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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Call for Auditions

a panto-style comedy for all ages

AUDITION DATES: Tuesday, July 21: 7 – 9 p.m. & Thursday, July 23: 7 – 9 p.m.

AUDITION LOCATION: Whistler’s Upstairs
995 Broadview Ave @ Pottery Rd.

NOTE: This is a group audition. Please bring your resume and photo and prepare a short, comedic monologue. Be prepared to improvise and read from the script. Wear comfortable clothing so you can move.

SHOW DATES: Daytime shows on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 as part of the 2015 Cabbagetown Festival.

To book an audition, email or call 416-653-5870.
GOLDILOCKS: young, adventurous type
UNCLE BEAR/SHERRIFF: dual role – UNCLE BEAR is a bit fussy and repressed / SHERRIFF is blustery and arrogant
ROBIN OF HOOD: swashbuckling young man (could be played by a woman)
CLEMENTINE: Cougar-riffic stepmother type – big personality
WILLA & NILLA: Twisted sisters – lots of slapstick

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Rehearsing in the Creation Lab: All Our yesterdays

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Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

the actors gym-[elephants] collective

The Actor’s Gym is a facilitated hour and a half of high intensity facilitated play/exercise for actors (and anyone else) with an emphasis on core strength, flexibility and endurance. It’s an intense workout specifically geared to performer’s bodies.
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click here for more info

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Now in the lab: Rukmini’s Gold

Our show, Rukmini’s Gold, won The Toronto Fringe 2015 New Play Contest and we’ll be opening at the Festival here in Toronto July 1st before heading to the Hamilton Fringe.  In the pictures, you’ll notice Rukmini is talking to her younger self, awaiting a train.  You’ll also note our multigenerational cast receiving direction.  How did the space help us out?  We needed a quiet space (perfect on Victoria Day!) to run some scenes and we were in a pinch to find a location.  Not only did your reduced rates help our budget, they helped us learn how the scene runs and what effect we’re going for in the play’s final moments.

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Want to work on a Fringe Show?

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If you would like your information to be forwarded to fringe 2015 companies, email


  • Graphic designers
  • Stage managers
  • Assistant stage managers
  • Producers
  • Stage hands
  • Costume Designers
  • sound Designers
  • lighting designers


*all 2015 Toronto Fringe companies will be able to access your info, and will have the option of contacting you.  We do not guarantee placement.


Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Tent Talk in the Lab: Taking your show to Edinburgh

Tent Talk in the Lab

Thinking of Edinburgh, 2016?  Now’s the time to start planning.  Join Derrick Chua, producer extraordinaire, and Lucy Eveleigh, Fringe GM and former General Manager for Pleasance Theatre, which is responsible for festival operations at over 20 venues in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for a frank discussion on the ins and out on taking your show to Edinburgh.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Crowdfunding for the Indie Arts Community (FWYC)

Fund What You Can (FWYC) is an all-Canadian crowdfunding platform run by the Toronto Fringe that offers hands-on support, access to free resources and targeted marketing to the arts community.




We want YOU to launch a campaign on FWYC

Who can do it? Anyone with an artistic project who needs money to help it come to life! For example: theatre producers, playwrights, filmmakers, choreographers, novelists, visual artists, photographers, comic book creators, or musicians. You don’t have to be a professional artist to use FWYC – everyone is welcome to create a campaign.

How does it work?

Anyone with an artistic project can sign up at launch a campaign. You will have creative control over the content you provide and complete freedom to craft a campaign that will inspire people to donate

Why crowdfunding?

The goal of the Toronto Fringe is to provide indie artists with the tools they need to succeed. Crowdfunding has quickly become a major source of revenue for artists. More and more, we have seen indie artists launch crowdfunding campaigns, and lose up to 10% of their revenue to platform fees and get lost on a website that is not geared towards art. FWYC is an accessible, affordable and arts-based platform. It is a tool that we offer to the indie artist – to help strengthen this inspiring community. We can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  • We are the overall cheaper option with the lowest Platform Fees of 3.5%
  • One of the highest success rates
  • No Transfer Fees
  • All of the funds go back into the Arts Community and to the Artist
  • Actually get feedback from your campaign!

Sign up for a campaign here:

Read more here:

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

now in the creation lab: Church Basement Amateurs present “18: Foursome Majeure” for The Toronto Fringe

The Church Basement Amateurs ensemble working hard in the Blake Thorne space at Creation Lab. The team is in peaceful harmony creating “18: Foursome Majeure” for The Toronto Fringe. It’s a comedy about two couples trying to play a friendly game of golf, but hard feelings from the past are having a negative effect on the game. The Creation Lab space is perfect for meetings and rehearsals!

