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Professional Associations

There are many associations in Canada that defend the interests of professionals in theatre. Each craft has a representative organization making sure that its members are protected artistically and financially. Actors have the Union des artistes. Playwrights are protected by the Association québécoise des auteurs dramatiques and the Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques, while the Centre des auteurs dramatiques promotes the work of its members. Set designers are supported by the Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec, while the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) watches over the labour union interests of its member technicians.

Other groups take responsibility for promoting and facilitating theatrical activity in general: for instance the Association québécoise du théâtre and the Conseil québécois du théâtre in the professional sector, and the Fédération québécoise du théâtre amateur in the non-professional sector. These bodies work to circulate information and increase access to theatre within the theatrical community and the general public alike.

Some groups exist most specifically to develop, support and promote particular interests: French-language theatre outside Québec (the Association des théâtres francophones du Canada), puppeteers (the Association québécoise des marionnettistes) or companies aiming at young audiences (Théâtres unis enfance jeunesse).

Here are some links:

N.B. Unless specified, websites are in French only

ACT (Association des compagnies de théâtre)
ACT, C.P. 1321 succ Desjardins, Montréal H5B 1C4 (819) 348-8960

ATFC (Association des théâtres francophones du Canada)
Place de la francophonie, 450 Rideau St., suite 405, Ottawa (Ontario), K1N 5Z4
Paulette Gagnon, directrice générale Téléphone : (613) 562-2233 / 1 866 821-2233

APASQ (Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec)
4874 de Brébeuf, Montréal (Québec) H2J 3L5
Telephone: (514) 523-4221 – toll-free number: 1-877-523-4221

AQM (Association québécoise des marionnettistes)

AQT (Académie Québécoise du théâtre)
6879 St. Lawrence Blvd., Montréal (Québec), H2S 3C9
Telephone: (514) 272-4252

CEAD (Centre des Auteurs dramatiques) [some website content is available in English]
3540 Saint-Urbain, Montréal (Québec), H2X 3N5
Telephone: (514) 288-3384

CQT (Conseil Québécois du théâtre)
460 St. Catherine St. West, Suite 808, Montréal (Québec), H3B 1A7
Toll-free number: 1-866-954-0270 – (514) 954-0270

FQTA (Fédération Québécoise du théâtre amateur)
181 des Bois-Francs Blvd. South, Box 977, Victoriaville (Québec), G6P 8Y1
Telephone: (819) 752-2501

IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees)
2700 Jean Perrin, # 490, Québec (Québec), G2C 1S9
Telephone: (418) 847-6335

IUTA (International University Theatre Association – Collège de Valleyfield) [website content available in English]
Collège de Valleyfield, 169 Champlain, Valleyfield (Québec), J6T 1X6
Telephone: 1-450-373-9441, ext. 211

TUEJ (Théâtres unis enfance jeunesse)
Box 627, Desjardins station, Montréal (Québec), H5B 1B7
Telephone: (450) 446-4863

UDA (Union de artistes)
Montréal : 1441 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, Suite 400, Montréal (Québec), H3G 1T7
Telephone: (514) 288-6682
Québec : 580 Grande-Allée East, Suite 350, Québec City (Québec), G1R 2K2
Telephone: (418) 523-4241
Toronto : 625 Church St., Suite 103, Toronto (Ontario), M4Y 2G1
Telephone: (416) 485-7670


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