Event (Online): Resilience & Reinvention: PACT Management Leaders Retreat

Resilience & Reinvention: PACT Management Leaders Retreat
Taking place wherever you are on Wednesday, May 26, from 12pm to 5:30pm ET

There’s no more business as usual. What principles should guide us as we return to the stage? How can we ensure that our practices are ethical, equitable, and effective as the world changes? Connect with your colleagues to share knowledge and design new solutions to the challenges facing Canadian theatres.

Programming and schedule information will be announced in April. The day will feature a mix of learning sessions, peer to peer conversations, and more.

Who is this for? This event is designed for current and aspiring Executive Directors, Managing Directors, General Managers, and other administrative leaders at Canadian theatre companies, both within the PACT membership and beyond.

We are using a Pay What You Can Afford pricing structure in recognition of the challenging financial times. You receive the same access to the event no matter which price level you select. Pricing options are $5, $15, $30, or $50.



Event (Online): Cancel Culture in Theatre: what is to be done? – Carmen Aguirre

The Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University presents a Zoom presentation by Chilean-Canadian theatre artist and author Carmen Aguirre on April 7.

The title of the conversation, cosponsored by the Vancouver Public Library, is Cancel Culture in Theatre: what is to be done?

Aguirre will be joined in the discussion by playwright, actor, and director Marilo Nuñez, founding artistic director of Alameda Theatre Company.

This free event takes place at 4:00pm EDT. CLICK HERE for more info and for the Zoom link.

For context, watch Carmen’s recent video essay (see below) that was originally commissioned for for Vancouver’s PuSH Rally and released individually after the cancellation of the event.

There were many responses to Carmen’s essay. Some of the widely shared ones can be seen here:

An Equitable Model of the Commons – Makram Ayache
A Response To Carmen Aguirre’s PUSH-Commissioned Video Essay – shaista latif


Event (Online): Free Stages: The Unseen Future of Theatre

Cartoon image of Zoom-like screen on a stage in a theatre. Text: Free Stages The Unseen Future of Theatre. A free online seminar for theatre practioners moderated by Scott Sharplin. www.eventbrite.ca/o/310812171


On three Sundays in April, playwright Scott Sharplin will host Zoom-based workshop/seminars exploring the post-pandemic future of live theatre.

Free Stages: The Unseen Future of Theatre is a three-hour event for directors, designers, playwrights, and other theatre practitioners. On Zoom, groups of 12 will discuss adapting to post-COVID practices, with questions about aesthetics, audience dynamics, and delivery methods. Transcripts of the conversations will be available.

The seminars occur at the following times in Atlantic Daylight Time (GMT-4):

  • Sunday, April 11 (2-5pm)
  • Sunday, April 18 (2-5pm)
  • Sunday, April 25 (2-5pm)

Scott Sharplin is a Canadian playwright, director, and theatre educator based in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. His thirty years of experience includes Fringe festivals, community theatres, professional and semi-professional companies, play development centres, applied theatre, and post-secondary teaching. In Sep. 2020, Scott also had a taste of online theatre when he curated Paths Less Traveled, a verbatim theatre project delivered through Zoom. Since then, he has been pondering how our collective experience of “pandemic culture” will affect our industry’s writing, producing, and spectating.

To learn more or to register for one of the seminars, search Free Stages: The Unseen Future of Theatre on Eventbrite, or go directly to https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/146129594551/

The seminars are made possible by Cape Breton Partnership’s Creative Sector Education Project, an initiative developed in partnership with creative sector organizations in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.


Event (National): QDF Hosts National Panel ‘A Year In’

March 25 – 5:00pm-6:30pm EST


Since the beginning of the pandemic, the managing director of the Quebec Drama Federation, Patrick Lloyd Brennan, has been sitting down with theatre arts service organizations from across the country. Together, they have been conversing about the obstacles, wins, and initiatives that each community has been engaging with, both shared and regionally unique.

QDF as well as the many wonderful other arts service organizations that have been a part of this conversation would like to invite you to join in on the discourse.

