Equity In Theatre(EIT)

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Equity in Theatre (EIT) is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to remedy existing gender and related inequities in the theatre industry. Through a multi-pronged and inclusive response that involves the community as a whole (artists, stakeholders, and audiences), EIT promotes dialogue, generates greater awareness of and exposure to women theatre practitioners, and develops community-based action plans to help fix industry imbalances.

Led by Rebecca Burton, PGC’s Membership and Contracts Manager, and Laine Zisman Newman, Dramaturgical Associate with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation, EIT launched in September 2014 with four different components: a preparatory research study, a Symposium held in Toronto in April 2015, a website dedicated to Canadian women in theatre, and live community events, including play readings, social actions, panels, talk-backs, and more.

Equity in Theatre is run out of Playwrights Guild of Canada, and its Steering Committee is composed of representatives from: Artists Driving Holistic Organizational Change; Associated Designers of Canada; Canadian Actors’ Equity Association; Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario; Deaf, Disability and Mad Arts Alliance of Canada; Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance; Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (Canada); Pat the Dog Theatre Creation; Playwrights Theatre Centre; and the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.

The EIT team hopes to foster dialogue on an (inter)national scale, develop social actions that will help effect change, and generate greater awareness of and exposure to Canadian women in theatre, all the while drawing attention to the systemic discrimination that permeates the industry still.