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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented hardships for TAPA members since legislation shut down all venues in March 2020. The majority of TAPA member companies will not re-open for the foreseeable future. However, TAPA is committed to responding to the crisis in many different ways and providing members with tools to navigate this challenging time.

The TAPA Trade Series is programmed to be proactive and features ongoing, affordable professional development sessions and networking opportunities encompassing a broad range of topics that have been created specifically for TAPA members.

Upcoming Events

In Conversation With

Join us on the last Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm for our new series In Conversation With…

In Conversation With… is a monthly roundtable discussion with industry professionals. This is your chance for you to hear about what is happening inside of TAPA member companies from peers in our community.

TAPA Board President, Kelly Straughan (Workman Arts), moderates a roundtable discussion with four artistic directors appointed and active during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On this roundtable:

  • Herbie Barnes, Young People’s Theatre
  • Karine Ricard, Théâtre français de Toronto
  • Mike Payette, Tarragon Theatre
  • Tanisha Taitt, Cahoots Theatre

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Join TAPA Board Vice President, Mimi Mok (The Theatre Centre), as she moderates a roundtable discussion with three fabulous marketing managers in conversation about rebuilding the public trust and bringing back audiences.

Featured on this roundtable:

  • Cameron Johnston, Tarragon Theatre
  • Carrie Sager, Crow’s Theatre
  • TJ Tasker, Canadian Stage

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Presented in partnership with Associated Designers of Canada (ADC), TAPA Trade Series: In Conversation With… is back, this time with talented designers. Join director, writer, actor, facilitator, and activist Nikki Shaffeeullah as she moderates a roundtable discussion with three fantastic designers in conversation about the future of design in theatrical spaces in an age of solidarity, inclusivity, and accountability.

Moderated by:


Nikki Shaffeeullah (she/her)

Nikki is a director, writer, actor, facilitator, and activist who creates theatre, film, and poetry. Currently, Nikki is a curator with National Arts Centre – English Theatre, and a resident artist with Why Not Theatre. As a facilitator, Nikki supports groups and organizations to navigate collective processes and to uphold equity and accountability in their work. She has an MFA from the University of Alberta and is a fellow in the Salzburg Global Forum for Cultural Innovators. Nikki believes art should disrupt the status quo, centre the margins, engage with the ancient, dream of the future, and be for everyone.

Featured on this roundtable:

Logan Raju Cracknell

Logan is a Toronto based theatre artist specializing in lighting design and live stream creation. Before the pandemic he had worked as an assistant lighting designer for the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, been an associate lighting designer for Mother’s Daughter at Soulpepper, taken a dance tour across the country, and had been designing his own shows throughout the province. Most recently his work could be seen in Cliff Cardinal’s radical retelling of As You Like It, Bad Hats Theatre’s production of Alice in Wonderland, The Musical Stage Company’s BLACKOUT and an assortment of productions with Canadian Stage for the 2021

Nishina Shapwaykeesic-Loft

Nishina is a Kanien’kehá:ka woman from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. She is a queer, multi-disciplinary artist in awide spectrum of mediums. Her past works include the Costume Designer/Coordinator for The Way of The WorldAn OctaroonPhyllis Wheatley Creation, The Marriage of FigaroAfrican Cargo and Olaudah Equiano Creation. She is a mural artist working within the city as a member of the RUN Collective and the EarthSky Collective. She works with StART as a project coordinator and an indigenous advisor for multiple projects. She is the Programming Coordinator for the Toronto Queer Film Festival. She is the Indigenous Youth Artist-in-Residence at U of T Scarborough. She continues to grow within her field and explore new opportunities

Yasaman Nouri (یاسمن نوری)

Yasaman is an international artist. Her practice focuses on synthesizingand applying her trained disciplines into interdisciplinary art. Yasaman’s full scope of training includes theatre creation, performance, aerial arts, theatrical design, visual arts, and music. Her work is often focused on experiential art including immersive or interactive theatre. Yasaman is the founder of the Pomegranar Virtual Art Gallery and she was featured on Lighthouse Immersive’s smART Magazine. She is also a co-founder of typo theatr and her work as a deviser, performer, and set designer on the production of Inverted.


Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Join TAPA Metcalf Intern, Isabela Solis-Lozano, as she moderates a roundtable discussion with three industry professionals, who have recently started in new positions, in conversation about their experiences with shifting roles during the pandemic.

