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Calling all Directors, Actors, and Writers.

Upstart is an 8 week development program for emerging actors, directors and writers presented by ACTRA and Jonathan Joffe Pictures and coordinated by Calgary actor Karen Ryan.

Dates: Saturday, February 25 to Saturday, April 15, 2023
Times: 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: SAIT Campus
Cost: Member pricing: $200.00 + GST
(Members of ACTRA, DGC & WIFT-A)
Cost: Non-member pricing: $250.00 + GST

Audition/Director meeting will be held on: Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 11:00 am at SAIT 

There is a limit of 12 actor participants and 4 director participants for this event.

We film two scenes every Saturday, from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm over 8 weeks. Scenes are professionally edited, and a copy is given to participants for their own personal use**. Directors will direct 4 out of 8 nights (but attendance is encouraged for all 8 sessions) and actors will participate in all eight.

(** Edited scenes are not for use in demo reels. They are for personal interest only and may not be shared.)

Actors – send a copy of your resume and headshot.
Directors – send a copy of your resume and any links to past work that you would like to share.

For more information or if you are interested in submitting for an interview or audition please contact Karen at

Previous participants do not need to audition again.