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The Ontario region will elect seven Councillors.  


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  • Read Geroge's Statement

    George Alevizos

    George Alevizos

    George Alevizos

    Hello everyone, my name is George Alevizos, and I am a 24 year old actor living in Toronto. I graduated from University of Toronto/Sheridan's joint Theatre Program back in the spring of 2019, and since then, I have been busy working.

    You are probably thinking, he seems young to be running for Council; but equity and inclusion is what I fight for in my advocacy work. Being one of the only people I know in a wheelchair to graduate from a performing arts institution, I realized how inequitable the industry is- especially theatre. Theatre companies aren't accessible a lot of the time, and ableism is quite apparent in our industry. Having my different views on the arts will benefit membership as I will fight for inclusion for all until we have proper, equal, representation.

    I might be young, but I am way beyond my years seeing how the world views me, and I want representation on stage to showcase what our country is made up of- diverse voices. Disability does not discriminate, and affects all minority groups. Elect me, and the fight will never stop.

  • Read Laurence's Statement

    Laurence Cherniak

    Laurence Cherniak

    Laurence Cherniak

    Dear Equity family,

    Live theatre is an art. Superlative engagement (with the audience, during a performance) brings standing ovations often with encores. Artistic encores overcome the struggles and sacrifices of our ancestors towards world peace. Teaching each generation to pursue artistic encores are the greatest rewards in a meaningful life.

    1. served as a 1st CAEA charter Council member, on seven of nine sub-committees
    2. administering The Equity Library Theatre to showcase performers,
    3. updating and revising equitable agreements with producers,
    4. administering the initiation of the Lifetime Member's award,
    5. designing the first Lifetime Members Brass Plaque,
    6. administering the 1st Annual Theatre Arts Ball to honour Lifetime Members.

    Apprentice to powerhouse Actor/Director Sean Mulcahy. 2. The Canadian Players (Winter Stratford Touring Co.), six month tour Canada/USA, director Ton Van Bridge, (three roles in two plays); A.S.D., under renowned Jack Hutt (Stratford professor of stage management). 3. Triple scholarship: Canada's National Theatre School (Montreal & Stratford). 4. Hawaiian tour: 4 Shakespearean plays and children's play with Maui Youth Theatre as “The King of Ice Cream Mountain” 5. Directed most financially successful play "On Butterfly Wings" standing room only every performance, Maui Community Theatre.

    Merci beaucoup.

  • Read Ryan's Statement

    Ryan G. Hinds

    Ryan G. Hinds

    Ryan G. Hinds

    Over the past three years, I’ve sat on Equity Council during some huge shifts in Canadian theatre: CTA negotiations and ratification, the racial reckoning that began in June 2020, and the maddeningly difficult circumstances throughout the 18-month shutdown of our workspaces…a challenging time for theatre artists. Being in touch with so many members during this time was a constant reminder of the need for a strong and empathetic Council that listens and acts, and is open and accessible to the members. I believe that Equity IS its members.

    I’ve tried hard to help Council be those things; if re-elected, I commit to continuing the work of clearer communication, bringing member concerns to Council, and helping to build a stronger, more compassionate, and more progressive Association.

    As we re-discover what we as an industry are capable of, may we strengthen our advocacy, empower our communities, and work towards safer and more equitable working conditions. My passion is and always has been the Canadian theatre industry, and I would be grateful and honoured to serve Equity members for another term.

  • Read Ruby's Statement

    Ruby Joy

    Ruby Joy

    Ruby Joy

    I have been an Equity member for a decade. Now, a year and a half into a pandemic that has torn through live performance, together we must build an industry better than before: safer, more inclusive, healthy and strong.

    I worked with Equity as part of the CTA negotiating team in 2017/2018. During that time, I also helped rewrite ACTRA's Bylaw #7 and worked with Got Your Back. Listening to stories from within our industry and working collaboratively to improve language in our agreements and internal reporting procedures changed me. For the past three years I have been studying law. I wish to be of service to the community that has made me who I am.

    Both of my parents are actors. I have lived among theatre makers my whole life. I am passionate about fighting for artists' rights and rightful, valued place in society. I am dedicated to working together to achieve big goals.

    I would appreciate your vote and hope we get to work together soon.

  • Read Ron's Statement

    Ron Kennell

    Ron Kennell

    Ron Kennell

    As an 2SLGBTQ performer I have often been denied consultation on how I am represented within the work at the institutions where the work happens.

    A contract must never be more important than the work, health, or safety standards we have fought for, and deserve. An engagement must never depend on a willingness to suppress who we are, where we come from, or our own well-being.

    As digital media continues to bring theatre to screens large and small, I am excited about finding ways to restructure into strong arts organization in which the vast membership will be well represented. I have seen progress wrought from fellow members who have sat on Council and those who continue to guide Council today. I would like to build on those successes.

    We need a strong arts lobby. We need to stop telling our youth, “If you can do anything else, do it.” We need to tell them that a life in the arts – while challenging, is worthwhile contribution to society. We need to believe it ourselves. And it starts with representation.

    I would be thrilled to work with you as we forward our arts agenda throughout Canada. What we do here is essential.

