The question I receive the most is people asking about how they can audition for Degrassi.  There’s VERY strict criteria just to be eligible to audition, and that doesn’t even guarantee anything. PLEASE read the information below carefully. If you ask me about auditions via e-mail, I’ll just send you to this page, and feel free to send this to everyone in the Degrassi fandom who has questions about auditioning for Degrassi. And if you can and do wind up getting an audition for Degrassi good luck!

What do I need to be eligible to audition for Degrassi?

1) YOU MUST BE A CANADIAN CITIZEN. This is an absolute must…there is no getting around this.  It doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring actor/actress in Texas, Ohio or anywhere else in the U.S., and being on Degrassi is your lifelong dream. If you don’t have Canadian citizenship you will not be considered.  Degrassi is funded by the Canadian government, and one of the requirements of them continuing to receive funding is that the cast and crew they hire must be Canadian.

2) YOU NEED TO HAVE AN AGENT (BE PART OF AN ACTING AGECNY).  An agent isn’t absolutely necessary for auditioning for Degrassi, but if you’re planning on going into acting as a career, you’re going to need one. Check out http://www.actratoronto.com/ for tips and how to find an agency that fits you.

Do you know when Degrassi is having auditions again? Over the years Degrassi has started having open casting calls for their new characters. Larissa Mair serves as the show’s Casting Director, and you can find out when Degrassi auditions are happening by checking her website.

What is the age range to be an actor on the show? I’m not sure if there is a definitive age range….I’d assume they deal with actors anywhere from ages 13 to the early 20’s. But the main thing is that you need to LOOK like you’re the age of a high school teenager.

What about non-acting jobs/internships?  The same requirements of being Canadian apply for both of these. You need to be attending College or University to be an intern.  A non-acting job on Degrassi is difficult to obtain because they rarely have openings, but they are always accepting resumes for them and for internships for future consideration.  P.S. If you want to be an actor on the show and just mail them your resume, I highly doubt they’ll respond (let an agency do that for you….see above). Resumes can be sent to:

Epitome Pictures Inc.
220 Bartley Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M4A 1G1
Canada

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Posted by Kary

85 Comments

  1. I would love to audition, that would be my dream. But I’m an American. :(

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    1. AGREEDDD(:

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    2. ha sucks to be you i have and agent, i’m a Canadian citizen AND i’m auditioning for the newest degrassi tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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      1. haha sucks to be you, my sisters already in it

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      2. Well you are being a douche about it so I bet you won’t get jack squat, Karma!

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      3. Well it looks like you didn’t get in huh? ;) Sucks to be you!

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      4. Hi :0 im so sorry but i have a question for you how can i get an angent ? I’ve been looking for one :) thx you

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  2. I could get an agent, but i’m american. SO UNFAIR

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    1. It’s not unfair, you can audition for glee. Meanie.

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  3. can you be a citizen of the US and Canada?

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    1. yep, you can be a dual citizen

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      1. what about a canadian work visa? lol. cuz i read and it takes 3 years to become a full citizen :(. ahh is there any way to move and speed up the process? does marriage count? Im willing to take drastic measures :p lol

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      2. Celene Mohammed March 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

        Hi i would like to audition to be an extra, so would my friend Chelsea. But the Problem is we have no idea how to get an agent. But I know for sure we both are be committed. We would really appreciate having to receive an opportunity for the chance to become an extra.
        We really enjoy watching this show. Its one of our favorites. Thank you for taking you’re time to read this e-mail.

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      3. How do you become a dual citizen ????????????

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    2. yes, i am. i was born in canada, but since my mother was born in the united states i have dual citizenship

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      1. Is that the only way to become a dual citizen or can i somehow apply for it ?????

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      2. is that the only way to be a dual citizen do you know

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  4. Uqhhh I’m american
    that sucks
    I think my life is pretty much ruined because I’m not Canadian

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    1. mine too. I want to move their now): i LOVEE Degrassi

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      1. Hey u can move to Canada and lie saying u r

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    2. LOL. I feel like that sometimes. Some of my favorite things have some sort of connection to Canada.

