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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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Balancing Act Canada
Affinity Group TOMORROW with Ella Cooper! 👥

All Caregivers/Parents Affinity Group
Thursday October 21, 2021
1pm to 2:30pm EST
Online via Zoom 

Featuring guest artist Ella Cooper!

Each month, Balancing Act offers an online affinity group for artists and arts workers engaged in care; a supportive space to dialogue and exchange stories and resources. Each session features an artist talk followed by open discussion.

Ella Cooper is a Facilitator, Cinematographer, Artist and Founder of Black Women Film - Canada.

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

#balancingact #artistcaregivers

Affinity Group TOMORROW with Ella Cooper! 👥

All Caregivers/Parents Affinity Group
Thursday October 21, 2021
1pm to 2:30pm EST
Online via Zoom

Featuring guest artist Ella Cooper!

Each month, Balancing Act offers an online affinity group for artists and arts workers engaged in care; a supportive space to dialogue and exchange stories and resources. Each session features an artist talk followed by open discussion.

Ella Cooper is a Facilitator, Cinematographer, Artist and Founder of Black Women Film - Canada.

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

#balancingact #artistcaregivers
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Welcome to Margaret and Reva! 

Balancing Act is thrilled to have Margaret Evans join us as Managing Producer and Reva Lokhande as Associate Producer. Theyll work together with now Artistic Producer Susie Burpee, Founder and Executive Director Lisa Marie DiLiberto and our Steering Committee on an exciting season ahead including the first year of Level UP!. 

Learn more about Margaret and Reva below.

Margaret Evans ⤵️
Margaret is a Dora nominated actor and producer. As Artistic Associate in the Performing Arts Department at Harbourfront Centre, Margaret was Festival Curator for HarbourKids, and Coordinator for the Hatch Emerging Artists Residency from 2011-2014. She was also part of the World Stage team from 2008-2014 and was the principal coordinator of the Toronto production of the community led Complaints Choir. Margaret joined Crows Theatre as Associate Producer in 2015 as part of the team that opened the new venue, Streetcar Crowsnest, hailed as East-End Toronto’s largest, most ambitious theatre space to date. At Crow’s, Margaret was part of the producing team for many productions, partnerships, and community events. She is especially proud to have developed and led Crow’s Theatre’s first programming and education series for Children and Families. A graduate of the University of Kings College, Halifax and the Actors Studio Drama School (New York), Margaret was most recently the Producer for the 2021 edition of the SummerWorks Exchange and is also the Managing Producer of the Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA). She is mama to two inspiring and hilarious young souls and is thrilled to be joining the Balancing Act team.

Reva Lokhande ⤵️
Reva Lokhande (she/her) is an arts manager and advocator, artist, actor, art administrator, and an aspiring stage manager, producer, and director. She earned her bachelor’s in Arts Management from LASALLE College of the Arts and most recently her Post-Graduate Diploma in Theatre Production from Humber College. She has experience and knowledge in stage managing, gallery managing, exhibitions, art fairs, and short films. Her passion for theatre, film, art, and nature is what keeps her on her toes and brings her joy. Having worked on plays like Shakespeare’s Taming of Shrew, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet in Singapore as well as plays produced by Humber College; Stage Manager of Andrew Penner’s Songs of Class and Dirt, and as the Assistant Stage Manager for Richard Lee’s Humans. She is an alumnus of the 2021 TENT program from The Toronto Fringe and is grateful to have had this opportunity. She is thrilled to be using her knowledge and skills at Theatre Direct’s Balancing Act initiative in the capacity of Associate Producer along with being the Artistic Producer Associate at Nightwood Theatre. Reva looks forward to being an integral part of the Canadian theatre scene, one that is caring, conscious, accessible, approachable, and engaging. 

#balancingact #artistcaregivers

Welcome to Margaret and Reva!

