Acting Educators Conference

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Are you an independent acting coach, guest director or acting educator who practices privately or within a post-secondary institution?

On Monday, May 27 & Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, peer-led artist collective Got Your Back is advocating for teachers and students alike by opening conversation and hosting an Acting Educators Conference. This conference offers an opportunity for participants to gain practical skills while actively engaging with and sharing expert, informed, critical insights pertaining to the areas of mental health; diversity and inclusion, anti-oppression; and the creation and maintenance of safe spaces.

Acting education in Canada has evolved; there are now over 45 performance training programs and many independent coaches who teach. Without a national dialogue or association for acting educators, there are few professional development opportunities to update/upgrade teaching skills related to the specific needs of training performers. The majority of performance teachers in Canada are either private coaches or part-time/sessional/guest artists within large institutions and many feel left out of the conversation about acting training in Canada. In the wake of #MeToo and #TimesUp, it’s time to come together and speak about our challenges. Got Your Back has recognized a void in this communication and is trying to bridge the gap through a curated selection of panels, workshops, long table discussions, and networking events.
The three areas of focus for the conference are:

  • Harassment, Intimacy, and Consent
  • Student and Teacher Mental Health
  • Anti-Oppression: Diversity and Inclusion

Together, we can continue to evolve acting training to be more diverse, inclusive and safer for the next generation of artists.


This conference will address the specific needs of educators who specialize in training/coaching actors or artists who plan on pursuing a career in training/coaching actors. This conference is not designed for current acting students. If you are interested in the conference, but not part of the acting educator community,  please contact to be notified about future events and training opportunities.


There is a TWO STAGE registration process. All sales are final.

STEP ONE: register for the conference and provide payment via Brown Paper Tickets (this page) at either Pay-What-You-Can pricing (minimum $5) or standard pricing ($50 for two days). Get Someone’s Back: this is an optional add-on where you can contribute towards offsetting Pay-What-You-Can participants as well as investing directly into the conference. If you choose to Get Someone’s Back, don’t forget to also select a registration level for yourself! At the time of registration, you can select with or without lunch*.

STEP TWO: after you have registered and paid, you will be contacted by the conference organizers to select your individual events as well as place your lunch order, if you chose to include lunch. Full conference programming announcements and individual event selection will begin on May 1st (date subject to change). Same day registrations will be taken starting at 9:30AM on Monday, May 27 at Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto ON), cash only.

*A BAG LUNCH OPTION is being provided by AVIV Mediterranean Restaurant. Participants who purchase the lunch option upon registration will have a choice of the following options (NO SUBSTITUTIONS). You will select your lunch options at the same time you select your individual events to attend (step two, beginning May 1st). Each lunch includes a side garden salad and choice of a juice box, pop or bottled water.

Option A – Veggie Roasted Sandwich
Option B – Warm Pressed Hero Sandwich
Option C – Gluten-Free Veggie Penne


All events take place at Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto ON). There are ramps and elevators to access all parts of the building. There are gender neutral, men’s and women’s washrooms. The conference organizers prioritize accessibility and are happy to meet specific and individual accommodations –  we invite you to share any accessibility requests at the time of booking or you can contact the Front of House Manager, Franny.

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For more info on the conference or to register, please head to our Acting Conference website here, or email us at


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