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Unified General Auditions


Each spring the GVPTA holds Unified General Auditions (UGAs), an opportunity for local theatre performers to be seen by casting directors from throughout the region. The 2019 UGAs are set for April 2 and 3, 2019. UGA Qualifiers will take place March 5 and 6, 2019.

Directors: Click here for registration details

The UGAs are held and managed on the principle of diversity. We invite performers from all backgrounds including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, indigeneity, gender, sexual orientation, class, mental and physical ability. 

Any questions about the UGAs can be directed to UGA Producer, Emily Neumann at uga@gvpta.ca.

PERFORMERS - ELIGIBILITY & REGISTRATION LINKS

Note: Applying does not guarantee invitation to attend the UGAs. 

1. Canadian Actors Equity Association (Full Members)

a. Full CAEA members in good standing may apply to attend.
b. Only performers invited to attend will be confirmed.
c. There is no fee for CAEA Full Members if invited to audition.
d. Applications are now closed (deadline: March 6, 5:00pm) 

2. Union of BC Performers (Full Members)

a. Full UBCP / ACTRA members in good standing may apply to attend.
b. Performers with recent professional theatre credits are prioritized for selection.
c. There is no fee if invited to audition.
d. Applications are now closed (deadline: March 6, 5:00pm) 

3. Past UGA Participants (and not Full CAEA or UBCP members)

a. Pre-Qualified in the past four years (2016 or later UGA attendance). Exception requests for those who attended UGAs 2015 or earlier on a case by case basis.
b. Performers invited to audition are required to be a current GVPTA member.
d. Applications are now closed (deadline: March 6, 5:00pm) 

4.  New UGA Participants (and not Full CAEA or UBCP members) - Qualifier Registration EXTENDED Deadline: February 11, 5:00pm to sign-up your GVPTA membership; 7:00pm to submit your Qualifier registration form.

a. Performers who have not attended the previous UGAs are required to attend the UGA Qualifiers.
b. At the Qualifiers, performers audition in front of a panel who will then make recommendations for which performers will be invited to the UGAs.
c. Performers must be GVPTA Members in order to register for the Qualifiers. Click here to register for the Qualifiers (you must be logged into your GVPTA account.)

Performers - QUALIFIER INFORMATION (MARCH 5 & 6, 2019)

For performers required to attend the Qualifiers.

Qualifier Registration (You will be asked for the following):

1) General Details
    • Your full name, email address, and phone number.

2) Headshot: We will accept ONE headshot in PDF format.
    • File format must include your Full Name, Content of file, and PDF format. (eg. Jane_Doe-Headshot.pdf)

    • Please ensure the headshot looks like you.

3) Theatrical Resume: Will will accept ONE resume in PDF format.
    • Resume is ideally one page, but can be a maximum of two pages.

    • File format must include your Full Name, Content of file, and PDF format. (eg. Jane_Doe-Resume.pdf)

    • Recommendations:

      • Put your theatre credits at the top of the resume.

      • Ensure your name and contact information are included.

      • Search "Sample Theatre Resume" online for some clear examples of formatting, typically a three-column format.

4) Audition Type: Your intention to do a monologue and/or singing audition.
    • NEW - Singing and monologue auditions will be incorporated into one audition slot. See Audition Process information below.

5) Schedule: Your preference for audition date/time (March 5 and 6, 2019)


PERFORMERS - QUALIFIER AUDITION PROCESS

You will...

1) Be provided a maximum of 2 minutes and 30 seconds for your full audition.
    • If Monologues only - We recommend choosing two contrasting one-minute monologues, but you may choose to do one monologue.
      Monologues must be from a published playwright/script, and they must be memorized.

    • If Monologue and SingingWe recommend choosing one monologue and 32 bars from one song.
      Monologues must be from a published playwright/script, and they must be memorized.

      NEW - This year, no accompanist will be provided (singing auditions will be acapella, or accompanied by your own acoustic instrument requiring no set-up). 
  • If Singing OnlyWe recommend choosing two contrasting songs — one ballad and one up-tempo.
NEW - This year, no accompanist will be provided (singing auditions will be acapella, or accompanied by your own acoustic instrument requiring no set-up). 
2) Feedback: After your audition, you will receive some feedback from the panel about your audition and/or materials (headshot and resume) you had submitted.
    3) Notification: Be notified in about a week whether you have been invited to attend and audition at the UGAs. 


