Call for Artists

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Our Current Project:

Sound the Alarm is investing in
the creation of a 5 episode series of audio-dramas that will feature 5 independent stories by 5 diverse voices with 5 different casts and designers.


Each episode will:
- Have its own playwright, director and cast.
- Showcase a diverse roster of writers, and will prioritize artists from marginalized communities.
- Merge sound design, text based performance, and music to create a compelling story and audio narrative that ‘sounds an alarm’ on our environmental and sociological challenges and its effects on human experience.

For our general call for playwrights, please see our General Call at the base of this page.


Current Episode in Production

Our first pilot episode is called Lost Soul Animal Rescue and is written by Chinese-Canadian playwright Gary Mok. For this 25 minute audio experience, Gary has chosen to centre the story around the tradition of Chinese ghost stories which normally expound on the importance of filial piety (duty to your ancestors). In this particular creation, he has added a twist on that concept by using animal “ghosts” to question our duty to nature instead. The story is set in Vancouver.


For this project we are currently looking for the following:

Director

We will be hiring an artist for the end of January.


Due to the cultural framing of this project which is based in Chinese traditional storytelling set within BC, our casting will prioritize Chinese-Canadian or Asian-Canadian identified artists that has experience in audio-drama and/or digital text based narrative in fiction.

This contract will be paid at or above professional standard.

Submit below. Within, include links to your resume and samples of your work.  Artist must be legally able work in Canada.



Sound Designer &
Foley Sound Capture Artist(s):

We will likely hire two artists for each above description for a contract in Feb/March.

Due to the cultural framing of this project which is based in Chinese traditional storytelling set within BC, our hiring will prioritize Chinese-Canadian or Asian-Canadian identified artists.

The sound design will likely be a collaboration between a foley sound artist and a sound/music designer.

The sound/composition aesthetic should have a sense of light and whimsical mysticism to support the two (and a half) animal souls that live within. 

The foley elements will be captured through binaural recording techniques to capture immersive sound needs.

This contract will be paid at or above professional standard.

Submit below. Within, include links to your resume and samples of your work.  Artist must be legally able work in Canada.



Female Voice Artists:

We are looking to hire two artists for a recorded workshop session in early February and a second official recording session in late February, to fill the following roles:


DAWN TAN:  
She is a female park ranger for Lost Soul Animal Rescue.
She is mid-thirties/early 40's.
She is talkative, empathetic, gets things done, down to earth.

BEAR:
She has a cowardly female voice. 
This mother recently died. 
She is anxious, easily scared, unsure of self, needs comforting and reassurance.... but, she later finds her sense of calm and purpose.

WOLF PUP:
Pup has an excited 'child's' voice. 
It recently died.
It loves to play and is overly excited.
This is a short appearance at the end of script. 
To be voiced by same artist cast as BEAR or DAWN 

Casting:
For the animals, an 'animation/cartoon' type delivery is not appropriate for this project but rather a slightly elevated reality within voice.

Due to the cultural framing of this project which is based in Chinese traditional storytelling set within BC, our casting will prioritize Chinese-Canadian or Asian-Canadian identified artists.

These contracts will be paid at or above professional standard.

Submit below.  Within, include links to your resume and samples of your work.  Artist must be legally able work in Canada.


Male Voice Artist

We are looking to hire one artist to fill the following role:


CROW:  
Has a hungry voice
Has recently died
Is a bit sarcastic
Tries to practice patience but is difficult
Is a bit gruff but likes the company of others if not annoyed by it at times. 

Casting:  
An 'animation/cartoon' type delivery is not appropriate for this project but rather a slightly elevated reality within voice.

Due to the cultural framing of this project which is based in Chinese traditional storytelling set within BC, our casting will prioritize Chinese-Canadian or Asian-Canadian identified artists.

This contract will be paid at or above professional standard.

Submit below. Within, include links to your resume and samples of your work.  Artist must be legally able work in Canada.


Call for Playwrights/Creative Writers

We are looking for 4 additional playwrights and/or creative writers for the 4 additional episodes of the series.  

We will likely hire one playwright within February and the remaining three in early Spring.

Please see this Official Call for Artists Information Sheet for full information and submission details.


Submit your interest to this project.

Please send along shared links to your resume and samples of work.  If you are having difficulties, please email us directly at admin @ soundthealarm.ca

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