Join the national conversation as we celebrate all that we have achieved over this past year and look ahead towards reopening and what is yet to come!

Event (Online): Town Hall with Minister of Canadian Heritage

Town Hall with the
Honorable Steven Guibault,
Minister of Canadian Heritage

Date: Thursday, March 25th, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm EST
Location: Zoom Webinar

Following the investments announced to support arts and live events workers in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, CAPACOA is pleased to host a Town Hall with the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Minister Guilbeault will provide further information on the rollout of this funding, and he will answer your questions regarding this funding and other federal emergency support for the sector. The discussion will be moderated by Tim Yerxa, Executive Director at Fredericton Playhouse.

If you have questions that you would like to ask the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, please submit them by March 18th, 2021. Either by email to [email protected] or through the question box in the Zoom registration link: REGISTER HERE.

This event is:

  • Bilingual: Live interpretation to French & English will be available at this event
  • Accessible: Automatic live captions will be available at this session. Please note that automatic live captions may not be 100% accurate. If you have any questions, please send us a message.
  • Free: This webinar is free of charge and open to everyone in the performing arts sector!


Event (Calgary); CHAT & CHEW – Monthly Zoom Gatherings

Join the Citizen Artists YYC Montly Zoom Meeting - 4th Tuesday of the month

We want to invite you into an initiative that started up in Calgary in June 2020. A number of us see the importance of keeping equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) concerns front and centre as we go through so much change everywhere including the arts sector.

Gatherings will be facilitated by the Cultural Instigators (CI)*. Once a month we will gather to collectively discuss topics of EDIA to get grassroots ideas and actions going.

Have a question or a proposal for future conversation topics and themes? Send an e-mail to [email protected].

February 23 | How do we move through shame into the actions of accountability?

Facilitated by jaqs gallos aquines

March 23 | Disability as Culture

Facilitated by JD Derbyshire and guest(s)

Details about April – July gatherings coming soon!!

*Cultural Instigators (CI) is an initiative to support artists involved in building equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility in their work to organize and to create artistic projects that build the community’s capacity to confront social issues. CI is funded by but not led by Calgary Arts Development.

Please register online here: www.eventbrite.ca

Event (National): Connect & Refresh: PACT Artistic Leaders Retreat

Connect & Refresh: PACT Artistic Leaders Retreat

Taking place wherever you are on Thursday, February 25, from 12pm to 5:30pm ET

What stories do you want to tell? How do you want to tell them, both during the pandemic and beyond? Where are you finding inspiration in dark times? Recharge your creative energy in a day of art and conversation with your colleagues from across the country.

Who is this for? This event is designed for current and aspiring Artistic Directors and other artistic staff at Canadian theatre companies, both within the PACT membership and beyond.

We are using a Pay What You Can Afford pricing structure in recognition of the challenging financial times. You receive the same access to the event no matter which price level you select. Pricing options are $5, $15, $30, or $50.


What’s Online (National): Monument Premiere – pounds per square inch performance

Monument is taking the world by storm, winning Best Cinematography at the 2020 Venice Shorts Film Awards and finishing as a semi finalist in the Best Short Film category at the 2021 Lulea International Film Festival!

Meet the artists behind the international sensation and hear about the challenges and the glories of creating this stunning work on film.

  • Filmmaker – William Yong
  • Choreographer – Gerry Trentham
  • Performer / Co-creator – Michael Caldwell
  • Hosts – Kevin Ormsby & Aria Evans

March 13 at 7:00pm EST
Tickets are available here: www.eventbrite.ca

Event (National): Actsafe’s Entertainment Safety Conference

In its fifth year in 2021, Actsafe’s annual conference is coming to you virtually February 26–27!

Actsafe’s Entertainment Safety Conference (formerly Event Safety Conference) brings together a broad range of stakeholders from the motion picture, television and commercial industry, festivals and the performing arts, the music industry, event production and venues, tourism, health and safety, education, production suppliers, municipalities, labour unions and beyond to network and learn about entertainment safety from a range of experts in their fields.

