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PACTcon Online 2020

August 24 - August 28

PACTcon Online: Massive Change

Taking place wherever you are from August 24 to 28, 2020

Canadian theatre is in the grips of multiple crises. Although we can’t meet in person, we urgently need to connect. Taking its lead from our ongoing weekly town halls, PACTcon Online will explore the pressing questions we face today:

  • How does Canadian theatre recover from the total disruption of the live performing arts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • What actions can companies and individuals take to dismantle the systems of structural racism and discrimination within Canadian theatre?
  • How can Canadian theatre become a force for change in the midst of the global climate crisis?

We want to return to theatres that are more equitable, sustainable, and vibrant than before the pandemic. Join the conversation as we work towards the massive changes we need.

Schedule Overview

  • PACTcon Online will take place from Tuesday, August 25th, to Friday, August 28th
  • Pre-Conference Workshops with separate registration will take place on Monday, August 24th

Each day of the conference will include bold speakers from Canadian theatre and beyond (12pm to 1pm ET), timely learning sessions addressing crisis and change (1:30pm to 3pm ET), and brave conversations led by you and your peers (3:30pm to 4:30pm ET).

Registration Options

It’s more important than ever that we have as many voices in these conversations as possible. PACTcon Online is heavily discounted compared to our in-person conferences. In recognition of the challenging financial times, we are implementing a Pay What You Can Afford pricing structure with Individual Registration ranging from $10 to $75, and a PACT Member Company Registration option for up to ten people ranging from $85 to $350. You will receive the same access no matter which price level you select, and the money raised will go towards accessibility measures for the conference and honoraria for our speakers and facilitators.

Schedule Details

Schedule is subject to change. Last updated on August 6.

Sessions will take place on Zoom and all times are ET. Find full descriptions at the bottom of the page.

MONDAY, AUGUST 24

12pm to 3pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Maintaining Respectful Workplaces (register)
Tabitha Keast (PACT)

More pre-conference workshops to be announced

5pm to 6:30pm
Playwriting as Protest
Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab
(Included in conference registration)

TUESDAY, AUGUST 25

12pm to 1pm
Speakers TBA

1:30pm to 3pm
Webinars

  • Nurturing Your Virtual Audience Towards Reopening
    Spektrix
  • The GPA Supershow! Government Relations during COVID-19
    Global Public Affairs

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Conversations TBA

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26

12pm to 1pm
Speakers TBA

1:30pm to 3pm
Webinars

  • Patron Engagement Trends in the COVID-19 Era: Insight and Action
    Eric Nelson (TRG Arts)
  • Embracing Digital in Post-COVID Performing Arts
    Warren Wilansky (Plank) 

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Conversations TBA

THURSDAY, AUGUST 27

12pm to 1pm
Speakers TBA

1:30pm to 3pm
Webinars TBA

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Conversations TBA

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28

12pm to 1pm
Speakers TBA

1:30pm to 3pm
Webinars TBA

3:30pm to 4:30pm
Closing Session

Session Descriptions

Maintaining Respectful Workplaces
Tabitha Keast (PACT)

Mon Aug 24 from 12pm to 3pm

Respectful Workplaces in the Arts is a national campaign led by the Cultural Human Resources Council to build a sector-wide culture of fairness, dignity and respect by supporting the efforts of artists and producers to address harassment in arts workplaces — including sexual harassment, bullying, discrimination and violence. Under the Respectful Workplaces in the Arts (RWA) banner, CHRC’s Maintaining Respectful Workplaces workshops have been created to explore how to best deal with harassment situations through:

-discussions of what IS and IS NOT a respectful workplace;
-a review of situations and scenarios to identify how to create and sustain a respectful workplace; and
-an in depth consideration of the roles of both employers and artists and cultural workers in establishing and maintaining a respectful workplace.

PACT’s HR Specialist Tabitha Keast is one of CHRC’s facilitators of the Maintaining Respectful Workplaces in the Arts workshop. Over the course of three hours, she will share tools and tips, including province/territory-specific legislation, for both employers and artists and cultural workers to create and maintain a respectful workplace.

Interested but unable to attend? Visits the CHRC’s website for the program at www.respectfulartsworkplaces.ca.

Check back soon for more information.

Nurturing Your Virtual Audience Towards Reopening 
Spektrix

Tue Aug 25 from 1:30pm to 3pm

Although we can’t welcome audiences in-person, theatres are still connecting with existing patrons and even finding new ones virtually. But how can theatres maintain those connections as they navigate this disruption of live performances and prepare for reopening? This session explores practical CRM strategies for maintaining connections and loyalty with patrons now, and how to channel those connections to help bring patrons back when theatres reopen.

This session covers a mix of strategic and tactical CRM approaches and is especially applicable to marketing and development professionals in any role. Industry data and recommendations are based on Building Blocks for Reopening, a practical relationship management field guide from Spektrix.

The GPA Supershow! Government Relations during COVID-19
Global Public Affairs

Tue Aug 25 from 1:30pm to 3pm

Join PACT’s government relations partners, Global Public Affairs, for a session on government COVID-19 relief support measures and the policy planning process for recovery. The session will include an insider’s look at federal and provincial responses to the arts throughout the pandemic response, and the policy opportunities for Canadian theatres.

Patron Engagement Trends in the COVID-19 Era: Insight and Action
Eric Nelson (TRG Arts)

Wed Aug 26 from 1:30pm to 3pm

TRG Arts has been studying the patron engagement trends and revenue impact of this crisis through its COVID-19 International Benchmark Dashboard, which includes data from over 400 Arts and Cultural organizations from across Canada, US, UK, and Ireland.

Join Eric Nelson from TRG Arts to discuss the most up-to-date findings from this analysis regarding ticket sales and donations. This session will also detail how different patron segments are performing. For example, how does giving differ among Active Patrons vs New Customers vs Lapsed? We will also explore strategies and tactics to build on the analysis, including industry examples. There will be time for questions and discussion.

Embracing Digital in Post-COVID Performing Arts
Warren Wilansky (Plank) 

Wed Aug 26 from 1:30pm to 3pm

Digital agency founder and performing arts enthusiast Warren Wilansky will address some of the most pressing concerns for theatres moving forward. More than ever, arts organizations need to embrace an online presence and cultivate new relationships with patrons using a digital platform. From new revenue sources to sustainability, storytelling and post-COVID recovery, his guidance on digital possibilities will help shape and inspire your ideas for the future.

Thanks to everyone who proposed a conversations! We’ll be getting in touch next week.

Playwriting as Protest
In partnership with the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Banff Centre Playwrights Lab
Facilitated by Jenna Rodgers (Banff Centre Playwrights Lab)

Mon Aug 24 from 5pm to 6:30pm

Five playwrights discuss their artistic work as a form of social action. More details to come.

Details

Start:
August 24
End:
August 28
Event Category:

Venue

PACT Zoom
Canada

Organizer

PACT
Phone:
416.595.6455
Email:
info@pact.ca
Website:
https://pact.ca
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