This page is a non-exhaustive list of resources related to the performance art industry in Canada that are not directly related to already-existing pages on ArtistProducerResource. For example, because we have a page dedicated to resources for finding space, you will not see those resources represented below. We encourage you to explore our topic pages fulsomely and to use the search bar if you are looking for specific resources on a particular subject. Otherwise, read on! 

Resources that can be found on this page (click link to jump to section):


Performing arts archives

  • Archives Canada: An alphabetical list of the archival holdings in Ontario compiled by Archives Canada. On Archives Canada you can search archival holdings across Canada, access Provincial and Territorial Archival Networks, view digitized photographs, maps, and other documents about Canada's history, browse digital projects produced through the Archival Community Digitization Program, and find contact information for repositories where these resources are held.
  • LW Conolly Theatre Archives: The L.W. Conolly Theatre Archives has become a major resource used by Guelph faculty and students as well as researchers within Canada and from around the world since the Library began acquiring theatre collections in 1969.
  • Dance Collection Danse: Dance Collection Danse is a national resource centre and repository for Canadian dance history. DCD’s purpose is to provide a public space for research, education, exhibition, and performance – a virtual and physical home for learning about the art of dance, both past and present.
  • Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives: The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives were established to aid in the recovery and preservation of our histories. Its mandate is to acquire, preserve, organize, and give the public access to information and materials in any medium, by and about LGBTQ2+ people, primarily produced in or concerning Canada; and maintain a research library, international research files, and an international collection of LGBTQ2+ periodicals.
  • The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) functions as a special operating agency within the Department of Canadian Heritage that promotes the proper care and preservation of Canada’s cultural heritage and advances the practice, science, and technology of conservation.


Databases on Canadian performance

Magazines and criticism




Indigenous Artist Associations

  • Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC/CCA) is a national arts service organization that supports, promotes and advocates on behalf of Canadian and international Aboriginal curators, critics, artists and representatives of arts and cultural organizations.
  • Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) is a multifaceted organization with geographically and artistically diverse Indigenous performing artists, arts organizations and our allies.
  • National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition’s (NIMAC) priority is to support, promote, and advocate for Indigenous media artists and arts organizations within the context of Canadian media arts practices. NIMAC is a permanent region within the structure of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) – a non-profit national organization working to advance the media arts community in Canada and representing 80+ independent media arts organizations across the country. NIMAC acts as the Indigenous arm of the IMAA.


Arts service organizations and arts hubs

An arts service organization is a non-profit organization that furthers the interests of artists, creators, arts organizations, and elements of the arts community. The organization's activities can include policy development, advocacy, provision of professional services, and production of collective projects. For example, Generator (the host of ArtistProducerResource) is an arts service organization! 

  • Diversité Artistique à Montréal (DAM) - services offered only in French. DAM offers career counseling for organizations and provides tools to its members in areas that include pairing cultural diversity with the company's values, practices, and strategy.
  • Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO) - CPAMO is a movement that works with Indigenous and racialized artists residing and working in Ontario and seeks opportunities for them within communities as well as with arts organizations.
  • York Region Arts Council (YRAC) - The YRAC works to support artists who reside within York Region and is the only organization that does so in York Region. They offer a series of industry workshops and their staple Artrepreneur program which gives artists residing in the York Region skills that they may need to bring their arts organization/company to the next level.
  • Trinity St.Paul's - Trinity St.Paul's is a community arts hub based in Toronto that supports the work of artists through rehearsal and performance space, gathering spaces, and classes.
  • New Blue Dance - for emerging dance artists who are seeking relationship-building with other artists and organizations, as well as links to specific workshops and events for building your dance career.
  • Dance Umbrella of Ontario - Communication services for dance artists and organizations seeking support.
  • Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) - for artists transitioning into or out of their professional performance careers and a resource centre for the dance community.
  • BC Alliance for Arts & Culture - The BC Alliance for Arts + Culture is a nonprofit provincial organization that works to advocate, inform, connect, and serve BC's Creative Community. Our members include organizations, professional associations, not-for-profit groups, artists, and cultural workers throughout British Columbia.
  • Dance Ontario - a members organization that helps to promote and support the advancement of dance in Ontario in all styles and realms of the dance industry.
  • GYST is a group of artists who have created software, publications, and services to help artists stay organized by providing website development services, CV/Resume review services, artist statement review services, video editing services, and more.
  • The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) is a unique, charitable, service organization providing post-academic resources to musicians, especially those who are marginalized or underserved. Our goal is to assist emerging professionals in achieving sustainable, fulfilling careers that meet or exceed their goals and search for excellence.
  • Theatre Producers of Colour (TPOC) is a multifaceted collective of theatremakers joined together in support of the next generation of BIPOC producers by providing access to education, training, and mentorship.
  • BC Residents: Check out Support Services on BC Alliance for Arts & Culture for a fulsome list of resources in the province, including consulting, art service organizations, financial support, legal support, and more. 


