Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Past Events

Below are some past national DEIB-focused events and initiatives undertaken by ACTRA National.

Reelworld x ACTRA: Protocol Guideline

ACTRA collaborated with Reelworld to have ACTRA members from across the country who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian and Women of Colour participate in focus groups contributing to this important research from a performer’s perspective.

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Reelworld x ACTRA: e20 Table Reads

ACTRA collaborated with Reelworld on its Emerging 20 (E20) program on a series of live script readings with diverse ACTRA performers from across the country, allowing the writers to hear their work read out loud by professional Canadian talent.

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Short Film Script Competition

ACTRA Members were invited to draw from their personal experiences and submit a script that answered a specific diversity question. Successful candidates were provided with funding to create a short film based on their winning script.

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Guide for Auditioning Deaf Actors

Developed by the DEIB Committee,
this online interactive ‘guide’ helps casting professionals understand the needs of deaf performers, such as where to place the sign interpreter and how to frame a shot of the signing performer.

Diversity Videos

The ACTRA National Diversity & Inclusion Committee produced its first three films – The Audition, Diversity in the Workplace and From Reality to Set – in 2011/12.

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ACTRA Magazine

Championing inclusion on our film & TV sets

The first woman of colour to be ‘number one on the call sheet’ of a prime-time Canadian drama, Vinessa Antoine shares with us her personal hair and make-up challenges on production sets.

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Star Trek: Discovery goes boldly towards an inclusive on-screen future

Read why joining the cast of Star Trek: Discovery was extra special to Samora Smallwood.

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Performance vs. Performative: How do we turn this summer’s moment into a movement?

The volume of people vowing to fight anti-Black racism has been damn-near deafening. Omari Newton examines how this moment turned into a movement.

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Transplant stars Hamza Haq and Ayisha Issa talk with Sugith Varughese about being cast in the new Montreal-shot CTV series and about being diverse performers in Canada.

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State of Gay: Being Queer in ACTRA and on Canadian TV

Queer performers in our union have had enough of the status quo and are looking for change, now, by David Gale.

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Tribal is a First Nations crime series shot and set in Calgary, Alberta. Pat Chau talks with two of the show’s stars, Jessica Matten and Michelle Thrush, about the importance of showing diversity on screen and why Tribal should be seen by audiences around the world.

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