What’s Online (National): until the next breath – Catalyst Theatre

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until the next breath
a Catalyst Theatre Production
Presented by
National Arts Centre English Theatre’s
Grand Acts of Theatre

it begins and ends our lives,
and in-between, it sustains us,
as we reach out to connect –
to touch, and be touched, by others.

but what happens in the face of a virus that isolates us,
deprives us of touch,
and threatens to steal our breath away?

in this pause between inhalation and exhalation –
afloat between what was and what will be –
how do we take our next breath?
how do we live?
how do we thrive?

50 performers join Catalyst Theatre on a musical journey that invites audience members to breathe through fear and uncertainty and dance into the beautiful unknown.



Call for Submissions (National): Sound the Alarm: music/theatre

Sound the Alarm: Music/Theatre (STA) is looking for exciting and diverse voices for our inaugural 5-episode series of audio-dramas that will feature 5 independent stories by 5 unique writers with 5 different casts and designers.

Please note: Our first episode is currently in production and is written by playwright Gary Mok. Therefore, we will be looking for an additional 4 artists.

Each episode will:

  • Have its own playwright, director and cast.
  • Will be a unique story told by a Canadian writer
  • Merge sound design, text-based performance, and music to create a compelling story and audio narrative that ‘sounds an alarm’ on our environmental and sociological challenges and its effects on human experience.
  • Each playwright will work with our dramaturg assigned to the series as a whole.


  • Artists must be legally able work in Canada.
  • It is a priority of STA to create a platform of artists and cultural voices that represent our diverse communities. We will be prioritizing writers from marginalized communities, including Indigenous artists, people of colour, and diverse gender identifications.
  • Depending on the scripts chosen, we will ensure cultural protocols are integrated as well as including additional creative team members (such as designers and casts) that align with the cultural narrative of each particular script.
  • This contract will be paid at or above professional standard.
  • As the series is planned to host 5 episodes, we will be featuring 5 different writers.

Each episode and script will:

  • Be 25 minutes in length
  • Be an audio-drama (no visual mediums integrated)
    Be developed in collaboration with dramaturg Joanna Garfinkel, who will support all drafts for the purposes of consistency in style, quality and messaging.
  • Be aimed to adult audiences and cannot include profanity, overtly sexual, or violent/hateful content or themes.
  • Include elements of sound/music to help shape and inform the narrative

Our goal is to create a unique immersive audio listening experience. Depending on how each story progresses, we would like to incorporate binaural sound techniques to aid in this immersive goal. This is however, not a requirement and is dependent on the artistic needs of each story itself. For a better understanding of what binaural recording is, take a look at this video, and it is suggested you wear your earphones.


  • We will be accepting submissions until February 21, 2021
  • We will announce our chosen writers likely by April 1.
  • Scripts will be developed through approximately three drafts, with the final draft due by July 15, 2021.
  • Production will commence in August with the release of the series beginning late October or early November.

Submission needs:

Please submit via [email protected]:

  • your resume
    • samples of existing work of a one-two page story pitch that:
      > speaks to the series focus which is to ‘sound an alarm’ on our environmental and sociological challenges and its effects on human experience.
      > lays out the themes you wish to explore and how they relate to the ‘alarm’ of the series.
      > includes a statement indicating how you cultural and personally identify (such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or however else you feel comfortable stating and publicly speaking to)

Our first (pilot) episode is called Lost Soul Animal Rescue and is written by playwright Gary Mok. For this 25-minute audio experience, Gary has chosen to centre the story around the tradition of Chinese ghost stories which normally expound on the importance of filial piety (duty to your ancestors). In this particular creation, he has added a twist on that concept by using animal “ghosts” to question our duty to nature instead. The story is set in Vancouver.

For more information, head to our website at www.soundthealarm.ca

What’s On (National): Craft Bites – Playwrights Guild of Canada

Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC) presents a new play reading series Craft Bites to be streamed online beginning on Monday, January 25, 2021.

