Stage Management Electoral Region
This region will elect two (2) Councillors.
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Read Laura's Statement
I’m Laura Baxter, I’m a queer Stage Manager living and working on the Indigenous lands of Treaty 13, Toronto/Tkaronto, and I’ve been a member of Equity and active working Stage Manager, since 2009.
As I sit here trying to write this, I’m in rehearsal nursing my 7-month old baby and writing blocking, wondering how other SMs are juggling all of their responsibilities. How do you have a personal life and a career as an SM? For a lot of us, we sacrifice our personal lives, and work/life balance is almost impossible in our culture of long hours and demand for total dedication to the art, at the expense of everything else.
I want to advocate for work/ life balance in theatre, and continue the work of diversity and inclusivity in governance, policy, and rehearsal rooms. I’d like to challenge the systemic and cultural issues that have led to a real lack of diversity among Stage Managers, and work to support access and opportunities for BIPOC Stage Managers and Apprentices.
Since the pandemic decimated our industry, we’ve had to rethink what theatre looks like, and we have an opportunity to challenge the status quo and make positive changes that benefit all of us.
Read Becca's Statement
My name is Becca Jorgensen, and I am an Indo-Canadian Stage Manager residing on the West Coast traditional lands nurtured, protected, and cared for by the Lekwungen peoples, also known as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. I am thrilled to be running for Equity Council as your Stage Management representative.
My artistic and creative practice is centralized around artist support, people management, and connection to the community. Canada has a rich and beautiful creative landscape, and I am proud to be an artist within our country. Connection to the arts is integral to the health and wellbeing of a community and nation, it has the unique ability to guide us through times of discomfort and uncertainty.
I joined Equity in January of 2020, on the cusp of the world we now know living with COVID-19. I am thankful for the ongoing support of our current councillors, Melissa and Erika, for holding space for Stage Managers to learn and talk about the ever-changing environments we are expected to navigate and lead. It is my hope that as a Stage Management representative on Council that I will be able to continue the work and nurturing environment that Erika and Melissa have created.
Read Kelsey's Statement
Read Steven's Statement
My name is Steven Sobolewski. I am a mixed-Filipino stage manager from the Northern Alberta region and I have had the pleasure and privilege to work in professional theatre as a stage manager for over five years. I believe I would be an effective member representative because I grew up not seeing anyone who looks like myself in positions of power and I want to change that so that other young, Queer, BIPOC artists can see themselves when they look at who is on Council. I also believe that with my drive and passion for safer and braver spaces I will bring a unique viewpoint.
Some issues that are important to me include:
- Ensuring all Equity members have the tools, resources, and support from Equity to create and develop their own Anti-Racist practices.
- Developing policies around a healthy workplace and creating a culture of safe and brave spaces for all.
I want to run because I believe in the impact that effective policymaking and building can have when it has been created by people who want to leave things better than when they found them. I also fully believe in the power of policies that have been created out of a love for people in this industry.
Read Erin's Statement