NAC English Theatre and Actors

NAC English Theatre opened its doors in 1969 with a production of George Ryga’s The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, performed by Frances Hyland, August Schellenberg, Chief Dan George, Alan Scarfe, Rae Brown, Merv Campone, Robert Clothier, Joy Coghill, Roger Dressler, Patricia Gage, Leonard George, Robert Hall, Al Kozlik, Frank Lewis, Jim McQueen, Walter Marsh, Ann Mortifee and Paul Stanley.

We have three main venues at the NAC: The 800-seat Theatre, the 300 seat Studio and the 100-seat Fourth Stage. We are also are interested in creating site-specific work outside of the NAC’s Ottawa facilities.

How do we meet you?

Throughout each calendar year, Artistic Director Jillian Keiley travels to see work, meet artists and hold auditions, sometimes with the participation of Artistic Advisors. We audition as a way of meeting actors and learning about their projects. We also see as much theatre as we can while traveling across the country, and view many videos and promotions featuring Canadian artists.

If we know your work already, we will likely not see you for an audition, but do let us know if you are interested in being considered. You may audition once every three years.

General auditions are by appointment only. Submissions are accepted approximately three weeks prior to the audition date. Information on how to submit will be posted here at that time.

Upcoming General Auditions:

Information to be announced.

Past General Auditions:

2012/13             Toronto, Calgary, Regina, Ottawa, Montreal, St. John’s, Vancouver, Halifax, Charlottetown

2013/14             Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa

2014/15             Edmonton, Victoria, Sackville, Ottawa , Toronto  

2015/16             Montreal, Ottawa, Whitehorse, Toronto

2016/17             Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto

2017/18             Ottawa, Halifax

2018/19             Toronto

Children's Auditions:

From time to time we hold auditions for children's roles. If you are interested in being notified about children's auditions, please send an email to Judi Pearl to be added to our mailing list.


When auditions are announced – and for all other general casting enquiries – contact Judi Pearl.

Thank you to the Friends of English Theatre for their passion and continued support.