Craft Bites is an online reading series, exploring the talents of Canadian playwrights and theatre artists. Each of the live events in the series features a cooperative session wherein two playwrights meet through a Zoom meeting to each perform a short reading of their work for an audience. Following the readings, the playwrights engage in a conversation about their written work and theatre practice. The web series highlights Canada-wide talent, featuring playwrights Lucia Frangione, Frances Koncan, Beau Dixon, and many more. Craft Bites connects interested and creative individuals from varied backgrounds in a collaborative and interactive play reading experience.

This web series builds on the success of previous projects presented by Playwrights Guild of Canada such as the Playwright to Playwright series, A Pinch of Creativity, and several International Webinars. Funding for Craft Bites is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts through the PlayConnect Program.

Craft Bites will be streamed over Zoom for free. Visit www.playwrightsguild.ca/craftbites for details and the links to register as a viewer.

Resource (National): National Arts and Culture Impact Survey Results

Image of leaves - clipart image of survey. Text: National Arts and Culture Impact Survey

Theatre Alberta recently collaborated with national and provincial arts service organizations across a range of artistic disciplines on the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey (NACIS). The survey was designed to capture a snapshot in time of arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada. It was open for responses from November 3 to 23, 2020.

The recently released results paint an overall picture of high stress levels endured by organizations and individuals, short-term economic and psychological fall-out, the value and reach of key government interventions, an impressive level of resourcefulness and creativity, and longer-term questions about the sustainability and appeal of careers in the sector after this seismic shock.

In total, 1,273 individuals and 728 organizations from across Canada completed the survey, for a total of 2,001 responses. The survey was designed to capture a snapshot in time of arts organizations, artists, and arts workers across Canada. PRA Inc., an independent research firm with offices in Winnipeg and Ottawa, was retained to administer and report on the survey.

Read The Reports

ENGLISH REPORTS: http://bit.ly/nacis-enrsc
FRENCH REPORTS: http://bit.ly/enrsc-nacis

Who is behind the NACIS?

The NACIS was co-commissioned by a group of national and provincial arts service organizations representing a range of artistic disciplines across Canada:

Alberta Craft Council
Alberta Dance Alliance
Alberta Magazine Publishers Association
Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society
Alberta Media Production Industries Association
Alberta Music
Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta
Atlantic Presenters Association
Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF)
Book Publishers Association of Alberta
Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA)
Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA)
Dance Ontario
Dance Umbrella of Ontario


Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA)
Fédération culturelle canadienne-française (FCCF)
Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance (GVPTA)
Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG)
Ontario Culture Days
Ontario Presents
The Association for Opera in Canada (formerly Opera.ca)
Orchestras Canada
Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)
Playwrights Guild of Canada
Regroupement artistique francophone de l’Alberta (RAFA)
Theatre Alberta
Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA)
Writers’ Guild of Alberta


Call for Submissions (National): Europa New Works Incubator – Jupiter Theatre

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Jupiter Theatre’s Europa New Works Incubator Call for Submissions

What is it?

The Europa New Works Incubator (formerly the New Play Development Series) is an opportunity for established and emerging Canadian playwrights and theatre makers to workshop and receive dramaturgical support on new works that are currently in development.

Europa is among the first of Jupiter’s seventy-nine moons to be discovered, and is one of the few celestial masses in our solar system outside of earth with the potential to support life. Europa’s surface is sheeted with a thick outer crust of ice harbouring a vast ocean underneath with adequate conditions to sustain living organisms. Hemingway’s ‘iceberg theory’ offers an insight into the writer’s use of subtext and the implicit deeper meaning often found below the surface of his minimalist style of writing. Europa’s frozen exterior gives Hemingway’s iceberg metaphor an entirely new context.

With the Europa New Works Incubator, Jupiter Theatre seeks to discover new life in the unfathomable depths of Canadian playwrights and theatre makers.

What does it offer?

As part of the Europa New Works Incubator, Jupiter Theatre will offer the playwright/theatre maker feedback and support from a dramaturg hand-chosen to suit the specific stylistic and developmental needs of the project Following this one-on-one workshopping, Jupiter Theatre will facilitate a table or staged reading as part of its season to showcase the piece in its current stage of development and provide the playwright with the opportunity to hear the script read aloud. At the end of this process, the playwright will emerge with a more thoroughly realized draft of their play. We intend for the workshop to be a stepping-stone for the script to be brought to life in a future season as one of Jupiter Theatre’s MainStage productions.

