Vanessa Sears and Oyin Oladejo in Obsidian Theatre Company production of Is God Is. Photo by Elijah Nichols.
Toronto Fringe Festival Team 2022
Toronto Fringe Festival

Toronto Fringe Festival

Flexible Work Guidelines

Level UP! Strategy Area: Flexible Working Models

Pilot Project: Creating an HR resource for onboarding staff that clarifies the organization’s flexible working models

Project Duration: November 2021 – July 2022

Continuing to Implement: Ongoing development of flexible work policies

Resources Shared: Hybrid Workplace Guidelines for Staff, Executive Director and Co-Lead Job Posting, Level UP! Project Report

About Toronto Fringe Festival

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

Toronto Fringe is a grassroots, charitable organization that runs the Toronto Fringe Festival each July, the Next Stage Theatre Festival each October, and various year-round programs that benefit youth, artists, and the theatre community at large. Embedded in Fringe’s operations are the values of Access, Accountability, Creativity, Exploration, and Support.

Toronto Fringe is a creative match-maker, connecting artists with audiences, and empowering everyone to unleash their inner artist. Toronto Fringe creates vital opportunities for both emerging and established artists to produce their work with complete artistic freedom, while engaging members of the community by making productions as affordable and accessible as possible. Toronto Fringe is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) and World Fringe.

Toronto Fringe Festival’s Level UP! Project

In 2021, Toronto Fringe’s former Executive Director, Lucy Eveleigh, and Managing Director, Laura Paduch, researched creating an HR resource document that would clarify the structure and processes of the organization’s flexible working models. They began with the core tenet of Fringe’s approach to workplace culture: “that it’s about the people first and how they carry out work.” 


Project Highlights:

  • Created a policy, Hybrid Workplace Guidelines for Staff, which applies to permanent, long-term and/or full-time staff and employees


“The Toronto Fringe will continue to work with a flexible model working structure, ensuring all staff, including seasonal workers, are offered the opportunity to tell us how they best work and what they need in order to make that happen. We will review policy documents before each festival to ensure they remain responsive to the work/life balance of the team.”

– Lucy Eveleigh and Laura Paduch


Obsidian Theatre Company | Project Field Notes

About this resource Obsidian Theatre Company's General Manager, Michael Sinclair, shared details about Obsidian's Level UP! project with members of the Balancing Act team, and information was compiled into Project Field Notes.

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Obsidian Theatre Company | Artist Testimonials

About this resource This resource includes testimonials from two artists/arts workers who participated in Obsidian Theatre Company’s Level UP! pilot project: Lighting Designer, Raha Javanfar, and Actor, Sabryn Rock. Raha and Sabryn describe their experience as...

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