Job (National): Program Director – Playwrights Guild of Canada

The Playwrights Guild of Canada is a national arts service organization serving playwrights across the country. PGC’s services are run by a 6-person administrative team, with an office located at 450 Broadview Ave, Toronto. The organization offers professional development programming, connections with producers, contract leadership, awards program, conferences, script sales and advocacy.

The Program Director will work closely with the PGC team and report to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Coordination of the Tom Hendry Awards:
    • Intake of submissions
    • Jury facilitation
    • Arranging and overseeing meetings
    • Timeline management
    • Event planning
  • Fundraising:
    • Sponsorship Stewardship for the Tom Hendry Awards
    • Annual Auction
  • Coordination of the PlayConnect program:
    • Liaison with playwrights
    • Liaison with host organizations
    • Intake and approval of requests based on allocation of annual resources
    • Expense reporting
  • Contribution to PGC programming:
    • Conference(s) as appropriate
    • Webinars
    • Playwright & theatre events
  • Administration:
    • Participation in ArtsVest program
    • Data tracking and reporting
    • Report preparation
    • Organizational effectiveness

The Program Officer will be required to work with database systems, spreadsheets, word processing, email, cloud files, financial documentation. There is a great deal of correspondence and representation of Playwrights Guild of Canada with internal and external stakeholders.


The ideal candidate will have a combination of training and experience in administration, project management, logistics, customer service, organizational stewardship and teamwork.


  • 1 year term, start date approx. May 10, 2021
  • Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
  • Salary range $35,000-40,000
  • Remote work at present due to Covid-19
  • Hybrid working arrangement (remote/office)
  • It is important that applicants have access to reliable internet


Candidates must submit a cover letter and resume no later than April 30, 2021 by email to: [email protected] with the subject “Program Director Term Position”

Hiring Values:

PGC values pluralism, safety, openness and integrity. We encourages applications from all qualified candidates, and values diverse backgrounds, experience and viewpoints. Applicants wishing to self-identify may do so in their application. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, candidates will be welcomed. Please contact the PGC Executive Director for assistance, by email: [email protected] or by leaving a message at 416-703-0201.

*Note: This position is open to both members and non-members of PGC.

Survey (National): COVID-19 Impact Survey – One Year On – PACT

Last year PACT conducted a wide-scale survey to find out how your organizations have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was very helpful in advocating for financial support for our sector and in informing policies by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

As the vaccines roll-out we want to find out where we stand so we can plan for a safe re-opening and have a conversation with our partners in government regarding what supports are needed to do so.

This survey is open to Theatre companies that are both members and non-members of PACT. Please ensure that only one person at your organization fills out this survey. The deadline to complete this survey is April 26.

We appreciate your time and need your voices and specific perspectives at this moment.


Job (National): Theatre Nova Scotia is Searching for an Executive Director

The Executive Director is the senior staff member of Theatre Nova Scotia and provides leadership and direction in ensuring the organization’s programming and services. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for organizational effectiveness, working collaboratively with staff, contractors, and the Board of Directors to serve TNS membership and further the organizational vision.

The ED will be an active participant in the Nova Scotian theatre and arts community, and will be engaged in the national conversation, acting as an advocate for the theatre sector within NS and representing NS theatre’s interests on a regional and national level.

This will be a full-time, 40 hour/week position, with a salary range of $45,000 – $50,000.

The Executive Director will lead the organization in:

  • Operations Management – ensuring the efficient administration of day-to-day activities, delegating duties as required
  • Membership Services and Support – development and delivery of services, programming, and
    support for our members and the community, and maintain relationships with current and potential members, providing meaningful support for the community and professional theatre sector in NS.
  • Communications and Advocacy: working with and for its membership, ensuring a strong and united voice on behalf of theatre in Nova Scotia to the public, government, funders, and private sectors and effective communications with and for members.
  • Human Resource Management: Management of staff, contractors and volunteers, creating an effective and collaborative working environment;
  • Financial Management and Revenue Generation – ensuring a financially sustainable organization
    through budget management, as well as diversified earned, private, and public funding streams, including grant writing, donations, and applications to foundations, and sponsors
  • Board Relations and Strategic Direction – working with the Board on strategic planning and policy
    development, recommending appropriate policy issues for the Board’s attention.

