We Support Caregivers
in the Performing Arts

The aim of Balancing Act is to create increased equality, accessibility, and inclusion for parents and caregivers working in the performing arts. We collaborate with artists, arts workers, and arts organizations to develop pathways for change at an individual, organizational and systemic level.

Balancing Act is an initiative of Theatre Direct.


Balancing Act defines a ‘caregiver’ as individuals who care for children, aging adults, those in need of personal or primary care, and anyone who self-identifies as a caregiver. We acknowledge that care work can include blood, adopted, or chosen family, colleagues, and caring for others out of duty.


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Applications are still open!

Theatre Direct’s popular inquiry-based program for artist exploration: Hack Lab, opens a cohort specifically for artist caregivers! 

A unique opportunity for those engaged in care work to reconnect with their practice and other artists within a time-flexible container.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Online Sessions (Bi-Weekly)
📅: Tuesdays (February 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2)
⏱️: 1 hour

In-Person Residency
📅: May 15 - May 28
📍: Theatre Directs Studio H

Hack Lab is an entirely process-driven creative space that disrupts what we know about performance by investigating non-traditional forms, sparking discussions and engaging with works of art. 

Hack Lab is a multigenerational group that is open to all artists, at any stage of their practice.

Visit the 🔗 below to learn more and to register!

https://www.balancingactcanada.com/programs/hack-lab/
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Applications are still open!

Theatre Direct’s popular inquiry-based program for artist exploration: Hack Lab, opens a cohort specifically for artist caregivers!

A unique opportunity for those engaged in care work to reconnect with their practice and other artists within a time-flexible container.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Online Sessions (Bi-Weekly)
📅: Tuesdays (February 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2)
⏱️: 1 hour

In-Person Residency
📅: May 15 - May 28
📍: Theatre Direct's Studio H

Hack Lab is an entirely process-driven creative space that disrupts what we know about performance by investigating non-traditional forms, sparking discussions and engaging with works of art.

Hack Lab is a multigenerational group that is open to all artists, at any stage of their practice.

Visit the 🔗 below to learn more and to register!

www.balancingactcanada.com/programs/hack-lab/
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📢Call for Applicants📢

Hack Lab: Research + Residency is open to artist-caregivers developing new performance projects.

Facilitated by Shira Leuchter, Hack Lab returns with a 4 month-program, including online sessions curated to support each artists interests, as well as studio residency time for artists to test out new ideas alongside a community of collaborators. 

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Online Sessions (Bi-Weekly)
📅: Tuesdays (February 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2)
⏱️: 1 hour

In-Person Residency
📅: May 15 - May 28
📍: Theatre Directs Studio H

📸: Shira in her work All the Things I’ve Lost, photo by Rachel Weiner

Visit the 🔗 below to learn more and register!
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6xqvxQ_-QsPdXkqeotEv0yIQNQjfA3CCO-J1z2gwlp76PMg/viewform
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#theatre #performingarts #hacklab #research #residency #artist #caregiver #art #care #performance #support #community #collaboration #torontoart #torontoartist #torontotheatre

📢Call for Applicants📢

Hack Lab: Research + Residency is open to artist-caregivers developing new performance projects.

Facilitated by Shira Leuchter, Hack Lab returns with a 4 month-program, including online sessions curated to support each artist's interests, as well as studio residency time for artists to test out new ideas alongside a community of collaborators.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2023

Online Sessions (Bi-Weekly)
📅: Tuesdays (February 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, May 2)
⏱️: 1 hour

In-Person Residency
📅: May 15 - May 28
📍: Theatre Direct's Studio H

📸: Shira in her work All the Things I’ve Lost, photo by Rachel Weiner

Visit the 🔗 below to learn more and register!
docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf6xqvxQ_-QsPdXkqeotEv0yIQNQjfA3CCO-J1z2gwlp76PMg/viewform
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🤝Affinity Group🤝

Join us for our All Caregivers/Parents Affinity Group: Recovery and Re-emergence.

📅: Monday January 23
🕐: 1pm - 2:30pm EST
📍: Online (Zoom)

Balancing Act eases into the new year with an affinity group focused on recovery from burnout and re-awakening the creative voice.
 
Guest Artist Dr. Blessyl Buan will open the discussion with her personal story about re-emerging as an artist in midlife; reckoning with identity and wellness while caregiving as a creative. Blessyl is a dance artist, community healer, and mother of 4.
 
Active listener: Victoria Mata.

Visit the 🔗 below to register!
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/balancing-act-affinity-group-guest-artist-blessyl-buan-tickets-492199611287
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#theatre #affinity #caregiving #care #caregiver #parent #support #peer #group #recovery #reemergence #burnout #creative

🤝Affinity Group🤝

Join us for our All Caregivers/Parents Affinity Group: Recovery and Re-emergence.

📅: Monday January 23
🕐: 1pm - 2:30pm EST
📍: Online (Zoom)

Balancing Act eases into the new year with an affinity group focused on recovery from burnout and re-awakening the creative voice.

Guest Artist Dr. Blessyl Buan will open the discussion with her personal story about re-emerging as an artist in midlife; reckoning with identity and wellness while caregiving as a creative. Blessyl is a dance artist, community healer, and mother of 4.

Active listener: Victoria Mata.

Visit the 🔗 below to register!
www.eventbrite.ca/e/balancing-act-affinity-group-guest-artist-blessyl-buan-tickets-492199611287
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#theatre #affinity #caregiving #care #caregiver #parent #support #peer #group #recovery #reemergence #burnout #creative
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