Community Consultations about the Future of the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA)

Community Consultations about the Future of the Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA)

October 22, 2018

PACT is conducting a series of community consultations about the future of the most influential labour agreement in Canadian Theatre, the CTA. 

As many of you know, the PACT membership overwhelmingly rejected the proposed agreement at the last AGM. PACT members recognized the need to have a more diverse practice and to broaden the scope of partnerships from within equity seeking communities.

Because the Canadian Theatre Agreement, negotiated between PACT and Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, influences practice across professional theatre both inside and outside PACT membership, it is vital for PACT to take into consideration how a newly negotiated CTA will affect the larger theatre community.

PACT is planning community consultation sessions in many of the major city centres across Canada so that each individual theatre community and any surrounding areas have the opportunity to participate in these important conversations.

In a quest to create modernized and more inclusive working conditions in the practice of theatre, we are conducting these consultations across the country and hope to reach the widest possible swath of theatre practitioners, both within and outside the PACT membership.

This is where we need your help. We would love for members to help get the word out and amass enough representation from each community to have a meaningful impact on this process. The consultations are open to PACT members and non-member organizations and producers. 

We are intentionally seeking the participation of producers from equity seeking communities. If producers from the BIPOC, disability arts or other marginalized communities require financial assistance in order to make attendance more feasible, please contact Sara Meurling in the PACT office at

Additionally, travel assistance may be available for organizations or producers from rural or remote communities.

Please inform the PACT office if ASL interpretation is required at any of the sessions.

Due to limited resources, electronic participation in the consultations is not available.

Times, dates and locations for the community consultations

To help us plan these events, please register via the links below. All times listed are in the local time zone.

Toronto – Young People's Theatre

October 30th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm 

Winnipeg – Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

November 5th, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Edmonton – Citadel Theatre

November 6th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Calgary – Theatre Calgary

November 12th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm      

Montreal – Centaur Theatre

November 12th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Stratford – Stratford Festival Theatre

November 15th, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Vancouver – Performance Works

November 20th, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm 

Halifax – Neptune Theatre

November 22nd, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

St. John’s – Location TBA

November 23rd, time TBA

Saskatoon – Persephone Theatre

November 24th, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

If you have any questions, contact Eleanor Antoncic, PACT's Labour Relations Manager, at


PACT Labour Relations Team

Ivan Habel, Luke Reece & Eleanor Antoncic

PACT is a member-driven organization of professional Canadian theatres that serves as the collective voice of its members.

We are a leader in the national performing arts community and a devoted advocate for the value of live performance. Since 1979 we have focused on providing a community where theatre professionals (both artistic and administrative) can come together to discuss important issues and work together to create innovative solutions.

Western Canada Growth Strategy Engagement

The Government of Canada launched an engagement plan to help strengthen the western Canadian economy, and lay the foundation for long-term growth and prosperity across the four western provinces. This is a GREAT opportunity for the creative industries in the province to have a voice at the federal level by providing input on the creative economy, its value and importance, and how – specifically – the federal government can leverage the talent and resources in this province to diversify and grow the economy in western Canada.

The federal government is initiating a conversation with business, industry, academia, Indigenous Peoples, and different levels of government, to help develop a truly “Made-in-Western-Canada” growth strategy. This strategy not only reflects the unique regional advantages of each province, but also helps to stimulate economic growth.

Your input will help shape the Western Canada Growth Strategy, a roadmap to build an innovative and inclusive Western Canada — one that stimulates the economy, strengthens the middle class and increases job opportunities for all Canadians, including Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and new immigrants.

How to Participate:

Distribute this email broadly within your respective networks. You are also invited to share your ideas by visiting the Western Canada Growth Strategy website.

Here you will find information about the regional landscape of Western Canada in the Western Canada Growth Strategy Engagement Paper.

You can share your ideas through:

  • Online discussion forum: Share your thoughts on five key discussion questions.

  • Group discussion: Organize your own group discussion by checking out this toolkit for tips on how to plan a session, shape your conversation, and report back.

  • Email: Send us an email at with your ideas or suggestions.

  • Letter: Send a letter to Western Economic Diversification Canada before November 9, 2018.

