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TAPA is proud to partner with Arts Consultants Canada (ACCA)Balancing ActThe 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 (, organizations and individuals looking for assistance will find a searchable database of member consultants including their geographic location, specializations and background.

Balancing Act

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.

Steering Committee

  • Intisar AwisseDramaturgy & Artistic Curation Intern, WhyNot Theatre
  • Maev BeatyActor; Canadian Actors Equity Association Council
  • Ella CooperFounder, Black Women Film! Canada
  • Lisa Karen CoxDirector; Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
  • Penny Couchie – Co-Artistic Director, Aanmitaagzi
  • Sarah CullenFounder, MOTHRA: Artist-Parent Project
  • Andrea DonaldsonArtistic Director, Nightwood Theatre
  • Geneviève DoyonCo-Artistic Director, Open Pit Theatre
  • Lucy EveleighExecutive Director, Toronto Fringe
  • Chelsea HaberlinArtistic Director, NewWorld Theatre
  • Beth HelmersArtistic Director, Community Arts Guild
  • Ruth HowardArtistic Director, Jumblies Theatre
  • Jacoba KnaapenExecutive Director, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts
  • Djennie LaguerreActor, Author, Storyteller
  • Shira LeuchterActor, Theatre Creator
  • Ken MacKenzie President, Associated Designers of Canada
  • Weyni MengeshaArtistic Director, Soulpepper Theatre
  • Sheila Kearney Miller EDI-R Committee, Soulpepper Theatre and Young Centre
  • Anne-Marie OuelletPlaywright, Director, L’eau du bain
  • Janelle Rainville Executive Director, Stage Managing the Arts
  • Kelly ReadExecutive Director, Why Not Theatre
  • Karine Ricard – Artistic Director, Théâtre français de Toronto Adrienne WongArtistic Director, SpiderWebShow Performance

Apply Now – Associate Producer

Title: Associate Producer, Balancing Act
Rate: $22/hour
Start Date: Before June 27, 2022
Time Commitment: 20 weeks @ 15/hours week (with possibility of extension)

The Associate Producer position allows for flexible hours and remote work.
Childcare stipend available. We welcome a conversation about your caregiving needs
and any other accommodations.

We prioritize applications from equity-seeking groups, including those who identify as:
Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Trans, Nonbinary, Queer, Disabled and
intersections of those identities.

View the full job post and learn how to apply. 

What’s On in June

Little Labours Creation Workshop with Intisar Awisse, Balancing Act – Monday, June 13, 12:00 – 1:30 pm (ET; By application only







Level UP! National Roundtable: Pathways to Agreement – Co-Presented with PACT, Thursday, June 16, 2022, 1-2:30 pm (ET) on Zoom






Level Up! Cohort 2 Strategy Partner Information Session – Wednesday, June 22, 1:00-2:00 pm (ET) on Zoom





Affinity Group: Caring for Aging Adults and Parents – Monday, June 20, 2022, 2:00 – 3:30 pm; For access needs, please contact


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.

Newly Launched!

Expanding Practitioner Access Survey

The AFC is starting a project to help mental health care providers be more educated and aware of the mental health needs of the arts and entertainment community. They need our help! Please take a moment to fill out their survey on how folks in our sector use the mental health care system, and what has and has not worked for them:

What’s On in May

Exploring the Juggling Act Peer Group – Thursday, May 12, 2022, 1-2 pm (ET) on Zoom




Designated Sharing Time Peer Group – Thursday, May 19, 1-2 pm (ET) on Zoom




Navigator– Ongoing
May 18, 20, 25, 27, 2022
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

One-on-one phone appointments with social work professionals for industry workers who need help accessing mental health resources and support.


Lobby Chats: Dismantling the Burnout Badge – Tuesday, May 31, 1 pm (ET)

Put up your hand if you’ve experienced burnout! If your hand is in the air, be sure not miss The AFC’s last Lobby Chat of the season, Dismantling the Burnout Badge on Tuesday, May 31, 1 pm (ET)! Presented in partnership with the Associated Designers of Canada and Means of Production, the panel discussion will focus on the different aspects of burnout, how it is perceived, and the ways we can mitigate its effects while maintaining a career in performing arts and entertainment

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.

What’s On This Month

Hack Your Wardrobe: A Sustainable and Accessible Clothing Workshop – Friday, April 22, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

How do you hack your wardrobe to make it fully celebrate the intersection of all of your identities? We will explore the idea of Radical Visibility, a Disabled Queer dress reform movement based on highlighting the parts of us that society typically shuns.

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