DAM teams up with Radio-Canada and Théâtre de Quat’Sous to launch inaugural Diversity Auditions

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Montreal, November 5, 2013 – Diversité Artistique Montréal (DAM) is proud to announce its new partnership with Radio-Canada and Théâtre de Quat’Sous to stage the inaugural Diversity Auditions. Following the format of the general auditions organized each year by Théâtre de Quat’Sous, the idea behind these Auditions is to promote actors of diversity and connect professionals in the field in an attempt to offset the distinct lack of actors from ethnocultural communities on our screens and stages.

Clearly, the televisual, cinematographic and theatrical landscape is yet to reflect the cultural reality in the province and, more specifically, in Montreal particularly when it comes to social representation on screen and on the stage. Many ethnocultural communities do not easily identify with TV series characters and the casts of other productions. Naturally, if they feel no sense of belonging to what they see, people will show no interest in a production. On a more serious note, the tireless clichés we see in casting only confirm how much further we still have to come before we accept that talent has no set colour, origin or accent. This is the context in which DAM signed this fundamental and groundbreaking agreement, thanks to the open minds at Radio-Canada and Théâtre de Quat’Sous. We hope these Auditions, which will take place on February 3, 2014 at Théâtre de Quat’Sous, will have an immediate impact for the actors who are selected.

This is a huge step forward and a sign that Montreal and Quebec society has an inherent desire to build a rich and pluralistic future in which artists of diversity feel a sense of belonging after all, they are the ones who represent the talent and changing face of the shifting social reality in which we live. In this respect, DAM is grateful to Radio-Canada and Théâtre de Quat’Sous, both key institutional stakeholders in the arts, for their understanding of the importance and the urgency of taking action for change.

If you are a permanent resident and a screen or stage actor or actress belonging to a cultural community (first or second generation), and if you are from an immigrant background, are from a visible minority, or are a First Nations member, keep your eyes peeled, because your time in the limelight could be coming soon! A call for portfolios will be issued in the next few days. Watch this space!

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