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We are excited to announce one of our biggest conferences to date from Thursday, April 18 to Monday, April 29. This hybrid conference will ensure the best aspects of our previous conferences – the in-person connection and networking opportunities that our original format allowed and the inclusivity and accessibility of our virtual format. 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.

Below you will find our schedule of events. There are 2 time slots where we will be offering two courses simultaneously on the same topic – apprentices, and music. These sessions allow people to choose the level of experience that suits their situation. For example – you can either learn to Read Music, or if you already know how to follow along with a score, you can learn how to stage manage a musical.

Big news is that we are still offering subsidized seats. If you can 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: Monday, April 29th
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

There are four courses that are not available virtually – Reading Plans/Taping a floor, Prompting, Best Practices: Blades, and Giving Notes.


Please note

All courses will be held at Toronto Metropolitan University, Kerr Hall South, Room 053 (40 Gould Street) unless otherwise indicated in the schedule below.


Single Course

Click the Register button on the individual course pages or in the Schedule below.

Conference Pass

Includes all 23 courses ($30/course, actual value is $920)

Conference Pass

Includes all 19 courses ($30/course, actual value is $760)

Subsidized Seat donation
$5 minimum

Donate any amount toward a subsidized seat.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Registration may be made in advance by email or online.
  2. Applications must include payment in full, paid by Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.
  3. SMArts reserves the right to substitute instructors.
  4. All classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. Your place will be guaranteed upon registration with the required course fee.


  • 7 or more days prior to the day of the class: 75% of course fee refunded
  • 3 to 6 days prior to the day of the class: 30% of course fee refunded
  • 2 days or less prior to the day of the class: NO REFUND

In the event that SMArts cancels a course, 85% of your registration fee for that class will be refunded.

SMArts reserves the right to determine participants’ continuation in any course, and will pro-rate refunds accordingly.

SMArts will only be accepting participants who are currently working as stage managers or who have the goal of becoming a professional stage manager.

For more information about the SMArts Conference or specific registration questions, please contact Janelle Rainville.


Thursday, April 18


All sessions today:
Equity Offices
12th floor
44 Victoria Street

Joining Equity

12 - 3:30pm

Arden Ryshpan

Canadian Theatre Agreement (CTA)

5 - 8:30pm

Jennifer Riedle

Friday, April 19

Calling a Show

12 - 4pm

Kat Chin


5:30 - 8:30pm

Cheryl Francis

Saturday, April 20

Giving Notes

12 - 4pm

Janelle Rainville, Alix Sideris, David Leyshon


5:30 - 8:30pm

Tim Welham

Sunday, April 21

Reading Plans / Taping a Floor

12 - 4pm

Jeff Morris & Janelle Rainville


Training Apprentices:
TMU, KHS 054

Training Apprentices

5:30 - 9pm

Lisa Russell

How to be a Good Apprentice

5:30 - 9pm

Christine Oakey

Monday, April 22

Health & Safety

12 - 4pm

Janet Sellery

Beyond Black Squares: Anti-Black Racism Workshop for SMs

5:30 - 8:30pm

Sedina Fiati, Naomi Bain, Velvet Wells

Tuesday, April 23

Assistant Stage Managing

12 - 3:30pm

Meghan Speakman


TMU, KHS 054


5:30 - 8:30pm

Jessica Severin

Reading Music

5:30 - 9pm

Jeff Morris

Wednesday, April 24

Effective Communication & Paperwork

12 - 4pm

Anna Spencer

Job Interviews & Contract Negotiations

5:30 - 9pm

Alison Peddie

Thursday, April 25

LINE! Blocking & Rehearsal Hall Management

12 - 4pm

Melissa Novocosky

Company Management

5:30 - 8:30pm

Rosie Driscoll

Friday, April 26

Stage Managing Intimacy

12 - 3:30pm

Siobhan Richardson

Scheduling & Planning

5 - 9pm

Janelle Rainville

Saturday, April 27


12 - 4pm

Ray Salverda

Tax Preparation for Stage Managers

5:30 - 9pm

Ken Burns

Sunday, April 28

SMing Dance

12 - 4pm

Janelle Rainville

Production Stage Manager

5 - 8:30pm

Meghan Callan

Monday, April 29

Best Practices: Blades

1:30 - 5pm

Daniel Levinson

Closing Night Party!

7 - 11pm

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