Western Economic Diversification Canada

C/O: Western Canada Growth Strategy Engagement

Suite 1500, 9700 Jasper Avenue

Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4H7


If First Nations, Métis and Inuit organizations require additional information please email and officials from Western Canada Economic Diversification Canada will follow-up with you directly.

The engagement period will close on November 16, 2018.

Follow #MyWesternCanada on Twitter or visit the Western Canada Growth Strategy website for updates.

Western Economic Diversification Canada

Twitter: @WD_Canada#MyWesternCanada

SATAwards Gala Recipients

The 11th-annual SATAwards Gala was held at Persephone Theatre in the Remai Arts Centre on Sept 17.

A big thank-you to our hosts, Grahame Kent and Charlie Peters, whose work as SATAwards Gala Emcees will surely inspire a new category for the awards.

The 2018/19 jury is already seeing shows and taking notes.  Check this site for updates on next year’s celebrations!

2018 Nominees & Recipients

Recipients in bold

Outstanding Ensemble – sponsored by Live Five
Art – Persephone Theatre
Butcher – Persephone Theatre
Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show – the National Arts Centre French Theatre, Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, Théâtre Cercle Molière, and La Troupe du Jour, presented by Persephone Theatre, Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre and La Troupe du Jour.
Onegin – Arts Club Theatre, presented by Persephone Theatre
Titus A. puppet revenge – Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan in partnership with Stumped Productions
Treasure Island – Persephone Theatre

Outstanding Set Design – sponsored by IATSE Local #300
Jared Beattie – boom, Fire in the Hole Productions/Live Five
Drew Facey – Onegin, Arts Club Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
Byron Hnatuk – Grounded, Pegasus Productions/Live Five
Cameron Porteous – Pride and Prejudice, Persephone Theatre
Cameron Porteous – Treasure Island, Persephone Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design
Jackie Chau – Fish Eyes, Nightswimming Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
Bonnie Deakin – Treasure Island, Persephone Theatre
Jacqueline Firkins – Onegin, Arts Club Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
Beverley Kobelsky – Hamlet, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Crispi Lord – puppet costume design, Titus A. puppet revenge, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan in partnership with Stumped Productions

Outstanding Emerging Artist – sponsored by Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Mackenzie Dawson – Performance
S.E. Grummett – Design
Jordan Harvey – Performance
Nadia Mori – Performance
Megan Zong – Performance

Outstanding Sound Design, Original Composition, Conductor, and/or Musical Director (two recipients)
Olaf Gundel, Benoit Morier and Andrina Turenne – Music and Sound Design, Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show, the National Arts Centre French Theatre, Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, Théâtre Cercle Molière and La Troupe du Jour, presented by Persephone Theatre, Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre and La Troupe du Jour
Veda Hille – Musical Director, Onegin, Arts Club Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
Nathan Howe – Sound Design & Original Composition, Treasure Island, Persephone Theatre
Eileen Laverty – Original Composition, Blow Wind, Dancing Sky Theatre
Eric Paetkau – Conductor, La Boheme, Saskatoon Opera
Christopher Stanton – Sound Design, Fish Eyes, Nightswimming Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
Gilles Zolty – Art, Persephone Theatre

Outstanding Leading Performance (two recipients) – sponsored by Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
Skye Brandon – Hamlet, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

Jaron Francis – Butcher, Persephone Theatre
Kate Herriot – Grounded, Pegasus Productions/Live Five
Aaron Hursh – Pride and Prejudice, Persephone Theatre
Lauren Jackson – Onegin, Arts Club Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
Anita Majumdar – Fish Eyes, Nightswimming Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
Bruce McKay – Death of a Salesman, Theatre Naught/Live Five
Julia Mackey – Jake’s Gift, Juno Productions presented by Persephone Theatre
Heather Morrison – Pride and Prejudice, Persephone Theatre
Jonathan Winsby – Onegin, Arts Club Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre

Outstanding Original Script – Sponsored by Saskatchewan Playwrights’ Centre
Christopher Cook – Quick Bright Things, Persephone Theatre
Jean Marc Dalpé, Gilles Poulin-Denis, David Granger, Laura Lussier, Alexis Martin, Andrea Menard, Yvette Nolan, Paula-Jean Prudat, Mansel Robinson, Kenneth T. Williams – Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show, the National Arts Centre French Theatre, Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, Théâtre Cercle Molière and La Troupe du Jour, presented by Persephone Theatre, Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre and La Troupe du Jour
Andrea Ledding – Dominion, Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre
Daniel Macdonald – Blow Wind, Dancing Sky Theatre

