METAs Season 2020-2021 September Update

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Dear Montreal Theatre Community,

We at the METAs wish you well, and we are excited to share a little bit about what we have been working on in the last few months. As we approach the upcoming season, we’re looking forward to making some changes in order to better serve the Montreal English theatre community.

Samantha Bitonti, METAs Operations Manager

First, we are proud to announce the hiring of our first Operations Manager, Samantha Bitonti. Sam is no stranger to the Montreal Theatre Community: an emerging talent, Bitonti brings a sharp eye and an ambitious work ethic to the METAs. She will be working behind the scenes through the end of 2021 to bring the METAs protocols and framework up to date. With the help of the wage subsidy program from Services Quebec, we were able to take this first step towards a more sustainable and better-functioning governance model. The METAs Committee is delighted to have her on the team!

As we approach the upcoming season, you can expect more changes to the METAs process. We will be focusing on a smaller jury, who will have more training and oversight, and clearer policies and awards criteria. We will be reviewing the registration and eligibility criteria, as well as the awards categories themselves, in order to allow for more flexibility this year. We are also planning community conversations this fall, which will provide further opportunities to discuss some of the changes we are planning, to reconnect with the community, and to celebrate Montreal English theatre in whatever format is safest. 

The pandemic has swiftly changed the Montreal Theatre landscape, and we must be flexible to meet the moment. Knowing that the METAs are an essential part of the city’s theatre ecology, one that allows companies access to resources and promotion on a national and international level, we want to be standing by and ready when you are, when the time is right. We will be announcing very soon when and where you can have your input, and help us find ways for the  METAs to best represent the outstanding work being produced in our city.

Stay Tuned!

The METAs Committee

We welcome your feedback! Send us a message at info@metas.ca

METAs Season 2020-2021 Update

Dearest Montreal English Theatre Community, 

As we continue to navigate the 2020-2021 season, the METAs Committee has been reflecting on what role the METAs should play at this time, and examining the ways in which we can honour our mandate while we adapt to the current reality brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

After much deliberation, the METAs Committee has decided that it will suspend METAs Jury responsibilities for the remainder of the season, while the Committee works to integrate sustainability models that allow us to better serve our cherished community.  

 
We recognize that this pandemic continues to have lasting impacts on our ability to create and attend theatre. Many of us have had to re-examine our roles as artists, and many have had to adapt unexpectedly to new territory in terms of creative process. Creating art – any art – in these difficult times is an outstanding achievement unto itself. With theatre companies, artists and audiences in such varying stages of recovery and response, we do not feel that work can be evaluated equitably this year using the pre-existing METAs framework.

Additionally, we feel strongly that now is a time of reflection, as we continue to examine our standards of excellence, and what it means for our work to be outstanding. We also seek to ensure that the METAs process is an inclusive and equitable process, and that these values are supported and maintained responsibly, and sustainably.

Over the next few months, we will endeavour to create space and opportunity for community dialogue about the METAs, and to establish new policies that will help us celebrate and elevate our community as a whole, as we continue to grow and evolve.


We acknowledge that many of our peers have been working hard to continue creating and sharing work ever since our stages were first shut down in 2020. We also anticipate that new work in a variety of formats will be taking place as the season continues. We haven’t forgotten about you and we would love to honour these amazing achievements in some way. Instead of a traditional awards show this fall, we hope to create a community event (or series of events) where we can celebrate the resilience and creativity that exist in our community. This would allow us to not only collectively reflect on everything that has happened this past year, but also to look forward to what comes next.

In the meantime, if you have any thoughts you would like to share with us, you can reach the METAs Committee at metac@metas.ca, for any questions or feedback.

With love,

The METAs Committee

Save The (New) Date! The 8th Annual METAs (Virtual) Ceremony Moves to November 29, 2020

Save the (new) date! The METAs Committee is working hard to bring you this year’s ceremony virtually, and in order to give you the best show we possibly can, we’re moving the date. Join us Sunday, November 29, 2020 for this year’s virtual ceremony! Stay tuned to find out this year’s hosts, behind the scenes moments, and fun throwbacks of past ceremonies. See you real soon!