FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS THE CGDC A UNION?
No, we are not a labour union or association. CGDC is a peer driven coalition working as a strong collective voice in order to bring issues and improvements to our labour association.
DO I NEED TO LEAVE CAEA TO BE A MEMBER OF CGDC?
No, you do not need to leave CAEA to join CGDC as it is not a labour union or association.
DO I HAVE TO BE A CANADIAN CITIZEN TO BE A CGDC MEMBER?
Yes, you must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have the ability to work in Canada in order to become a CGDC member.
WHAT CONSTITUTES A PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORIAL OR CHOREOGRAPHIC CREDIT NEEDED TO JOIN MEMBERSHIP?
A credit where an artist has been employed as a director/choreographer and engaged under any Equity contract, or under a corresponding affiliate association contract (ex SDC, Equity-UK)
“I AM NOT CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE TO BECOME A MEMBER. ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH CGDC?"
Yes! If you are not currently eligible to join CGDC membership you can apply to our Mentee Program, visit our Resources page to find further ways to advance your artistic practice, or email us to donate your time at email@example.com
“I HAVE MAINLY DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED FOR CHILDREN'S THEATRE. DO THOSE CREDITS QUALIFY AS MY NECESSARY CREDITS NEEDED TO JOIN?"
Yes, if you were engaged on those productions under an Equity or affiliate contract.
“I HAVE WORKED EXTENESIVELY AS AN ASSISTANT/ ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OR CHOREOGRAPHER, DO THESE CREDITS QUALIFY ME TO BECOME A CGDC MEMBER?"
Unfortunately, not at this time. It is a goal of CGDC to eventually include and open a second tier of membership dedicated to assistants and associates once we have a more established infrastructure. However, you are eligible to join the CGDC Mentee Program. Learn more HERE
“WHEN CAN I SIGN UP FOR THE ONLINE MEMBERSHIP PORTAL?"
Once your membership has been finalized you will receive an email that confirms your CGDC membership and gives instructions on how to sign up and log in to the CGDC membership portal.
WHAT CONSTITUTES A SUCCESSFUL MENTEE PROGRAM APPLICANT?
Any artist who provides CGDC with all of the required information and documents is considered a successful applicant for the CGDC Mentee Program. This includes:
Filling out our online application form where you will have to answer a few short form questions
Providing 2 reference letters from professional stage directors/choreographers and,
Providing a copy of your theatre resume
WHO ARE THE MENTORS I COULD POSSIBLY BE PAIRED WITH?
Successful applicants will be paired with mentors from CGDC membership.