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  5. when do you audition ???

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    1. you dont just show up and audition you have to get an agent and do photo shoots and get your name on a agencies website then the people will e-mail you if they like you and want you to audition

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  6. Im so jealous of canadians with agents right now lol. Kary have you ever thought of doing full reviews for old episodes you know like during degrassi breaks?

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    1. I have, I’m not sure how to go about it yet. I don’t want to start at Season 1 episode 1 and go straight through, that’d be kinda boring…I think I may just randomly choose episodes to review every once in a while

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      1. Yes i really can’t wait for those reviews kary. Your opinions are usually dead on of what I think maybe start with your personal favorites like rock and roll high school or tss.

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  7. Is there a cut off age or like requirement? As in can you be 18 but act as a 17 or 16 year old in the show?

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    1. From the info I found they look for people age 12-18, but that was what they had on their site YEARS ago. They may or may not be a little more lax with the age restriction as long as you look young enough

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  8. do we mail our information to the address you gave us?

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    1. yep, make sure to have “casting department” on the package, that address is also where fan mail, general mail, etc. is sent

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      1. what happened to the thumbs ups and thumbs downs?

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  9. Why did I have to be born in the U.S.???
    All of the awesomeness is in Canada. :(

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    1. Crazy4eclare ya but in canada if you walk into a gun store and ask for a bigger gun they think you are a serial killer

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  10. hi uhh i really want to audition for degrassi but i dont live in canada i live in lavernia texas is there any way i could still audition

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  11. hmmm….maybe ill send something to them :) im Canadian and i live in Toronto, and I could get an agent…..

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    1. Adrienne go to actra.com for legit agency in Toronto :)

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  12. Degrassiobsessed December 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    It would be cool but im in America so oh well.

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  13. My dreams have been crushed :( I’ve wanted to be on degrassi ever since i first saw it and now i can’t cause i’m american, this is one of the few times being american sucks :(

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    1. I know right

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  14. […] If you’re wanting to audition, those are the characters to choose from for auditioning.  I still get e-mails from people asking how to audition for Degrassi.  The number one piece of information I tell people is that IF YOU ARE NOT A REGISTERED CANADIAN CITIZEN, YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THE DEGRASSI CAST.  You can be as passionate about acting as you want, but that’s the rules.  I’ve addressed the reasons why in a previous post here. […]

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  15. Hey my name is Ashley and I’m 12 years old.
    I really am addicted to degrassi mostly just to watch Eli and Clare aka Aislinn and Munro haha.
    But I really wanna be on that show because I can pass off as a 14-15 year old if I tried. So I’m gonna talk to my mom and see what we can do….maybe move and try it. I don’t know but it’s worth a shot haha.

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    1. me too thats exactly like me aislin was 12-13 when she started and passed pretty well i an amreican it sucks you have to be conadian but maybe if we audition there could be an exception where they get us papers i wish i was a dual citezen maybe i can be but have to get papers

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  16. I love acting. I want to addition and be apart of the show I am a Canadian but sadly do not have an agent and I am kind of lost at finding one. :( but other than that it would just be amazing to be on the show… any show for that matter :D

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  17. ^^^I’m 15 almost 16 just saying lol

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    1. hi Chelsie my name is Melissa ma 16 years old from Canada am a aspring actress Singer and Dance send me a message with you name at alissam2010@hotmail.com and ill send you the link to the legit agency in Canada

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  18. I’m twelve years old and i live in america, it sucks ,i’ve been dreaming to be on degrasi .boohoo.

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  19. Can you still be from america and move to canada to audition?

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    1. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, the bottom line is you have to have Canadian citizenship. It’s pointless to move there if you don’t already have the papers that say you’re also a Canadian citizen. :-/

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  20. plz let me be on degrassi i’ve watched this show since i was a kid i really want to be a cast member of degrassi i think i have what it tale to be on degrassi please let me be in he next show or the next or after that plz i love this show and i’ve been practicing to auditon for this show ever since i was 2 years old can i audition

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  21. Hello! I’m 12 and i think i might be able to pass being a 14 or 15 year old…I do have an agent and have done a few commercials and i am canadian…and being on degrassi is my biggest dream. Do you think I should Audition?