Future submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, though Jupiter Theatre will only commit to as many as three projects per season.

The Europa New Works Incubator aims to provide playwrights and theatre makers with the space, tools, and support to create the best possible version of their work, and encourage the creation of new Canadian theatre.

What are we looking for?

The Europa New Works Incubator is looking for bold, contemporary works that engage with or push against the genres of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, and mythology. We are looking for new plays that explore the ‘what ifs’ of human potential, challenge the status quo, envision a new future, offer an alternative present, or that have something meaningful to say about the world we live in. We are open to projects in all stages of development and are only accepting plays that have not as of yet received a full production or publication.

Jupiter Theatre creates bold original works of Canadian theatre that are visual, physical, and moving. We seek to share powerful stories that explore the human condition and challenge audiences through visceral and innovative productions.

How to submit?

Playwrights and theatre makers interested in submitting their work are asked to send:

  • A PDF draft of the work-in-progress script or project outline. Note: this draft may manifest itself as a full-length manuscript, as a collection of unfinished scenes, or as a preliminary scene breakdown for future writing or creating. If your project is not entirely text-based, we encourage you to get creative with how you present it to us!
  • A one-page proposal outlining the creator’s intentions with the piece, the creative questions that are being explored in the writing, an overview of the story, why you believe it to be a good fit with Jupiter Theatre, and a brief development history of the work (if applicable).
  • A current resume or CV for the leading artist(s).
  • Artists involved in the Europa New Works Incubator will be paid an honorarium.

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to promote equity and representation within our community, we strongly encourage and specifically welcome submissions from IBPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, female-identifying, and non-binary artists.

Deadline for submissions is January 31st, 2021 at 11:59pm. If you have a new work that you are developing and hoping to submit but meeting the deadline or fulfilling the submission criteria is, for whatever reason, an obstacle for you, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us and we will do what we can to accommodate and support you in this process.

To submit, or for more information, email Artistic Associate Constantine X. Anastasakis at [email protected].

Job (National): Statistics Canada is Hiring People For 2021 Census

The next Canada census will take place in May 2021.

The census paints a portrait of Canada’s population and the places where we live. Information from the census will ensure that your community has the data it needs for planning schools, daycare, housing, hospitals, emergency services, roads, public transportation, and employment skills training.

Statistics Canada is currently hiring approximately 32,000 people for census enumerator and crew leader positions across Canada. Be part of a great undertaking and join the 2021 Census team!

Event (Online): Designated Sharing Time – AFC

It’s the new year, so the AFC decided to set aside some time to talk, vent, problem-solve, laugh, collaborate, cry, and feel the strength of others.

Please join us for Designated Sharing Time (DST) – a virtual support drop-in for folks who work in arts and entertainment.

DST is a safe space where you can:

  • Meet new people who also work in and understand the entertainment industry;
  • Explore what you are feeling in a safe, welcoming environment;
  • Share ideas about how you or other people you know remain creative during this time.

DST is not:

  • One-on-one counselling or therapy;
  • A crisis support group (if you are in crisis and need help right away, please call 911 or go to your local hospital).

Our first DST is on Thursday, January 14, 2021, 1 – 2:30 pm (EST) and after that will take place bi-weekly on Thursdays. Register NOW – space is limited! Participants are not obligated to join every session.


Training (National): Apply before January 31 – National Theatre School of Canada

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This is your last chance to study at the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) next year!

Learn more about the NTS professional training programs : ent-nts.ca/en/professional-training

You have until January 31st, 2021 to apply to our programs: Production Design and Technical Arts, Set and Costume Design, Acting and Playwriting.

Pursue your dreams, take the next step in your career and expand your professional network!

NTS offers an uncompromisingly intense curriculum, demanding the most of students while respecting their individuality as artists.

