Nightwood Theatre is holding an in-person workshop of Children of Fire by Shahrzad Arshadi and Anna Chatterton in February and a production in Prairie Park in June. The project will be directed by Beatriz Pizano.

This theatrical piece follows Shahrzad Arshadi and Anna Chatterton’s 2018 journey to the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan where they were hosted by female resistance fighters of the PKK. Having lived with and interviewed fighters for two weeks, they returned home to create a searing piece of theatre that amplifies the voices of these extraordinary women, while simultaneously examining feminism, female courage, and privilege. 


  • Role: Ensemble of various female PKK fighters ranging from aged 20-45 years old.
  • Actors should have familiarity/lived experience with Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Kurdistan or Kurdish culture.
  • Content Warning: mentions of combat, mentions of assault/torture.
  • Welcoming applications from cis and trans women.
  • Applicants must be available for dates outlined in February and June. 
  • All performers will be compensated at the same rate on a CAEA contract.


  • Please choose either Side One or Side Two linked below. 
  • Applicants are not required to memorize the sides. 
  • Speak in your own voice – do not adopt an accent other than your own.

Submission Details:

  • Please complete our Audition Google Form so that we can gather your contact information. 
  • Please submit your video audition via Vimeo or Youtube and include your name in the description box. If there is a password to view your audition, please provide it.

Submission Deadline: December 28, 2021 at 11:59 PST

February Workshop Dates:
Sunday Feb 6: 10 am – 4 pm
Monday Feb 7: 10 am – 4 pm
Tuesday Feb 8 OFF
Wednesday Feb 9: 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday 10 OFF
Friday 11: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday 12: 10 am – 4 pm

The June presentation at Prairie Drive Park in Scarborough will have the outside dates*:
Rehearse week of June 20, 2022
Perform week of June 27, 2022

*Date will be finalized in the new year. 

Vaccination Requirement:

All individuals working in person must provide proof of full vaccination (see below for details) before being allowed to enter the space. This policy adheres to the announcement by the Government of Ontario that as of September 22, 2021, all non-essential businesses, including theatres and concert halls, will require proof of vaccination. All individuals will also be required adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

“Fully vaccinated” means having received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by WHO and having received the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to date of event entry. To maintain ongoing vaccinated status, all individuals must also receive each dose/booster that may be required or recommended by Public Health Canada.

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