The following skills will be considered an asset:

  • Capacity to lead collaboratively, with care, integrity, and vision
  • Passion for theatre and the performing arts
  • Financial acumen and budgeting experience
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizational structures
  • Strong communication skills (speaking, writing, and listening)
  • Ability to think strategically, and set priorities
  • Capable of creating respectful, nurturing, and empowering relationships
  • Ability to work cooperatively as a team, fostering a climate of shared respect

Hiring Values: Theatre Nova Scotia encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including (but not limited to) IBPOC folks, persons with disabilities and LGTBQ2+. Applicants from these or other communities wishing to self-identify may do so in their application. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, candidates will be welcomed and encouraged to contact the TNS office for assistance.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (or any other documents that expresses your interest in applying and outlines your skills and abilities) to [email protected] before April 15, 2021. We are also happy to accept applications via phone, video, or audio file if email or text-based format is not accessible to the applicant. Please get in touch via email or leave a message at 902-425-3876.

CLICK HERE for more details


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.



Call for Submissions (National): Grand Acts of Great Hope – NAC English Theatre

NAC English Theatre invites proposals for our next round of Grand Acts of Theatre, entitled Grand Acts of Great Hope. With the original iteration of Grand Acts, commissioned companies were invited to create a short, large-scale public outdoor work that brought artists and audiences together for a brief,impactful moment of theatre, full of beauty and meaning, prompted by the call to create a work that “speaks to our times.” For this new iteration, we invite companies from across the country to propose their own Grand Act; this time with the artistic prompt to create a piece that offers audiences a hope for the future; your own, Canada’s or the world’s. A maximum of four selected companies or collectives will receive funds (up to $60,000) to produce and film the works in their own communities, with the short videos then delivered to the NAC to be promoted nationally and internationally on the NAC’s website and social media channels, and potentially screened at the NAC.

We invite you to submit a proposal for something broad-thinking and exciting, something that places art at the forefront of a hopeful vision for the future. Movement, image, music, design, technology and minimal text are all welcome. Surprise us with your imagination and invention! Make something that your community will talk about for years to come.

Selections will be curated by NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley and Co-Curator Sherry Yoon.

Submission Guidelines

Local events will be funded up to a maximum $50,000, depending on the budget required. A financial supplement of up to $10,000 will be made available for the creation of the video (filming and postproduction).

The NAC encourages you to consider creating a training opportunity for an emerging artist within your project. Additional funding can be made available for this position, up to $1,500.

The NAC intends to make the videos accessible with tools such as ASL interpretation and captioning. We encourage you to likewise consider accessibility in the execution of your live event. Any spoken text (in
any language) will be captioned in both official languages, as per the NAC’s Official Languages Policy.

Ideally the piece engages with your community and your local environment in a unique way. The event must be free to attend and accommodate a live, physically-distanced audience, in accordance with your local health regulations.

Eligibility Criteria

Any professional Canadian theatre or performance company or collective is eligible to submit a proposal.

Key dates

  • Submission Deadline: Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern
  • Selected companies will be notified by Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5pm Eastern.
  • Local performances must take place no later than Sunday, July 11, 2021.
  • Final videos must be delivered to the NAC no later than Tuesday, August 3, 2021.

Please click here for the submission form.
Please direct any questions regarding your submission to [email protected]


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.


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

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.


News (National): Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses Seeks Extension of CEWS and CERS

A March 2021 survey released today on Parliament Hill reveals that 60% of Canada’s hardest hit businesses will not survive if the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) as well as the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) are not extended beyond the June 5th deadline to the end of the year. The survey with over 1,700 respondents from across Canada was conducted by the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses.

Based on the survey results, the Coalition is formally appealing to the Federal Government to provide certainty and announce an extension of the CEWS and CERS supports to the end of the year for the hardest hit sectors in the April budget.

Our businesses were the first hit by the pandemic, the hardest hit by closures, and will be the last to recover. With extended support, we can thrive and survive. Without it, Canada’s tourism, culture and hospitality industries will be devastated for a generation,” announced Beth Potter, President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, hard hit businesses that make up the coalition employed more than 2 million Canadians – about 1 in every 10 jobs. The membership is primarily Canadian-owned small or medium-sized businesses providing significant employment while living in the local community. Our employees are predominantly women, young people, Indigenous and new Canadians – populations whose employment has been particularly impacted by the pandemic.

For businesses that find their recovery impaired by the lingering effects of mass gathering bans and other public health policies, the CEWS and CERS programs will be a lifeline. Their continuation would make the difference between a vibrant tourism and cultural industry in Canada, and a breakdown of the critical infrastructure that supports the travel and tourism sector,” said Susie Grynol, President and CEO of the Hotel Association of Canada.