In 2020 over 260 delegates attended from across Canada and the US, and from as far away as the UK.

Over the course of the two days, the conference will be jam-packed with informative presentations, roundtable sessions, and panel discussions with experts in their fields.

The 2021 conference is presented on a Pay What You Can basis, including $0. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the arts and entertainment industries and we recognize that many of our member’s income has been affected. We want everyone to have the opportunity to join us to network and share knowledge.



What’s Online (Alberta): Crossed Wires Convo – Amoris Projects

Crossed Wires Convo on Demand

Amoris Projects and Edmonton Fringe Theatre brought together artists from across the country for Crossed Wires Convos, conversations about the current state and the future of theatre. The conversation took place on January 30 and a recording is available to watch for free!

Watch now on demand on Fringe TV.

ASL Interpretation provided by Diane DeAndrade and Robyn Lavender. Special thanks to ASL Coordinator Carla Dupras.



A graduate of Concordia University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program, Lisa Karen Cox has had the pleasure of working for a wide variety of theatre companies (large and not so large) including: Quote Unquote Collective, Why Not Theatre, Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare, Headstrong, Dauntless City Theatre, Shakespeare in the Rough, Theatre Smash, Nightwood Theatre, National Arts Centre, The Stratford Festival of Canada and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Often playing men and other mythical creatures, is also a teacher, choreographer, dancer, and director in addition to being an actor and mother. Lisa Karen Cox relishes work that combines music, movement and heightened language to create rawfully honest performative experiences.


Sébastien Heins is an award-winning Canadian-born, Jamaican-German actor, writer, producer, and emerging director. His theatre credits include the Stratford Festival’s The Tempest, The School for Scandal, The Comedy of Errors, and Breath of Kings: Rebellion & Redemption; new Canadian plays Bang Bang, Wedding at Aulis, and The Green Man; immersive productions The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries, Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play, Mr. Marmalade, and Vitals. His screen credits include The Listener, Cracked, The Drip, and Darknet. For writing & performing Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera, he won the Best Emerging Artist award at NYC’s United Solo Festival. He is the creator of the live-theatre-videogame The Itinerary, and director of good white men by David Yee for the University of Windsor’s online The Stream You Step In series. He is a founder and Associate Artistic Director of the acclaimed Toronto immersive theatre company, Outside the March. He trained at the National Theatre School of Canada and The School at Steppenwolf in Chicago.


Brooke Leifso is many things: Expressive Arts Practitioner, researcher, artist, and producer. Commissioned by the Ad Hoc Assembly and supported by the Edmonton Community Foundation, Brooke co-researched and co-produced a report on how to make performing arts more accessible in Edmonton. She has worked with the Citadel Theatre (accessibility consultant), Edmonton Fringe Theatre (Festival Box Office Manager), Ground Zero Productions (JP History), Self-Advocacy Federation (art facilitator) and CRIPSiE (Love in the Margins, 2014, Careful, 2016), NorQuest College (Research Analyst). She also has lived experience of disability.


Queer Based Media is a multi media company that provides videography, photography, and design work for queer creators on on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. (Vancouver, BC) The company was created by Maya Ritchey and Chris Reed. Ritchey is a queer femme also living and working on Coast Salish territory, she has long worked as a filmmaker, director, drag artist activist. Chris Reed is a non-binary indigenous photographer, designer, director, drag artist and activist living and working on Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver). Their family comes from the Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation and they settled on this territory in 2011.


Jenna is a mixed-race Director and Dramaturg based in Calgary, on Treaty 7 Territory. Jenna is the founding Artistic Director of Chromatic Theatre – a company dedicated to producing and developing work by and for artists of colour. Jenna is also the Dramaturg for the Playwrights Lab at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. A passionate arts equity advocate, she is a graduate of the NTS Artistic Leadership Residency, the Banff Centre’s Cultural Leadership program, and the artEquity National Facilitator Training cohort. She holds an MA in International Performance Research from the universities of Amsterdam and Tampere.