Participate to a virtual Q&A with the Artistic Director to talk about any of our programs:

Meet Alisa Palmer, Artistic Director of the English section and Director of the Acting and Directing programs, and Jani Lauzon, Associate Director of the Acting program, on Tuesday, January 12th at 5:00 pm (Montreal time, EST).

Book your spot for free here : ent-nts.ca/en/virtual-open-house


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.

Job (National) Business Manager – Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT)

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The PACT Business Manager is an important part of a small team working closely together in service of professional theatre across Canada. This role is responsible for ensuring the effective, timely, efficient and cost-effective administration of our organization’s financial and administrative functions in support of our strategic and operational goals. As our Business Manager, you will maintain professionalism in all communications with internal and external stakeholders and ensure confidentiality in all of your interactions with staff, Directors, and members. This is a pro-rated temporary full-time position (30 hours per week/0.8FTE) for one year.

If you are passionate about working with an organization which is committed to the growth of Canada’s diverse theatre community then we want to hear from you. We are based in Toronto but in these extraordinary times we are working remotely and maintaining our relationship as a team via online platforms. For this reason, applicants from across Canada are encouraged to apply.



  • Works with the Executive Director to establish annual budget projections and to conduct monthly assessments of those projections.
  • Works with Executive Director to prepare all necessary statistics and budgets for grant applications and maintains all funding files (re. CADAC).
  • Preparing of, and responsibility for the accuracy of, the financial records and reports, including all internal statements and government reporting (e.g. Source Deductions, HST, T3010 etc).
  • Payroll administration for all employees and contractors (including annual T4/T4A filing and ROE preparation), including administration of PACT’s employee benefit program
  • All day to day bookkeeping functions including: accounts receivable, payable, general journal entries, bank deposits, monthly reconciliation etc.
  • Pre-audit preparation and work with the company auditors for the year-end statements
  • Administration of accounts with banks, insurance companies, and other outside professionals as required, including the investment of funds.
  • Liaises with PACT’s Finance Committee.


  • Liaises with building management in relation to PACT office decisions (repairs, maintenance and health and safety) and IT consultants re. network systems.
  • Acts as primary administrator of board meetings, including coordinating meeting logistics, board package preparations, completing minute-taking and distribution, and processing expense claims.
  • Ensures compliance with ESA, MLTSD, and other federal and provincial legislative bodies.
  • Works in partnership with PACT staff to meet commitments to our membership.
  • Maintains PACT staff vacation, lieu and sick time records.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • At least three (3) years’ experience in office administration at a mid-senior level, ideally in a non-profit environment. Experience with a performing arts organization or at a professional theatre company is an asset.
  • Completion of University/College/CEGEP/vocational or technical training in business administration or accounting or bookkeeping.
  • Understanding of employment standards legislation and employer requirements including but not limited to ESA, MLTSD, and other compliance matters.
  • Experience in a bookkeeping or equivalent financial administrative role and use of computerized bookkeeping systems (QuickBooks and/or Sage).
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Dependable and reliable with an ability to work well with a variety of people.
  • Commitment to ensuring the success of the Professional Association of Canadian theatres through careful and accountable financial management, and timely customer service for our members.


Interested applicants should email a résumé with a cover letter in a single pdf to Tabitha Keast, HR Specialist, at [email protected] with ‘Business Manager’ in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is the end of day (11:59PM EST) on Monday January 18th, 2021.

COMPENSATION: This is a pro-rated temporary full-time position (30 hours per week/0.8FTE) for one year with an annual pro-rated salary range of $34,400 to $40,000, depending on experience. Benefits include enrollment in our group health and dental plan, paid vacation time, and paid sick days.


The Professional Association of Canadian Theatres is a member-driven organization of professional Canadian theatres. For the betterment of Canadian theatre, PACT provides leadership, national representation and a variety of programs and practical assistance to member companies, enabling members to do their own creative work. For more information visit www.pact.ca

PACT has prioritized creating and maintaining an environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. We value diversity in our workforce and we invite applications from all qualified candidates. If you need accommodation at any stage of the application process then please do not hesitate to make a request.

