Equity represents almost 6,000 active professional artists including performers (actors, singers, dancers), directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers working in live performance (theatre, opera and dance) in English Canada.
Recognizing that the arts are vital to life and that artists make an invaluable contribution to our society, Equity supports the creative efforts of its members by seeking to improve their working conditions and opportunities. The business of Equity is to negotiate and administer collective agreements, provide benefit plans, information and support, and act as an advocate for its membership.
Ryerson School of Performance offers full-time four-year BFAs in Acting, Dance and Production with facilities that include a proscenium stage, flexible black box studios, rehearsal rooms, dance studios, wood/ metal workshop, scenic art/drafting lab, costume workshops, and a range of other teaching spaces. Training is offered in acting, ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance, scenic and costume design, lighting design, sound design, technical theatre, playwriting and directing, production and stage management as well as audience relations.
The SMArts Conference is generously sponsored by the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Without Equity’s financial assistance, it would be impossible to keep the session fees at such a low rate. We also greatly appreciate the assistance from Ryerson Theatre School. It is a privilege for SMArts to be associated with this respected training institution.
Much gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the following individuals and institutions: Arden R. Ryshpan, Flatiron Firkin Pub, Lynn McQueen, Penny Olorenshaw, Jeff Morris, Peter Fleming, Ryerson University and Ryerson School of Performance, Jeanne LeSage, Julia Gaunt-Rannala and Susan Wallace.