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The articles on this page have been collected and shared as reference materials and food for thought. Some are inspiring, some are terrifying. We love that so much is being written about our industry from such a wide variety of perspectives, and we’re happy to share. If you see a thought-provoking article that should be in this collection, let us know. Email [email protected].

Not a Moment but a Movement: Toward an Anti-Racist American Theatre

July 15 | American Theatre

The Collective that started by saying ‘We See You, White American Theater’ makes its own demands to be seen, and fully included, at last.

Employment Rebounds, But Culture Workers Aren’t Seeing Signs of Recovery Just Yet

June 11 | CAPACOA

Between February and May 2020, 192,300 workers in information, culture and recreation industries lost their job. Employment declined from …

Four Black Artists on How Racism Corrodes the Theatre World

June 10 | New York Times

A playwright, a director, an artistic director, and an actor share their experiences – and prescriptions for change.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Sandra Oh & Others Sign Open Letter Blasting Theatre Industry’s Racism

June 9 | Deadline

As protests and rallies against racial injustice ad the killing of black lives continue, there is a seismic shift happening in the country as the …

When Might the Show Go On for B.C.’s Performance, live theatre sector?

June 5 | City News Vancouver

More of B.C. is set to open up as the province enters Phase 3 of its restart plan, but a public health order banning gatherings …

How Canadian Performing Arts Companies and Organizations are Responding to Police Brutality Protests

June 2 | Globe and Mail

Many Canadian artist and performing organizations are extending their support to those protesting anti-black racism and police brutality …

Canada Council Chair Simon Brault Talks Emergency Funding, the Need for Innovation, and Areas of Concern in the Age of COVID

May 28 | The Georgia Straight

The Canada Council of the Arts has found itself, like so many of its clients across the country, navigating uncharted waters over the past few weeks. …

Claire Foy and Matt Smith to Star in Socially Distanced Live-Streamed Lungs and Empty Old Vic

May 27 | WhatsOnStage

Claire Foy and Matt Smith will reunite to present socially distanced live performances of Lungs on the Old Vic stage. …

Actors’ Equity (USA) Announces 4 Guiding Principles for Reopening Theatres

May 26 | American Theatre

The actors’ union, advised by former OSHA head Dr. David Michaels, lays out core principles for stage safety. …

Canada’s Arts Sector Needs Transformative Action Similar to Works Progress Administration

May 25 | Globe & Mail

With Canadian federal, provincial and city leaders enjoying some of their highest approval levels, the time is right for an arts renewal. …

‘What Even is Theatre Now?’: the Fringe Artists Left Out in the Cold

May 22 | The Guardian

Festivals cancelled, venues shut and funding shelved: Covid-19 has forced those working in theatre to rethink their art form. …

An Update from Eric Coates, Artistic Director

May 21 | GCTC

Great Canadian Theatre Company produces professional Canadian theatre in Ottawa, ON. …

After the War, the Arts Came Back Stronger. They Can Do So Again Now.

May 18 | The Guardian

Covid-19 has devastated our theatres and museums. But with imagination we can create something better than before, says Guardian columnist Charlotte Higgins …

IATSE hires Epidemiologists to Consult on Reopening Procedures

May 18 | IATSE Cares

BOSTON, MA – IATSE announced Monday they have hired a team of three epidemiologists to consult the union on best practices for workers in the entertainment industry to safely return to work. …

When Will We Want to Be in a Room Full of Strangers Again?

May 12 | The Atlantic

Theatre, an industry full of optimists, is reckoning with a heartbreaking realization.  …

What Will Make Audiences Feel Safe to Return to Live Performances

May 12 | CAPACOA

Consumer surveys provide valuable information about audiences’ attitudes towards various safety precautions. …

Calgary’s Performing Arts Organizations Determined to Hit the Stage Again

May 11 | CBC News

Theatre stages and concert halls have been shuttered for more than two months now, and with no end date in sight, many of Calgary’s performing arts organizations are facing some serious questions. …

Meet the Experts in Virtual Performance: for Theatre Artists with Disabilities, it’s ‘Been There, Done That’ as COVID-19 Forces Work Online

May 5 | Toronto Star

Artists with disabilities have long used livestreaming, Zoom play readings, and digital broadcasts that have taken centre stage in most workplaces. …

If You Build It, Will They Come?

April 27 | American Theatre

Theatre architects look ahead to design for a post-pandemic world. …

I Am Not a Digital Artist. I Feel like a Cobbler in a World of People Who No Longer Wear Shoes

April 27 | CBC Arts

Ken Schwartz has nothing but admiration for his colleagues moving their work online – but for him, theatre’s magic can only be truly felt through live performance. …

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