    PERFORMERS - UGA INFORMATION (APRIL 2 & 3, 2019)

    UGA Application: You will be asked for the following...

    1) General Details

      • Your full name, email address, and phone number.

    2) Headshot: We will accept ONE headshot in PDF format.
      • File format must include your Full Name, Content of file, and PDF format. (eg. Jane_Doe-Headshot.pdf)

      • Please ensure the headshot looks like you.

    3) Theatrical Resume: Will will accept ONE resume in PDF format.
      • Resume is ideally one page, but can be a maximum of two pages.

      • File format must include your Full Name, Content of file, and PDF format. (eg. Jane_Doe-Resume.pdf)

      • Recommendations:

        • Put your theatre credits at the top of the resume.

        • Ensure your name and contact information are included.

    4) Audition Type: Your intention to do a monologue and/or singing audition.
        • NEW - Singing and monologue auditions will be incorporated into one audition slot. See Audition Process information below.

      5) Schedule: Your preference for audition date/time (April 2 and 3, 2019)

      PERFORMERS - UGA AUDITION PROCESS

      You will...

      1) Be provided a maximum of 4 minutes for your full audition. You will be cut-off at the 4 minute mark. 
        • If Monologues only - We recommend choosing two contrasting 90-second monologues.
          Monologues must be from a published playwright/script, and they must be memorized.

        • If Monologue and SingingWe recommend choosing one monologue and 32 bars from one song.
          Monologues must be from a published playwright/script, and they must be memorized.

          NEW - This year, no accompanist will be provided (singing auditions will be acapella, or accompanied by your own acoustic instrument requiring no set-up). 
      • If Singing OnlyWe recommend choosing two contrasting songs — one ballad and one up-tempo.
      NEW - This year, no accompanist will be provided (singing auditions will be acapella, or accompanied by your own acoustic instrument requiring no set-up). 
      Each director will receive a copy of all performer headshots and resumes, so they can directly contact those performers they wish to see for a specific callback at a later date. 


      DIRECTORS - UGA INFORMATION (APRIL 2 & 3, 2019)

      Who can attend the UGAs as a director?

      GVPTA Company Members are invited to attend with up to two directors or casting representatives. (If you are unsure about your company's membership status, email membership@gvpta.ca)

      Independent Directors not affiliated with a GVPTA Company Member may attend if:

      • space is available;
      • they have a track record of directing or producing shows;
      • and are casting for a upcoming show.

      Approval will be at the discretion of the GVPTA team. A $50+GST fee will be charged for non-members. Associate Members have a reduced fee of $20+GST.


      How do I register for the UGAs?

      Directors should register using this form

      Director Registration Deadline: March 25 at 5:00pm.

      What kind of performers will be auditioning during the UGAs?

      Performers who you will see at the UGAs will fall under two different categories:
      1. Full CAEA Members are invited to audition.
      2. Full UBCP or ACTRA Members with theatre credits or education are invited to audition.
      3. All other performers would have been approved by a panel of local theatre directors at the UGA Qualifiers.
      For reference: during the 2018 UGAs, there were 71 monologue auditions and 26 singing auditions, with 79 performers. 25 performers were full union (CAEA, UBCP, or ACTRA) status members. That being said the number of auditioning performers can fluctuate each year.


      What can I expect as an attending director?

      Each director who attends the UGAs will receive a digital PDF binder with headshots and resumes for all auditioning performers. The GVPTA is not a producing theatre company and will not hold callbacks, so directors are invited to contact performers at a later date if they wish to see them again.

      Directors who require a printed binder of all headshots and resumes can request one for an additional fee at the time of registration.

      The number of auditioning performers will determine how long each day runs. Directors will receive a break for lunch and a couple coffee breaks. The GVPTA will provide coffee and light snacks at the beginning of the day. Details will be sent to you when your registration is confirmed.


      Further questions? Email uga@gvpta.ca




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