Audition date(s): (Virtual) Jan 31 – Feb 4, 2022
Submission deadline: Jan 28, 2022, 5pm
Production name: Chelsea’s Story
Production rehearsal start date: (Virtual) Feb 14, 2022
Submission email: email@example.com
Contact name: Bó Bárdos
Company website: mtspace.ca
Ethnocultural mandate and casting statement:
MT Space was founded to centralize marginalized and racialized voices, stories, and artists. Priority is given to artists local to the region of Kitchener-Waterloo identifying as IBPOC artists of all abilities. We try to challenge colonial and institutional cultures of theatre-making in all our artistic decisions and invite members of our community to join us in creating a community of difference one project at a time.
MT Space in partnership with SASC and the Crime Prevention Council will be remounting the very successful online version of Chelsea’s Story in February 2022, with a possible extension in April 2022 into schools in Kitchener-Waterloo.
Chelsea’s Story is based on a true story. It centres on a group of three students who discover the diary of a 15-year-old girl named Chelsea, who is targeted and groomed by a man posing as her boyfriend to be trafficked for sex. Chelsea’s Story was written by Sean McGrath from Alter Ego Creative Solutions in the UK for people as young as 12 to understand what trafficking is about and the ways in which those who are vulnerable, particularly girls and young women, tend to be targeted and groomed. The production is approximately 60 minutes, followed by a facilitated debriefing and talkback with experienced staff from a local Sexual Assault Support Centre. Each actor plays two characters.
“Joe/Shawn” – Joe is one of a group of friends who discovers Chelsea’s diary and is learning about human trafficking as the group works on the school project. Shawn is Chelsea’s boyfriend – a genuinely nice guy, who is made fun of for not being “cool” enough to treat Chelsea as a “woman”. She eventually stops talking to him as she isolates herself from her community of friends. We are specifically looking for a male-identifying racialized actor who can play a teenager believably. The founding mandate of MT Space is to centralize marginalized and racialized voices and artists of all abilities, and we will be following this mandate for casting this role. Since this run will take place completely online, location will not be a barrier to the casting of this role.
Auditions will take place online the week of January 31st. Please submit headshot, bio, CV, and any links to previous work to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan 28th at 5pm. Only those selected for an audition will be contacted.