Locate and Educate Yourself

Map your Social Location, and craft an identity monologue

This Collaborator Worksheet by Heidi Taylor at Playwrights Theatre Centre is a research tool for articulating your creative style and needs as you consider your creation process preferences and how to communicate these to your collaborators, hosted by CADA West.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

White Supremacy Culture - An excellent article breaking down culture, cultural racism, and white supremacy culture. It also features a fantastic zine that names and identifies characteristics of white supremacy

10 or So Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making Art About a Group You Don't Belong To (by CBC)

All In Resource Library, curated by PACT is a document drawn from many sources and is meant to act as a starting point to those of us trying to better understand issues of equity, diversity and inclusion in the interest of building a personal anti-oppression practice.

Indigenous Ally Toolkit and Lynn Gehl's Ally Bill of Responsibilities are great resources for settler folks in working alongside Indigenous communities and peoples in a good way.

Locate and Educate Your Organization

Moving from Actor, to Ally, to Accomplice

Work In Culture's Inclusion in the Creative Workplace Program provides free general inclusion and diversity training (E-Learning, Videos, HR Toolkit)

Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. provides Indigenous relations training, and their website contains resources and free eBooks.

This Arts Equity Toolkit provides practical tools and resources for artists and groups working towards equity in the arts. Generated by the Toronto Arts Foundation and the Neighbourhood Arts Network, with the support from Manifesto Community Projects.

This document on White Supremacy Culture in Organizations by COCo (The Centre for Community Organizations) is a way for your organization to explore the day-to-day experience of working together and offer a path to imagining and implementing a different way of being. They recommend using the document in smaller chunks. You can choose a couple of sections at random or based on observations of the organizational culture.

ArtsBuild Ontario has developed a Webinar Series and a Toolkit for creative spaces aimed at increasing awareness of the Design of Public Spaces Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA)

TransformHarm.org is a resource hub about ending violence. It offers an introduction to transformative justice. The site includes selected articles, audio-visual resources, curricula, and more.

This Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power and Privilege is meant for anyone who feels there is a lack of productive discourse around issues of diversity and the role of identity in social relationships, both on a micro (individual) and macro (communal) level. Perhaps you are a teacher, youth group facilitator, student affairs personnel or manage a team that works with an under-served population. Training of this kind can provide historical context about the politics of identity and the dynamics of power and privilege or help build greater self-awareness. The following activities are intended for groups of 10 to 60 people. The diversity toolkit outlined here may be used as a guideline and can be modified to better fit your group’s unique needs.

Creating Community Agreements

Drawing Change: Co-Creating Community Agreements in Meetings

Community Agreement Template created by Heidi Taylor of Playwrights Theatre Centre, hosted by CADA West

Working with Trans, GNC and GNB Artists

Ideas and approaches around making working in live performance more inclusive for trans, gnc and gnb artists.

Working with Deaf Artists

Ideas and approaches around making working in live performance more inclusive for Deaf artists.

Resources Promoting Plays by Women/Women of Colour/Trans/Non-Binary Artists

Theatre Companies and Organizations with Culturally Specific Mandates


  • Native Earth: Canada's oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. A company dedicated to creating, developing and producing professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Native Earth's Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival is a yearly celebration of new works and works-in-development which fosters the development of Indigenous work and artists from across Canada and around the world.
  • Aluna Theatre: Aluna creates, develops, produces and presents artistically innovative and culturally diverse performance work, with a focus on Latin Canadian and women artists.
  • b current: b current is the hotbed for culturally-rooted theatre development in Toronto. Originally founded over 25 years ago as a place for black artists to create, nurture, and present their new works, this company has grown to support artists from all diasporas.
  • Obsidian Theatre : Obsidian's threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice.
  • fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company: The largest and oldest Asian-Canadian theatre company in Canada, helmed by Governor General's Award Winning Playwright David Yee.
  • Cahoots Theatre: The first professional company in Canada with a mandate to present culturally inclusive work, with a reputation for producing theatre of the highest artistic calibre at local, regional and national levels. Since 1986, Cahoots has programmed work that reflects the diversity of our country, and has enriched the artistic field by nurturing the skills and experiences of emerging and established theatre practitioners.
  • Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) - CPAMO is a movement that works with Indigenous and racialized artists residing and working in Ontario and seeks opportunities for them within communities as well as with arts organizations.

Databases for Queer and BIPOC Artists

  • DiverseTheatreBC - a digital platform that will promote and foster intersectional interculturalism throughout the BC professional theatre sector scheduled to launch in the spring of 2019. Sign up for updates or to be added to their database as an artist/potential engager here

  • diversity.ACTRAonline.ca - ACTRA’s online searchable database of Diverse Professional Talent, available for free to ACTRA members and their partner agents, Casting Directors and Producers.

Festivals for Queer Work

Find a more fulsome list of festivals that are not specific to queer content here.

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