Outstanding Supporting Performance (two recipients)
Joshua Beaudry – Butcher, Persephone Theatre

Darla Biccum – Blow Wind, Dancing Sky Theatre
Deborah Buck – Hamlet, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Chip Chuipka – Butcher, Persephone Theatre
Blaine Hart – Henry IV Part 2, YXE Shakespeare Lab
Colin Heath – Treasure Island, Persephone Theatre
Cheryl Jack – Death of a Salesman, Theatre Naught/Live Five
Nadia Mori – boom, Fire in the Hole Productions/Live Five
Elizabeth Nepjuk – Hamlet, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Jane Redlyon – Pride and Prejudice, Persephone Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design – Sponsored by On the Boards
Byron Hnatuk – Grounded, Pegasus Productions/Live Five
Byron Hnatuk – boom, Fire in the Hole Productions/Live Five
Amberlin Hsu – Death of a Salesman, Theatre Naught/Live Five
Wendy Lundgren – Pride and Prejudice, Persephone Theatre
Rebecca Picherack – Fish Eyes, Nightswimming Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
John Webber – Onegin, Arts Club Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre

Outstanding Direction – sponsored by La Troupe du Jour
Skye Brandon – Death of a Salesman, Theatre Naught/Live Five
Will Brooks – Titus A. puppet revenge, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
Amiel Gladstone – Onegin, Arts Club Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre
Jack Grinhaus – Art, Persephone Theatre
Del Surjik – Butcher, Persephone Theatre
Caitlin Vancoughnett – boom, Fire in the Hole/Live Five

The SATAward for Innovation – sponsored by SUM Theatre
This award recognizes new, original, and daring theatre activities: an individual or company doing something that has not been done before in the Saskatoon area, or making exemplary progress within their own area of practice.  The award will be presented at the Gala on Sept 17.

This year’s recipient is It’s Not a Box Theatre for their production of Overhear.

Outstanding Production – sponsored by the Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals
Treasure Island – Persephone Theatre
Butcher – Persephone Theatre
Onegin – Persephone Theatre
Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show, the National Arts Centre French Theatre, Nouveau Théâtre Expérimental, Théâtre Cercle Molière and La Troupe du Jour, presented by Persephone Theatre, Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre and La Troupe du Jour
Fish Eyes – Nightswimming Theatre presented by Persephone Theatre

The SATAwards are generously supported by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Job posting for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan - Arts Operations Manager

Arts Operations Manager

Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is currently looking to add to its team with skills in the area of festival management, theatre producing, and administration.

Part of Saskatoon’s thriving theatre scene, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan is a vibrant and exciting company looking to grow and develop into the future. Run by a small core of permanent staff and a large summer contingent, we are
looking for just the right person to add to our core administrative team. The company is in an innovative phase with a major site redevelopment and capital campaign in process.

This position is a senior position reporting directly to the Artistic Producer. Responsible for the administrative success of the organization and the front line management of many aspects of the festival, this position will be an integral part of the future success of this iconic arts organization. We are looking for a dynamic individual who brings a wide range of
skills to the table including but not limited to producing, event planning, granting, fundraising, day to day finance, and people management.

Submit with a resume and a letter of interest in PDF format to: Will Brooks, Artistic Producer via

Part of the core team shaping the future of the organization
Part of the season planning team
Part of the granting writing team
Part of the sponsorship team
Financial management in partnership with Artistic Producer
Office management
Oversight weekly bookkeeping
Festival Box Office management
Festival Concession management
Festival Front of House management
Festival Volunteer management
Event planning and coordination
Staff and event scheduling
Staff and artist contracting
Data entry – Excel, CADAC
Mail outs
Box Office setup and reconciliation with internal ticket system
Donor management – Sumac
Oversite of office computer systems and IT consultant

The ideal candidate for this position will be a creative and dynamic thinker who is interested in the challenge of taking advantage of the potential in this organization. The ideal candidate will have the experience and/or training that gives them the ability to take a leadership role in producing a theatre festival.

