Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee (TAWC)

ACTRA Women’s Com­mit­tee TAWC is com­mit­ted to advanc­ing key issues for female performers. TAWC is com­mit­ted to women tak­ing their place in an envi­ron­ment where our con­tri­bu­tions as artists are rec­og­nized, val­ued and supported. TAWC is com­mit­ted to ini­tia­tives that encour­age women of all diver­si­ties to suc­ceed by work­ing together for pro­gres­sive change.

Our Work

Invitation to our Monthly TAWC Meetings:

All ACTRA members are welcome to attend and share at our meetings and join subcommittees. No need to RSVP – just come! Current meeting dates can be found on the TAWC ACTRA Toronto Womens Committee Facebook Page.



TAWC Toolkit Filmmaker Series

The Toolkit Filmmaker Series is an initiative to “Get Women Working” both in front of and behind the camera. Our aim is to encourage, inspire and support the involvement and advancement of women of all diversities within our industry.

The Short Film Creation Lab is open to ACTRA Toronto members who identify as women and are either emerging as artists or looking to add to their skill sets. A selected writer-director-producer team will be mentored by experienced and respected industry professionals who will help them create a short film.

The Content Development Sessions is a series of panels and workshops led by industry professionals. These sessions are geared toward ACTRA Toronto members who wish to learn how to produce, write, direct and shoot their own work.

Check out the regularly updated TAWC Facebook Page for more information.




TAWC (Toronto Actra Women’s Committee) is proud to introduce a series of ‘TAWC-kies’, or short interviews that celebrate inspiring females who have made and who are making an impact on our industry. Please visit our youtube channel to watch and share!

Suggestions for who to interview next? Want to help us produce these? Email us!



Nell Shipman Gala

The Nell Shipman Award, honours a female producer, writer or showrunner who has forwarded gender equity in the industry both in front of and behind the camera. This award is presented at TAWC’s yearly, invite only, Gala taking place in the Spring. Questions? Please email us!



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TAWC Committee Co-Chairs

Toronto ACTRA Women's Committee Co-Chair, Freya Ravensbergen Freya Ravensbergen
“In a society where many industries have achieved gender equality, our industry (the industry that debatably may have the most impact on our youth), is leagues behind. The statistics are shocking. Because our industry has such an important role to play in how women are represented and perceived in our society, I think it is imperative that we set higher standards for the quality and quantity of female roles that are being created in the films and tv shows we are making.”


Toronto ACTRA Women's Committee Co-Chair, Joanna Swan Joanna Swan “Story telling is how we con­nect with each other through time and space. Our sto­ries are our legacy. We have long relied upon sto­ry­telling to help edu­cate our young. When women, who are 50% of the pop­u­la­tion, are under­rep­re­sented and mis­rep­re­sented, in our var­i­ous sto­ry­telling media, we are speak­ing vol­umes about what we per­ceive women’s value to be. We are miss­ing an essen­tial con­nec­tion and we are edu­cat­ing our young to do the same. TAWC is work­ing to bal­ance out this inequity in order to enrich all people’s lives. When we see our­selves in our sto­ries, we feel seen and heard and val­ued. TAWC wants to encour­age and sup­port all aspects of our indus­try, whether it be in front or behind the cam­era, to tell sto­ries that reflect our diverse selves.”


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