Regional networks

The role of arts organizations in remote and rural communities is different than in the city as they often double as community service organizations, culture preservation initiatives and learning facilitators for educational initiatives. Regional networks are important to know for touring purposes and also for outreach purposes. Plus, it's a great way to market opportunities to people looking for art mentorship experience in the city, or connect with artists who are preparing to move to Toronto. Federal organizations often have provincial and/or regional hubs, so it's worth checking out their resources to see if they have tailored, regional-specific information available.

Regional networks can also double as arts service organizations, so you may see some overlap from the list above.

Several of these regional networking organizations are also municipal funders. Head to our page on municipal funding to find out more about the programs and arts initiatives that they fund. 

 Guelph / WellingtonGuelph Arts CouncilA dynamic web portal dedicated to connecting local arts and heritage organizations and individual artists with their audience(s), with each other, and with resources that will aid them in the creation, presentation, and preservation of art and heritage. The site serves the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington in Ontario, Canada.https://www.guelpharts.ca/
 HamiltonArts HamiltonThe Hamilton Arts Council exists to strengthen the role of the arts and culture in the City of Hamilton by making the arts accessible and relevant to the entire community.http://www.artshamilton.ca/
 MarkhamMarkham Arts CouncilThe mission of the Markham Arts Council is to serve and enhance our community’s well-being by providing arts and cultural education and awareness while supporting the work and development of visual, literary, and performing artists.http://www.markhamartscouncil.com/
 EtobicokeArts EtobicokeArts Etobicoke supports established and aspiring artists of all ages and backgrounds with a broad variety of activities and services, including arts education, advocacy, community space, and much more.https://www.artsetobicoke.com/
 OttawaArts Network OttawaArts Network Ottawa is a bilingual arts-service organization actively working in the community to champion the arts in the Ottawa region, including Young Arts Leadership Collective (YALC) and Ottawa West End Working Group.https://artsnetottawa.ca/
 Across OntarioSPARCThe network supporting the arts in remote and rural communities in Ontario.https://www.sparcperformingarts.com/
 Eastern OntarioEastern Ontario Drama LeagueThe Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) fosters development and interest in the performing arts. It serves as a resource centre for theatre activities in Eastern Ontario and provides community theatre groups with a communications medium throughout the province. EODL promotes artistic and technical standards and encourages education in theatre arts. Our two annual drama festivals are the principal means by which we advance these aims. EODL is a proud member of Theatre Ontario.https://www.eodl.org/
 Central OntarioAssociation of Community Theatres - Central Ontario (ACT-CO)ACT-CO is a not-for-profit Association of 35 Community Theatre Groups in Central Ontario.http://www.actco.ca/
 OntarioCultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement OntarioCPAMO is a movement of Indigenous and racialized artists engaged in empowering the arts communities of Ontario. CPAMO is supported by Indigenous and racialized artists who are involved in theatre, music, dance, and literary arts.https://cpamo.org/
 OntarioCouncil of Ontario Drama and Dance EducatorsTheir mission is to, "encourage and support the development of drama and dance in education in Ontario". This is accomplished by hosting an idea exchange forum for arts educators, promote strong arts educations in schools in Ontario, support leadership and advocacy in drama and dance in education, offer professional development opportunities.https://www.code.on.ca/code-regions
 OntarioDance OntarioDance Ontario is a not-for-profit membership-based association that brings together a dynamic cross-section of all areas of the dance sector, from internationally renowned companies to local dance clubs, technicians, and agents. Its website includes a directory and information about auditions, classes, rental spaces, and shows.https://www.danceontario.ca/
 OntarioDance Umbrella of OntarioThis not-for-profit, non-membership-based organization provides quality management and administrative support to professional dance artists in Ontario and tries to help them succeed. It fosters a healthy dance community by promoting communication and interaction between and among dance artists, dance organizations, dance presenters, funders, and the public.https://www.danceumbrella.net/
 OntarioInteractive OntarioInteractive Ontario is the not-for-profit trade association formed by and for the interactive digital media industry. They proudly represent Ontario’s interactive digital media community, from SMEs to multinational corporations, who produce and export video games, extended reality applications (VR, AR, MR), eLearning content, and other innovative interactive digital entertainment and edutainment applications.http://interactiveontario.com/
