Interested in auditioning for our 2022 shows? Please watch this space for details!
Theatre Under the Stars encourages submissions from artists of all backgrounds, regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. When making casting decisions, the Creative Teams consider many different criteria; one is that we envision a cast that reflects the rich diversity of our performing arts community and of the communities across the Metro Vancouver area.
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. We welcome both emerging or amateur performers, who may 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 Creative Team (who are often CAEA members), and design team. 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 and/or transportation)
Our assumption is that each person who auditions and accepts a role (and/or joins our backstage or FOH 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, large audiences, and a long run in a beautiful, unique venue,, etc. – outweigh any potential drawbacks (time commitment, lack of financial compensation).