Workman Arts is pleased to announce a partnership with RARE Theatre for the production of We Are Here directed by Judith Thompson and presented at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s new auditorium in spring 2022.

We all have a story to tell. Are you ready to tell yours?

There is so much silence and stigma around mental health challenges. We invite you to help break that silence and share your truth with the world!

If you are eager to tell your story, and to work with a group of artists willing to explore and share theirs, in an environment of creativity, respect and safety, this project may be for you.

We Are Here is a theatre piece that will be created by Director and Playwright Judith Thompson in collaboration with eight artists with lived mental health experience, chosen from Workman Arts member artists and from artists who have received services from CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). Lorene Stanwick will be the Assistant Director.

The performers will also research the history of CAMH and create monologues and scenes that speak to that history, both positive and negative.

Artists will be paid union rates, referencing the Canadian Actors Equity Association’s guide for workshop and production payments. Participating artists can be union or non-union.

  • Judith Thompson- Director/Dramaturg
  • Lorene Stanwick- Assistant Director
  • 8 cast members chosen from interviews
  • Various designers (set, sound, lighting, costume etc) to be chosen at a later date. Priority will be given to Workman Arts members.
  • Composers and musicians may be used for the final production and a separate call will go out at a later date if required. Priority will be given to Workman Arts members.
  • Auditions are open to Workman Arts member artists and artists who have received services from CAMH,
  • All auditions will be held over zoom and hosted by Director Judith Thompson and Assistant Director Lorene Stanwick.
  • Auditions will be 15 minutes in length.
  • Please bring to your audition a precious object to tell Judith and Lorene more about it.


The deadline to sign up for an audition is Friday, May 21.

If you are a Workman Arts member and require any equipment support to conduct your audition please email Kais Padamshi at upon submitting the application to make the arrangements as soon as possible.

Peer supports will be available prior and post audition sessions; you will receive more information within the confirmation email for your audition time on how to access peer supporters. Workman Arts and Rare Theatre are committed to ensuring a safe space for those who wish to share their experiences.

May 21, 2021
Deadline to sign up for auditions. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO AUDITION

May 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 2021
Zoom interviews/auditions with Judith and Lorene

June 21- July 2, 2021 (exact dates/times TBA)
6-day workshop over zoom to research and develop the script.

December 6-17, 2021 (exact dates/times TBA)
6 workshop days throughout the month to research and develop the script.

April and May 2022 (exact dates/times TBA)
4-week rehearsal

June 2022 (exact dates/times TBA)
3-week production in the CAMH auditorium

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About RARE Theatre

Under the Artistic Direction of Judith Thompson, RARE Theatre serves communities that have expressed a need to not only be recognized but to effect systemic, radical change through the art of theatre. RARE collaborates with theatre artists in marginalized communities who wish to create work for the stage. Previous productions include Welcome to my Underworld (Young Centre for the Performing Arts); After the Blackout (Soulpepper); Wildfire (Soulpepper); Borne (Soulpepper); RARE (Toronto Fringe); Sick (Next Stage Festival); Body and Soul (Soulpepper/Tarragon).

Judith Thompson is a widely recognized playwright who has garnered numerous prestigious awards including the Order of Canada, two Governor General’s Awards for Drama and the internationally recognized Susan Smith Blackburn Award for Best Play in the English Language.


Kais Padamshi Interim Public Programming & Partnerships Manager
416-583-4339, ext. 4

Note: Online application form requires a Google/Gmail account. If you do not have a Google account, or you require an alternate format to complete your application, please download or a PDF version of the application to fill out. If you would prefer a Word (.docx) version of the application, please email Word and PDF applications can be returned to by Friday, May 21.

Accommodations are available on request: If you require accessibility support to complete the audition application please contact Justina Zatzman at