 OntarioArts Network for Children & YouthThis Ontario-based national non-profit community arts service organization connects artists and organizations working with children and youth across Canada. It is particularly useful to craft artists interested in teaching children.https://www.artsnetwork.ca/
 OntarioBureau des regroupements des artistes visuels de l'OntarioThis is the arts service organization for Ontario's Francophone visual artists. It provides its members with links to other professional organizations and artist-run centres, professional development and promotional opportunities, and apprenticeship programs.https://www.bravoart.org/
 OntarioArtist-Run Centres and Collectives of OntarioThis Ontario network is affiliated with a national organization, the Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference. Both support the growth and development of artist-directed organizations engaged in contemporary cultural practice. This website lists all the artist-run centres in Ontario. These centres are publicly funded but differ from public art galleries, museums, and commercial galleries in the diverse ways they promote contemporary art and help their artist members develop as professionals. They offer gallery exhibitions, offsite public artwork, support for the artwork of a particular medium, and/or support for the artwork of the regional community.https://www.arcco.net/
 OntarioOntario Association of Art GalleriesThis not-for-profit association represents Ontario's public and private sector art galleries. It encourages members to work in close cooperation with the Ontario Arts Council, helps visual art centres in the province promote high standards of excellence and uniform methods in the care and presentation of works of art, and advises on matters of professional interest.http://oaag.org/
 OntarioCraft OntarioFormerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences. As a multi-disciplinary craft organization devoted to the support, advocacy, and promotion of Ontario craft and craft artists, Craft Ontario operates in four parts: (1) as an art service provider, (2) presentation space, (3) publisher, and (4) retailer.https://www.craftontario.com/
 OntarioCanadian Artists Representation/ le Front des artistes canadiens Ontario (CARFAC)This provincial association of professional visual and media artists develops policies, publications, and services that help artists, galleries, curators, art patrons, and other stakeholders create an economic climate that benefits all visual artists.https://www.carfacontario.ca/
 OntarioOntario Poetry SocietyThe Ontario Poetry Society was founded to create a democratic organization for members to unite in camaraderie,
friendship, emotional support, and encouragement in all aspects of poetry, including writing, performing, and publishing.
 Ontario / CanadaCanadian Music Centre OntarioThe Canadian Music Centre provides unique resources for exploring, discovering, and performing Canadian music. We are passionate about nurturing a musical community that honours our legacy and supports the professional development of Canadian musicians and composers. It is a nationwide organization with 5 regional hubs, including Ontario.https://on.cmccanada.org/
 Canada (predominantly Ontario)Native Women in the Arts (NWIA)NWIA (Native Women in the Arts) is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, and other Indigenous gender marginalized folks who share the common interest of art, culture, community, and advancement of Indigenous peoples. Their programming connects to a diverse participant and audience base throughout Canada and predominantly in Toronto and Northern Ontario.http://www.nwia.ca/
 Eastern CanadaCanadian Alliance of Dance Artists, East Chapter (CADA/East)The Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, East Chapter (CADA/East) is a not-for-profit organization that supports and educates its membership of independent dance artists, promoting the use of best practices within an evolving sector. Formerly CADA-ON.https://cadaontario.camp8.org/mission_mandate_vision
 CanadaOrchestras CanadaThis arts service organization is the united voice of the Canadian orchestral community. Its members include professional, community, and youth orchestras, organizations, and individuals. Its website includes information about member orchestras across Canada and resources for musicians and administrators.https://oc.ca/en/
 CanadaCanadian League of ComposersThis is the oldest organization in Canada that represents professional composers.https://www.composition.org/
 CanadaOpera.caThis registered national arts service organization is the voice of opera in Canada. Its professional company members include all of Canada's leading opera and music theatre companies. It also serves a growing number of businesses, affiliates, singers, and individual members.http://www.opera.ca/
