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The conference schedule and programming are subject to change. Please check back here for any updates.

Most recent update: May 4, 2018

Tuesday, May 8

Time Event
4:00 – 8:00 pm Registration & Info Desk / PACTcon Free Little Library
Novotel Ottawa – 33 Nicholas St
6:00 – 8:00 pm First Timer’s Welcome
Lowertown Brewery, 73 York St, in Byward Market
7:30 – 9:00 pm OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Up to Low
Babs Asper Theatre – National Arts Centre
8:00 pm – OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Gracie
Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre – Great Canadian Theatre Company
8:00 pm – OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Unofficial 1st Drink
Lowertown Brewery, 73 York St, in Byward Market

Wednesday, May 9

Time Event
7:45 – 9:00 am OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Walk & Talk with Vicki Stroich
Meet in Novotel lobby at 7:45am. Walk ends at PACTcon2018 Registration Desk in the NAC.
8:30 am – 5:30 pm Registration & Info Desk / PACTcon Free Little Library / Playwrights Canada Press book sales
National Arts Centre (NAC) – O’Brien Atrium (Elgin St. Entrance)
9:30 am – 12:00 noon Region Meetings
NAC – various rooms

  • Region 1 – Rossy Pavilion (Terrace Level)
  • Region 2 – Salon (Canal Level)
  • Region 3 – Atelier Shenkman & Smith (Canal Level)
  • Region 4 – Canada Room Pacific (Elgin Level)
  • Region 5 – Canada Room Arctic (Elgin Level)
  • Region 6 – Off-site, location TBA
  • Regions 7 & 8 – Canada Room Atlantic (Elgin Level)
12:00 noon OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Join Lululemon for a free yoga session on the lawn in front of Parliament. Bring your own mat and water!
More information
1:30 – 4:00 pm Caucus Meetings
NAC – various rooms

  • Category A – Rossy Pavilion (Terrace Level)
  • Indigenous Caucus – Atelier Shenkman & Smith (Canal Level)
  • Regional Theatres Caucus – Canada Room Pacific (Elgin Level)
  • SuperCaucus – Canada Room Arctic (Elgin Level)
  • Summer & Rural Caucuses – Salon (Canal Level)
  • TYA Caucus – Canada Room Atlantic (Elgin Level)
5:30 – 7:30 pm Official Opening Reception – cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres
NAC Fourth Stage
7:30 – 9:00 pm OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Up to Low
Babs Asper Theatre – National Arts Centre
TBA OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Following the Wednesday performance of Up to Low, there will be a demonstration and presentation of the Kipnes Lantern.
This is open to all PACTcon2018 delegates and is not contingent upon seeing the performance. A meeting place will be announced.
8:00 pm – OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Gracie
Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre – Great Canadian Theatre Company
10:00 pm – OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Late Night Lounge
Lowertown Brewery, 73 York St, in Byward Market

Thursday, May 10

Time Event
7:45 – 9:00 am OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Walk & Talk with Vicki Stroich
Meet in Novotel lobby at 7:45am. Walk ends at PACTcon2018 Registration Desk in the NAC. This is a different route than Wednesday.
8:30 am – 5:30 pm Registration Desk + Coffee Station / PACTcon Free Little Library / Playwrights Canada Press book sales
NAC – O’Brien Atrium (Elgin St. Entrance)
9:00 – 10:00 am Welcome & Opening Ceremony
NAC O’Born Room (Terrace Level)
10:00 – 11:00 am THE FUTURE OF STORYTELLING
Keynote presentation by Kevin Loring, Artistic Director of NAC – Indigenous Theatre
NAC O’Born Room (Terrace Level)
11:00 – 11:30 am Break
11:30 am – 1:00 pm LEARNING Breakout Sessions

  • 1) Relaxed Performance Training, Part One of Three (Foundation – Part One)
    British Council, NAC Fourth Stage (Elgin Level)
  • 2) Your Patron’s Data Story, Are You Listening and Acting?
    Eric Nelson (TRG Arts) with Peter Cathie White (Arts Club), NAC Lantern Room (Terrace Level)
  • 3) Dark Nights – Stories Across Disciplines
    Luke Reece (Obsidian Theatre), Wayne Burns, & Joss MacNeill, NAC O’Born Room (Terrace Level)
  • 4) Exploring Digital Arts in the Creative Process
    Beth Kates, NAC Rossy Pavilion (Terrace Level)
1:00 – 2:45 pm Lunch on your own (or with your Buddy!)
2:45 – 3:00 pm Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award Presentation
NAC O’Born Room (Terrace Level)
3:00 – 3:15 pm PACT Special Recognition Presentation
NAC O’Born Room (Terrace Level)
3:00 – 5:00 pm Annual General Meeting – Part One
PACT members in good standing only
NAC O’Born Room (Terrace Level)
5:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner Break
7:30 – 10:00 pm SUPERHAPPYFUNTIME
NAC Salon – Sponsored in part by Front Row Insurance Brokers and Blueprint Insurance Services
7:30 – 9:00 pm OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Up to Low
Babs Asper Theatre – National Arts Centre
8:00 pm – OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Gracie
Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre – Great Canadian Theatre Company
10:00 pm – OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Late Night Lounge
Lowertown Brewery, 73 York St, in Byward Market