This is a full-time, year-round position which is very busy in the summer season and more flexible from fall through spring. The position has a salary of between $40,000 and $43,000 annually and a modest health benefits package.

While we will accept applications until the position is filled we suggest expressing interest prior to October 1 2018. We are interested in a candidate start date of November 5th.

Dear Members It's time to renew your membership!

Dear Members,

The time has come for you to renew your membership with Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals (SATP).

What a year we have had! SATP has involved itself in many new programs, organizations and advocacy projects. Last year, your membership helped fund a number of programs and efforts SATP is leading, including:

·         Successful advocacy initiatives with the Canadian Arts Coalition and with our provincial and federal funders;

·         Continue to support and celebrate the theatrical arts and outstanding work in our community by sponsoring an award with SATAwards (Saskatoon based);

·         Post newsworthy articles, media releases and other postings focused on the theatre industry in Saskatchewan and abroad;

·         Publicity promoting all Professional Theatre organization members of SATP on our News pages and social media sites;

·         Offer opportunity to list events on a new Event Calendar for all professional theatre members including important grant deadlines;

·         Provide job postings for all theatre professionals;

·         Provide opportunities and workshops for additional training for personal development;

·         Spearhead Respect & Equity workshops focusing on the #metoo movement including conversations, board responsibilities and administrative responsibilities for professionals;

·         Provide governance development workshops for independent theatre companies to develop theatre workplaces as safe spaces for employees, actors and volunteers;

·         Provide updated Resource Page tools for the theatre community who experience sexual harassment, assault or abuse;

·         Provide networking opportunities throughout Saskatchewan.

This year, we hope to accomplish even more. SATP plans to work closely with PACT and Persephone Theatre to bring next year's PACTcon2019 in Saskatoon and provide new mentoring programs (TBC) and more. However, we couldn’t do it without the generous support from members just like you!

Please join our organization for another successful year by renewing your membership today.  You can submit your application and payment on our member portal by clicking here: .

If you have any questions about the renewal process, please don’t hesitate to contact our executive director, Colleen Ostoforoff, at 306-361-2312 or

As always, we thank you for your continued dedication to supporting the professional development of theatre in Saskatchewan. We look forward to serving you for another year!

Colleen Ostoforoff, Executive Director

Season Launch for la Troupe du Jour 

Lancement de la saison des spectacles!

Le vendredi 7 septembre, rendez-vous au Relais pour le lancement de la saison des spectacles 2018-2019 de 17h à 19h.

Retrouvez La Fédération des Francophones, Conseil culturel fransaskois, Radio-Canada, et la Troupe du Jour.

Retrouvez l'exposition d'art de Joséphine Kabibi et un repas d'épluchette de blé d`Inde et à partir de 18h 30 une soirée de Karaoké!


Launch of the show season!

On Friday, September 7, see you at the relay for the launch of the 2018-2019 show season from 17 am to 19 pm.

Find The Federation Francophones, Fransaskois Cultural Council, Radio-Canada, and the troupe of the day.

Find Josephine Kabibi's art exhibition and a meal of wheat corn from India and from 18 pm a karaoke night!

Also find dorris labrie live for the show to make a world.

February 2019 Festival Opportunity in India

Festival Opportunity in India

The National School of Drama (NSD) would like to invite Canadian theatre groups for their theatre festival in February 2019. It is a 21-day festival held in Delhi and a few other cities (TBD). It is claimed to be the third largest theatre festival in the world. Last year included groups from England, Russia, Italy, Israel, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Romania, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

NSD is offering to provide local hospitality, some daily allowance, local transport and a fee of around $3000. Canadian groups could explore Canada Council funds for international air fare. NSD is a premier arts and theatre institute supported by the Ministry of Culture – Government of India.

Visit or email for more information.

Register for Arts Day on the Hill 2018 October 2nd

Join us as an Arts Advocate


Would you like to join the Canadian Arts Coalition as an Arts Advocate for Arts Day on the Hill this fall?

On Arts Day on the Hill, artists, arts workers, and arts service organizations meet in Ottawa with Members of Parliament and Senators to discuss how the federal government can support the Arts and Culture sector in the future. Registration includes a training webinar, at least one meeting with a Senator or MP, and an evening reception.

This year's event takes place on October 2nd, and the deadline to register is September 19th at 11:59pm ET.