 CanadaScreen Composers Guild of CanadaThe Screen Composers Guild of Canada is a national association of professional music composers and producers for film, television, and media in Canada. The SCGC has certification under the Federal Status of the Artist Act to represent the interests of all composers in Canada working on English-language productions.https://screencomposers.ca/
 CanadaCanadian Independent Music AssociationCIMA is the not-for-profit national trade association representing the English-language, Canadian-owned sector of the music industry. CIMA's membership consists of Canadian-owned companies and representatives of Canadian-owned companies involved in every aspect of the music, sound recording, and music-related industries.https://cimamusic.ca/
 CanadaSongwriter's Association of CanadaThe S.A.C. exists to nurture, develop and protect the creative, business, and legal interests of music creators in Canada and around the world.http://www.songwriters.ca/
 CanadaThe Writer's Union of CanadaThis union is a national organization that brings writers together for the advancement of their collective interests. To qualify for membership, a writer must have a trade book published, a commercial or university press, or the equivalent in another medium.https://www.writersunion.ca/
 CanadaLeague of Canadian PoetsThe League of Canadian Poets, a non-profit arts service organization, is the national association of professional publishing and performing poets in Canada.https://poets.ca/
 CanadaCanadian Freelance GuildThe Canadian Freelance Guild is a new form of unionism for freelance workers. We’re creating a network where freelance workers can gain access to work opportunities and professional development, and connect with colleagues to transform freelancing into a more collaborative, balanced, sustainable livelihood. Our founding members come from the former Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the independent membership of the Freelance Branch of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG Freelance). CMG Freelance now solely represents people who perform freelance contracts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The CFG is affiliated with CWA-SCA Canada, Canada’s largest all-media union.https://canadianfreelanceguild.ca/en/
 CanadaCanadian Author's AssociationCanadian Authors Association (CAA) is a national organization with a local presence dedicated to promoting a flourishing community of writers across Canada and encourage works of literary and artistic merit.https://canadianauthors.org/national/
 CanadaCanadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS)CACTUS was created to educate consumers and to improve access by Canadians to two specific media services: local media, especially video and television programming, and media production training and equipment at the local level, especially video and television. They use multimedia methods to connect with communities.https://www.cactusmedia.ca/node/11
 CanadaCanadian Conference of the ArtsThe Canadian Conference of the Arts is a not-for-profit, non-partisan member-based organization that represents the interests of over 400,000 artists, cultural professionals from all disciplines of the nation’s vast arts, culture, and heritage community. As the national convener, the CCA provides support for collaborative leadership for the Canadian cultural sector.http://ccarts.ca/
 CanadaAssociation for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA)Canada's oldest Indigenous arts service organization. We create healing through the arts by restoring cultures and identities to Indigenous artists and communities.https://andpva.myshopify.com/
 CanadaDocumentary Organization of Canada (DOC)The Documentary Organization of Canada is the collective voice of independent Canadian documentary creators and the nation's premier organization for documentary advocacy.https://www.docorg.ca/
 CanadaIndependent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA)IMAA is a member-driven non-profit national organization working to advance and strengthen the media arts community in Canada. Representing over 100 independent films, video, audio, and new media production, distribution, and exhibition organizations in all parts of the country, the IMAA serves over 16,000 independent media artists and cultural workers. There are 26 members in Ontario.https://www.imaa.ca/
 CanadaTrinity Square VideoFor over 45 years, Trinity Square has been a champion of media arts practices. Their activities are guided by a goal to increase our members’ and audiences’ understanding and imagination of what media arts practices can be. Trinity Square strives to create supportive environments, encouraging artistic and curatorial experimentation that challenge medium specificity through education, production, and presentation supports.https://www.trinitysquarevideo.com/
 Western CanadaCanadian Alliance of Dance Artists, West Chapter (CADA/West)The Canadian Alliance of Dance Artist, West Chapter (CADA/West) is a not-for-profit organization that supports and educates its membership of independent dance artists, promoting the use of best practises within and evolving sector