Adrienne Wong’s work straddles theatrical and digital space. Web projects include The Apology Generator, which earned her the inaugural Artist in Residence position on CBC Radio’s Q, and SadSongs.ca, commissioned by Nightswimming Theatre in Toronto. Landline (created with Dustin Harvey) is a performance for audio recording and SMS that toured nationally and internationally for five years. Me On The Map (created with JD Derbyshire) is a kids show about urban planning and collective decision-making, received a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nomination in Vancouver and was selected for the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 2017 Playwrights Colony. Adrienne is Artistic Director of SpiderWebShow Performance and co-curator of the Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA).

Made possible with contributions from The Canada Council for the Arts, Theatre Alberta, the Edmonton Arts Council, and Edmonton Community Foundation.

Event (Online): Memory as Practice with Jean Marie Casbarian – Transart Institute Public Talk

At the end of every month, the Transart Institute offers a free opportunity to listen to artists speak about their work and research.

The next free session is coming up Sunday, February 28 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm MST with Jean Marie Casbarian.

Description of talk:

Memory as Practice lies in the reinterpretation of memories and the loss and longing that occurs in the process of trying to reconstruct them. In my attempts to interrogate the source of my own memory, I listen for the gaps, sometimes leaving them be as fragments. Other times, I might fill them in with the possibility of illusion and fiction, questioning the philosophy and physics of time and space. I make no distinction between my life and my artistic practice. The two intersect and collide, eventually landing in a place of remembrance through direct experience. It’s during these more subtle moments that the memories ricochet back, dissolving into the hallucinations of something barely recognized.

More information about the session can be found here: transartinstitute.org

Event (National): Level Up hosted by the Associated Designers of Canada

LEVEL UP is a four week symposium of live video conference sessions that will connect theatre artists of diverse disciplines to engage in meaningful collaboration and conversation on how digital tools and resources can augment live performance, and help artists present their work within a reality of COVID-19 restrictions (and beyond).

Hosted by The Associated Designers of Canada, this symposium consists of a series of presentations and moderated discussions between presenters and attendees which will actively bring together collaborators from across the country in an online platform that is safe and without risk, an absolute necessity for the success of our Canadian performing arts ecology at this time. With the insight of leading industry experts and attendees like you we will deepen our community’s understanding of how visual design, interactive technology, social media, and online broadcasting tools can support live storytelling and will provide a platform to establish flexibility and allow stalled projects to pivot into suitable formats for the current COVID-19 era (and beyond).

When: January 18th, 2021 to February 15th, 2021
Event website: levelup.designers.ca
Cost: All events are free to attend!
Sign up for sessions: levelup.designers.ca/schedule

Presentations and discussions will be presented in the following formats:

Past Production Presentations

By creating opportunities for attendees to learn from the successes of p​ast productions ​and the existing technologies used, we will help theatre makers internalize a wider sense of possibility in terms of applying digital tools to their current and future work.

Critical Conversations

Adding ​critical conversations ​as a key component of the Symposium will make room for a spirit of reinvention, and reinvigorate our community’s understanding. This will open a pathway to new opportunities of theatrical practice through strategic thinking.

Live Design Experiments

Finally, an e​xperiment​ c​omponent followed by peer based analysis will allow us to try out possible artistic hypotheses and discover what can and cannot work in an environment designed for creative risk taking. Focusing on what can be achieved ‘long distance’ with collaborators, presenters, and attendees all connecting remotely through video conference will make this Symposium an effective environment in which to explore the ways in which accessible technology can become a vehicle for creating contemporary performance, while also presenting in depth on the most cutting edge technological advancements to inspire and enlighten our attendees to possibilities for theatre making, and connecting with audiences in a way that is safe and remains impactful.


