Are you an Artist of Colour? Or an Engager wanting to hire Indigenous and culturally diverse theatre artists? Then take our online survey!
It takes only 10 minutes. Along with research data gleaned from our focus groups and phone interviews, your responses to this survey will help us ascertain:
a) whether engagers want a searchable database;
b) whether artists of colour want to be in such a database;
c) what such a database might look like in order to be used by both AOC and engagers; and
d) a financially sustainable model.
DiverseTheatreBC (DTBC) is envisioned to be a fully searchable talent database of BC-resident Indigenous and culturally diverse performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers, arts administrators and stage managers. Developed by Visceral Visions, DTBC will be a powerful tool for building a more inclusive theatre culture that more authentically reflects Canada by promoting artists of colour (AOCs); increasing hiring opportunities for AOCs; encouraging intercultural connection, community, and artistic collaboration; and offering educational resources for subscribers and database members.
DTBC would be searchable by gender, age range, geographic heritage (Indigenous, African, East Asian, South Asian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, mixed racial heritage), dialects, languages, artistic skills, plus other fields as determined by our research in consultation with stakeholders, including AOCs, theatre companies, independent directors/producers, TV/film casting directors, and industry organizations such as Canadian Actors' Equity Association, Playwrights Guild of Canada, Associated Designers of Canada, Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, and UBCP/ACTRA. Once DiverseTheatreBC is established, the goal is to expand nationally and evolve into DiverseTheatreCanada.
For those with privacy concerns, please note that DTBC will not be a public database; both artists and potential engagers will need to apply for log-in access. The privacy and safety of our artistic community is a priority, and DTBC will comply with all provincial and federal privacy legislation.
It's been said that farmers don't grow crops; they create the essential conditions for crops to grow. DiverseTheatreBC will be a vital tool to break the systemic divides, disrupt institutionalized structures, and create the conditions under which theatre artists of colour – and by extension, the wider Canadian theatre ecology – can thrive. We are therefore grateful for support from: