PDM Project Workshops

We are excited to launch our fall workshop series with two new workshops on mental health and well-being. 

Workshop 1: Tuesday, September 21, 7-8 pm (ET)

But What About…? Getting Back to Work in the Middle of the Pandemic

with Professor Gene Moyle (Queensland University of Technology) and Matt Eldridge (Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre)

Many of us feel anxious and hesitant about returning to the stage, studio or set for work. When will it happen, and what will it look like? We have been dealing with false starts and uncertainty, and some of us have not worked in 18 months and feel rusty and out of practice. In this workshop, we will talk about self-care tools and strategies to manage your mental health as you work, rehearse or perform in the COVID-19 environment. Through an active discussion, this workshop will cover ways to adapt and prepare yourself mentally for the “new normal.” Sign up to attend here.

Workshop 2: Wednesday, October 13, 7-8 pm (ET)

Our Creative Space, Our Safety: Promoting Well-being in the COVID-19 Workplace

with Professor Gene Moyle (Queensland University of Technology), Matt Eldridge (Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre), and Don Parman (Actsafe)

In this workshop, we will discuss the essential tools and strategies to ensure our studios, stages, and sets are safe in the COVID-19 environment. How do we adopt a new mindset for working and creating in this new environment? How do we mentally adapt to new procedures and protocols? How do we take agency and advocate for a safe workplace? Through an active discussion, the workshop will address these questions and more. Sign up to attend here.


Workshop Leaders

Professor Gene Moyle is an ex-ballet dancer who retrained as a sport and exercise psychologist. Working across the performing arts, elite sports and the corporate sector over the past 20 years, Gene has focused upon the application of performance psychology and performance enhancement within these domains. As a sport and exercise psychologist, she has supported a number of Olympic Winter sports programs and numerous artists and arts organizations.

Matt Eldridge (he/him) is a registered social worker, having completed his Master of Social Work degree in 2013. He has a background in theatre, circus, and dance, and is passionate about supporting the mental health of artists.  The Artists’ Health Centre is a perfect fusion of his two passions: the arts and healthcare. He is honoured to be a part of a team that works to keep our artists healthy.

Don Parman’s twenty-five-year career has taken him from student to crew, to supervisor and manager. Along the way, he has worked with some amazing organizations – the Massey Theatre, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Royal City Musical Theatre, the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology to name just a few.

Don now brings all that experience and love for live performance to Actsafe Safety Association. From ladder safety to air quality, Don has experienced it first hand and can help you navigate the world of the performing arts safely.


Both workshops are free to attend – registration is required. Workshops on financial literacy, negotiation skills, and more are coming soon – watch this space!

The workshop series is presented as part of the Professional Development & Mentorship Project (PDM Project) – a pilot program created in partnership between AFBS, The AFC, and Dancer Transition Resource Centre

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Workshop 1

Click the button below to sign up for But What About…? Getting Back to Work in the Middle of the Pandemic on Tuesday, September 21, 7-8 pm (ET) 

Workshop 2

Click the button below to sign up for Creative Space, Our Safety: Promoting Well-being in the COVID-19 Workplace on Wednesday, October 13, 7-8 pm (ET)