Welcome to Industry News, a blog series sharing what’s happening in Canadian theatre and the wider arts community. Each week we share news we’ve come across as well as events, calls for nominations and submissions, and professional development opportunities.
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Driftwood Theatre joins PACT
Join us in extending a warm welcome to our newest affiliate member Driftwood Theatre. Their goal is to break down barriers to experiencing and participating in theatre by bringing theatre and engagement opportunities to audiences in Ontario who may not have access to professional performance. Check out the fabulous work that they do!
What’s Happening at PACT
- We could not be prouder to have been a part of the new respectful and harassment-free work environment initiative unveiled on April 25, 2018 by, Canadian Heritage Minister, Mélanie Joly and Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council.
“ In our active engagement with the collaborative Not in Our Space! program, PACT has been working to further promote safe and respectful workplaces in the arts. We were pleased to lead the coordination of the January 17, 2018 summit conversation regarding the creation of a national action plan that fosters respectful and harassment-free work environments. It was fantastic to see these efforts come to fruition with the announcement of this initiative by the Ministry of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council. Conversations with government and support of the further development of the Cultural Human Resources Council’s training programs continues our work in these areas.” -Sara Meurling, Executive Director, PACT
- Need more reasons to get excited about PACTcon2018? Check-out our learning sessions! We have an amazing line-up of speakers and moderators including Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, Luke Reece, Beth Kates, Wayne Burns and more. They will be covering topics from innovation in the creative process, to how to hold relaxed performances to touring.
What’s Happening in the Wider Community
- In a move to foster more gender-equitable practices TAPA announced gender-neutral Dora performance awards in replacement of the Outstanding Performance of a Male/ Female awards. Watch a video of the announcement here.
- It’s still not too late to get the early bird rate if you sign-up for LMDA’s 2018 conference before April 30th. This year’s theme addresses all the different types of borders that individuals must cross in their work and personal lives in order to create art.