In the absence of any certainty, many festival and event organizers are nearing the point where they must decide whether to cancel their planned activities for this year or to go ahead with a smaller scale edition. Chances are, they are going to once again miss out on the opportunity to generate their revenues for the year. Other sectors of the economy may begin to recover as restrictions ease, but the events sector will not be in a position to do so and will require continued government support until a return to normal occurs,” added Martin Roy, Executive Director of Festivals and Major Events.

We hope that by the summer we will continue to see an easing of restrictions and a modest return of leisure travel. However, the decisions to cancel conventions for this fall have already been made and business travel will not recover in the short term. Where the recovery is quick these businesses will not qualify for government support. But if there are protracted restrictions from COVID, we will need to know this support is there,” concluded Potter.

The Coalition also stressed that efforts to safely stimulate domestic tourism, lower interprovincial travel barriers and reopen international borders are critically important. But such measures must be accompanied by critical support programs to ensure that highly affected sectors can bridge to the other side.

The Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses is an industry-driven group of over 100 stakeholders representing a variety of sectors including tourism, travel, arts and culture, events and festivals, accommodation and hospitality.

To learn more about the Coalition of Hardest Hit Businesses, visit

Help Canada’s hardest hit businesses survive

Canada’s hardest hit businesses need to know that government will continue to provide support until necessary public health restrictions are lifted and normal travel and events can resume.

That the Budget on April 19, 2021 include:

  • An extension and enhancement of CEWS at 75% targeting hard hit industries until the end of 2021; and
  • An extension and enhancement of the CERS program for hard hit businesses, including deeper support for medium-sized businesses.



Event (Online): Is Digital Here to Stay? – Business/Arts


Is Digital Here to Stay?
Building resilience in the arts

Join us on Wednesday, March 24th, as we explore how arts organizations and culture-goers have been navigating the transition to digital programming during COVID-19.

At the top of this session, Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder of Nanos Research will be sharing the latest findings of the Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS). The fourth tracking survey provides insights into current and future methods of consuming cultural content and examines culture-goers’ comfort levels participating in virtual and in-person cultural activities in 2021 and beyond.

We will also be joined by three arts leaders who have proven that digital does not have to mean disconnected. From at-home experiences to livestreamed performances, speakers will share the innovative ways they have leveraged digital content and channels to engage audiences remotely over the past year.

Speakers Include:

  • Jozef Spiteri, Partnerships Manager, The Phi Centre
  • Mieko Ouchi, TD Associate Artistic Director, The Citadel Theatre
  • Neil Middleton, Vice-President, Marketing and Sales, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
  • Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder, Nanos Research

Event Details

When: Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 3:00 – 4:15 pm EST
Where: Zoom Webinar
Accessibility: This session will be presented with ASL interpretation and auto-generated English captions


World Theatre Day for Children and Young People 2021


Each year on March 20th, World Theatre Day for Young Audiences is celebrated around the world. Five associations representing theatre for young audience creators, producers and presenters in Canada, ASSITEJ Canada, l’Association des théâtres francophones du Canada (ATFC), Théâtres Unis Enfance Jeunesse (TUEJ), The Professional Association of Canadian Theaters (PACT) and the Canadian Children’s Festivals Association joined forces to present the Canadian message of World Theatre Day for Young Audiences.

World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People is an ASSITEJ campaign. For 2021 Assitej has asked young theatre-makes or theatre-goers why theatre is important. Their messages can be read here.

This year, Roy Fernandes was asked to write the 2021 Canadian message for World Theatre Day for Young Audiences. In this complicated period for the practice of our art, it seemed important to us to give a voice to a teacher who shares his passion for theater to his students.

Roy is a K-8 teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Some say he’s the principal, but he prefers to think of himself as the lead teacher. His day includes literacy instruction, eco initiatives, writing and directing student plays, running a school choir and running in a school running club. He believes that holistic education is the most valuable thing we can provide for our students and that includes exposure to all curriculum subjects, extra curriculars and the development of the entire student.

