METAs Season 2020-2021 September Update

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

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