Eastern Opera

Eastern Opera Electoral Region

This region will elect two Councillors.  

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  • Read Van's Statement

    Van Abrahams

    Van Abrahams

    Van Abrahams

    I have been an Equity member since 1993. I am a performer, coach, playwright and a passionate advocate for Diversity and Inclusivity. In the last six years, I have been involved in negotiations with the COC and the OPA, was part of the COC Categorization of Roles Committee, took over as Liaison for the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and was honoured to be part of the Indigenous Committee. Above all, I strongly believe in Equity and it’s mandate to protect artists of all walks of life.

    I also believe streaming Canadian opera content is paramount to the growth of our art. More Canadian content on media platforms can only increase our exposure and promote Canadian opera to an ever changing audience.

    Please give me your vote as Councillor for Eastern Opera and I promise I will make our voices heard and work towards making streaming more viable for all.

    Because we are all in this together.


  • Read Johnathon's Statement

    Johnathon Kirby

    Johnathon Kirby

    Johnathon Kirby

    I am Johnathon Kirby, and I have had the privilege of being a member of Equity for five years and have been a professional artist for more than a decade. I have worked in opera and theatre as an emerging artist, chorister and soloist. I am running for Equity Council because I know the challenges of emerging artists and professionals and I want to be an active force in shaping our industry as we move forward from these trying times.

    I am acutely aware of the effects of COVID-19 on the lives of Equity members, many of whom will struggle to return to the arts as a source of income. I want to help my colleagues by representing their interests to the best of my ability.

    Some of the issues I would like to address are:

    • Membership stagnation and disillusionment
    • An increase in multimedia and online formats
    • Growing mental health concerns
    • Employment stability
    • Stigma surrounding having "a day job"

    I want to look at how our industry and organization are structured and find practical changes so that more professionals can find support, satisfaction and success. If elected I will listen, learn, and speak out for what I believe is important.