GYB Canada: Actor Training Experiences Survey
Got Your Back Canada (GYB) wants to hear about your experiences while undergoing actor training in Canada. GYB is a grassroots, intersectional, trans-inclusive feminist community of established and emerging artists in the Canadian entertainment industry, using their collective energy and voice to challenge the status quo and the pursuit of safe and creative places to work. Since the Canadian theatre community's direct implication in the #metoo and #timesup movements, we believe that an investigation into how we train actors in this country is essential to creating a clearer picture of the state of Canadian theatre.

This survey is for anyone who has taken actor training in Canada at any time. Questions in this survey are wide ranging from: choosing a program, the application process, mental and physical issues, and intimacy experiences during training and post graduation. Questions address representations of race, culture, gender, and sexuality. In addition, there are additional survey questions at the end specifically for artist educators to describe their experiences while teaching in Canadian actor training/theatre performance programs. If you did not undergo training in Canada, but work as an instructor in Canada, you may skip ahead to the Acting Instructor Questions.

The survey is comprehensive. This google platform allows you to complete the survey in sections, if you wish, by saving your answers for you. When you come back you can also change previous answers before clicking the SUBMIT button. The form also allows for the possibility to edit your responses after submitting. If you so choose, you can change or redact your answers at any time.


* Experiences in Actor Training - Students: 30 mins
* Experiences in Actor Training - Instructors: 15 mins

The questions pertain particularly to undergraduate/college actor training programs, however, we acknowledge that many of you will have undergone training at several institutions over varying periods of time. Where applicable, please indicate the timeframe for which your answers correspond. For example, in a multiple choice question such as "What years did you attend your acting program?," you have the option of selecting MULTIPLE time periods. If this applies to you, please do so. In responding to short/long answer questions, again, please be clear as to what timeframe your answer corresponds.

The data gathered in this survey will be published and used to build the key issues to discuss at our Got Your Back Acting Training Conference on May 27th & 28th, 2019 at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

We want to assure you that your responses are completely anonymous and cannot be traced back to you. While much personal information is asked in this survey, no personal identifying information is captured unless you voluntarily offer your contact information in any of the comment fields. Additionally, your responses are combined with those of many others and summarized in a larger report to further protect your anonymity.

We acknowledge that some questions posed in this survey may cause uncomfortable memories for participants. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. If at any time you are not comfortable answering a question, please indicate "prefer not to disclose" and we apologize for your discomfort.

This survey has been created completely by volunteers and GYB would like to deeply thank them for their care and attention to building this survey. We also would like to thank YOU!, for your time and consideration in helping us gather this important information. Should you have any questions or concerns about the survey or Got Your Back's work, please feel free to reach out to us at - Subject line: Acting Training Survey.

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