Audition Notice: Geordie Theatre seeks neurodiverse actors for ‘The Summit Project’

Audition dates: December 16 & 17 | Submission Deadline: December 10

Audition Information:

  • Geordie Theatre is looking for one (1) male actor and one (1) female actor who self-identify within the neurodiverse community (specifically, developmental or learning disability, or are on the autism spectrum) to participate in phase two of the Summit Project which will run from December 2020 to late April 2021.
  • Phase two focuses on the development of the script. Performers will participate in workshops, script development, and in the exploration of new rehearsal techniques. As such, artists will possess an openness of spirit, willingness to collaborate, a sense of play, and an interest in exploring new creation processes.
  • In attendance: Director, Jessica Abdallah, and Associate Director, Philippe David.
  • Although all submissions are encouraged, only actors who receive an audition will be contacted.
  • Please email Jessica Abdallah,, with any questions specifically about who the project is looking for.

Project Information:

  • The Summit Project (working title) is led by Geordie Theatre and developed in conjunction with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal and with direct support from Summit School. The focus of the project is to foster an inclusive space of artistic exchange with neurodivergent artists around topics of identity, inclusion, equity and disability, with the goal to develop a play that explores these issues for a young audience.
  • Phase one of the project was a creative exploration with students at Summit School, led by Jesse Stong and Alexis Diamond. In addition to outside cultural consultation, the Summit School students provided invaluable cultural dramaturgy, the insights and feedback needed to make this story ultimately speak to their experiences; their likes and dislikes, and their ways of seeing the world. Phase two brings together neurodivergent artists in the roles of playwright, associate director and actors to developpe and dramaturge the script.

Audition Preparation:

  • The virtual audition will consist of:
    • Group warm-up and guided improvisations
    • Presentation of a character monologue/story (provided by Geordie Theatre)
    • Interview
    • Please note that the audition will be recorded for the sole purposes of deliberation with artistic stakeholders (Geordie’s Artistic Director, Dramaturge, Playwright, etc). The recordings will be deleted after casting has been made.

Additional Information:

  • Actors must be available for weekly sessions with the Directing Team, as well as workshop readings at the end of January, February, and March. An average of 6hrs/month.
  • Actors must be available for an intensive workshop the last week of April 2021 (Date subject to change).
  • Actors will be paid in accordance with the guidelines of the CTA (Canadian Theatre Agreement) for workshops, under the jurisdiction of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) and Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA).

Submission Details:

To request an audition/interview time, send headshot and resume to

Deadline for submission: December 10th, 2020 

Auditions will be held on December 16th & 17th 2020 over Zoom.


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