Equity invites you to join us online for Considering Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in your Work
(EDIB), a workshop designed to help both artists and engagers understand the importance of valuing EDIB in creating and producing cultural work.
This 3-hour interactive session will cover a wide range of topics, including:
• Aesthetic practices and protocols
• Relationship building
• Co-creation and collaboration
This workshop is open to both members of Equity and creators in the live performance industry.
Whether you’re an artistic director or an artist interested in producing your own work, this seminar will help you develop practices that respect both the art you are creating and the artists you are working with.
Date: Monday, November 14th
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Online via Zoom
ASL interpretation will be provided for this event.
To attend, please register here.
Feel free to submit a question in advance while registering to ensure it is asked during the webinar!
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. 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.
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 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).
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.
Equity encourages artists from all equity-seeking groups to access our Mental Health & Wellness program
and to attend the online Webinars. Facilitating participation of historically under-represented communities in these and all of Equity’s activities is a fundamental commitment to Equity’s membership.
As artists across the country return to work in the live performance industry, it is imperative that we consider the impact the pandemic has had on each of us and the importance of using our training to create a safe, equitable workplace, and make the most of our work opportunities.
Equity gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada for the funding of these programs through the Department of Canadian Heritage, Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund (CPAWRF). / Equity tient à remercier le Gouvernement du Canada, qui a financé le Programme de réactivation par le biais de Patrimoine Canada et du Fonds pour la résilience des travailleurs du secteur des spectacles sur scène du Canada (FRTSSSC).