Featured on this roundtable:

  • Gideon Arthurs, Soulpepper Theatre Company
  • Nina Lee Aquino, National Arts Centre
  • Régine Cadet, Canada Council for the Arts

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Zoom

Join TAPA Board Secretary and Managing Director of Roseneath Theatre, Annemieke Wade, for an enlightening conversation with three Playwright’s Guild of Canada (PGC) playwrights in conversation about the intricacies of adapting plays for digital performances during the pandemic and the future of the hybrid theatre model.

TAPA is thrilled to partner with Playwright’s Guild of Canada for this session as we celebrate PGC’s 50th year!

Featured on this roundtable:

  • Cameron Grant
  • Santiago Guzmán
  • Rachel Mutombo

Click here to learn more about the moderator and panelists.


Anti-Racism Training and Education Sessions

Presented by Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) in partnership with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO)

Financially Supported by the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)

ASL Interpretation Generously Supported by Roseneath Theatre

In an exciting partnership with Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) is pleased to offer five Anti-Racism Training and Education Sessions available exclusively to TAPA Members, FREE OF CHARGE.

CPAMO will provide a series of training and educational sessions on issues related to anti-racism, equity and pluralism.  All sessions will offer contemporary insights on these issues as they relate to the arts and engagement of IBPOC and other marginalized artists and arts organizations.

We are thrilled to be working with CPAMO to offer these important education and training sessions to TAPA member companies.  With generous financial support from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), we have been able to remove the financial barrier for these sessions to facilitate change through anti-racism work within Toronto’s theatre, dance, and opera landscape.  We encourage two representatives from your upper management to attend each session.  Participation across sessions is not limited to the same representatives.  By having different members of your upper management teams participate, we hope that you can continue this learning within your companies through conversations with your management and the rest of your team members.

The Sessions

Facilitated by Kevin A. Ormsby, CPAMO Program Manager, TAPA Board Member

This session will focus on supporting participants’ understanding/skills of engaging in discourse on these issues and how to set up/facilitate dialogue on sensitive and contentious issues.

About the Facilitator

Program Manager of Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO), Kevin A. Ormsby is also the Artistic Director of KasheDance, movement coach and Arts Marketing Consultant. The Ontario Arts Council’s Chalmers Fellowship recipient (2017), KM Hunter Dance Award Nominee (2016), Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow (2015) and The Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch – Staunton Award 2014 recipient for outstanding achievement by a mid career artist, he has many interests in the creative practice and administration in dance. He has honed his passion for dance, advocacy, writing and education while performing with various companies and projects in Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Zoom – the session will not be recorded

Facilitated by Shannon Litzenberger, CPAMO Program Associate

Embodied Practice and Social Justice Activism in the Arts is a two-part workshop designed to support leaders and changemakers in their ongoing work toward the creation of pluralistic society that embodied values of social equity, care and active engagement across differences. Participation in both workshops is highly encouraged. However, you may enroll in either one or both. The first is not a prerequisite for the second.

Part One: Embodying Change | 1:00-2:30 pm 

In part one of this workshop, we will explore why embodied practice is essential to learning and change. We will investigate questions like: What is embodiment and why is it relevant to our work as leaders, changemakers and advocates of social justice? How do our embodied knowledge systems guide our decisions and actions? What are some of the practices that can help us recognize our default habits and better align ourselves with the worlds we aspire to create?

Suggested listening:

Part Two: Embodied Resilience | 3:00-4:30 pm

In part two of this workshop, we will explore how embodied practice can help us build our personal capacity for staying in the important and often challenging work of leading in times of great change and disruption. We will investigate how we, as bodies, experience and recover from stress. We will explore the personal, social and environmental factors that contribute to our sense of aliveness and wellbeing in the world. And, we will engage in several practices that help us cultivate resilience so we can recognize when we are stressed and uneasy, avoid burnout through active recovery, and stay as healthy as possible under pressure. Our ability to stay well so we can learn and grow is paramount to the creation of a more just and caring society.

Suggested reading:

About the Facilitator

Shannon Litzenberger is an award-winning contemporary dancer, choreographer, director, advocate and leadership developer based in Toronto.  She creates imaginative performance experiences that explore our relationship to land, the politics of belonging, the importance of community, and the forgotten wisdom of the body.  Her perspective grows from her roots in Canada’s rural prairie and the profound, embodied effect of close-to-the-land living.  Shannon is a seasoned cultural policy thinker and advocate of positive social change.  Interested in the transformation of people and systems through embodied practice, she designs and facilitates workshops on collaboration, leadership, inclusion and transformational change within organizational settings, using movement-based interventions.  She has worked with many institutions including Business/Arts, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Ivey Business School at Western University, among others.  Shannon is the recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance and a twice-shortlisted finalist for the KM Hunter Award.

