Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit
In the fall of 2020, Fringe will begin an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion audit with Sedina Fiati (Principal at BIPOC Executive Search and founder of Where You Are Consulting) and Candice Frederick (Principal at BIPOC Executive Search).
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Audit for the Toronto Fringe will culminate in a series of recommendations which will be incorporated into the operating plan for the Fringe. The audit and action items will ensure the Fringe is better equipped to address issues of racism and oppression. As Fringe's current strategic plan (2019-2021) is about to expire, it is an ideal moment to infuse EDI principles into all aspects of the Fringe’s operations.
Survey: December 2020
Please take a moment to complete this very important survey.
In June 2020, the Toronto Fringe committed to undertaking an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Audit. Fringe retained consulting team Sedina Fiati and Candice Frederick to facilitate this process in the fall of 2020 and continue it into the early part of 2021.
The consultants conducted a series of interviews with staff, the board, artists, emerging producers, etc., and have thought critically about who has been represented and who has not been.
This survey continues this conversation and is an important step toward holding this organization accountable.
The final step in the audit will be a report detailing recommendations for how Toronto Fringe can take actionable steps towards creating more space to showcase the lived realities of Black, Indigenous, and racialized staff, artists, and community members.
Completing the survey is voluntary. Please rest assured that the information submitted will be held in strict confidence by the consulting team. All participants can complete the survey anonymously. Your participation will help to inform the recommendations that the consulting team makes in the final report.
- The survey is designed to accessible by screen reader
- To see a vlog in American Sign Language describing the survey, click here
- If you would like to respond to the survey via video or in person, please email email@example.com and we will make alternate arrangements with you
Update from the Consulting Team
We would like to take a moment to share some thoughts from the consulting team.
"As both our world and the live performing arts industry is in state of reckoning, transformation, and a sober examination of the nature of our work, many organizations are taking the time to deconstruct their frameworks in regards to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This is an ideal time for the Toronto Fringe to undertake this work as their new strategic plan is on the horizon. Candice and I have been meeting with the staff, board, and various artists since October. Our methodology has consisted of in-person interviews and group discussions.
The conversations have been open, honest, visionary, and insightful. Our consultations have led us to discover various trends and observations that pertain to the live performance industry on the whole and some that are specific to the nature of the Fringe movement.
Now we look forward to hearing from the wider community through a survey. These answers about how equity, diversity, and inclusion are operating at the Toronto Fringe will inform our final draft report. They will equip us to detail a series of recommendations and this will feed back into the Toronto Fringe's upcoming strategic plan.
Thank you! We are excited for the possibilities of the Toronto Fringe."
- Sedina and Candice
Learn about our EDI Audit team:
Sedina Fiati is a frequent panelist, moderator and facilitator in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and the arts. Sedina holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor and has 10 years experience in workshop facilitating, coordinating panels and incorporating anti oppression practises into arts’ and organizational processes. Recent panels and workshops: Tall Boys Season 2 (workshop for team), Dreaming Black Futures for Live Performance (PACTCon 2020), CITT: Hiring Diversity, Indie Arts Coalition: Open Space, ACTRA Toronto Town Hall on Anti Black Racism, Stratford Symposium 2019, Reel World Film Festival 2019, Making Space for Conflict with the AFC, CTV’s Your Morning, Woke 2.0 Social Justice Workshop series. Sedina was the co chair of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee and councillor and 2nd VP of council for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. She is currently a Principal with BIPOC Executive Search and was the facilitator for Generator’s Artist Producer Training Program. She believes in radical empathy and generosity as we chart our way to a better future and stronger organizations.
Candice Frederick is an educator and workshop facilitator in the areas of anti-oppressive practice and healing from anti-black racism. Candice also a published writer and has contributed to When It Happens: An Anthology of Creative Non-Fiction. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Counselling Psychology degree from the University of Toronto. Her work experience includes over 15 years in community agencies and educational institutions. In 2020, she founded a research project that focuses on Black-focused wellness resources across Canada called Black Wellness Canada. She is currently a Principal with BIPOC Executive Search and was the Director of Student Services at the Randolph College of the Performing Arts. Candice provides a space to engage in critical discussions that center intersectionality, equity, marginalization, and trauma. She believes that the roots to systemic change must involve an acknowledgement of the past as we move toward building more intentional relationships.
Statements from 2020:
June 1, 2020: Our statement in solidarity with organizations fighting anti-black racism.
June 5, 2020: A letter from our Executive Director on addressing systemic barriers at Fringe.
June 8, 2020: An anti-racist reading list from Fringe's former Outreach Coordinator Senjuti Sarker