Affinity Groups

Every Third Monday of the Month – online!

Are you an artist/arts worker caring for children, older adults, or those needing full-time support?

Balancing Act offers monthly affinity groups for artists and arts workers with caring responsibilities; a supportive space to dialogue and exchange resources. Welcoming new members always, Balancing Act’s Affinity Groups are a peer support, caregiver-friendly, ‘come when you can and as you can’ space. Featuring guest artists.

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Email us at balancingact@theatredirect.ca

Upcoming

Monday, June 20, 2022, 2-3:30pm EDT: Caring for Aging Adults and Parents

Balancing Act’s first affinity group for artists/arts workers who are caring for aging adults and parents. With special guest Reshmi Chetram, who will speak to her lived experience. Supported by active listener Victoria Mata. Open discussion to follow. Please reach out to balancingact@theatredirect.ca with any questions. Register HERE.

Past

Monday, May 16, 2022, 1-2:30pm EDT (Zoom)

Welcoming guest artist Anne-Marie Ouellet. Anne-Marie is a francophone playwright and director whose recent creations have featured children of all ages. This affinity group will be in French, with English translation. Register EVENTBRITE.

Venez nous rejoindre lundi le 16 mai, de 13 h à 14 h 30 (HE), alors que Balancing Act accueille l’artiste invitée Anne-Marie Ouellet pour notre prochain groupe d’affinité.Anne-Marie est une dramaturge et metteure en scène francophone dont le récent diptyque (La chambre des enfants et White Out), présenté au Centre National des Arts, a intégré les jeunes à la programmation.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 1-2:30pm EST (Zoom)

With guest artist Maiko Yamamoto, a Vancouver-based artist who creates new, experimental and intercultural works of performance.  Since 2003, Maiko has been Co-Artistic Director of the Vancouver-based performance company, Theatre Replacement, founded with James Long. Active listener Blessyl Buan will be present.

Monday, March 21, 2022, 1-2:30pm EST (Zoom)

We are excited to welcome guest artist Kanika Ambrose, a Toronto-based playwright and librettist, who will speak to the interweaving of her experiences as a new mother and a writer. With active listener Ella Cooper.

Monday, January 24, 2022, 1-2:30pm EST (Zoom)

We are so pleased to welcome as our guests Lenka Clayton, founder of An Artist Residency in Motherhood, and Tracey Norman, a Toronto-based choreographer who recently participated in the ARIM. Both will speak to their experiences in this unique residency, and be available for questions. Open discussion to follow.

Monday, December 20, 2021, 1-2:30pm EST (Zoom)

The Fireside Edition! Come and share your latest tips, tools, and tricks.

Created by Dancer & Choreographer
Kate Kamo McHugh with Isabel

Cinematography Colin Boyd Shafer, Music Once Again by Benjamin Tissot

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