A note from Shannon: For both segments, please come prepared to move, in any capacity, with a little space and privacy around you in support of your focused engagement in this participatory session. All abilities welcome. For those unfamiliar with embodied practice, please note that this is not a dance workshop. You will not be asked to “perform” movement. If you are someone who feels uncomfortable or resistant to the proposal of working with action-based practices, rest assured that there will be several options available to make sure you can work at your own personal learning edge and threshold of comfort. If you have any specific questions you’d like me to address in advance, please feel free to reach out to me at

Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Time: Part 1 – 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Part 2 – 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Zoom – the session will not be recorded

Facilitated by Sheila Wilmot, CPAMO Program Associate

This session will be done in 2 parts.  Part 1 will focus on conflict resolution from a more general IBPOC perspective.

About the Facilitator

Sheila Wilmot has been engaged in collaborative consulting work with arts organizations since 2014, in the intersecting areas of conflict resolution and equity-focused practice.  Topics have particularly included an attention to whiteness and racism.  The work has included research, workshop design and delivery, training and policy guide development, and conflict mediation.

She teaches in the Community Engagement, Development and Leadership certificate program at Ryerson University (The Chang School).  She is the Subject Matter Expert for the Community Engagement Practices and Capstone courses she has taught since 2013.

She was the staff Equity Officer for a union Local for almost 14 years.  She successfully negotiated equity-related contract provisions, and effectively represented union members in human rights focused- grievances and complaints.

Sheila holds a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE/University of Toronto (2011).  She is also the author of Taking responsibility, taking direction: White anti-racism in Canada (Arbeiter Ring, 2005).

Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Zoom – the session will not be recorded

Facilitated by Clayton Windatt, CPAMO Program Associate

Under the context of CPAMO’s conflict resolution sessions this workshop explores the subjects of Cultural Meditation, Cultural Capacity, Co-Design and Knowledge Brokering. Expanding upon work that CPAMO began in 2017, Windatt will identify reasons for Cultural Mediation and discuss organizational abilities to engage people at higher levels of understanding within and between relationships. This session will explore co-design methodologies, definitions in relation to cultural expectations and provoke holistic considerations regarding respecting time of yourself and others.

About the Facilitator

Clayton Windatt is a curator, multi-arts performer and filmmaker living and working in Ontario. As the former Executive Director of the White Water Gallery, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and current Executive Director of the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference, Clayton has an extensive history working in Artist-Run Culture and Community Arts. Clayton maintains contracts with various governments, colleges and non-government organizations as a writer, consultant and knowledge broker negotiating between peoples, places and communities. Clayton works in/with community, design, communications, curation, performance, theatre, technology, and consulting, and is a very active artist.

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Zoom – the session will not be recorded

Facilitated by charles c. smith, CPAMO Executive Director, and Sedina Fiati, CPAMO Program Associate

This session will look at the particularities of Black artists and their experiences, challenges they face, and strategies to address.

About the Facilitators

charles c. smith is a poet, playwright and essayist who has written and edited twelve books. He studied poetry and drama with William Packard, editor of the New York Quarterly Magazine, at New York University and Herbert Berghof Studios. He also studied drama at the Frank Silvera’s Writers’ Workshop in Harlem. He won second prize for his play Last Days for the Desperate from Black Theatre Canada, has edited three collections of poetry (including the works of Dionne Brand, Marlene Nourbese Phillips, Claire Harris, Cyril Dabydeen, Lillian Allen, George Elliot Clarke, Clifton Joseph), has four published books of poetry and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Poetry Canada Review, the Quille and Quire, Descant, Dandelion, Fiddlehead, Anti-Racism in Education: Missing in Action (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), the Amethyst Review, Bywords, Canadian Ethnic Studies and others. charles was the founder of the Black Perspectives Cultural Program in Regent Park and recently received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s Writers Reserve Grants Program and the Toronto Arts Council Writers Grants Program.

Sedina Fiati is a Toronto based facilitator, artist and activist. She is currently Artist Activist in Residence with Nightwood Theatre and nearing completion after 3 years with Generator as Training Consultant for the Artist Producer Training Program and a member of their Strategic Advisory Committee. She was the co chair of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee and ACTRA Toronto Councillor and 2nd Vice President of council for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Recent projects: Toronto Fringe – Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit, various workshops in anti oppression, anti Black racism and social justice (Volcano Theatre, Clarice Season 1, Tall Boyz Season 2, York Regional Arts Council, Firecracker Department). She is one of the founding members of the Black Pledge Collective:

Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Zoom – the session will not be recorded

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