Call For Auditions

Department of Theatre - LabO - Opening night



May 10, Ottawa

May 22, Toronto

May 30, Callbacks (Ottawa)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Acting

Who We Are

Located in the heart of the National Capital’s entertainment district and surrounded by major museums and art galleries, the University of Ottawa’s Department of Theatre offers an intensive Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in acting program (BPT) and training in the fields of theatre studies, theatre education, theatre production and arts administration (BA, Major, Minor).

At the graduate level, the Department offers two programs: the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in directing degree is a two-year, practical training program. The Master of Arts (MA) in Theatre Theory and Dramaturgy, offers three options for completion: with written thesis (2 years), with research-creation project (2 years) and with a major research paper (1 year).

The Department’s fifteen or so professors, artists and technical staff have access to two facilities which include workshops (sets and costumes), rehearsal studios and three theatre spaces, including the almost centennial Academic Hall and the brand new LabO.


Information on the BFA Program

Candidates of all linguistic and cultural origins 17 years of age or older are welcome to apply.


Application Deadline: April 1st, 2020

To Audition

Candidates have two options when preparing their auditions in English:

Option A:

Two contrasting monologues of no more than two minutes each:

  1. One monologue from a play by Shakespeare.
  2. One monologue or direct address from a contemporary, published and performed play.

Option B:

  1. One monologue, either contemporary or Shakespearean, of no more than two minutes in length.
  2. Prepare an original two-minute theatrical presentation. You may tell a story, write and perform an original monologue, sing a song you wrote, create a very short play where you play all the characters, or some other form of original performance. Show us your creativity, originality and those special skills that you have. This piece must be rehearsed, structured and repeatable (not improvised).We may ask you to present it more than once during the audition.

Other information:

  1. Candidates must learn their text by heart.
  2. Candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and a head shot at the time of their audition.
  1. Candidates may audition in English or in French, or both, but will only be accepted into one of the two streams.
  2. Auditions for anglophone and francophone cohorts are separate. Please note that the audition requirements are different in English and French.


Dates and Locations of Auditions

  1. LabO, 60 Waller Street. May 10th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  2. Théâtre français de Toronto, 21 College Street (College Subway Stop), 6th floor, room 610. May 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  3. To book an audition slot, please contact Jeannine Cameron ( Auditions are free of charge. Times and dates will be assigned.


Audition Via Video

The Department of Theatre recommends auditioning in person. Candidates may however audition by video if they live more then 500 km from both Ottawa and Toronto.

Video auditions must prepare the same material as the live auditions, described above.

In addition, video submissions must also satisfy the following requirements:

  1. If you can, film yourself in a large quiet room that is sparsely furnished, preferably empty.
  2. Your entire body should be visible and in frame. Your voice should be clearly audible.
  3. No editing or cuts during your audition scene (must be performed in one take).
  4. Start the video with an introduction stating your name, the city where you are from, the name of the plays, the authors and the characters you will be performing.
  5. Videos need to be uploaded on Vimeo, and the link and password forwarded to Jeannine Cameron ( by 5p.m. (EST) on April 5th 2020.


Call Backs

  1. Following auditions, selected candidates will be invited to participate in a mandatory workshop at the Department of Theatre’s LabO (60 Waller Street, Ottawa), May 30th from 8:30 to 6 p.m.
  2. Candidates are responsible for their own transportation to and lodging in Ottawa
  3. Candidates must provide a 300-word letter explaining the motivations of their career choice
  4. Shortly after the call backs, accepted candidates will be invited to officially enrol in the program that begins in mid-August.


Supplementary Requirements

Admitted candidates must fulfil the Faculty of Arts’ requirements for admission to the University of Ottawa.



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Sylvain Schryburt (

Examples of geographical areas outside the 500 km radius: Western Canada, all Maritime provinces, Northern Ontario (Hearst, Kapuskasing, Timmins, Thunder Bay…), certain regions of Québec (Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Bas-St-Laurent, Côte-Nord, Gaspésie, Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean…).

Examples of cities within the 500 km radius: Montréal, Québec City, Sudbury, Windsor.

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