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  22. Hello,
    I would like to know if you need an agent to become an extra on the show ?
    Thank you :)

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  23. :( That really sucks because i have been watching degrassi from the start and i have always wanted to be on it but im not canadian! :(

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  24. Hey I take Theathre Arts, and everytime we
    do a scene, play, improvisation etc…
    they choose me to do the story line. I come
    up with unique stuff, and their pretty intense.
    I would really love to share some ideas for
    Degrassi, I dont want the credit or anything,
    I just know Degrassi can have way more different
    Situations that they havent covered.

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  25. I’m a Canadian Citizen and live in the Toronto area, However I don’t have an agent and can’t really get one right now, I’m 16 years old Is there any way that I could still audition and have a chance of getting a role? even if its just an extra? I’v taken drama since grade 7 and I’ve been a major role in several of my school plays. I am very serious about auditioning… is there a point?

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  26. hey degrassi i love the show its like a craving for the show. OK i want to be on the show so bad and my agent went over every web site for auditions and they say you have to be living in Canada.yay i live in Indiana, Indianapolis. i know they thiem song and every time it changed. i know most lines from every show scenes the very first episode in 1987. my mom has the 1987-1989 episodes degrassi jasmen knox(xxx-xxx-xxxx)call me

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  27. i heard that you must send a drama portfolio and resume, would you by any chanc eknow how to make those?

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  28. Now I wish I was canadian :(

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  29. Really! So even if you have so much talent, and you can sing, act and dance, you can not audtion if you are not a Canadia citizen. So how is that fair?! I mean in America, we let Canadians audition for shows in America. It is not right to not let someone audtion just because they are from another country! And i know life isnt fair, but Im just saying it shouldnt matter where you are from.

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  30. I’m Canadian, but I live in BC…. its sucks that you have to live in Toronto :/

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  31. To audition or even send in your information, can you live anywhere in Ontario, or does it have to be Toronto?

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  32. I live in Buffalo, so Canada is only 15 minutes away from my house. Even though I’m an American, could I still audition since I live so close?

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  33. hey i am 12 and i would really love to audition for degrassi i am turning 13 and i can pass for 13-16 i am a Canada citizen and am able to get a agent but can twelve or thirten year old audition

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  34. hello my name is ola and i would love to act on degrassi i am 12 turning 13 and a canadain citezen and could audition but am i old enough

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  35. I agree i have always wanted to be on here since i was a Lil girl and now i find out you have to be in Canada wow well does it help if i wanna move there.?

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  36. Its so not fair that you have to bw from canada!!! WTH DOES IT MATTER????? An actress is an actresses and a actor is a actor. Does it really matter????? Ugh I wanna aduttion. But im an American. Their missing out on solme good people from america.

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  37. I think it’s stupid. Why we must be a canadian citizen? I’m french and I will move there next year. In my opinion, they should create a new character like a pen pal or a family whose parents has been transferred by their boss. It will be more realistic because it’s always the same thing.

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  38. I’m a 16 year old American girl, I haven’t done any commerials or any real experience with it but I have loved acting ever since I was little. I’ve always wanted to be famous. And I love
    Plenty of American shows but for some reason degrassi has like a pull on me, I seriously want to audition. I wish there was a way they would let Americans audtion. It’s killing me.

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  39. Hey, I’m a 16 year old girl who lives in Ontario about an hour and a half away from Toronto. However i don’t have an agent. I really have a passion for acting and would love the opportunity to audition for a role on Degrassi. Do you know if it would still be able to get an audition without the help of an agent? Also do I live close enough, and do you know about any upcoming open call auditions?

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  40. “MOOOMM CAN WE MOVE TO CANADA?!?!” “ARE U KIDDING ME HELL TO THE NO!!!”
    aww :'(

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  41. lol at all these stupid pre-teens!

