Welcome to P.M.Arts 

Dates for the 2016 Toronto P.M.Arts Conference are Thursday, March 31 – Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Ryerson Theatre School


Welcome to the 9th Toronto P.M.Arts Conference! 

This year we continue to offer a full weekend of programming and look forward to reuniting our team of seasoned presenters while adding a few new faces to the mix.

However, with a Conference that is nearly a decade old, and with some session leaders part of it from the beginning, “adding new faces” really means recognizing that time marches on, careers and lives change, and rejuvenation is part of what keeps us relevant.

It is with this in mind that the Conference “us” and “we” bid a bittersweet good-bye to our founding Conference Administrator, Janelle Rainville. As a direct import from Winston Morgan and SMArts, Janelle managed our website, organized our database, took and processed registrations and even found time to present sessions. Although she will still shepherd SMArts through new growth, and stay connected to PMArts in an advisory capacity, she will step away from the day-to-day operations of this Conference. She was truly our backbone and office-of-one. And a torch-passer.

 Succession planning is still something relatively new to our industry – with budgets barely adequate to mount our productions, training and mentorship can fall by the wayside. So it is with open arms and files of details that we welcome the new part of “us”, Bonnie Thomson, as our new, Janelle-mentored, Conference Administrator. Bonnie’s varied technical and production management experience, combined with volunteer work at past SM and PMArts Conferences give her an opportunity to bring PMArts into its next decade. 

Organized from the beginning around the core building blocks of “People, Time and Money”, the Conference also bids a heartfelt farewell to Ray Salverda, the first and only Instructor of our Scheduling session (the “Time” block). We will miss his larger-than-life enthusiasm and engaging classroom presence, and wish him well as he continues his career with BaAM.

Also off to newer challenges – although still dealing with clauses – is Alistair Hepburn, previously with Equity and now working with ACTRA. His encyclopedic knowledge of the CTA and related agreements made his session a must-attend for Production Managers. We wish Alistair great success in our sister (brother?) industry.

As it happens in our own lives, good-byes can herald new experiences and bring new opportunities. We are pleased to welcome 2 Instructors who will bring their own skill sets to these established sessions: Rick Banville, Director of Production at Young People’s Theatre, will be the new face of “Scheduling”, and Keith Davidson, Director of Business Representative Services with Canadian Actors’ Equity Association will become our CAEA expert-in-the-field.

And, of course, a big welcome back and thank-you to all returning instructors. As always, our 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.


Peter Fleming and Bonnie Thomson


For more information check out our course calendar.