Audition Dates: September 12-15, 2023 

Deadline to submit: Friday, August 25, 2023 at 5:00pm Eastern 

National Arts Centre English Theatre Artistic Director Nina Lee Aquino will be conducting general auditions at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as an invitation to meet the local acting community with an eye to casting upcoming seasons of artistic activity.

Performers will be asked to prepare two contemporary, contrasting monologues from the works of Canadian playwrights written in 2000 or later, of no more than two minutes each. Alternatively, performers can opt for one two-minute monologue along with a song. No accompaniment will be provided but artists are welcome to accompany themselves.

NAC English Theatre is committed to inclusive casting. We encourage submissions from professional artists who self-identify as members of under-represented communities, a concept we understand very broadly.


 To request an appointment, please submit this form no later than Friday, August 25, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. 

 AGENTS – please note we are not accepting e-pitches (e.g. Casting Workbook). We recommend forwarding this information to your clients so they may self-submit by completing the form themselves. 

Please note that we are not able to accept self-tape video submissions. 

Those selected for an audition will be notified by Wednesday, September 6, 2023. 

Questions may be directed to judi.pearl@nac-cna.ca.

Monologue Resources: 

Playwrights Canada Press 

Pledge Project 

The 49 List 


Scirocco Drama 

Canadian Play Outlet (Playwrights Guild of Canada) 

 The NAC is located in the National Capital Region on the unceded territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation. 

 The National Arts Centre is Canada’s bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for the performing arts. The NAC presents, creates, produces, and co-produces performing arts programming in various streams—the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre, and Popular Music and Variety—and nurtures the next generation of audiences and artists from across Canada. 

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