For Artists

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Here at GCTC, our productions typically feature 15–20 actors per season.

Keep in mind that one or two of these productions will be a presentation from another company, therefore, already cast. We hold general auditions each year in Ottawa to cast these 15–20 actors.

We post submission information on Equity’s E-Drive, PORTAiL, and below on our website. Please note that there is an annual deadline date for submissions to the general auditions. Auditions for specific roles are held according to the needs of our production schedule and the availability of directors, hence there is no standard timing for these meetings.

Current Audition Opportunities

Invitation from GCTC and SpiderWebShow

In February and March 2019, GCTC and SpiderWebShow will jointly produce Behaviour, a new play by Ottawa playwright Darrah Teitel. The characters include Jordan, roughly 25-35 years old, who works on Parliament Hill and is described by the playwright as “genderqueer or butch lesbian…” 

We urge artists who identify as genderqueer, have lived experience of gender non-conformity, and/or who are interested in gender fluidity, to contact GCTC regarding an audition for the role of Jordan. If you would like to read the script, come on by. We have copies of the current draft for reading on-site. Please note that this play is still in development.

If you are interested, or if you have any questions, please submit a current CV, outlining your theatre experience to Catherine Ballachey, Artist Liaison:


Important: Please note that we will do our best to reply to all inquiries, and to let you know about audition scheduling as soon as possible.

genderqueer : of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female.

— Merriam-Webster


General auditions are held in Ottawa at the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (our home), 1233 Wellington St. West, at a date TBD. The deadline for submissions is TBD.


Please e-mail a headshot and resumé in one PDF, titled with the actor’s surname to artistliaison@gctc.ca.


If you’re unable to send it electronically, send a hard copy to the address below:

Great Canadian Theatre Company
Attention: Auditions
300-1227 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 0G7


Actors will be contacted if we're interested in scheduling an audition time. Please do not contact the theatre to confirm receipt of your package. However, we encourage all artists to send updated material for our files and invite them to remove reference to physical traits (i.e. height, weight, eye colour, etc.) from the resumé.



We produce at least four productions per season and provide both ADC and non-affiliated contracts to designers of all disciplines. If you’re interested in submitting your portfolio for consideration, just contact our Artistic Director, Eric Coates.



We operate under the Canadian Theatre Agreement and produce at least four productions per season.

Please note that we do not accept suggested play titles from freelance directors. This helps avoid misunderstandings in the event that a freelance director promotes a play that is already under consideration (believe me; this happens more often than you’d expect). If a director is affiliated with an existing script, we ask that the playwright pitch the project, with the director as a partner, or suggested artist. Freelance directors visiting Ottawa are welcome to contact us for complimentary tickets for any production, subject to availability of course.

If you’re interested in submitting your portfolio for consideration, please contact our Artistic Director, Eric Coates.



Script Submission Guidelines

Have a look at our mandate: “To foster, produce and promote excellent theatre that provokes examination of Canadian life and our place in the world.”

This mandate doesn’t mean we don’t accept work from outside of Canada, but it’s imperative that the script “provokes examination of Canadian life”. What does that mean? That’s a good question. Discuss.

Due to the quantity of reading requests, we do accept a limited number of scripts per month. Please consult our Script Submission Guidelines before sending your script or proposal.


Playwrights Network

At GCTC we support a network for local playwrights, with an aim to provide peer-led critical feedback, professional development and promotion to our peer companies. Our network members meet on a monthly basis between September and June, and take turns as facilitators depending on the topic of discussion. We also distribute an electronic newsletter that promotes the work of network members to new play centres and theatre companies across Canada. If you’re interested in joining the network, a playwright has to demonstrate a commitment to professional playwriting by providing a list of previously produced and/or published works, or by accessing funding for professional playwrights through an arts council or foundation program.

If you have any inquiries about the network, please contact GCTC Artist Liaison Catherine Ballachey at artlistliaison@gctc.ca. If you want to sign up for our monthly newsletter, Bridging the Gap, just click the button below.

Theatre Recommenders Program

GCTC participates as a recommender in the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) Theatre Recommenders Program, subject to approval each year.


GCTC supports independent artists’ applications to the OAC and to the Canada Council for the Arts.

Shannon Reynolds Fund

GCTC is the home of the Shannon Reynolds Fund, which supports an emerging female artist each season. The fund provides support in a different discipline each year (i.e. direction, design, stage management). We’ll be posting application guidelines here annually.