Thursday, March 21st- Sunday, March 24th, 2013 at Ryerson Theatre School

Welcome to the 6th Toronto P.M.Arts Conference!

The coming of 2013 heralds a year of change for many of us associated with the Conference, and as a result, we have a weekend of sessions that are a mix of old and new.

Organized from the beginning around the core building blocks of “People, Time and Money”, the Conference is sad to lose one of our original presenters, Michael Freeman, formerly the PM of Tarragon Theatre, from the helm of “Budgeting”, but enthusiastic in welcoming David Feheley, Technical Director of the Canadian Opera Company, to pick up this session. If you attended Michael’s in the past, please come back and see the same subject from a different point of view.

As P.M.s we are always managing the Health and Safety of the world in which we produce. Matt Farrell pioneered our 2 H & S sessions, and due to career obligations (and a new family member) will pass one of his sessions on to an incredibly knowledgeable Janet Sellery. These two sessions will stand on their own and will not be pre-requisite to one another.

We will miss the insight provided by Alistair Hepburn, formerly of Canadian Stage, into the world of Union Contracts, and wish him the best as he takes on a new role as a Business Rep with the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.

It is particularly rewarding when a Conference attendee feels so strongly about PM training that they offer to present a session of their own creation the following year. It is therefore with a little selfish sadness that we wish Ryan McDougall, formerly PM of Theatre Passe Muraille, all the best in his new career in the world of corporate banking. Ryan’s slot of “Freelance PM” and “Facility PM” is one that we wish to continue in future Conferences, perhaps as two offerings.

And we are happy to re-offer “The Sport of Production Planning”, presented by Annemarie Roe. This session had to be cancelled last year, and was sorely missed.   

Finally, a big welcome and thank you to all returning instructors, 

As always, all courses have an appeal for managers and production staff alike, as they offer skills development, the opportunity to share experiences, and the chance to network.

For more information check out our course calendar. (to be live by mid-January)