Roy Fernandes est enseignant au niveau primaire, lié au Conseil scolaire du district catholique de Toronto. Certains diraient qu’il est directeur, mais il se considère plutôt comme l’enseignant-guide. C’est dans la salle de classe que ça se passe ! Ses journées comprennent des cours d’alphabétisation, des initiatives écologiques, l’écriture et la mise en scène de pièces de théâtre avec les élèves, la direction d’une chorale scolaire et même la participation active au club de course à pied de l’école. Il est convaincu que l’éducation holistique est la chose la plus bénéfique que nous puissions offrir à nos élèves, ce qui inclut l’accès à toutes les matières du curriculum, les activités parascolaires et le développement complet de l’élève.


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!


Workshop (National): Anti-Oppression Training for Arts Workers

Anti-Oppression Traingin for Arts Workers - Facilitated by Makram Ayache - March 27 & April 3-1:00pm-4:0pmEST. PWYC $70-$120 (if finances are a barrier please contact) To sign up visit

This two day, 6 hour training is designed for theatre artists, educators, and leaders interested in deepening their understanding of Anti-Racism and 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Makram Ayache is a Lebanese-Canadian community-engaged playwright, director, actor, producer and educator who splits his time between Edmonton and Toronto.

As an Anti-Oppression and Equity workshop facilitator, Makram has extensive experience working with not-for-profit, corporate, government, post-secondary, arts, and charity organizations. Currently, he facilitates 2SLGBTQIA+ (2-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender) inclusion training through the 519 Church Street Community Centre in Toronto, Ontario. He runs his own consultation and training organization, Shajara, which works with organizations and individuals to make meaningful change towards equity and anti-oppression. Makram has worked with arts organizations such as Soulpepper Theatre, The Shaw Festival, and the Canadian Theatre Critics Association to create meaningful and much needed change. You may also recognise Makram as Ruff’s Education Coordinator, where he runs the Young Ruffian Program.

The training will be a blend of knowledge sharing, soft skill reflections, and applications relevant to the world of theatre.

These sessions will be entirely on zoom. Anyone with an internet connection and a desire to dive in is welcome.

Saturday, March 27th, 1pm-4pm EST
Saturday, April 3rd, 1pm-4pm EST

Sliding scale from $70- $120
If finances are a barrier for you, please contact us at [email protected]

ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Registration deadline is March 20th, 2021. Any inquiries can also be directed to [email protected].


Call for Submissions (National): Explore & Create and Digital Now Programs – Canada Council

The Canada Council for the Arts

The Canada Council for the Arts is ready to invest $116.5 million in Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19, which was announced in the last federal government economic statement. The time has come to submit your projects.

The Council is investing this one-time additional funding in its Explore and Create program and the Digital Now initiative.

The Research and Creation and Concept to Realization components of the Explore and Create program provide increased support for a wide range of research, creation, conception, and production activities. The investment will benefit artists, arts groups, and arts organizations. The guidelines and eligibility remain unchanged.

Deadlines: April 8 & October 6

Digital Now provides groups, collectives, and arts organizations with grants to develop, create, adapt, produce, promote, disseminate, and optimize their digital artistic content or hybrid activities that combine digital and in-person dissemination.

Deadlines: March 31 & April 28

The Canada Council for the Arts is undertaking these initiatives to stimulate job creation, research, creativity, and innovation. The investments will serve as a springboard for sector recovery and strengthen the digital scene that’s taking shape right now.

Today, we are sending out a call to the entire sector—we cannot wait to discover your projects!

Call for Submissions (National): Business / Arts Executive Leadership Program

Business / Arts is thrilled to announce the second intake for our Executive Leadership program. This program was initially developed in response to a need and demand to nurture a talent pool of arts leaders in Canada and prepare them to transition and extend their current leadership to take on roles in leading some of Canada’s largest arts institutions. The goal of this program is to provide mentorship and career development particularly for those who are interested in leading large arts, culture and heritage institutions, creating an opportunity to diversify our leadership and allow for aspiring leaders to access established arts leaders from large Canadian cultural organizations.

This is a one year program open to 10 arts leaders across Canada who will be paired with key leaders in the arts sector. These leaders will act as your mentor, providing leadership, advice and counsel, as well as sharing valuable knowledge and insight to support your professional development and facilitate valuable networking opportunities.

Who should apply?

We are looking for current or former executive directors (within the last 3 years) or the head of a major department within art, culture or heritage organizations in a paid, permanent capacity with a minimum of three staff members, three years of consistent programming history, and an operating budget of at least $700,000.

Business / Arts welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in and encourage applications from equity-seeking communities, including racialized and Indigenous persons, women, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.