News (National): NAC Announces Partnership with Black Theatre Workshop

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On Wednesday, December 9, National Arts Centre English Theatre, in partnership with Black Theatre Workshop, announced an unprecedented shared curation model for the national stage.
Beginning in the 2021–22 season, NAC English Theatre has committed to the annual appointment of a Co-Curating Company in Residence, with the pilot invitation for a Black-mandated theatre organization to envision their mandate through a national lens.
As the inaugural Co-Curating Company in Residence, Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) will have agency over half of English Theatre’s programming resources for the 2021–22 season. Black Theatre Workshop, the oldest Black theatre company in Canada, will have the opportunity to envision its mandate of fostering and showcasing Black Canadian art and artists on a national scale.
In light of recent calls for substantial change in our industry, and recognizing the significant lack of resources and opportunities available to Black artists in Canada, NAC English Theatre engaged members of the IBPoC arts community to guide us in a response. The catalysing force of Ravi Jain and his team from Why Not Theatre, along with advisors Audrey Dwyer and Mike Payette, worked alongside the leadership of NAC English Theatre to develop the model of the Co-Curating Company and the process to select the organization each year.
The Montreal-based Black Theatre Workshop has a long history with NAC English Theatre, presenting and co-producing several productions over the last several seasons. Works that have graced the NAC stage include Angélique (co-produced with Tableau D’Hôte Theatre), The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (in association with co-producers NAC English Theatre and Centaur Theatre Company) and coming in the spring of 2021, their performance of Black and Blue Matters – Track 1: No one Gives a F**k about a Cop, will be a part of NAC English Theatre’s Grand Acts of Theatre.
“The solid history of the company, the current artists they engage, and excellent artistic work that our NAC audiences have come to expect from Black Theatre Workshop, sets us up for a great year to come,” said NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley.
In addition, Black Theatre Workshop will participate in the process of identifying the next Co-Curating Company for the 2022-23 season.
“This is the time for Black stories to be seen and heard on all stages across the country. We need these stories now more than ever, and this shared curation model affords us the chance to expand the BTW mandate, providing more opportunities to Black artists and bringing even more stories from Black communities to Canadian audiences,” said Black Theatre Workshop Artistic Director Quincy Armorer. 

Survey (National): Diversity of Charity and Non-profit Boards – Statistics Canada

From December 4 to 23, 2020, Statistics Canada will be collecting information on the Diversity of Charity and Non-profit Boards through crowdsourcing.
The objective is to understand who serves on the boards of charity and non-profit organizations. This information will help non-profits and charities better understand how their board compares to those of similar organizations.

Your participation is important: Your voice matters

We want to hear from you, whether you sit on a board of directors or are involved in the governance of charities or non-profits. Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and feel free to forward this email to your peers—the more people participate, the better the data.

Participating is easy and secure 

Select the following link to participate: https://www.statcan.gc.ca/diversity-questionnaire.
This data collection is conducted under the authority of the Statistics Act, which ensures that the information you provide will be kept confidential, and used only for statistical and research purposes.

For general enquiries and technical assistance 

Contact us Monday to Friday (except holidays), from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Eastern Time):
1-877-949-9492 (TTY: 1-800-363-7629*) 
*If you use an operator-assisted relay service, you can call us during regular business hours. You do not need to authorize the operator to contact us.
For more information about the data collection

Workshop (National): Intimacy for the Stage Manager

Intimacy for the Stage Manager

Sunday December 13th
Time: Sun: 11am-2pm PST/12-3pm MT/2-5pm ET
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com

Workshop: A Google Meet link will be sent to participants 24hrs before workshop
Intimacy for Stage and Screen is a practical approach to staging Scenes of Intimacy in performance, using core principles of storytelling, choreography and consent. This workshop is focussed on this specialty from the perspective of the stage manager.

