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Discussion Series


The myth and the reality

WORK – LIFE – BALANCE…How can 3 words cause such yearning and longing, frustration and determination? In this passion-driven industry is this something you are striving to attain or does it seem like an overly lofty goal?

Work Life balance is possible – it is not a rainbow-striped unicorn. There are people in our industry who have come up with some wonderful life hacks that work for them in order to balance these two bickering lovers. Join Moderator, Rick Banville as he speaks with a panel of PMs, TDs and SMs who are attempting concrete solutions. These might be personal strategies that work on a global stage or are work strategies that are bound by specific company policies. They may not have achieved perfection but they making the effort.

In order to make this a national discussion, we will be providing remote access seats through our ZOOM Video conferencing platform. Link and instructions will be sent upon registration.

After the event, we will move to Betty’s for networking and continued informal discussions.

DATE: Monday, December 9, 2019
TIME: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. EST
VENUE: Canadian Stage – Upstairs Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto
COST: $10 in advance / $15 at the door / $5 for students / $5 for remote access seats


Jessica Severin
Jessica Severin is a Toronto-based Stage Manager, and a graduate of the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. Over the past 15 years she has worked across the country and internationally, for companies such as Mirvish Productions, Vancouver Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, Glimmerglass, the Royal Opera Versailles, Luminato, Musical Stage Company, Soulpepper, Obsidian, Nightwood, Tarragon, Ross Petty Productions, the Thousand Islands Playhouse, Drayton Entertainment, Harold Green Jewish Theatre and others.

Erin Fitzgerald
Erin is an avid hiker, traveller, gardener, reader, and perpetual student who has a home yoga practice that provides hours of entertainment/confusion for her dog, Daisy. Happily married, honoured to be a stepmom and thrilled to be a part of this discussion on work/life balance, Erin is a Toronto-based stage manager who has had the opportunity to work, live & play tourist in many theatre towns throughout the country.

Barney Bayliss – Panelist
Barney studied film and photography at Ryerson in the early 80s, worked on movies until ’91 when he started managing the scene shop of the Canadian Opera Company. Over twenty-four years at the COC, he went from Shop Supervisor to Associate Technical Director. In 2016 he took the position of Technical Director at the National Ballet of Canada, and has recently taken the role of Interim Director of Production.

Rick Banville – Moderator
Rick has been a Production Manager for over twenty years, working alongside some of Canada’s leading artists and companies while having the great fortune of touring theatre, opera, dance and music through Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the United States, and Canada. Rick has managed the production departments for The Blyth Festival, Opera Atelier, The Stratford Summer Music Festival, Volcano, Bluewater Summer Playhouse, Opera Lyra Ottawa and most recently, Young People’s Theatre. He has helped to produce annual conferences for CAPACOA, IAMA and ISPA. In 2017, Rick was proud to production manage Luminato’s opening event Tributaries, a celebration of the immeasurable power, passion, beauty, and resilience of Indigenous women. Currently, Rick freelances on the occasional project, consults on others, and teaches Production Management at Ryerson University, Humber College and the National Theatre School in Montreal as well as a course on international touring at NTS. He lives with his family in Hamilton and is a founding member of #hamont’s newest professional theatre company, Industry.


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