Theatre companies and organizations with culturally specific mandates

  • Debajehmujig is located on the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and creates original work based on an Anishnaabag/Chippewa Nation worldview building bridges between cultures, generations, and territories. They support the development of Aboriginal artists in remote rural areas as well as cities.  Since 2009, they have operated a purpose-built multi-arts centre in downtown Manitowaning. ‘De-ba-jeh-mu-jig’ translates as ‘storytellers’ from the Cree and Ojibway language.


  • Native Earth: Canada's oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. A company dedicated to creating, developing and producing professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Native Earth's Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival is a yearly celebration of new works and works-in-development that fosters the development of Indigenous work and artists from across Canada and around the world.
  • Aluna Theatre: Aluna creates, develops, produces and presents artistically innovative and culturally diverse performance work, with a focus on Latin Canadian and women artists.
  • b current: b current is the hotbed for culturally-rooted theatre development in Toronto. Originally founded over 25 years ago as a place for black artists to create, nurture, and present their new works, this company has grown to support artists from all diasporas.
  • Obsidian Theatre : Obsidian's threefold mission is to produce plays, to develop playwrights and to train emerging theatre professionals. Obsidian is passionately dedicated to the exploration, development, and production of the Black voice.
  • fu-Gen Asian Canadian Theatre Company: The largest and oldest Asian-Canadian theatre company in Canada, helmed by Governor General Award Winning Playwright David Yee.
  • Cahoots Theatre: The first professional company in Canada with a mandate to present culturally inclusive work, with a reputation for producing theatre of the highest artistic calibre at local, regional and national levels. Since 1986, Cahoots has programmed work that reflects the diversity of Canada and has enriched the artistic field by nurturing the skills and experiences of emerging and established theatre practitioners.
  • Cultural Pluralism in the Arts Movement Ontario (CPAMO): CPAMO is a movement that works with Indigenous and racialized artists residing and working in Ontario and seeks opportunities for them within communities as well as within arts organizations.



  • Boca Del Lupo: Boca del Lupo’s mission is to create and present extraordinary performances in unconventional spaces.  The company consciously collaborates with artists diverse in culture and practice, and seeks to engage intergenerational audiences in the Metro Vancouver area. We believe in providing equal opportunities to a diversity of artists and individuals in both emerging and leadership positions. We are devoted to accessibility and we work to broaden the participation, perception and importance of contemporary performance within the multiplicity of Canadian cultures.
  • Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (vAct): The only theatre company in Canada that exclusively creates new Asian-Canadian work, at all levels: In scripts, on stage, in the producer’s chair. Bringing artistic excellence from the Asian diaspora, uplifting narratives previously unseen since 2001. 
  • Urban Ink: Established in 2001 by Métis artist Marie Clements, Urban Ink is a Vancouver-based professional theatre company that produces works by Indigenous and diverse artists.
  • The Frank Theatre Co.: Queer theatre company. Through collective approaches, we create work that challenges Western, Eurocentric and Colonial aesthetics and storytelling.


Nova Scotia

  • Onelight Theatre: A professional theatre company that was founded by Artistic Director Shahin Sayadi in 2002, with offices in Halifax and Toronto and creative work around the world. Onelight Theatre develops new material based on artistic works and stories from diverse cultures and artistic forms.

Deaf theatre companies

  • Seeing Voices Montréal: To provide educational and collaborative opportunities to build connections between D/deaf* and hearing people.​ A diverse group of volunteers ranging from native ASL users, native LSQ (Langue des signes québécoise) users, ASL students and other hard-working individuals from the Montréal D/deaf* community.
  • Deaf Spirit Theatre: Deaf Spirit theatre is a group who love theatre. Deaf actors, performing in American Sign Language (ASL). Based in Kingston ON
  • 100 Decibels: 100 Decibels is a high-energy Physical Comedy troupe based in Winnipeg MB that is comprised of a diverse group of Deaf artists. Hailing originally from The Philippines, Manitoba and Poland, these performers have been professionally trained in mime, physical comedy and storytelling by the award winning Hot Thespian Action’s Shannon Guile.
  • Deaf Crows Collective: The mission of Deaf Crows Collective is to provide opportunities for theatre performance by d/Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing, late deafened actors of all ages to celebrate Deaf culture, encourage self expression, and foster relationships between hearing and Deaf communities. Based in Regina, SK.

