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Vanessa Sears and Oyin Oladejo in Obsidian Theatre Company production of Is God Is. Photo by Elijah Nichols.
helix by Atri Nundy, ft. performers Yuichiro Inoue, Megumi Kokuba, Rachana Joshi, Peter Kelly, and Purawai Vyas. Photo by Joshua Rille,  Presented at Convergent Divergency March 2023

Through our Pilot program we realized that support for caregivers cannot be addressed through a one-size fits all approach. Creating streams of open dialogue, being transparent about what types of support are available, making that support accessible, and allowing those who identify as caregivers to communicate their individual needs have informed our working processes with both our artistic and administrative teams.

Andrew Tay

Artistic Director, Toronto Dance Theatre

Toronto Dance Theatre

Toronto Dance Theatre

Caregiver Support Program

Level UP! Strategy Area: Pathways to Agreement

Pilot Project: Caregiver Support Program

Project Duration: October 2022 – April 2023

Continuing to Implement: Yes.

Resources Shared: Caregiver Interview Questionnaire, Needs Assessment Survey, Caregiver Support Program: Program Development Process Steps, Program Overview Support Request Form, Caregiver Support Plan Template, Post-Program Surveys

About Toronto Dance Theatre

Location: Ontario
Artistic Discipline: Dance
Operating Budget: More than $1,000,000

Toronto’s original dance provocateurs, TDT brings the city’s dance creativity to the world and the world to Toronto.

Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) is the legendary artistic home and collaboration hub where, since 1968, curious creators, ensemble performers and audiences inspire each other to create and celebrate new explorations of dance that reflect our times, our diverse cultures and communities.

Ever fresh and adventurous, TDT is one of Canada’s leading innovators in dance while being one of the very few dance companies in the country with a full-time ensemble of dancers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Andrew Tay, TDT is driven to make a significant impact in Canadian dance by developing new works, supporting artists in their choreographic practices, and creating empowering dance experiences in the community.

Toronto Dance Theatre’s Level UP! Project

Facilitated by Special Projects Manager Alison Daley, Toronto Dance Theatre’s Caregiver Support Pilot Program focused on supporting the care needs of seasonal and continuous employees (dancers, creative team and staff), many of whom were parents. The pilot, initiated by Artistic Director Andrew Tay and Jessica Whitford, Managing Director at the time, was carried out within the 2022-23 season.

Project Highlights:

    • Integrating caregiver support into all aspects of programming
    • Including supportive measures such as a stipend, a caregiver friendly schedule, and a process for communication of stress points

Resources

Toronto Dance Theatre | Caregiver Interview Questionnaire

Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) created the following Caregiver Interview Questionnaire as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. Interviews were conducted with current and past TDT employees who were caregivers during their time working with the company,...

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Toronto Dance Theatre | Caregiver Needs Assessment Survey

Toronto Dance Theatre created the following Caregiver Needs Assessment Survey in 2022 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. The original survey was created as a Google Form and sent to Toronto Dance Theatre employees to increase understanding of...

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Toronto Dance Theatre | Caregiver Support Request Form

Toronto Dance Theatre created this Caregiver Support Request Form in 2022 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. The original form was created as a Google Form that team members could fill out to request support (financial and non-financial) related...

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Toronto Dance Theatre | Caregiver Support Plan Template

Toronto Dance Theatre created this Caregiver Support Plan in 2022 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. After an employee/contract worker requested support during the pilot, this resource was used to articulate details of support being provided.

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Related Resources

    • Balancing Act’s Creating a Compassion Fund FAQs
    • CADA-East’s Caregiver Subsidy Program
    • Good Women Dance Collective’s Framework of Care

More Information

For more information about Toronto Dance Theatre, visit www.tdt.org

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