As Executive Director, Sara is responsible for the direction of the organization and works closely with the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors to plan and implement the organization’s activities. The Executive Director is the spokesperson for PACT and is responsible for advocacy and member relations.
Get in touch with Sara to talk about:
- PACT’s strategic direction
- The PACT Board of Directors
- The ALL IN initiative
- The Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award
- Our government relations and advocacy work
- Our Annual General Meeting
Sara is a theatre producer with a commitment to collaborative initiatives and resource provision for theatre artists and companies. She graduated from York University with a degree in theatre in 1985. Her early career included positions at Toronto’s Theatre Centre, independent producing and consulting, and at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, working with artists ranging from Daniel MacIvor, Tomson Highway, ahdri zhina mandiela, Theatre Gargantua, Classical Cabaret, Threshold Theatre, the Ontario Puppetry Association, Company of Sirens, and many others. In the late 1990’s she took a hiatus to manage one of Canada’s largest independent Apple Computer resellers. Sara returned to theatre in Toronto as General Manager of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts and was Managing Director of Factory Theatre. Sara has an extensive history of volunteer work, including acting as a juror for Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards, an Ontario Arts Council advisor and juror, a member of the Board of Theatre Gargantua, STAF (now Generator), the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, and as a member of the Toronto Arts Council Theatre Committee. She is currently on the Advisory Committees of ArtsBuild Ontario and CPAMO (Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario). Sara Meurling joined PACT in 2014.
Professional Development Manager
As Professional Development (PD) Manager, Boomer is responsible for planning and implementing PACT’s professional development program including skills development for both individuals and companies, best practices, networking, and leadership development. The PD Manager is also responsible for planning and executing the annual conference.
Get in touch with Boomer to talk about:
- Our professional development programming
- The PACT conference
- Our region and caucus network
Jeremy “Boomer” Stacey, has been working on PACT PD since joining the office in 2010 – just in time to work on the Conference in Cow Head, NL. Aside from work in event production and professional development, Boomer also has a wide range of experience in international performing arts for young audiences. In addition to PACT he works as International Performing Arts for Youth’s (IPAY) founding Executive Director, works on the board of ASSITEJ Canada (Treasurer) and sits on the Pickering Rouge Canoe Club (Commodore). Prior work includes the Artistic Directorship of the renowned Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Boomer holds a BFA, visual arts, specializing in photography. He lives just outside Toronto with his wife, boy, girl, dog & cats and the occasional raccoon but has started the slow move to the cabin in the woods in Northern Ontario.
Labour Relations Manager
As Labour Relations Manager, Eleanor is responsible for the negotiation and interpretation of PACT’s collective agreements. Primary focus is given to the management of effective collective bargaining and implementation of the four collective agreements with CAEA, ADC, PGC and APASQ in close collaboration with the PACT Board and Committees.
Get in touch with Eleanor to talk about:
- The agreements with CAEA, ADC, PGC or APASQ
- Questions about working under the CTA or with the agreements with ADC, PGC or APASQ
- Health and Safety policies in Ontario
- The Bond Program
Eleanor graduated from the Production Program at the National Theatre School of Canada in 2008. After graduation, Eleanor started as the Assistant Production Manager at the Great Canadian Theatre Company in Ottawa, where she stayed until 2011. Upon relocating to Toronto, Eleanor had a brief tenure at Tarragon Theatre as Interim Production Manager and, after a year on maternity leave, Eleanor returned to the Tarragon Theatre as the full-time Production Manager in December 2012. Eleanor was in that role until joining the PACT team in 2018.
Human Resources Specialist
As Human Resources Specialist, Alicia is responsible for the provision of consulting and support to members on issues related to HR and employer compliance and administrating PACT’s financial and bookkeeping activities.
Get in touch with Alicia to talk about:
- Employer compliance and employment standards in relation to Canadian theatre
- Training in HR policies, practices and administrative systems/processes
- Best practices in performance management and employee retention
- Work complaints and harassment allegations
- Human Resources in Canadian Theatre (HRCT)
Alicia is a successful Human Resources and Training professional. She earned her B.A. in Contemporary Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, her B.Ed in Primary/Junior Education from Nipissing Schulic School of Education and her Human Resources Management Certificate from George Brown College. Prior to post secondary education, Alicia was a musical theatre major at Etobicoke School of the Arts. When not working, Alicia likes to spend her time cooking, baking, reading and playing sports.
All-In Program Manager
As the All-In Program Manager, Ashley works in partnership with municipal and provincial theatre associations within a social justice framework with a view towards promoting a diverse theatre landscape, equitable cross-cultural collaborations and increased participation of equity seeking artists and companies.
Get in touch with Ashley to talk about:
- All-In Initiative
Ashley is Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grant River territory. She is an emerging writer, producer and director and actor for film and theatre. Her short documentary film, Hoop Dance*, world premiered at the Female Eye Film Festival and she continues to write and create projects within an Indigenous storytelling framework. She has recently co-produced The Hunt, a short VR film, written and directed by Danis Goulet, included in the 2167 installation currently at TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre. It features a Haudenosaunee cast and the film is predominantly in the Mohawk language and shot on Indigenous territory in Toronto and Six Nations.
Ashley is also a producer and curator for multicultural and diverse showcases of talent. She creates discussion and aims to builds bridges between marginalized and non-marginalized groups with her work. Ashley focuses on her Indigenous roots and endeavors to impart strength, hope, and healing in Indigenous communities around the world through the arts.
Mirette A. Shoeir
Membership & Communications Manager
As Membership & Communications Manager, Mirette is responsible for producing and disseminating internal and external communications, responding to membership inquiries, and identifying and developing new member services.
Get in touch with Mirette to talk about:
- Joining PACT or renewing your membership
- Our Colleague Network
- New services for Members
- The Theatre Listing
- World Theatre Day & World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People
- The Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award
- The Travel Subsidy Fund
Mirette is a performing arts enthusiast who put together her Masters of Theatre and Performance Studies from York University, and her Bachelor of Business Administration to become an arts administrator. During her masters she interned at Obsidian Theatre and upon graduation took on the role of TD Emerging Producer at the Toronto Fringe Festival. Following that she joined Volcano and Peggy Baker Dance Projects as the Manager of Communications and Development.
Communications & Membership Associate
As Communications & Membership Associate, Zachary provides a first point of contact for general member inquiries, disseminates communications and online publications, keeps the database in good working order and, with Mirette Shoeir, is the voice of PACT on social media.
Get in touch with Zachary to talk about:
- General inquiries from Members and Colleagues
- PACT’s bi-weekly email newsletter
- Artsboard job postings and Special Employment Bulletins
- Staff changes and announcements from your company
- Website logins and troubleshooting
- The Red Phone Initiative
Zachary is a dramaturg, director, and arts administrator who returned to Toronto in 2017 after more than a decade away. He spent four years with Theatre Calgary as Artistic Associate, working on season programming, communications, audience engagement, and new play development. His other past positions include Resident Dramaturg at Dancers’ Studio West in Calgary and Dramaturgy Fellow at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of King’s College in Halifax.