TAPA is proud to partner with Arts Consultants Canada (ACCA), Balancing Act, The AFC, and The Canadian Green Alliance as our Community Partners.
These organizations are at work in our community, creating and executing social change initiatives, which TAPA is glad to be sharing with our members on an ongoing basis.
Arts Consultants Canada (ACCA)
Arts Consultants Canada is a professional association of consultants who provide services to clients in the arts and cultural sector in Canada.
Established in 2006, ACCA has a growing network of members across the country working in both official languages. ACCA’s members work to improve the health, effectiveness and sustainability of the arts. They provide services to organizations and individuals in the performing arts, visual arts and crafts, museums and galleries, writing and publishing, and new media, other arts-related projects and planning initiatives.
On the ACCA website (artsconsultants.ca), organizations and individuals looking for assistance will find a searchable database of member consultants including their geographic location, specializations and background.
Balancing Act advocates for greater accessibility, equality and inclusion for caregivers* working in the performing arts.
We collaborate with artists, arts workers, and arts organizations to develop pathways for change at an individual, organizational, and systemic level.
*Balancing Act’s definition of caregiver includes individuals who care for children, older adults, those in need of personal care, and anyone who self-identifies as a caregiver.
- Intisar Awisse – Dramaturgy & Artistic Curation Intern, WhyNot Theatre
- Maev Beaty – Actor; Canadian Actors Equity Association Council
- Ella Cooper – Founder, Black Women Film! Canada
- Lisa Karen Cox – Director; Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
- Penny Couchie – Co-Artistic Director, Aanmitaagzi
- Sarah Cullen – Founder, MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project
- Andrea Donaldson – Artistic Director, Nightwood Theatre
- Geneviève Doyon – Co-Artistic Director, Open Pit Theatre
- Lucy Eveleigh – Executive Director, Toronto Fringe
- Chelsea Haberlin – Artistic Director, NewWorld Theatre
- Beth Helmers – Artistic Director, Community Arts Guild
- Ruth Howard – Artistic Director, Jumblies Theatre
- Jacoba Knaapen – Executive Director, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
- Djennie Laguerre – Actor, Author, Storyteller
- Shira Leuchter – Actor, Theatre Creator
- Ken MacKenzie – President, Associated Designers of Canada
- Weyni Mengesha – Artistic Director, Soulpepper Theatre
- Sheila Kearney Miller – EDI-R Committee, Soulpepper Theatre and Young Centre
- Anne-Marie Ouellet – Playwright, Director, L’eau du bain
- Janelle Rainville – Executive Director, Stage Managing the Arts
- Kelly Read – Executive Director, WhyNot Theatre
- Adrienne Wong – Artistic Director, SpiderWebShow Performance
About The AFC:
The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. The AFC is an expression of the community’s good will, helping entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable due to injury, illness or other personal hardship.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of industry members have turned to The AFC for help to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. During this challenging time, The AFC has responded to the need in the community with $1.4 million (and counting) in emergency financial aid and other crucial support programs and services. All our programs are focused on supporting the health and well-being of arts and entertainment professionals working in all aspects of film & TV, music, theatre and dance.
About Lobby Chats
The AFC’s Lobby Chats bring people together who have experience, passion, and knowledge of critical topics that directly impact the members of Canada’s entertainment industry. Whether we’re talking to freelancers, leaders, administrators, or service providers, these conversations offer a compassionate knowledge-sharing platform where our community can come together to help each other grow and flourish in the industry on both personal and professional levels.
Lobby Chats focus on the individual’s experience, the person who is navigating what is known to be a precarious career path in arts and entertainment. These conversations will hone in on the areas of financial wellness, mental health, and career sustainability. At the end of each chat, audiences will have a chance to ask questions and join the conversation in the spirit of community support and learning.
The Canadian Green Alliance
A national not-for-profit devoted to bridging the gap between sustainability & theatre.
Co-founders: Julia McLellan & Tess Benger
Green Panel Series
CGA, TAPA and Singular Sensation collaborated to present four Green Panel Series sessions of professionals discussing methods of rethinking theatrical processes for a greener future, livestreamed on YouTube.
Sustainable Theatre Guidebook
With support from TAPA and other stakeholders, the CGA is developing a guide of best practices for producing climate-positive Theatre as the industry emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guidebook is being co-authored by experts in the field across Canada, and divided up by theatrical departments: Design, Producing, Front of House, Building Management, Dressing Rooms, Rehearsal Halls & Green Rooms, Hair, Wardrobe, Technical Direction, Sound, Lights and Concessions.
Accompanying these best practices will be enlightening essays by some of Canada’s leading sustainable Arts Workers to inspire the reader to promote action in their own theatrical communities.
Visit the CGA Facebook page for more information.