ACTRA Toronto is committed to being an industry leader in promoting initiatives and programs to identify and encourage greater diversity in front of and behind our cameras and microphones.

Statements & Policies

Operating Plan: Focus on Diversity & Inclusion

ACTRA Toronto’s commitment to increasing diversity within our screen-based industries is demonstrated in the union’s annual operating plan. Please click on the dropdowns below to read the DEIB excepts from the respective operating plan.

From Words to Actions

In June of 2020, the ACTRA Toronto Council and Diversity and Inclusion Committee worked together to develop an Anti-Black Racism work plan with a commitment to work within our union and across the industry to bring about real and lasting change.

Below are progress updates about the work ACTRA Toronto has completed as part of our efforts to create lasting change:

ACTRA Toronto Committees & Sub-Committees

Talent Databases



Performers Magazine

ACTRA Toronto’s Performers Magazine is used as a tool to educate, inspire and inform members and the industry about DEIB-related issues.

Accent on Inclusion
ACTRA Toronto members Andrea Gallo, Yvette McKoy & Mladen Obradović speak up about the challenges performers who speak with accents face in the screen-based industry and what needs to change.

IPA 101: Hair & Makeup Equity (part 1)
Learn more about what can you do to support your sibling performers and help your union create real change in our fight for hair and makeup equity.

Introducing the Permit Access Fund, in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada!
ACTRA Toronto Executive Board Member Lisa Michelle Cornelius talks about the launch of the Permit Access Fund and how it will help performers from underrepresented communities gain access and full membership into the Union.

Sandi Ross Awards 2022
Award-winning writer, producer and television/radio host Amanda Parris and Toronto-based entertainment agency Jesse Griffiths Casting Inc. are the recipients of the 2022 Sandi Ross Awards in recognition of their commitment to inclusion on screen.

Diversity is being used as a scapegoat for capitalism, and it’s time to talk about it
On April 6, 2022, Playback published an opinion piece by Jenn Paul, ACTRA National’s Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

The Black Performer Showcase
The first of many showcases planned by ACTRA Toronto to showcase its diverse membership, the Black Performers Showcase aims to attract the interest of U.S. and international producers who who may not realize that you can truly ‘cast the world’ in Toronto.

Hair & Makeup Equity

Learn more about ACTRA’s fight for hair and makeup equity (
Support MPP Jill Andrew’s Protect Our Crowns petition calling on the Government of Ontario to mandate culturally responsive training specific to Black and textured hair in hairstyling education and practice across Ontario.
Protecting Our Crowns: BIPOC Performers, Hair and Industry, hosted by MPP Jill Andrew and featuring Aisha Boubacar and ACTRA Toronto members Dalmar Abuzeid, Alicia Richardson and Alicia Payne (March 2022)
Hair and Makeup Equity in the Film & Television Industry, featuring Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Samantha Kaine, TK Prentice-Cupid, Sharon Lewis, Peggy Kyriakidou, Angela Mastronardi and moderated by Lisa Michelle Cornelius (February 2022)


imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital + interactive media made by Indigenous screen content creators. The Festival presents compelling and distinctive works, reflecting the diversity of Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and dynamism of Indigenous arts, perspectives and cultures in contemporary media.
Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF) features new voices in South Asian Cinema and thought-provoking and conscientious cinema that uplifts humanity and promotes peace and harmony.
Reelworld Film Festival showcases Canadian films by Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African and Latin American Canadian artists that feature stories that break free of the negative stereotypes found in mainstream media.
Toronto Black Film Festival is is dedicated to giving unique voices in cinema the opportunity to present audiences with new ways of looking at the world by encouraging the development of the independent film industry and promoting more films on the reality of Black people from around the globe.
Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival (TIDFAF) is a biannual festival that showcases the work of talented national and international Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf-blind filmmakers and artists as well as those who produce works in collaboration with the Deaf and hearing community.
Toronto Real Asian International Film Festival is a unique showcase of contemporary Asian cinema and work from Asia and the Asian diaspora. As Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival, Reel Asian provides a public forum for Asian media artists and their work, and fuels the growing appreciation for Asian cinema in Canada.
Warner Bros. Discovery Access Canada serves as a powerful conduit connecting underrepresented Talent to its content and brands by empowering fearless storytellers through its best-in-class talent development programs, mentorship, placement opportunities and industry exposure.