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We are excited to announce the first fully hybrid SMArts conference from Thursday April 20 to Sunday, April 30. We have missed the in-person connection and networking opportunities that our original format allowed.  But we have also thoroughly enjoyed the national community we were able to build during the 2020 & 2021 conference.  So…those attending in-person will be back in Kerr Hall at the Toronto Metropolitan University and those attending virtually will be joining via Zoom**.  This hybrid model will also allow us to bring in instructors from across the country (Calgary, Halifax, Vancouver, Niagara-on-the-Lake)

To borrow from our 2020 conference we are also offering two free conversations.  The first, Upcoming CTA Negotiation Thoughts, will be hosted by the Equity Stage Management Committee.  The second, OK Stage Managers – What now? is a Town hall discussion hosted by SMArts to discuss the future of stage management in this country.

Below you will find our calendar of events.  There are 3 time slots where we will be offering two courses simultaneously on the same topic – calling a show, apprentices, and music.  These sessions allow people to choose the level of experience that suits their situation.  For example – you can either learn to Call a show, or if you have been calling shows for years, you can learn how to call the more difficult bits, such as follow spots, fly cues, and cue lights.

Big news is that we are still offering subsidized seats.  If you are able to donate any amount towards helping those in our community who cannot afford to take a course, we would greatly appreciate it.  You can donate upon check out, or through this link.

As is our custom we will close the conference with a Night of a 1,001 Stage Managers.  Everyone is welcome whether you attended the conference or not!  SMArts will supply finger foods.  A full menu is available on the pub’s web site.

Date: Sunday, April 30th
Time: 7:30 p.m. until late
Venue: The Imperial Pub (2nd floor)
Address: 54 Dundas Street East, Toronto

Janelle Rainville
Director – SMArts

** Please note that there are two courses that are not available virtually – Reading Plans/Taping a floor and Giving Notes.

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Sunday, April 23

Tuesday, April 25

Wednesday, April 26

Thursday, April 27

Friday, April 28

Sunday, April 30


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Assistant Stage Managing


Calling a Show


Calling a Show Part 2: More Moving Parts


Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA)


Canadian Theatre Agreement 2 (CTA 2)

$0.00$40.00 HST

Effective Communication & Paperwork


Engaging Deaf Theatre Artists


Firearms Best Practices


Giving Notes


How to be a Good Apprentice


Joining Equity


LINE!: Blocking and Rehearsal Management


Production Stage Manager


Reading Music


Reading Plans / Taping a Floor




Scheduling and Planning


Scores: Prepping, Qing, and Calling


Stress, Burnout & Finding Balance


Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA)

$0.00$40.00 HST

Town Hall: What do you need from SMArts?


Training Apprentices


Upcoming CTA Negotiations Conversation


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