  • An overview of Intimacy Direction, and the speciality of Intimacy Director (ID)
  • How a Stage Manager can support scenes and moments of intimacy, including guidelines for when to ask for an ID skills and techniques for the SM to have (notating intimacy choreography, scheduling recommendations, technical needs)
  • How to support the production to make the process of Intimacy choreography more comfortable for everyone.
  • The SMs responsibilities to production and company members when Intimacy is involved
  • Common conversations when the production is considering bringing an ID onto the creative team
  • how does intimacy direction help to support a brave and vulnerable Creative Workspace?
  • Recording choreography for scenes of intimacy
  • Movement calls and check-ins
  • Scheduling for scenes of intimacy
  • SM kit items that could be intimacy or Respectful Workspaces related
  • Recommendations for SM self-care when Violent Intimacy is involved in the production

Participants can engage with the material in conversation throughout the event. A Google Meet link will be sent to you through Eventbrite. Closed captioning is available on this platform.


If you are interested in our bursary options or need support to attend please email works[email protected] directly. Thank you for asking for what you need!

Sliding Scale Pricing

There are limited community tickets and discounted sliding scale tickets available for this event for individuals with financial restrictions. Tickets are first-come first-serve, but please be mindful. Union Discount of 20% for UBCP/ACTRA as well as access to sliding scale.

About the Facilitator: Siobhan Richardson is a pioneer voice in Intimacy in Performance, and was a co-founder of Intimacy Directors International. She is the first certified Intimacy Director in Canada, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, was the first Intimacy Coordinator to be hired under an ACTRA Intimacy Coordinator contract and the first ACTRA Intimacy Coordinator contract at Ubisoft. She has been teaching Intimacy extensively across Canada over the last three years, travelling from Vancouver to Halifax to teach this work, and into Europe, in professional and amateur settings, and in educational institutions. Her work as an Intimacy Director has appeared at the National Arts Centre, The Canadian Opera Company, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, and Soulpepper, to name a few, and at numerous Theatre Training Institutions across Canada. 

Instagram: @fighteractress
Facebook: /SiobhanRichardsonFighterActress

Workshop (National): Intimacy Tools for the Actor

Intimacy Tools for the Actor

Friday December 11th
Location: Google Meets- Link sent 24hrs before workshop
Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com
Time: 3pm-6pm PST/4pm-7pm MT/6pm-9pm ET

This workshop will provide you with the tools to better understand the full scope of your job and how best to execute it. We will cover the topics of What’s considered “intimacy”
• The role of Intimacy Directors and Coordinators
• Looking at the actor’s tools for intimacy, as a performer, as a business person, as co-worker
• Looking at tools for text work, with specific regard to scenes of intimacy
• Language for describing choreography and touch
• Voice and breath
• Supporting your own workspace
• Consent, boundaries and parameter

Participants can engage with the material in conversation throughout the event. A Google Meet link will be sent to you through Eventbrite. Closed captioning is available on this platform.


If you are interested in our bursary options. or need support to attend please email [email protected] directly. Thank you for asking for what you need!

Sliding Scale Pricing

There are limited community tickets and discounted sliding scale tickets available for this event for individuals with financial restrictions. Tickets are first-come first-serve, but please be mindful. Union Discount of 20% for UBCP/ACTRA as well as access to sliding scale.

About the Facilitator: Siobhan Richardson is a pioneer voice in Intimacy in Performance and was a co-founder of Intimacy Directors International. She is the first certified Intimacy Director in Canada, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, was the first Intimacy Coordinator to be hired under an ACTRA Intimacy Coordinator contract and the first ACTRA Intimacy Coordinator contract at Ubisoft. She has been teaching Intimacy extensively across Canada over the last three years, travelling from Vancouver to Halifax to teach this work, and into Europe, in professional and amateur settings, and in educational institutions. Her work as an Intimacy Director has appeared at the National Arts Centre, The Canadian Opera Company, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, and Soulpepper, to name a few, and at numerous Theatre Training Institutions across Canada. Always infusing Joyfulness. It is her dearest wish to foster and support vibrant and healthy artists, and to help performers around the world connect more through their bodies to continually grow as storytellers and joyful co-workers.

