by Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager
From Theatre Ontario
- We are excited to welcome Fatimah Younge, who joined our staff as our Operations Coordinator this week.
- Soulpepper Theatre has published three separate statements—one from the artists in the company (specifically around the announcement of the cancellation of the production of Amadeus), one from the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and one from the community of Soulpepper.
- Meanwhile, 280 artists have signed a letter regarding harassment at Soulpepper (as reported by the CBC.)
- Kelly Thornton, Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre, wrote a response “Art is Our Weapon.”
- She was also interviewed by Anna Maria Tremonti on CBC Radio’s The Current speaking about how “women need to take up more space.”
- PACT, the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, released a statement condemning sexual harassment and bullying in Canadian live theatre.
- Canadian Actors Equity Association released a Statement on Media Reports regarding Soulpepper Theatre (PDF from their website.)
- Scott Bellis, CAEA Council President, also shared a letter regarding Soulpepper Theatre.
- The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Board of Directors released a statement regarding Harassment Allegations against Albert Schultz of Soulpepper Theatre Company.
- And ICYMI, our own statement from Theatre Ontario was published on our website.
- Bruce Pitkin, our Executive Director, was interviewed for Radio Canada International in a feature called “Sexual improprieties: improving the theatre workplace.”
Behind the Scenes at Ontario’s Theatres
- Kevin Loring—the first Artistic Director of the new Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre—spoke about his work preparing for the inaugural 2019-2020 season in an interview with Patrick Langston (Ottawa’s ArtsFile).
- The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts is hosting a “Community Consultation about Gender in the Dora Mavor Moore Awards” on January 30th, discussing how the performance award categories might “better acknowledge artistic practices that move beyond the gender binary of ‘Outstanding Performance of a Male/Female.’ (Theatre Ontario de-gendered our Festival Awards last year.)
- Essential Collective Theatre in Niagara announced new Artistic Director Colin Bruce Anthes (an alum of our Professional Theatre Training Program), and new General Manager Rebecca Walsh, effective February 1, 2018.