Balancing Act is thrilled to have Margaret Evans join us as Managing Producer and Reva Lokhande as Associate Producer. They'll work together with now Artistic Producer Susie Burpee, Founder and Executive Director Lisa Marie DiLiberto and our Steering Committee on an exciting season ahead including the first year of Level UP!.

Learn more about Margaret and Reva below.

Margaret Evans ⤵️
Margaret is a Dora nominated actor and producer. As Artistic Associate in the Performing Arts Department at Harbourfront Centre, Margaret was Festival Curator for HarbourKids, and Coordinator for the Hatch Emerging Artists Residency from 2011-2014. She was also part of the World Stage team from 2008-2014 and was the principal coordinator of the Toronto production of the community led Complaints Choir. Margaret joined Crow's Theatre as Associate Producer in 2015 as part of the team that opened the new venue, Streetcar Crowsnest, hailed as East-End Toronto’s largest, most ambitious theatre space to date. At Crow’s, Margaret was part of the producing team for many productions, partnerships, and community events. She is especially proud to have developed and led Crow’s Theatre’s first programming and education series for Children and Families. A graduate of the University of King's College, Halifax and the Actors Studio Drama School (New York), Margaret was most recently the Producer for the 2021 edition of the SummerWorks Exchange and is also the Managing Producer of the Festival of Live Digital Art (FOLDA). She is mama to two inspiring and hilarious young souls and is thrilled to be joining the Balancing Act team.

Reva Lokhande ⤵️
Reva Lokhande (she/her) is an arts manager and advocator, artist, actor, art administrator, and an aspiring stage manager, producer, and director. She earned her bachelor’s in Arts Management from LASALLE College of the Arts and most recently her Post-Graduate Diploma in Theatre Production from Humber College. She has experience and knowledge in stage managing, gallery managing, exhibitions, art fairs, and short films. Her passion for theatre, film, art, and nature is what keeps her on her toes and brings her joy. Having worked on plays like Shakespeare’s Taming of Shrew, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet in Singapore as well as plays produced by Humber College; Stage Manager of Andrew Penner’s Songs of Class and Dirt, and as the Assistant Stage Manager for Richard Lee’s Humans. She is an alumnus of the 2021 TENT program from The Toronto Fringe and is grateful to have had this opportunity. She is thrilled to be using her knowledge and skills at Theatre Direct’s Balancing Act initiative in the capacity of Associate Producer along with being the Artistic Producer Associate at Nightwood Theatre. Reva looks forward to being an integral part of the Canadian theatre scene, one that is caring, conscious, accessible, approachable, and engaging.

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Amazing people!!

Announcing our Affinity Group Guest Artist: ELLA COOPER! 

Next Thursday from 1pm EST, Ella joins us online for our all caregivers/parent affinity group meet-up. She is a Facilitator, Cinematographer, Artist and Founder of Black Women Film - Canada. (She also sits on our Steering Committee!) 

Learn more about Ella and the meet up below. Register via balancingact@theatredirect.ca. 

Bio ⤵️
Ella Cooper is an award winning cultural leader, producer, facilitator, photo-video artist, educator and programmer based in Toronto. She has been working in the arts and culture sector for over 19 years. Her creative work uses photography, film and visual arts to explore the diaspora, the creation of positive representations of the Black body in Canada, new representations of motherhood, arts for social change, community storytelling, contemporary dance and hybrid identities through multi-racial feminist lens.

She is also the founder of Black Women Film - Canada a new collective and leadership initiative supporting the development of Black women filmmakers that she created with support from TIFF, CBC, Canadian Film Centre (CFC), the Nia Centre for the Arts and 40 Black women filmmakers funded by numerous arts councils, donors and foundations.

Ella continues to design and facilitate transformative leadership, anti-oppression and arts empowerment programs for diverse communities, youth and not for profit organizations across Canada, the US, Europe, the Caribbean and South Africa. Ella holds a Masters of Education and has served as part time faculty at University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). In addition, she continues to be a featured speaker and guest facilitator for national and international conferences. 

