Balancing Act’s new three-year program, Level UP! supports performing arts organizations, collectives, and project-based initiatives as they pilot strategies that forefront more inclusive, care-led workplace policies and practices. The Level UP! program offers financial support, consultation, and evaluation as partners explore the implementation of supportive measures for parents and caregivers.
Applications for Level UP! Cohort 2 (2022-23 season) are now open!
YOU CAN FIND INFORMATION, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, AND APPLICATION HERE.
Through the Level UP! initiative, organizations will create resources and templates to be shared with the performing arts sector at large, toward a culture shift that will increase access for artists/arts workers with caring responsibilities.
Consultant: Jeanne LeSage, LeSage Arts Management
Evaluation: Meredith Davis and Rebecca Thomas Kahn, Good Roots Consulting
Lead Partner and Advisory Team: Nightwood Theatre
Balancing Act is a TAPA Community Partner.
Level UP! Strategies and Cohort 1 (2021-22) Partners
Pathways to Agreement
Supporting the caregiving needs of artists/arts workers through policy and the contracting process.
|Development of a caregiver policy; supporting employee care needs.|
|Childcare policy pilot for the cast and crew of the Prince Hamlet US tour.|
|Supporting the care needs of seasonal and continuous employees.|
Initiatives to directly support childcare needs, including on-site care, infrastructure for touring and childcare subsidies.
|Supporting a touring artist; development of a resource handbook.|
|Childcare support (subsidy, schedule adjustment, travel) offered to all season artists.|
|Development workshop participants all offered child/family care subsidy and other support.|
Flexible Working Models
Alternative models for production schedules and administrative positions.
Including a fund in production/operating budgets to support a range of care needs; for example: personal support, travel, and childcare.
|Childcare and travel support.|
|Caregiver subsidy pilot project; reimbursements for caregiving support for rehearsals, training, performance.|
Level UP! National Roundtable Series 2022 (virtual)
Co-presented with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), these roundtables are a series of public ‘working conversations’ between invited guests and our partner companies who are piloting workplace strategies to support parents and caregivers.
January 13: Flexible Working Models (Roseneath Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Outside the March, Fringe Toronto)
February 24: Childcare Solutions (Quote Unquote Collective, Harbourfront Centre, Lunchbox Theatre, Open Pit Theatre, CADA-East)
May 19: Compassion Fund (Nightwood Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Tapestry Opera)
June 16: Pathways to Agreement (Why Not Theatre, Neworld Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre)
All Roundtables 1-2:30 EST (zoom). Register through PACT here.
The Level UP! Program is guided by Balancing Act’s Steering Committee.
Learn more: Balancing Act’s Steering Committee.