Audition Notice: Ballad of the Motherland

Written and directed by Annie Valentina


Submission deadline: August 16, 2022

Audition dates: 

September 3, 2022 (Halifax)

September 17, 2022 (Toronto)

Contract dates: February 21 - April 9, 2023

Ethno-cultural casting statement

Neptune Theatre seeks to promote equity, inclusion, and access by amplifying voices and stories that have been historically marginalized or underrepresented, and we factor this into every decision we make. We encourage submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities, abilities, and identities, and will give scheduling priority to those who self-identify as IBPOC, LGBTQ2S+, d/Deaf, living with disabilities, and/or facing other systemic challenges in our industry.

**Please note: due to the specific cultural context of this piece, additional priority will be given to individuals with lived experience of the Ukrainian (and/or other Slavic) diaspora. Applicants for either role are encouraged to speak to their lived experience and/or language proficiency in their cover letter.** 

Applying artists should be aware that Neptune does not tolerate any form of harassment of its employees, clients, volunteers, or any persons visiting or spending time on its premises.

Neptune Theatre is seeking TWO actors for the play Ballad of the Motherland on the Neptune Main Stage (Fountain Hall) as part of our 2022-23 season.



Artists selected to audition will be asked to prepare sides for an in-person audition. Sides will be provided to those selected one week before the audition date. 


Important Note

Please submit through our Submissions Portal and NOT by email. Many thanks.



Mid-to-late 30s, Canadian-Ukrainian. Queer daughter of immigrant parents.

In 2014, aspiring writer/blogger Kate accepts an internship opportunity in Ukraine, hoping to get closer to her roots, and is caught in political crossfire when taken hostage by Russian-Ukrainian separatists in the East. Eight years later, with her parents’ homeland ravaged by a full-scale ground war, she recounts the experience publicly for the first time. 

*Note: parts of Kate’s dialogue are in Russian. While not essential that the actor is a fluent Russian speaker, some familiarity (or an ear for languages) will be an asset.*


Late teens/early 20s, Russian-Ukrainian. Native resident of Donbas.  

A self-proclaimed soldier with strong ideas about culture and identity, Volodya joins the ‘People’s Militia’ at the onset of the armed conflict in 2014. He is barely 17 years old. The heavy bravado sometimes hides his young age, sometimes it accentuates it.

*Note: large parts of Volodya’s dialogue are in Russian. This role requires a fluent (or intermediary) Russian speaker who can read Cyrillic.*






Neptune Theatre is located on sacred land that has been the site of human activity since time immemorial. We are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.

As artists, we are grateful to work and build community here. As stewards of culture, we are in the process of learning more about how our company can improve our relations with Indigenous People and uphold the values of collaboration and inclusivity in all that we do.