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  42. lucky that y’all are so close i’m jamaican and I want to be on the show…oh well meh….we can’t always have our dreams huh. but i would have loved to be a character on that show

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  43. Wow I would have loved this but I’m from Vegas.
    I do have a plot line
    Season 13
    New girl transfers to Degrassi and stirs things up
    She wants to be head power squader and wants to be lead in school plays.
    That doesn’t suit well for some Degrassi girls.
    And new girl has her eye on Campbell the cute ice hound.
    Who is this girl.
    Starlett Lewis Marisol’s cousin from west Canada Vancouver

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    1. i was actually on degrassi December 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      why

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  44. wat the? this is messed up -_- why can’t you be an american citizen :(

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  45. I hope I can get an audition for next season I’ve watched degrassi since 2006 wooo!! And I’m working on getting an agent yesssss !!! Goodbye B.C I’m leaving for Toronto :D

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  46. What if you’re a permanent resident in Canada and pending on the citizenship test (like, I applied a year and a half ago, and I’ve been studying since then)? Does that mean they won’t get an audition, too?

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  47. What if I’m a permanent resident? I’m still waiting for my citizenship test, since I’ve applied in the past year and a half. Do I still get a chance to audition?

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  48. My daughter is going to be so devistated, this is her dream.

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  49. makeda tabitha talib January 31, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Hi my name is makeda tabitha talib. I am 14 years of age and was born in bronx, new york but all my life was raised in florida. Some day I wish of being a writer but I love acting as well, memorizing lines is fun and good for the brain. Everyone on my mother’s side is jamaican but they live in america now, everyone on my fathers side is american as well. I’m now living in kingston, jamaica wanting so bad to become a actress and journalist and when i get older go to emerson college for journalism and performing arts. I love the show degrassi I even use some actors in my books(that has never been published) I’ve written 5 books including 1 more with different stories. I think of myself as a cheesecakeaholic and love any american food their is except seafood of course but really want to try sushi. I dream of travelling the world someday helping people and animals if I can because that is what good people do. I have no experience in acting but I think it is so much fun when you pretend to be another person, call me crazy but i pretend to be another person when people are not around, trust me I’m not mentally ill or anything. When i was 4 I got sick with pneumonia and it caused me not to hear in my left ear but i’s a gift cause I am special. I am learning sign language and it’s great. People learn from their past experiences that how they become better people, I think being normal is over rated being different is a great thing and I hope you know that to. Please give me a chance. Also I have dark brown hair, dark brown eyes and beautiful light choclate skin and the biggest and kindest heart you would love but sadly i’m not canadian but i would love a shot.

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  50. I think I would be perfect for the role Rasha. The description of the character fits me perfectly. I am an athlete, beautiful smile and open to anything. Even though I have no experience in acting and I live in the United States, they should be open-minded. and at least try to have someone that is not an Canadian citizen. And what better way to get an amazing high school experience if I am somewhere that I never been before. 19 year old, African American, High School Diploma and an “All my life” Athlete.

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  51. I know one of the actors that was in the very first episodes of Degrassi from the 80’s and 90’s. He played Derek Wheels. Unfortunately he passed away alone in a rooming house not far from where I live. His family did not find out about his passing till 5 years later. He had a alcohol issue and diabetes. He had a broken life as soon as the show stopped filming and cut his character. I met him at a cheque cashing place multiple times. He worked there and looked broken and sad all the time. I recently went to visit his grave and nobody had gone to see him. This was on his death anniversary actually the day after. No flowers nothing was left. I feel so bad for him because he was only 25 when he passed. I actually thought about auditioning for Degrassi I am Canadian. Born and raised. I’m gonna pursue my acting because of Neil Hope aka Derek Wheels. He was so handsome and had a witty character. Of course none of you would know who he is because you are too drawn to the recent episodes. If you watch the older ones they are better than the newer ones. Good luck and as for the Americans trying to come here to be on Degrassi there are so many acting opportunities in the United States why not look there and see. Canadians don’t have that much main stream in entertainment so by taking away out opportunities it’s not fair to is

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