Audition (Edmonton): Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack – SkirtsAfire Festival

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Ayita Audition Notice Dark Red Sun In Dark Sky With Silhouette of Trees

For this production we are working towards a cast and artistic team that is 100% female and/or non-binary and 100% First Nations, Metis, Inuit and/or BIPOC.

Production name: Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack
Director: TBD
Choreographer: Sandra Yellowhorn (Lamouche)
Dramaturg: Monique Mojica
Auditioners: Teneil Whiskeyjack, Sandra Yellowhorn and Annette Loiselle
Date production rehearsal/job starts: February 1, 2022
Audition dates: July 9, 10, 11, 2021
Deadline to submit: June 25, 2021
Email applications to:
Contact names: Brianne Jang and Annette Loiselle

Ethno-cultural casting statement:

SkirtsAfire is committed to diversity and encourages submissions from people of all genders, ethnicities, abilities and cultural backgrounds. For this production we are working towards a cast and artistic team that is 100% female and/or non-binary and 100% First Nations, Metis, Inuit and/or BIPOC. With that in mind, we are still accepting submissions from all backgrounds, and we welcome all to apply.

Additional Information:

Auditions will be in person pending Covid-19 numbers and restrictions in Alberta in early July and will include movement and dance. If we cannot be in person, auditions will be over Zoom. Zoom and/or Taped auditions will also be accepted for those who are out of town performers. SkirtsAfire is a theatre and multi-disciplinary arts festival that features the work of women. 2022 marks the 10th Anniversary of the festival.

Synopsis of Ayita

Ayita is a calling back to one’s spirit and voice. It is a modern-day creation story meets Indigenous realities that are told through text and movement. This show is a fusion of theatre and Indigenous contemporary dance. Following three generations of Cree women, Niska, Ayita, and young Ayita. Each in a different cycle of their womanhood yet seamlessly interconnected to one another. These women navigate through their own stories of sovereignty, breaking free from and transcending past personal pain, stepping into their healing and liberation, awakening to their medicine.


Niska – Older generation, wise, fluid, a survivor. 40 years or older. Should be comfortable moving physically through space.

Ayita – Already cast

Young Ayita – Younger generation, a youth. 18-27 years old. Should be comfortable moving physically through space.

Chorus of 4 dancers – Any age 18 or older. Will also use their voices – must be comfortable speaking on their own and as a chorus.

This production will be an ITA CAEA contract (G House) with 6 weeks for rehearsal and performance. Actors must be available full time for rehearsals from February 1 to March 2, and performances March 2 to March 13, 2022.

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Please submit a short letter of interest and include the role(s) you are interested in auditioning for with a headshot and CV attached by Friday, June 25, 2021. Put Ayita Auditions in the subject line. If you have scheduling conflicts on July 9, 10, 11, please communicate them in the body of the e-mail. We will do our best to accommodate if we are able. Only those granted an audition time will be contacted.


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