Statement from the Board of Directors

In light of the exposure of events involving the Soulpepper Theatre Company, the values we hold as an organization and the standards of behaviour we expect from the performing arts community as a whole cannot just be assumed and can no longer go without saying.

ADC is committed to working with the entire live performing arts community to ensure that our members, and all who work in this industry, do so in a safe, respectful and inclusive environment.  All our spaces must be free of harassment, bullying and intimidation. No other standard is acceptable.

All people working in this industry must have the ability to address grievances without risk that institutional power will silence them.  ADC recognizes that the majority of workers in the live performing arts are employed as independent contractors and so face the risk of jeopardizing their livelihoods by speaking up.  ADC pledges to work towards changing this dynamic so that no voice is silenced.

To this end, as a first step, we will be participating in the Live Performance Sector Anti-Harrassment Summit with the leadership of the other national arts organizations. Additionally the Board has struck a committee to formalize ADC's own policies and procedures. We pledge to work together to build rehearsal halls, theatres, board rooms and offices that we all deserve to work in.   
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office at adc@designers.ca or via telephone at 416.907.5829.

On behalf of the Board,

Ken MacKenzie
President

OFFICE: 401 Richmond St. West - Suite 350, Toronto, ON M5V 3A8.

Phone number: 416.907.5829. Email: adc@designers.ca

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