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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.

2017/2018 Hot Topics

  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
  • The Change We Need
  • Not in Our Space! Revisited
  • Keeping Employees Happy, Identifying and Avoiding Burnout

We are constantly adding new topics so continue to monitor our events calendar for more sessions.

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 calls 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

check the events calendar for upcoming 2017/2018 Peer2Peer calls. Requests? Email PACT’s Professional Development Manager Boomer Stacey.

The Red Phone is an opportunity to connect one-on-one with your peers across the country.

At the PACT conference of 2012 some people sat around a table simply called Heart. We talked about isolation and 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 session, a half-joking remark was made about starting a hotline for when we need it most. Jay Dodge of Boca del Lupo took that suggestion to heart and started PACT’s Red Phone Initiative. Since its first year in 2013, the Red Phone has connected 285 individuals for over 380 calls.

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

The Fall 2018 round of Red Phone is currently underway. If you would like to sign-up for Spring 2019, email Zachary Moull, Communications and Membership Associate.

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