Why Not Theatre
Promotional image for Imago Theatre's performance of The Flood.
Meher Pavri with Neil D’Souza and Anaka Maharaj-Sandhu in Mahabharata. Directed by Ravi Jain with associate director Miriam Fernandes. Set design by Lorenzo Savoini; costume design by Gillian Gallow; video design by Hana S. Kim; lighting design by Kevin Lamotte. Photo by David Cooper.

The opportunity to collaborate with organizations across the country through Level UP! deepened the project so much. The accountability ensured that despite changes in timeline, the project continued to move forward.

Kelly Read

Former Executive Director of Why Not Theatre

Why Not Theatre

Why Not Theatre

Building a Caregiver Support Policy

Level UP! Strategy Area: Pathways to Agreement

Pilot Project: Development of a Caregiver Support Policy

Project Duration: September 2021 – June 2022

Continuing to Implement: Yes

Resources Shared: Project Field Notes, Caregiver Support Policy

About Why Not Theatre

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

Our vision is a world with limitless possibilities for all. Our mission is to make things better through art. To reinvent how stories are told to inspire new ways of thinking about creativity and civic engagement.

We push. Never settle. Question everything. Rethink how stories are told. And who gets to tell them. We believe in art. It’s how we make change. It’s how we create the world we want to see.

We bring it. We dream, share, and take risks. To create a world where art plays an essential role in the lives of all people. Where everyone is welcome. Everyone has a voice. Everyone can realize their full potential.

We make things, better.

Why Not Theatre’s Level UP! Project

During the 2021–2022 season, Why Not Theatre developed a company-wide Caregiver Support Policy, led by Kelly Read, Executive Director at the time, in consultation with the Level UP! Cohort, HR Arts Consultant Jeanne LeSage, Why Not artists and board.

Project Highlights:

    • The policy was designed for all employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary, casual, and contract staff, as well as volunteers, students, interns, and apprentices
    • The policy outlines the types of supports offered to artist-caregivers, ensuring that they can pursue their work with as few barriers as possible
    • The policy was designed to account for the ebb and flow of various projects, resources, and worker needs

Resources

Why Not Theatre | Project Field Notes

About This Resource Why Not Theatre wrote these Project Field Notes in 2022 to share details about their Level UP! Pilot Project. Their pilot focused on creating a Caregiver Support Policy.

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Why Not Theatre | Caregiver Support Policy

About This Resource Why Not Theatre developed a Caregiver Support Policy in 2022 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. The policy has since been updated to meet the company’s evolving needs and ambitions.

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More Information

For more information about Why Not Theatre, visit whynot.theatre.

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