Emerging Theatre Director Opportunity

Do you know any young aspiring theatre directors?  


Someone who is a natural leader and may want to direct a play or musical in the future?

Open Pit Theatre is offering a youth mentorship opportunity (ages 16-25) for someone who would like to assist the director during rehearsals for Busted Up: A Yukon Story.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to observe rehearsals, collaborate as required, have one-on-one sessions with the director to ask questions, and witness how a professional theatre contract works.  

The successful candidate will receive a small honorarium, and will be able to participate in a variety of ways, depending on what they would like to get out of the process.     

To apply, applicants should send an expression of interest to jessica@openp.it answering the following questions:

  1. Who are you?  (Tell us about yourself). 
  2. What interests you about this opportunity?
  3. What would you be interested in learning from this opportunity?
  4. What is your availability for the dates outlined below?  Busy?  Free?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 4, 2017.  

Here is an outline of the rehearsal and tech dates. The successful candidate will be able to participate as much or as little as they can based on their own availability (aka if you are in school etc) and will be chosen based on their expression of interest. 

Rehearsals = August 15 - September 8 (Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm)

Tech = Sept 9/10 (9am-5pm) & Sept 12/13/14 (1pm-10pm)

Opening Night = September 14

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email! 





Last round of interviews for Busted Up: A Yukon Story

Our playwright Geneviève will be at the Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse on April 10-13 to hold the last rounds of interviews for Busted Up: A Yukon Story. She is looking to chat to people about their relationship to land in the Yukon. If you've got a little bit of time and something to say, get in touch with her at genevieve@openp.it. Looking forward to hear from you! 

Vancouver/Victoria/Calgary AUDITION POSTING

Open Pit Theatre is now accepting actor submissions for the premiere production of Busted Up: A Yukon Story. The production is a part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations and will take place in Whitehorse, YT in September 2017.  

Busted Up: A Yukon Story is a verbatim play set in Canada's far north, and features over twenty real life Yukon characters whose opinions and stories are as varied as their age and ethnic backgrounds. Throughout the play, the juxtaposed voices of these people gather and evolve around the relationships between aboriginal people and settlers, natural resource extractions, the growing immigrant population and the fast paced changes Canada's north is experiencing.  The result is a powerful play full of humor, violence, absurdity, and tenderness.

  • Contract dates: August 15th - September 24th, 2017
  • Possible one-week extension: September 25th - October 1, 2017

We will be holding auditions in Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary to find six actors to perform over twenty characters.  We encourage actors of Indigenous backgrounds, and those who self-identify as members of underrepresented communities to apply.  Our characters represent a large span in ages, therefore we also encourage actors of all ages to apply.  

Open Pit Theatre’s aesthetic is very physical, and therefore all actors must be comfortable experimenting and using movement as a means of storytelling.  This does not mean that you need to be a trained dancer.  We are seeking actors who are open to physical contact with other performers, and those who can handle a physically demanding rehearsal process.  All performers will play up to six different characters.  


  • Deadline to submit = Monday, April 10 - 5:00pm
  • Audition Day = Saturday April 15
  • Callbacks = Sunday, April 16
  • Audition Location = Carousel Theatre


  • Deadline to submit = Monday, April 17 - 5:00pm
  • Audition & Callback Day = Sunday, April 23
  • Audition & Callback Location = Metro Theatre


  • Deadline to submit = Monday, April 24 - 5:00pm
  • Audition Day = Saturday April 29
  • Callbacks = Sunday, April 30
  • Audition Location = Lunchbox Theatre

The auditions will be held by co-director Jessica Hickman and will be comprised of a 15-minute individual audition, followed by a 45-minute group movement audition.  

Submission Instructions:

  • Please submit a resume and a recent photograph via email to Selene Vakharia (project producer) at selene@smrtpopups.com.  Please indicate your audition city and name in the subject line of your email. For example: VANCOUVER SUBMISSION - Jane Doe.   
  • Equity and non-Equity artists are encouraged to submit.  We will be engaging all Equity artists under the D.O.T policy agreement. 

Thank you to all who submit, however only those selected will be invited to audition at this time.

Important Note: We are not accepting video submissions at this time.  

Theatre in the Bush @ Canada Scene - Ottawa

July 20-22, 2017


Mackenzie King Estate

Ottawa, ON


Traditionally set deep in the northern forest, Theatre in the Bush is an annual Whitehorse summer sell-out that takes the ritual and mad magic of a bush party and distils it into an interactive theatre event. Audience members are led through the woods at dusk to a remote location where innovative Yukon artists present playful, daring creations with a healthy dose of folksy northern charm. Some artists come with an idea, and others let the environment influence what they create. It’s a celebration, a meeting place, and a taste of Yukon theatre, music, and food all rolled into one.

This year, Ramshackle is taking Theatre in the Bush to Ottawa and Open Pit Theatre is coming along for the ride.  Geneviève Doyon and Alistair Maitland will be reworking and performing a piece currently called Untitled.  

Hosted by The National Arts Centre, it is sure to be a magical and playful event featuring:

Miche Genest

Geneviève Doyon

Jocylyn McDowell

Barb Hinton

Nate Wood

Jordy Walker

John Doucet

Lisa L'Heureux

Emily Pearlman

Ken Anderson

Jon Gelinas

Tara Kolla Hale

Emily Woodruffe

John Streicker

Ryan McNally

Brigitte Dejardins