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A photo from Persephone Theatre’s production of the Revolutionists in Saskatoon, SK.
Persephone Theatre’s production of The Revolutionists in Saskatoon, SK. April 2022. Pictured: Chiamaka Glory, Kathleen MacLean, Elizabeth Nepjuk, Anita Smith. Photo by Electric Umbrella Photography.

Persephone Theatre commits to ensuring that the ‘people first’ intention and mindset embedded in our Statement of Care continues to impact all aspects of the organization and its activities, including our Care Fund and PlayDate programs, adjusting our policies and practices in response to ongoing learning and growth.

Heather Cant

Artistic Director, Persephone Theatre

Persephone Theatre

Persephone Theatre

Wrap-Around Care Support

Level UP! Strategy Area: Pathways to Agreement

Pilot Project: Creating a Statement of Care, Care Fund, and on-site childcare for patrons during performances

Project Duration: 2022/2023 Season

Continuing to Implement: Yes

Resources Shared: Project Field Notes, Statement of Care, Care Fund Information for Artists/Arts Workers, Care Fund Request Form, Care Fund Post-Program Survey, Online Advertisement for PlayDate: Childcare at the Theatre

About Persephone Theatre

Location: Saskatchewan
Artistic Discipline: Theatre
Operating Budget: More than $1,000,000

Persephone Theatre is a professional regional theatre company with a commitment to the production of widely diversified plays from the local, national, and international repertoire. It serves the city of Saskatoon and area, as well as the province of Saskatchewan. The objective of Persephone Theatre is to provide a variety of professional theatre of the highest professional quality within its service area, employing local and national talent.

Persephone Theatre’s Level UP! Project

Persephone Theatre created a Statement of Care, which lives as a publicly accessible document on the website, outlining their existing resources as well as pathways for requesting additional support. Artistic Director, Heather Cant, led this work, with the participation of a small committee of staff, in consultation with HR Arts Consultant Jeanne LeSage.

Persephone Theatre also piloted a Patron Childcare Program: “PlayDate” for their Spring 2023 production of The Birds & The Bees. This program, facilitated by Director of Education, Lorna Batycki, continued alongside the 2023 TheatreCon conference, and was formally rolled out to coincide with all Main Stage productions at the start of the 2023/2024 Season.

Project Highlights:

    • Embedding the Statement of Care as an organizational lens and applying it across programs and employment relationships
    • Developing a Care Fund which will be applied to projects on a case-by-case basis

Resources

Persephone Theatre | Care Fund Post-Program Survey

About This Resource Persephone Theatre created this Care Fund Post-Program Survey in 2023 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. The survey is anonymous and is sent out to contracted artists and arts workers who access support from the Care Fund to...

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Persephone Theatre | Care Fund Request Form

About This Resource Persephone Theatre created this Care Fund Request Form in 2023 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! project. The form was designed for contracted artists and arts workers to fill out to request financial and/or non-financial support to address...

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Persephone Theatre | Statement of Care

About This Resource Persephone Theatre created this Statement of Care in 2023 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. This guiding document outlines Persephone's commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive workplace.

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More Information

For more information about the Persephone Theatre, visit persephonetheatre.org

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