The design community both in Vancouver and across Canada is vibrant and supportive. There are countless opportunities and methods for designers to connect and engage with one another. Solidarity amongst designers is the primary building block of a more equitable, respectful, and creative future for all designers.
Below are links to some organizations that can act as valuable resources to Canadian designers:
Associated Designers of Canada - www.designers.ca
Incorporated in 1965, Associated Designers of Canada is a national, professional non-profit arts service organization dedicated to representing the interests of set, costume, lighting, projection and sound designers working in the live performing arts in Canada.
This document was generated for the Working With Designers panel at the GVPTA’s Making a Scene Conference in May, 2019.
A great resource for sound designers and anyone else interested in learning more about using existing music in theatrical works.
The Designers Guild is a closed Facebook group exclusively for designers (primarily in the performing arts, but may include other disciplines too), their agents, and officials of Associated Designers of Canada (ADC), to share information specific to our professions (fees, rights, contracting,etc.), and to collectively plan actions and campaigns to improve our situations.
Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance - www.gvpta.ca
The GVPTA is a non-profit charitable organization whose membership includes theatre companies, theatre makers and artists, and other organizations and individuals that support theatre. They provide services, promotion of member news and community events, opportunities to connect and network, and hold an annual theatre conference.
IATSE Local 118 (Vancouver) - www.iatse118.com
IATSE 118 is the labour union supplying technicians, stagehands, artisans and craftspeople to the Greater Vancouver entertainment industry, including live theatre, rock and roll, and trade shows, and conventions. Local 118 has a large, skilled, and experienced workforce ready to meet the needs of your production.
Canadian Actors' Equity Association - www.caea.com
Equity is the voice of professional artists engaging in live performance in English Canada. We are a national association representing almost 6,000 artists working in theatre, opera and dance from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Equity's membership includes performers, directors, choreographers, fight directors and stage managers.
The Title Block Podcast - www.thetitleblock.com
The Title Block is a podcast about Canadian theatre designers and their craft. It is hosted by Michael Kruse, a former lighting designer. Each episode focuses on one designer and their body of work and talk about their training, philosophy and history
Photo Credits: Wilderness, Studio 58. Scenic Design by Jennifer Stewart, Lighting Design by Andrew Pye, Costume Design by Sydney Cavanagh, Projection Design by Cande Andrade Gutierrez, Sound Design by Mishelle Cuttler. Actors in photo: Logan Fenske, Caitlin Volkert, Nolan McConnell-Fidyk, Alina Blackett, and Heather Barr. Photo by Tim Matheson.