Instagram: @fighteractress
Facebook: /SiobhanRichardsonFighterActress

Resource (National): Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) question & answer sessions

The Government of Canada is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) provides direct commercial rent or property expense support to tenants and property owners of qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.
The new rent subsidy supports businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop by providing support up to a maximum of 65% of eligible expenses. Qualifying organizations that are under a lockdown or have significantly limited activities due to a public health order will have access to Lockdown Support, a top-up subsidy of 25%, meaning that they could receive rent or property expenses support of up to 90%.
Applicants can claim the subsidy retroactively for the period that began on September 27 and ended on October 24, 2020.
The CRA has launched CERS webpages, an online CERS calculator, and CERS infographics (Take a look at the new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy, The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy has got you covered, and We’re here to help) to assist organizations in preparing their applications.
To complement these resources, the CRA will host a series of interactive question and answer sessions for eligible organizations.
English CERS session
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., EST 
Location: Teleconference
If you are interested in participating in this English language session, click here to register.
French CERS session
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020 
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., EST
Location: Teleconference
If you are interested in participating in this French language session, click here to register.
We kindly ask that you register as soon as possible, as capacity is limited. We ask that each organization only have one participant register and participate in the session. The questions gathered during these sessions will be considered by the CRA in its ongoing communications efforts.
Please note: If the session you want to attend is full, you will be able to add your name to a waitlist and we will contact you if we organize future sessions.
The CRA also encourages organizations who haven’t already done so to sign up for My Business Account or Represent a Client, as well as for Direct deposit. Please also refer to Protect yourself against fraud, if you have any concerns.
Please visit the CERS webpages for updates.

Version française ***The English version precedes***

Le gouvernement du Canada prend des mesures ciblées pour appuyer les Canadiens, les entreprises, les organismes à but non lucratif et les organismes de bienfaisance du Canada qui continuent de faire face à l’incertitude et aux défis économiques liés à la pandémie de COVID-19.
La nouvelle Subvention d’urgence du Canada pour le loyer (SUCL) offre un soutien direct pour le loyer commercial ou les dépenses liées à la propriété, aux locataires et aux propriétaires d’organisations affectées par la COVID-19 qui se qualifient.
La nouvelle subvention pour le loyer appuie les entreprises, les organismes de bienfaisance et les organismes à but non lucratif qui ont subi des pertes de revenu, en fournissant un appui pouvant atteindre jusqu’à 65 % des dépenses admissibles.
Les organismes admissibles qui ont été assujettis à un confinement ou limiter de façon considérable leurs activités en raison d’une ordonnance de santé publique peuvent être admissibles à un soutien supplémentaire en cas de confinement de 25 % des dépenses admissibles, ce qui signifie qu’ils pourraient recevoir du soutien pour le loyer ou les dépenses de propriété allant jusqu’à 90%.
Les demandeurs peuvent demander la subvention rétroactivement pour la période qui a commencé le 27 septembre et qui a pris fin le 24 octobre 2020.
En complément à ces ressources, l’Agence organisera des séances de questions et de réponses interactives à l’intention des organismes admissibles.
Séance en français sur la SUCL
Date : Le jeudi 3 décembre 2020 
Heure : de 15 h à 16 h HNE
Lieu : Téléconférence
Si vous souhaitez participer à cette séance en français, cliquez ici pour vous y inscrire.
Séance en anglais sur la SUCL
Date : Le jeudi 3 décembre 2020 
Heure : de 13 h à 14 h HNE
Lieu : Téléconférence
Si vous souhaitez participer à cette séance en anglais, cliquez ici pour vous y inscrire.
Nous vous prions de bien vouloir vous inscrire dès que possible, puisque les places sont limitées. En raison du nombre limité de places, nous demandons à chaque organisme de n’inscrire qu’un seul participant à la séance. Les questions recueillies au cours de cette séance à venir seront prises en considération par l’Agence dans le cadre de ses efforts constants en matière de communication.
Remarque: si la séance à laquelle vous souhaitez assister est complète, vous pouvez ajouter votre nom sur une liste d’attente. Nous communiquerons avec vous si nous organisons une autre séance.
L’Agence encourage également les organismes qui ne l’ont pas déjà fait à s’inscrire au service Mon dossier d’entreprise ou Représenter un client, ainsi qu’au dépôt direct. Veuillez également consulter la page Protégez-vous contre la fraude, si vous avez des préoccupations.
Veuillez consulter les pages Web de la SUCL pour les mises à jour.