Friday, May 11

Time Event
8:30 am – 5:30 pm Info + Coffee Station / PACTcon Free Little Library / Playwrights Canada Press book sales
Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC)
8:30 – 9:15 am Bus shuttles available from Novotel to GCTC

  • 8:30am: Bus shuttle #1 from Novotel to GCTC
  • 9:15am: Bus shuttle #2 from Novotel to GCTC
10:00 am – 12:00 noon Annual General Meeting continued – Part Two
PACT members in good standing only
GCTC – Mainstage
12:00 – 1:30 pm Catered Lunch / 4-Square Competition
GCTC
1:30 – 2:30 pm PLENARY: The Future of…
GCTC – Mainstage

  • Lindsay Delaronde (Indigenous Artist in Residence, City of Victoria) & Gil Garratt (Artistic Director, Blyth Festival)
  • Mel Hague (Leadership Resident, National Theatre School) & Jovanni Sy (Artistic Director, Gateway Theatre)
  • Gina Puntil (Artistic Director, Alberta Worker’s Health Centre) & Danny Everson (General Manager, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia)
2:45 – 4:15 pm LEARNING Breakout Sessions
GCTC – various rooms

  • 1) Relaxed Performance Training, Part Two of Three (Getting the Word Out – Inclusive Marketing & Communications)
    British Council, GCTC – Studio
  • 2) Arts Industry Benchmarking: How Does Your Organization Measure Up?
    David Ciano (Spektrix), Thyme & Again – Upper Meeting Room
  • 3) Reclaiming the Commons
    Kendra Fry, GCTC – Mainstage
  • 4) Cross Border Hopping – What You Need to Know
    Robert Baird (BAM Artist Management), GCTC – Conference Room
4:30 – 5:30 pm PLENARY: “All In” Yielding to Change
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
GCTC – Mainstage
5:30 – 6:15 pm Bus shuttles from GCTC back to Novotel

  • 5:30pm: Bus shuttle #1 from GCTC to Novotel
  • 6:15pm: Bus shuttle #2 from GCTC to Novotel
6:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner Break
7:30 – 9:00 pm OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Up to Low
Babs Asper Theatre – National Arts Centre
8:00 – 9:30 pm SUPERHAPPYFUNTIME (Take Two)
NAC – Salon
8:00 pm – OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Gracie
Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre – Great Canadian Theatre Company
10:00 pm – OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Late Night Lounge
Lowertown Brewery, 73 York St, in Byward Market

Saturday, May 12

Time Event
7:45 – 9:00 am OPTIONAL (No ticket required): Walk & Talk with Vicki Stroich
Meet in Novotel lobby at 7:45am. Walk ends at PACTcon2018 Registration Desk in the NAC. This is a new route.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm PACT Info Table / Coffee Station
NAC – O’Brien Atrium
9:30 – 11:30 am Annual General Meeting continued – Part Three
PACT members in good standing only
NAC – O’Born Room
10:00 – 11:00 am OPTIONAL (Reservation & Ticket Required) – National Gallery of Canada Tour
Register at the Conference Desk
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Catered Lunch Break
1:00 – 2:30 pm LEARNING Breakout Sessions

  • 1) Relaxed Performance Training, Part Three of Three (Opening the Doors)
    British Council, NAC Salon
  • 2) All In Cohorts Success Stories
    Donna-Michelle St. Bernard & Ashley Bomberry, NAC Rossy Pavilion
  • 3) Creating Healthy Spaces / Investigating Harassment
    Alicia Ludlow, NAC Rehearsal Hall A
  • 4) The “Other” Story – Telling Your Company’s Story
    Panel presentation, NAC Lantern Room
2:00 – 3:30 pm OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Up to Low
Babs Asper Theatre – National Arts Centre
2:45 – 4:15 pm Round Tables Dialogue – Open Space Style! 
You choose the topics and share questions, challenges, successes and new ideas with your colleagues.

  • Creators Dialogue: NAC Rehearsal Hall A
  • Managers Dialogue: NAC Salon
  • All/None of the Above Dialogue: NAC Rossy Pavilion
4:00 pm – OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Gracie
Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre – Great Canadian Theatre Company
6:30 pm – Closing Night Dinner & Reception (Ticket required)
NAC – Canada Room
7:30 – 9:00 pm OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Up to Low
Babs Asper Theatre – National Arts Centre
8:00 pm – OPTIONAL (Ticket required): Gracie
Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre – Great Canadian Theatre Company

PLEASE NOTE: Programming and Schedule subject to change.

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