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Audition for CUT-THROAT : The Isolation of Ambition, at Toronto Fringe Festival, PACE Theatre

Deadline to submit:: Thursday, April 23 Auditions: Saturday, April 25

Please email headshot and resume to

Premiering at the 2015 Toronto Fringe Festival, CUT-THROAT: The Isolation of Ambition, written by Andreea Hluscu, focuses on Maggie Levene, an aspiring actress with a murderous past. She finds herself living with her powerful more accomplished roommate, Jenna Bell. Their fate shifts when they end up being considered for the same role in a play directed by Maggie’s brother, Elliot. It becomes clear to them both they must secure their role by any means possible.

We are looking to cast the following roles:

ELLIOT. Age range 25-30

Elliot is Maggie’s slightly older brother who is established as a successful director. He is a very confident, almost to the point of pretentiousness. His relationship with his sister is complicated in his eyes, although the relationship he builds with Jenna is a promising, yet potentially dangerous one.

MAGGIE’S VOICE. Any age, any gender, any ethnicity

Maggie’s voice always delivers what Maggie either does or does not want to say, think or hear. Maggie’s voice can be at times ruthless, demanding, and very sarcastic. This voice is in control of what happens within the story. Please not if you have any musical abilities.

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Call for Applications


Visual Fringe Coordinator – The Toronto Fringe Festival

The Toronto Fringe is seeking an energetic and dedicated individual to become part of the Fringe team as the Visual Fringe Coordinator for the 2015 Fringe Festival.

Funding for this position is only available to individuals returning to school next year or a current student at any level, including Masters/PhD and diploma programs.  The Visual Fringe Coordinator (VFC) will be contracted full-time from June 4-July 15, 2014.

The VFC will be supervised by the Office and Outreach Manager and will be responsible for:

Before the festival

  • Primary liaison between Visual Fringe artists and the Toronto Fringe
  • Assist with planning and logistics of the Visual Fringe and Fringe Club
  • Create master Fringe Club binder
  • General administrative support
  • Assist with Fringe Club set up and load in

During the festival

  • Responsible for, with the Fringe Club technician, technical aspects of The Fringe Club (lights/sound, special event set up, etc)
  • Handle all Visual Fringe financial tracking
  • Maintaining the safety and security of Fringe Club tents, exhibits and personnel during the Festival


After the festival

  • Assist with Fringe Club strike
  • A comprehensive written post mortem


Candidates should:

  • Be a student, or returning to school in the fall
  • Be 25 years or younger
  • Be interested in arts administration, visual and performing arts
  • Possess working knowledge of theatrical sound and lighting equipment, including set up, strike, daily operation, and troubleshooting
  • Be able to learn and work in a busy environment
  • Be able to work independently


Applications with a resume and cover letter should only be submitted by environmentally friendly email to Lindsay Woods at with attached Microsoft Word or PDF files.  Please identify the job position you are applying for in the subject line.  Inquiries can be made by telephone to 416-966-1062 x3.


Submission Deadline: Friday April 27th, 2015 by 5pm

Interviews: May 4th-7th, 2015

Start Date: Wednesday June 4th, 2015

The Fringe is an equal opportunity employer.  We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


About the Toronto Fringe:

Now in its 27th year, the Toronto Fringe provides creative opportunities for artists and audiences by producing two important festivals – the Toronto Fringe Festival and the Next Stage Theatre Festival – and by running outreach activities that benefit youth, artists and the theatre community at large. Our new home, the Fringe Creation Lab, welcomes independent artists year round, encouraging their creative work by offering them affordable space to make art, congregate and innovate.


Our core activities are:

  1. The Fringe Festival – our flagship event that presents 1200 artists from around the world to 90,000+ attendees each summer


  1. The Next Stage Theatre Festival (NSTF) – a smaller winter festival presenting 8 – 10 productions by emerging artists ready to move beyond the summer festival structure, whose audiences have grown by 135% since 2008


  1. Outreach Activities – a variety of programs supporting artists and youth.

  2. The Creation Lab – a subsidized space that offers a professional facility to under-represented artists to create, hone and present new work



More information on all outreach programs and our two festivals can be found at

The Toronto Fringe

403-720 Bathurst St.

Toronto ON M5S 2R4