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’s definition of caregiver includes individuals who care for children, older adults, those in need of personal care, and anyone who self-identifies as a caregiver.


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Meet Neena! 

Neena Jayarajan is one of two awesome guest artists and Hack Lab artist caregiver cohort members joining this Mondays online meet-up for all caregivers and parents from 1 pm EST. Register by e-mailing balancingact@theatredirect.ca. 

Learn more about the meet-up here: https://bit.ly/3iLBClX, and about Neena below. 

Bio ⤵️
Neena Jayarajan is an independent dance theatre artist with extensive experience in bharatnatyam and odissi dance techniques. Her primary training was under the tutelage of Dr. Menaka Thakkar, and Sujatha Mohapatra. She served as the Assistant Artistic Director of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company for 7 years, as well as assistant teacher at nrtyakala for 20 years.  She currently is an Associate Artist at Nova Dance involved in both creative and organizational roles. Neena completed her MA in Dance from York University and was a 2016 recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship Grant. She made her theatrical debut in Theatre Smith-Gilmours Metamorphosis. Neena currently sits on the board of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - East Chapter and The Dance Current. Neena is also a mother to 2 boys age 6 and 18 months!  

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Meet Neena!

Neena Jayarajan is one of two awesome guest artists and Hack Lab artist caregiver cohort members joining this Monday's online meet-up for all caregivers and parents from 1 pm EST. Register by e-mailing balancingact@theatredirect.ca.

Learn more about the meet-up here: bit.ly/3iLBClX, and about Neena below.

Bio ⤵️
Neena Jayarajan is an independent dance theatre artist with extensive experience in bharatnatyam and odissi dance techniques. Her primary training was under the tutelage of Dr. Menaka Thakkar, and Sujatha Mohapatra. She served as the Assistant Artistic Director of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company for 7 years, as well as assistant teacher at nrtyakala for 20 years. She currently is an Associate Artist at Nova Dance involved in both creative and organizational roles. Neena completed her MA in Dance from York University and was a 2016 recipient of the Chalmers Arts Fellowship Grant. She made her theatrical debut in Theatre Smith-Gilmour's Metamorphosis. Neena currently sits on the board of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - East Chapter and The Dance Current. Neena is also a mother to 2 boys age 6 and 18 months!

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Affinity Group Meet-Up coming up! 👥

📆: Monday August 9, 2021
⏰: 1 pm to 2:30 pm EST
📍: Online via Zoom

Open to all parents/caregivers. With special guests! Artists from 
the artist caregiver cohorts of Theatre Directs Hack Lab join to reflect upon and offer a window into their process at the intersection art-making and caregiving. 

To register and share access needs, please e-mail balancingact@theatredirect.ca. 

Learn more about our Affinity Groups here: https://www.balancingactcanada.com/programs/affinity-groups/

Learn more about Hack Lab here: https://www.balancingactcanada.com/programs/hack-lab/

#balancingact #artistcaregivers

Affinity Group Meet-Up coming up! 👥

📆: Monday August 9, 2021
⏰: 1 pm to 2:30 pm EST
📍: Online via Zoom

Open to all parents/caregivers. With special guests! Artists from
the artist caregiver cohorts of Theatre Direct's Hack Lab join to reflect upon and offer a window into their process at the intersection art-making and caregiving.

To register and share access needs, please e-mail balancingact@theatredirect.ca.

Learn more about our Affinity Groups here: www.balancingactcanada.com/programs/affinity-groups/

Learn more about Hack Lab here: www.balancingactcanada.com/programs/hack-lab/

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