  • Read Omar's Statement

    Omar Alex Khan

    Omar Alex Khan

    Omar Alex Khan

    I've been an Equity member since 2007 and have worked under Equity contracts in PEI, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and have served as deputy for a half-dozen shows. I've thought about joining Council for some time and in recent years have developed a belief in service and giving back. Recent life experiences have led me to the conclusion that now is the time for me to do some of that giving back.

    Over the past 20 months doors have been opened and invitations have been extended for artists to engage in discussions amongst themselves and with engagers about the casting process, the stories we should be telling, and whose voices should be telling them. These are daunting yet exciting discussions that I'd like to be a part of at the Council level. These, of course, are not the only issues being discussed, and sitting in on a recent Council meeting I was fascinated to learn about some of the current and ongoing conversations.

    I am excited about contributing to the shaping of policy that continues to move Equity forward into the most progressive and inclusive organization possible, as we navigate towards full re-opening of the live entertainment sector.

  • Read Richard's Statement

    Richard Lam

    Richard Lam

    Richard Lam

    After an unfathomably challenging 18 months, I'm optimistic that light is on the horizon and theatres will begin to reopen their doors in 2022. As someone who has already faced the learning curve of joining Council last term, I feel called to bring my experience to the new Council, so they are as prepared as possible for the unforeseeable decisions that will appear in the coming months, and to make sure our new normal prioritizes the safety of artists alongside the recovery of our industry.

    There are also several projects started by this council that have not been completed, and I would love to continue them. These include a stronger new member education system, and a conversation about a deeper relationship with ACTRA, which will be extremely important to our industry moving forward.

    Serving on Council for has been an incredibly enriching experience for me - not just for the knowledge I've gained, but also for how I was able to connect with my fellow artists, often in times of need or uncertainty, and make our industry feel like a circle of peers supporting each other in solidarity. It would be my honour to serve for a second term!

  • Read Nora's Statement

    Nora McLellan

    Nora McLellan

    Nora McLellan

    I would be honoured to serve another term at Council. We worked very hard going into the pandemic and loss of our jobs. I'm thrilled that I was able to assist with the Respectful Workplace Policy, the Senior Artist Support Task Force, the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force, Not In Our Space!, as well as the Governance and Policy Review Committee to simplify Equity’s policies and bylaws.

    Honestly, it took me awhile to figure things out, and now that I have a better understanding, I'd like to continue, especially to examine how we move forward within Equity and what our future is. I stand with our members as we negotiate through these tough times. I stand with our IBPOC and LGBTQ2S+ members as a settler and an ally. Thanks to Glynis Ranney and Mike Nadejewski for the nomination.

    I can't wait to get started coming back!

  • Read Anand's Statement

    Anand Rajaram

    Anand Rajaram

    Anand Rajaram

    I've been an Equity member since 2000 & been privileged to work in large theatres & with indie companies, on global tours & long local runs, doing text-based plays, improv, puppetry, mask, dance, mime, and clown. I've also created & produced work under Equity. Through these experiences, I have gained an understanding of some of the unique pressures each company undergoes.

    This pandemic respite has given pause for us to evaluate what Equity actually means. New voices & new audiences are engaging with theatre & Equity needs more than ever to be ready for the potential growth to come. Part of this will be thinking more deeply about digital performance as well as where we can increase efficiency & decrease cost by sharing resources with ACTRA.

    The pandemic exposed our precarity to government & the public. Can we leverage this awareness to changing our tax status to a 5-year average to compensate for the rollercoaster of boom & bust?

    I'm running to help our profession grow with stability & transparency. I know I have a great deal to learn, but I also have an affinity to think outside the box. I hope to apply myself for your betterment.

  • Read Reid's Statement

    Reid Spencer

    Reid Spencer

    Reid Spencer

    My name is Reid Spencer, and I have been an Equity member since 1981. Yes, 40 years, during which time I have worked under most theatre agreements, and opera ones as well. I have acted, stage managed, directed and even produced for a short time. During that time I was also involved in education, helping a new generation of performers to find their voices. During my time as a prof I worked on committees charged with both long range planning, and on governance issues.

    All in all, I have a wide range of skills to bring to the table. In the past I have donated time to Equity, but now it seems to me it is time to give back in a bigger way. This last 18 months has been tough for everyone, but especially for our industry. In some ways we will have to reinvent ourselves as we come back to a time of live, in-person performance.

    I do not have answers for how that will happen—I don’t know that anyone really does have those answers yet. But my training and experience has taught me how to find answers. I am asking to be allowed to serve. Thanks.

  • Read Geoff's Statement

    Geoff Whynot

    Geoff Whynot

    Geoff Whynot

    These last years have seen long-overdue reckonings across society and within our community. In response, recent Councils have done vital work putting practices and structures in place to truly serve and support the entire membership. And while the pandemic has seriously impacted our sector, as our business starts to rebuild we have the opportunity to entrench these practices as foundational to the way we will be with each other, and with engagers and other colleagues.

    We have strength in our diversity of voice, of experience, and of perspective. I believe the commitment of the next Council must be to build on the great work that’s been undertaken in these last unprecedented years. Let’s build an association with the capacity to bring change for its members, and one that can be changed by its members for the betterment of all of us.

    As an actor, director and teacher, I am always asking what could be improved, and how I can contribute to bringing about that improvement. As a Councillor, I will look at our challenges and concerns with fresh eyes, listen with fresh ears, and seek ways to build our association for who we are now and who we can become.