We Support Caregivers
in the Performing Arts

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 defines a ‘caregiver’ as individuals who care for children, aging adults, those in need of personal or primary care, and anyone who self-identifies as a caregiver. We acknowledge that care work can include blood, adopted, or chosen family, colleagues, and caring for others out of duty.


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Celebrating the Community Conversation at Wrap & Unpack!

Thank you to all who joined in the recent community conversation about the future of Balancing Act and our big next steps in supporting caregiving within the arts.

Thank you to our facilitator, Karine Ricard, Théâtre français de Toronto Artistic Director, for guiding this conversation!

And shout out to movement scribe Juan Jaramillo, Dancing Hands Theatre Founder and Artistic Director, for capturing the conversation with movement. 

📸 by Zeeshan Safdar
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#BalancingAct #Theatre #PerformingArts #Performance #CanadianTheatre #ParentArtists #Caregiver #Care #Community #Peer #Support #Organization #ArtsWorkers #Artists #TorontoArtists #Accessible #VisibleParenting #WrapAndUnpack #Toronto

Celebrating the Community Conversation at Wrap & Unpack!

Thank you to all who joined in the recent community conversation about the future of Balancing Act and our big next steps in supporting caregiving within the arts.

Thank you to our facilitator, Karine Ricard, Théâtre français de Toronto Artistic Director, for guiding this conversation!

And shout out to movement scribe Juan Jaramillo, Dancing Hands Theatre Founder and Artistic Director, for capturing the conversation with movement.

📸 by Zeeshan Safdar
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#BalancingAct #Theatre #PerformingArts #Performance #CanadianTheatre #ParentArtists #Caregiver #Care #Community #Peer #Support #Organization #ArtsWorkers #Artists #TorontoArtists #Accessible #VisibleParenting #WrapAndUnpack #Toronto
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Balancing Act Canada
Looking Back at Wrap & Unpack: Toronto!

Thank you to our fabulous presenters who elevated our Balancing Act event on March 22 with their stories and insight!

Our gratitude to Jacoba Knaapen, TAPA Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Executive Director and Balancing Act Steering Committee member
Michael Sinclair, Obsidian Theatre Company General Manager
Herbie Barnes, Young Peoples Theatre Artistic Director
Jagroop Mehta, City of Guelph, Supervisor of Museum & Culture Experiences and Balancing Act Steering Committee member
Johanna Bundon and Kris Alvarez, Curtain Razors Theatre Artistic Associates
Colin Wolf, Gwaandak Theatre Executive and Artistic Director
Sam Penner, Mocean Dance Communications and Administrative Associate and Elsa Pihl, Eastern Front Theatre General Manager
Murdoch Schon, Imago Theatre Associate Artistic Director and Krista Jackson, Imago Theatre Artistic & Executive Director

And of course - a remarkable opening speech in prose by Theatre Direct Artistic Director and Balancing Act founder Lisa Marie DiLiberto!!

📸 by Zeeshan Safdar
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#BalancingAct #Theatre #PerformingArts #Performance #CanadianTheatre #ParentArtists #Caregiver #Care #Community #Peer #Support #Organization #ArtsWorkers #Artists #TorontoArtists #Accessible #VisibleParenting #WrapAndUnpack #Toronto

Looking Back at Wrap & Unpack: Toronto!

Thank you to our fabulous presenters who elevated our Balancing Act event on March 22 with their stories and insight!

Our gratitude to Jacoba Knaapen, TAPA Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Executive Director and Balancing Act Steering Committee member
Michael Sinclair, Obsidian Theatre Company General Manager
Herbie Barnes, Young People's Theatre Artistic Director
Jagroop Mehta, City of Guelph, Supervisor of Museum & Culture Experiences and Balancing Act Steering Committee member
Johanna Bundon and Kris Alvarez, Curtain Razors Theatre Artistic Associates
Colin Wolf, Gwaandak Theatre Executive and Artistic Director
Sam Penner, Mocean Dance Communications and Administrative Associate and Elsa Pihl, Eastern Front Theatre General Manager
Murdoch Schon, Imago Theatre Associate Artistic Director and Krista Jackson, Imago Theatre Artistic & Executive Director

And of course - a remarkable opening speech in prose by Theatre Direct Artistic Director and Balancing Act founder Lisa Marie DiLiberto!!