In 2020, Ella received the Tiffany’s Hometown Hero Award and was recognized by Chatelaine Magazine as ‘30 Black Women Making Change Now’. In 2019, she was nominated for a Mayor’s Arts Cultural Leadership Award and in 2017 selected as one of Toronto Arts Councils Cultural Leader Fellows.

In 2015, her documentary film debut ‘Black Men Loving’ won ‘Best Canadian Film’ at the International CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, plus she received ‘Best Canadian Presentation’ award for her work in collaboration with Alison Duke and the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project series she directed with five other Black female directors, celebrating 50 year of Black activism in Toronto. In addition, her new short dance film documentary series ‘Dance for Life’ recently launched on Fibe TV1 and received honorable mention for ‘Best Dance Film Documentary’ at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Ella’s work has been presented in galleries, public spaces and festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Berlin. She receives continued support from the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada and Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de lOntario, as well as being a recipient of a City of Vancouver award and recent artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

About Balancing Act Canada Affinity Groups ⤵️
Each month, Balancing Act offers an online affinity group for artists and arts workers engaged in care; a supportive space to dialogue and exchange stories and resources. Each session features an artist talk followed by open discussion.

#balancingact #artistcaregivers

Announcing our Affinity Group Guest Artist: ELLA COOPER!

Next Thursday from 1pm EST, Ella joins us online for our all caregivers/parent affinity group meet-up. She is a Facilitator, Cinematographer, Artist and Founder of Black Women Film - Canada. (She also sits on our Steering Committee!)

Learn more about Ella and the meet up below. Register via balancingact@theatredirect.ca.

Bio ⤵️
Ella Cooper is an award winning cultural leader, producer, facilitator, photo-video artist, educator and programmer based in Toronto. She has been working in the arts and culture sector for over 19 years. Her creative work uses photography, film and visual arts to explore the diaspora, the creation of positive representations of the Black body in Canada, new representations of motherhood, arts for social change, community storytelling, contemporary dance and hybrid identities through multi-racial feminist lens.

She is also the founder of Black Women Film - Canada a new collective and leadership initiative supporting the development of Black women filmmakers that she created with support from TIFF, CBC, Canadian Film Centre (CFC), the Nia Centre for the Arts and 40 Black women filmmakers funded by numerous arts councils, donors and foundations.

Ella continues to design and facilitate transformative leadership, anti-oppression and arts empowerment programs for diverse communities, youth and not for profit organizations across Canada, the US, Europe, the Caribbean and South Africa. Ella holds a Masters of Education and has served as part time faculty at University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). In addition, she continues to be a featured speaker and guest facilitator for national and international conferences.

In 2020, Ella received the Tiffany’s Hometown Hero Award and was recognized by Chatelaine Magazine as ‘30 Black Women Making Change Now’. In 2019, she was nominated for a Mayor’s Arts Cultural Leadership Award and in 2017 selected as one of Toronto Arts Council's Cultural Leader Fellows.

In 2015, her documentary film debut ‘Black Men Loving’ won ‘Best Canadian Film’ at the International CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, plus she received ‘Best Canadian Presentation’ award for her work in collaboration with Alison Duke and the Akua Benjamin Legacy Project series she directed with five other Black female directors, celebrating 50 year of Black activism in Toronto. In addition, her new short dance film documentary series ‘Dance for Life’ recently launched on Fibe TV1 and received honorable mention for ‘Best Dance Film Documentary’ at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival.

Ella’s work has been presented in galleries, public spaces and festivals in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Berlin. She receives continued support from the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada and Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario, as well as being a recipient of a City of Vancouver award and recent artist in residence at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

About Balancing Act Canada Affinity Groups ⤵️
Each month, Balancing Act offers an online affinity group for artists and arts workers engaged in care; a supportive space to dialogue and exchange stories and resources. Each session features an artist talk followed by open discussion.

#balancingact #artistcaregivers
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