We depend almost entirely on revenue from ticket sales to cover the substantial costs of mounting two major musicals each year. We could not do this without the contributions of 200+ volunteers, who donate their time and talent onstage, backstage and in the front-of-house.
We seek to provide a showcase, a training ground and/or a great summer experience for performers and backstage crew who, for any number of reasons, are not already appearing in professional productions. We welcome both amateur actors who have jobs and careers outside the theatre, and students of theatre who are looking to gain experience and showcase their talent in a working theatre environment. Each summer we also hire a very limited number of Canadian Actors’ Equity artists, who are paid union rates, alongside our professional technicians (members of IATSE Local 118), our directing team (who are often CAEA members), and the design team. Some members of the orchestra also receive small honoraria. Since 2018, we have been able to offer non-CAEA performers and backstage crew (aged 16 and older) an “Expense Offset Payment” to help with some of the costs of participating in our shows (e.g. parking).
Our assumption is that each person who auditions and accepts a role (and/or joins our backstage or front of house teams) does so because they feel that the benefits of being part of TUTS – e.g. the opportunity to work on a big musical with a professional directing team, high production values, a long run in a beautiful, unique venue, exposure to large audiences, etc. – outweigh any potential drawbacks (time commitment, lack of financial compensation) and make it worthwhile to invest their time, hard work and talent.
We are looking for volunteers for Front of House, Production, Administration and Fundraising. Please see the Volunteer Application on our website here. We are also looking for candidates for our Rising Stars Program, which offers an opportunity to work at a senior level with meaningful involvement alongside our directors, designers and the production team. This is a unique internship that will be customized to the successful candidates’ aspirations and career objectives. Please email cover letter, resume and references to firstname.lastname@example.org.