📸 by Zeeshan Safdar
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#BalancingAct #Theatre #PerformingArts #Performance #CanadianTheatre #ParentArtists #Caregiver #Care #Community #Peer #Support #Organization #ArtsWorkers #Artists #TorontoArtists #Accessible #VisibleParenting #WrapAndUnpack #Toronto
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Happy National Caregivers Day!

On this day, we recognize the numerous caregivers in our sectors for all your tremendous work. Family - blood, adopted, and found - relatives, friends, colleagues, educators, mentors, and carers for people with a wide breadth of needs. We celebrate you and your love for the people around you as we continue to move towards a culture of care in the arts and in our wider society! 

Our partners at McMaster University/Gender, Health, and Carer-Friendly Workplaces are launching a complimentary online course: Creating Caregiver-Friendly Workplaces – McMaster McMaster Continuing Education! 

The balancing act of workplace commitments and caregiving responsibilities is a challenge
many Canadians are grappling with today. A new and cost-free online course called Creating
Caregiver-Friendly Workplaces provides practical strategies for creating a more supportive and
inclusive workplace culture for carer-employees.

✅ Perfect opportunity for employers, employees and other stakeholders interested in
supporting carer-employees
✅ Resources provided by human resources, occupational health and safety and caregiving
experts
✅ A chance to earn a microcredential

Enrol for free today: https://continuing.mcmaster.ca/programs/health-social-services/creating-caregiver-friendly-workplaces/?utm_source=Ext-Networks-Social&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=CCFW
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#BalancingAct #NationalCaregiversDay #ArtistCaregivers
#Theatre #PerformingArts #Performance #CanadianTheatre #ParentArtists #Caregiver #Care #Community #Peer #Support #Organization #ArtsWorkers #Artists #TorontoArtists #Accessible #VisibleParenting #Caregiving #CarerEmployees #Caregiver #OnlineCourse #OnlineLearning
#ProfessionalDevelopment

Happy National Caregivers Day!

On this day, we recognize the numerous caregivers in our sectors for all your tremendous work. Family - blood, adopted, and found - relatives, friends, colleagues, educators, mentors, and carers for people with a wide breadth of needs. We celebrate you and your love for the people around you as we continue to move towards a culture of care in the arts and in our wider society!

Our partners at McMaster University/Gender, Health, and Carer-Friendly Workplaces are launching a complimentary online course: Creating Caregiver-Friendly Workplaces – McMaster McMaster Continuing Education!

The balancing act of workplace commitments and caregiving responsibilities is a challenge
many Canadians are grappling with today. A new and cost-free online course called Creating
Caregiver-Friendly Workplaces provides practical strategies for creating a more supportive and
inclusive workplace culture for carer-employees.

✅ Perfect opportunity for employers, employees and other stakeholders interested in
supporting carer-employees
✅ Resources provided by human resources, occupational health and safety and caregiving
experts
✅ A chance to earn a microcredential

Enrol for free today: continuing.mcmaster.ca/programs/health-social-services/creating-caregiver-friendly-workplaces/?ut...
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#BalancingAct #NationalCaregiversDay #ArtistCaregivers
#Theatre #PerformingArts #Performance #CanadianTheatre #ParentArtists #Caregiver #Care #Community #Peer #Support #Organization #ArtsWorkers #Artists #TorontoArtists #Accessible #VisibleParenting #Caregiving #CarerEmployees #Caregiver #OnlineCourse #OnlineLearning
#ProfessionalDevelopment
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