Deaf arts organizations

  • Deaf Ontario (OAD) is a political/advocacy organization. It's initiatives include Consultation and Training, Consumer Advocacy (Children and Adults), Access Advocacy, Deaf Outreach Program, Prevention and Advocacy for Deaf People Living with HIV/AIDS, Deaf Youth Leadership Camp, and an Accessible Legal Aid Clinic
  • Deaf Spectrum provides Grant Writing Services, Workshops (for Deaf, HoH, and Hearing – both in sign language and interpreted spoken English), Accessibility, Sign Language Interpreter Bookings (for large events only), Sign Language Performances, Private One-on-One Tutoring Services, and Event Planning in the GTA area.
  • Alberta Cultural Society for the Deaf:  Their mission is to promote and heighten a positive image of Deaf people, their culture, their language (American Sign Language), and their heritage.  Advance the arts and culture of Alberta population featuring performing and visual arts, media arts and literature reflecting Deaf heritage, and Deaf cultural values among Deaf and Hard of Hearing Albertans. They provide workshops and training on Deaf Culture, Deaf Studies, and ASL. And promote the importance of bilingual/bicultural education of the Deaf.
  • British Columbia Cultural Society for the Deaf: It is the provincial branch of the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf, which works to ensure that Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals are able to fulfill their cultural needs and values through performing arts, American Sign Language, Literature, ASL Literacy, Visual arts, and Heritage resources. It is a non-profit organization. It includes Deaf members who are Deaf involved with ASL WAY or who are Sign Language Instructors.
  • Canadian Cultural Society for the Deaf: The Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf is a registered non-profit charitable organization, the CCSD incorporated in 1973, preserves, encourages, and advances the arts and culture of Canada’s Deaf population by featuring performing and visual arts, media arts, and literature reflecting Deaf heritage.  CCSD also promotes new forms of creativity and better understanding between Deaf and hearing adults, youth, and children through the arts.
  • Ontario Cultural Society for the Deaf:  It is the OCSD's mission to cultivate cross-cultural understanding by enriching Deaf communities across Ontario. Through information and inspiration, they endeavour to preserve our Deaf culture and heritage, celebrate the Deaf community and our accomplishments, and advance the education and awareness of Deaf culture to greatly improve the understanding between Deaf and hearing adults, youth, and children.
  • Ontario Deaf Foundation: ODF was established in 2001 with the purpose of supporting charitable objectives through long-term, sustainable sources of funding. Overall, the Foundation strives to enable Deaf people to participate as positive, contributing members of society in Canada and abroad.
  • Manitoba Cultural Society for the Deaf: Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf's vision is to promote insight into and develop an appreciation of Deaf Manitobans' experiences, through language, culture, and the arts to celebrate their achievements and contributions to the world.
  • Nova Scotia Cultural Society for the Deaf: Nova Scotia Cultural Society of the Deaf's mandate is to support arts & cultural activities in American & Maritime Sign Languages.


