Balancing Act supports artist caregivers working in the performing arts in Canada by advocating for greater equality, accessibility, and inclusion in the workforce.

Balancing Act was founded in 2019 by Theatre Direct in order to affect change and increase access to employment for caregivers working in the performing arts, who are often challenged by rehearsal and production schedules that lack flexibility, an inability to attend networking events and performances due to caregiving responsibilities, and barriers to childcare due to low incomes. Traditional models of arts production and aesthetic value, in conjunction with lack of awareness and stigma, means that many voices are not around the creative table, populating our stages, or engaged in arts work.

Neworld Theatre’s Artistic Director Chelsea Haberlin is part of the Balancing Act’s Steering Committee, which serves as a consultation body, offering guidance and assisting with outreach from a multiplicity of perspectives and experiences. In our 21/22 season, Neworld Theatre joined Balancing Act’s LEVEL UP! Program as a partner in the Pathways to Agreement strategy area, which seeks to explore supportive conversations between engagers and artists/arts workers regarding caregiving needs and provisions. Out of this involvement came our Framework of Care policy. This policy is Neworld’s commitment to offering equitable support to workers so they can participate fully in the workplace, no matter their outside care needs, and lays out a process by which Neworld remains accountable to our values.
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