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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✨Affinity Group Spotlight✨

Meet Lenka Clayton, one of our guests for Mondays Affinity Group. Lenka is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers, exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd.

Lenka is the founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood, a self-directed, open-source artist residency program that takes place inside the homes and lives of artists who are also parents.

You can chat with Lenka and other artist parents/caregivers at our Affinity Group on Monday January 24 from 1-2:30pm EST. 

Email balancingact@theatredirect.ca for any questions, access needs, and to register!

#theatre #BalancingAct #ArtistCaregivers #StrengthInCommunity #CareGiven #VisibleParenting #interdisciplinary #artist #motherhood #affinity #group #guest #conversation #chat #program #parents #caregivers

✨Affinity Group Spotlight✨

Meet Lenka Clayton, one of our guests for Monday's Affinity Group. Lenka is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers, exaggerates and alters the accepted rules of everyday life, extending the familiar into the realms of the poetic and absurd.

Lenka is the founder of 'An Artist Residency in Motherhood', a self-directed, open-source artist residency program that takes place inside the homes and lives of artists who are also parents.

You can chat with Lenka and other artist parents/caregivers at our Affinity Group on Monday January 24 from 1-2:30pm EST.

Email balancingact@theatredirect.ca for any questions, access needs, and to register!

#theatre #BalancingAct #ArtistCaregivers #StrengthInCommunity #CareGiven #VisibleParenting #interdisciplinary #Artist #motherhood #affinity #group #guest #conversation #chat #program #parents #caregivers
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‼️Affinity Group‼️

Join us on Monday, January 24 from 1-2:30pm EST for our Affinity Group!

Welcoming new members as always, Balancing Acts Affinity Groups are a peer support environment where artists/ arts workers who are engaged in care can dialogue or listen in🙌

Featuring guests Lenka Clayton, founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood, and Tracey Norman, a Toronto-based choreographer who recently participated in the residency. Both speak to their experiences with this unique initiative. Open discussion to follow!💬

Please email balancingact@theatredirect.ca to let us know of any access needs and to register. 

#BalancingAct #ArtistCaregivers #CareGiven #StrengthInCommunity #care #artists #artworkers #dance #motherhood #fatherhood #residency #theatre #affinity #support #peers #community #unique #online

‼️Affinity Group‼️

Join us on Monday, January 24 from 1-2:30pm EST for our Affinity Group!

Welcoming new members as always, Balancing Act's Affinity Groups are a peer support environment where artists/ arts workers who are engaged in care can dialogue or listen in🙌

Featuring guests Lenka Clayton, founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood, and Tracey Norman, a Toronto-based choreographer who recently participated in the residency. Both speak to their experiences with this unique initiative. Open discussion to follow!💬

Please email balancingact@theatredirect.ca to let us know of any access needs and to register.

#BalancingAct #ArtistCaregivers #CareGiven #StrengthInCommunity #Care #artists #artworkers #dance #motherhood #fatherhood #residency #theatre #affinity #support #peers #community #unique #online
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Thank you so much to our panelists and attendees for joining us at our Level UP! National Roundtable on Flexible Working Models last week! Many thanks to our co-presenter, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres! 

It was an amazing conversation with…

Anna Ehnold-Danailov (UK), Co-founder and Joint CEO, Parents In Performing Arts - PIPA; Ralph B. Peña (US), Producing Artistic Director, Ma-Yi Theater Company (New York); Rebecca Vandevelde and Laura Phillips, Means of Production (CAN); Annemieke Wade, Managing Director, Roseneath Theatre; Jeremy Webb, Artistic Director, Neptune Theatre; Lucy Eveleigh, Executive Director, The Toronto Fringe; Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld, Managing Director, Outside the March. 

Our Roundtable #2: Childcare Solutions will be held on February 24. Stay tuned for more details!

#BalancingAct #caregivers #roundtable #flexible #working #models #parents #artists #care #strengthincommunity #caregiven #theatre #artworkers #visibleparenting #panelists #guests #partners #strategies #project

Thank you so much to our panelists and attendees for joining us at our Level UP! National Roundtable on Flexible Working Models last week! Many thanks to our co-presenter, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres!

It was an amazing conversation with…

Anna Ehnold-Danailov (UK), Co-founder and Joint CEO, Parents In Performing Arts - PIPA; Ralph B. Peña (US), Producing Artistic Director, Ma-Yi Theater Company (New York); Rebecca Vandevelde and Laura Phillips, Means of Production (CAN); Annemieke Wade, Managing Director, Roseneath Theatre; Jeremy Webb, Artistic Director, Neptune Theatre; Lucy Eveleigh, Executive Director, The Toronto Fringe; Katherine Devlin Rosenfeld, Managing Director, Outside the March.

Our Roundtable #2: Childcare Solutions will be held on February 24. Stay tuned for more details!

#BalancingAct #caregivers #roundtable #flexible #working #models #parents #artists #care #strengthincommunity #caregiven #theatre #artworkers #visibleparenting #panelists #guests #partners #strategies #project
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