Disability-led theatre companies and organizations

  • Realwheels Theatre: Their mission is to create and produce performances that deepen understanding of the disability experience. Realwheels tells stories in which disability itself is not the focus of the conflict, but rather forms the landscape on which universal issues are debated onstage. Based in Vancouver BC.
  • Tangled Arts and Disability: Tangled Arts and Disability works to enhance opportunities for artists with disabilities.
  • Stage Left: Stage Left Productions is an independent performing arts collective of diverse artists based out of Calgary who create innovative, intercultural fusions of Disability, Feminist & Queer Art.
  • Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture strives to produce and present works by artists with disabilities and to promote artistic excellence among artists with disabilities working in a variety of disciplines. Based out of Vancouer, BC, their objectives are: to provide opportunities for the development and advancement of artists with disabilities; to promote practices that will make the arts more accessible to all members of the Canadian public; to encourage and support artists to create and present authentic interpretations of the disability experience; to provide opportunities for the development and advancement of artists with disabilities, and to promote practices that will make the arts more accessible to all members of the Canadian public.
  • Red Dress Productions: a Toronto-based, not-for-profit, professional arts company that creates and disseminates interdisciplinary art and performance projects. RDP works with and in communities on community-engaged public artworks and has created projects led by artists with disabilities
  • Listen to Dis' aims to create a sustainable, inclusive cross-ability arts organization and community in Regina to host practices, projects, programming, and performance by equipping and enabling people with disabilities to create and participate in art, for the betterment of their health, for recreation, and for the development of themselves as emerging and professional artists.
  • Touretteshero is a project that celebrates the humour & creativity of Tourettes. through an online blog and in-person events in the UK. Check out their facebook page for upcoming events, workshops, and projects. 
  • Kinetic Light is a UK-based disability arts ensemble where disabled artists lead, create, design, and perform the work; the work speaks to and emerges from disability aesthetics and disability culture; the work is connected to the rich traditions and exciting contemporary conversations of disabled artists in all artistic fields. Founded in 2016 under the direction and artistic leadership of Alice Sheppard, Kinetic Light is a project-based ensemble of three disabled artists: Sheppard, Laurel Lawson, and Michael Maag.


Resources promoting plays by Women/Women of Colour/Trans/GNB artists


Artist databases and connectors


Global theatre resources


Hashtags and movements



Legal services

  • Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS) is operated by volunteer entertainment and intellectual property lawyers, fellow creators, and law students from the University of Toronto who generously donate their time to help provide advice through educational sessions, a bi-weekly legal clinic, and their legal database.
  • Law Society of Ontario - provides you with a 24-hr referral service and a free 30-min phone consultation
  • The Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) helps non-profits and artists understand the law in BC and across Canada through two major initiatives:
    • Artists’ Legal Outreach (ALO): resources, workshops, and a summary advice clinic where low-income artists across BC can meet confidentially with an experienced lawyer by donation.
    • Law For Non-Profits provides legal education and information for non-profits through workshops, webinars, events, and their "Ask a Law Student" program.
  • Artists' Legal Services Ottawa (ALSO) is a group of volunteer lawyers, artists, and arts industry professionals dedicated to connecting Ottawa-area artists with legal information and referrals to lawyers who can help address legal problems related to artists' professional practices.
  • Artists' Legal Outreach is a B.C.-based incorporated non-profit comprised of volunteer lawyers and law students committed to working with artists and arts organizations. You can find information, templates, and resources about copyright and contracts.
  • Pro Bono Ontario, for legal advice and pro bono legal services.
  • Legal Aid Ontario provides legal help in English and French for financially eligible low‑income Ontarians in family law, refugee and immigration law, criminal law, mental health law, and clinic law.
  • Barbra Schilfer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence through counselling, legal representation, and language interpretation.
  • Brook Thorndycraft at Big Waves  supports organizations & change-makers to remove inner & interpersonal obstacles and build the capacity to take system-oriented steps toward their vision for the future.
  • Competence Consultants use models and theories that break through resistance to change, create change agents and transform organizational cultures. We work with individuals, groups, and organizations; utilize models and theories that break through resistance to change; create change agents; transform organizational cultures
  • Ontario Women’s Justice Network promotes an understanding of the law concerning violence against women, in a way that is clear and easy-to-understand. Information on the OWJN is written for women and their families and community supporters and reflects the diverse experiences and realities of people who identify as women. OWJN aims to increase access to justice by explaining women’s legal rights and options, the legal system and processes, and by posting legal updates, with a focus on Ontario.
  • Human Rights Legal Support Centre(HRLSC) provides legal services to individuals who have experienced discrimination throughout Ontario and has lawyers located in Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, London, Thunder Bay, and Windsor.
  • Clinique juridique des artistes de Montréal(CJAM) est un organisme à but non lucratif qui propose une multitude de services et d’informations juridiques aux artistes de tous milieux. L’organisme est composé de professionnels en matière juridique qui sont disponibles pour répondre aux questions de la clientèle.
  • Nova Scotia Artists Legal Information Society helps artists navigate the legal world of copyright laws, defamation, royalties, contracts & more.
  • Dalhousie Legal Aid Service is a community-based office in the north-central neighbourhood of Halifax, Nova Scotia. It also is a clinical program for law students and is operated by the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.


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