PMArts & TDArts Discussion Series - Putting Anti-Oppression into Practice

November 15, 2021, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

During the ‘pause’ forced on our industry by the global pandemic, theatre companies and their practitioners across the country have been given an opportunity to take an honest look at ourselves and begin to actually listen to the individuals and communities who have historically been under-represented, marginalized, excluded, and abused both passively and actively. 

Many companies and individuals have taken the first step in recognizing and acknowledging the historic and ongoing injustices, but are now left wondering what comes next. This session aims to harness the power of the ‘hive mind’ of production managers and technical directors across the country to identify the barriers we face in implementing meaningful and lasting change, and potential approaches to breaking those barriers down.

Led by Boomer Stacy and Eleanor Antoncic from the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), participants will first learn about the intent behind Article 10 of the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA), and what PACT is doing to help put words into action among their  member companies. Participants will then separate into breakout rooms, each led by a moderator, to collaborate to answer two key questions:

  • What are the top five challenges you are facing in creating an Anti-Oppressive workplace?
  • How can you address those challenges and remove the barriers?

Breakout rooms will be organized by affinity groups based on level of experience, typical venue size, and level of authority to implement change to ensure a diversity of responses. Following each breakout session, each moderator will present a summary of their room’s work to all attendees. 

The goal is for all participants to gain a greater understanding of the barriers that are faced, and share ideas, best practices, and tactics to create accessible, equitable, inclusive, and diverse workplaces.

In order to ensure the participation from as many voices as possible, we are accepting donations to provide space for those for whom the cost of admission is a barrier.

Transcription and ASL interpretation available upon request.  Please let us know if you have any other accommodation requests

** This session will not be recorded.  Notes will be taken and will be made available to all those who registered, whether you attend or not.

Date: Monday, November 15, 2021


  • 8:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. NST
  • 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. AST
  • 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST
  • 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. CST
  • 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. MST
  • 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. PST

Where: Zoom