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PACT regularly designs and facilitates events on topics that vary as widely as the people who comprise the membership. Regardless of your role in the theatre industry, PACT offers a way for you to learn more. Each annual Professional Development program culminates in the PACT Conference, where PACT members are invited to join the larger discussions happening across the country.

Many of our networking and learning opportunities are accessible to non-PACT members. For more information please contact Professional Development Manager Boomer Stacey.

Connect with your colleagues through facilitated teleconference calls on focused topics. Group sizes are kept small to ensure maximum participation and engagement. No cost for PACT members to participate – open to all staff (unless otherwise indicated) at PACT member companies. Contact PACT’s Professional Development Manager Boomer Stacey to share your ideas.

For information on individual events and workshops, visit our Events Calendar.

Hot Topic Dial Around (formerly 1st Thursdays)

Got a hot topic, issue or challenge that you’re dying to chat about with your peers? It could be an organizational challenge you’re in the middle of, or maybe an article that was posted on Facebook that has you riled up, or an interesting idea from your caucus calls that you would like to hear more about how to make happen! Maybe it’s an area in which you need some guidance or reference on best practice, or it could be something you’ve gone through at your company that you think others would benefit from hearing about.

Hot Topics (formerly known as 1st Thursdays) is the place for you! Watch for our shortlist on topics that have bubbled up to the surface, or e-mail us your suggestions for something you want to lead or participate in.

Watch This Space For 2018/19 Topics

Connect with your colleagues through facilitated teleconference calls on focused topics. Group sizes are kept small to ensure maximum participation and engagement. No cost for PACT members to participate – open to all staff (unless otherwise indicated) at PACT member companies. Contact PACT’s Professional Development Manager Boomer Stacey to share your ideas.

For information on individual events and workshops, visit our Events Calendar.

Contract Conversations

Welcome to the 2nd year of conference calls that merge professional development Hot Topic ( formerly 1st Thursday) calls with labour relations topics. Aside from the face-to-face “super happy fun time” at PACTcon or calling in to speak to our Labour Relations Manager, Eleanor Antoncic, about your contract agreement needs, PACT members don’t always have the opportunity to chat to other PACT members about their labour relation questions or concerns.

Contract Conversations will focus on specific labour relations or contract agreement questions or hot topics. Special Guests with seasoned experience will join the call to facilitate with expert opinion and inform participants on best practice. Topic selection will be driven by need and informed by member requests. If you have a specific topic that you think would be great to share with your fellow members or a request for a specific topic please email PACT’s Professional Development Manager Boomer Stacey.

Connect with your colleagues through facilitated teleconference calls on focused topics. Group sizes are kept small to ensure maximum participation and engagement. No cost for PACT members to participate – open to all staff (unless otherwise indicated) at PACT member companies. Contact PACT’s Professional Development Manager Boomer Stacey to share your ideas.

For information on individual events and workshops, visit our Events Calendar.

Peer to Peer (P2P)

Peer to Peer (P2P) conference calls are an opportunity to talk with your colleagues in the same positions as you, from across the nation. Topics to be explored will be relevant to specific roles or responsibilities, with special guests invited to share best practice or innovative ideas. Topics will be chosen from ideas e-mailed in by YOU as well as current trends or hot topics that will be interesting to individuals with specific jobs, positions or areas of responsibility.

P2P conference call Peer groups will include:

  • Artistic Round table (Artistic Directors, Artistic Associates, Producers, etc.)
  • Managers Round Table (Managing Directors, General Managers, Company Managers, etc.)
  • Outreach and Engagement
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Development and Fundraising

Requests? Email PACT’s Professional Development Manager Boomer Stacey.

At the PACT conference of 2012, at the very beginnings of what would later become known as the Dialogue on Theatre (a series of round tables on the state of theatre in Canada), a number of people sat around a table simply called Heart. We talked about isolation, about how most of us feel isolated, even those in the big cities. We talked about how we don’t really know each other or each other’s work. We talked about how we need to connect better and more frequently if we’re going to support each other. At that time, then-PACT President Eric Coates made a half-joking remark that was actually incredibly apt. He talked about “the red phone” – a hotline for Artistic Directors, Artistic Producers and General Managers when they need it most.

Fast forward to PACTcon2013. Sitting in the lobby of the beautiful Belfry Theatre, we were still talking about HOW do we connect, how do we communicate with each other? We identified a desire to know more about each other for the purposes of finding artistic collaborators, but also to nurture our national network.

Out of this desire to connect, a small task force was born. Comprised of Jay Dodge, Courtney Dobbie and Samantha MacDonald, this task force undertook the first steps towards connecting the dots (WE are the dots!). Over the course of the following season, participants had three artistic conversations with three other theatre practitioners.

Although it began as an initiative for senior leadership staff, nowadays the Red Phone is open to anyone at a PACT member theatre interested in having an artistic conversation. In short, it offers an opportunity to connect. 

Since its first year in 2013 the Red Phone has connected 225 individuals for over 319 one-on-one calls.

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