COVID-19 has displaced our live performances from stages and public venues to homes and onto computer screens. As a result our entire sector is in crisis. The issues at hand are nothing short of a near-complete halt in theatre production and theatre creation opportunities nationwide. While daunting, this also creates an enormous opportunity for us as live performance artists and makers to invest in our personal and professional digital literacy and capacity for digital production.

This Symposium is a sorely needed opportunity for artists in our community (like you!) to learn from those with existing knowledge and experience working with digital tools and techniques to glean their wisdom and contribute to an expanded digital literacy across disciplines and generations.

What’s Online (Edmonton): Varscona Theatre Virtual Holiday Gala

Image of Christmas ornaments clip art on light orange background.

Varscona Theatre luminaries gather together in seasonal style for their first ever virtual Holiday Gala, made possible in part through support from the Heart + Soul Fund by EPCOR.

Filmed on location in Old Strathcona and in living rooms across the city, this online fundraiser premieres December 20, 2020 on Youtube at precisely 7:30 PM.

Tickets are free; donations are suggested.

Find out more at https://www.varsconatheatre.com/gala
Watch on https://www.youtube.com/channel

Event (National): 2020 Siminovitch Prize

Siminovitch Prize - Thursday, November 26, 7:00pm EST

Join the celebration of Canadian theatre innovation and find out who will win the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize.
Joignez-vous à nous pour une célébration de l’excellence et de l’innovation en théâtre canadien et découvrez qui va remporter le prix Siminovitch de 100 000 dollars.
This year’s shortlist features five exceptional playwrights:
Cette année, la liste des finalistes comprend cinq dramaturges exceptionnels:
Image of Carmen Aguirre, Tara Beagan, Martin Bellmare, Karen Hines, and Annick Lefebvre
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2020, 7:00 pm EST
Featuring Antonine Maillet, Ravi Jain, Mani Soleymanlou, Vanessa Porteous, and more.
JEUDI 26 NOVEMBRE 2020, 19 hres HNE
Avec Antonine Maillet, Ravi Jain, Mani Soleymanlou, Vanessa Porteous et bien d’autres.
We hope that you will join theatre-makers and theatre lovers from across Canada for this special 20th anniversary virtual celebration.
Nous espérons que vous vous joindrez aux créateurs et aux amateurs de théâtre de tout le Canada pour cette célébration virtuelle du 20ème anniversaire.

About the Prize

Over a three-year cycle, the Siminovitch Prize celebrates a professional mid-career director, playwright, or designer who is acknowledged as a leader in the theatre and whose work is transformative and influential. The Siminovitch Prize Foundation thanks the generous donors who make this possible. 

À propos du prix

Sur un cycle de trois ans, le prix Siminovitch récompense un metteur en scène, dramaturge ou concepteur professionnel en milieu de carrière, reconnu comme tête de file en théâtre et dont le travail est transformateur et influent. La Fondation du Prix Siminovitch remercie les généreux donateurs qui rendent ce prix possible.

Event (Calgary): African Healing Practices – The Colour Factor

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You’re invited to the second instalment of a series of three workshops under Cultural Healing Tools: African Healing Practices.
The Colour Factor’s mission is to decolonize and decommodify wellness and reclaim traditional ancestral forms of healing by creating brave spaces for BIPoC to connect, create and thrive!
As we continue to navigate the changing landscape of our city and globe alike, don’t miss out on an evening of intention, education, community, individual and collective healing. In partnership with Woezo Africa.
What to bring: journal + writing utensil + open heart
Together we have struggled, but together we can heal!


  • 6:00 p.m. | Doors Open
  • 6:30 p.m. | Event Starts + Dance Performance
  • 6:45 p.m. | Welcome + Group Activity
  • 7:45 p.m. | Spoken Word + Drum Circle
  • 9:00 p.m. | Event Ends
*All social distancing and health measures will be in full effect.*
Please do not attend if you have been in close proximity to anyone or you yourself are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.

Please be advised this event is by donation. If you are in need of financial assistance, please email us to discuss a complimentary ticket.

Free Parking + Pay-What-You-Can
Questions? Email [email protected]