September 10, 2020

Hello Manitoba members,

Welcome back to the re-start of our bi-monthly Member to Member (M2M) e-newsletter. As of last week, Rob, Julie and Liz are fully back at work – splitting their time between home offices and the ACTRA office. With COVID-19 protocols in place we ask that members do not drop in, in-person, to the office but rather call or request a Zoom meeting if you need to speak with any of the staff.

Council is up and running and we hope to have some announcements about training and social events coming soon. Sadly our Awards Gala, which was initially scheduled for October 3rd, is still on hold. Congrats to the close to 100 members who “zoomed in” for the AGM in June. What a fabulous turnout – very encouraging to have such an engaged membership.

As you have all seen from the Casting Calls, there is a fair bit of production taking place and our members are getting significant work! A Secret to Keep (MarVista) had an entirely local cast. Let’s Meet Again (Lifetime) and 12 Days to Love (Hallmark) had overwhelmingly local casts. The same is true for Mission: Christmas (MarVista) and Sweet Autumn (Hallmark). I am hopeful the fourth season of Burden of Truth (CBC) will prove rewarding to our local performers as well. Congratulations to everyone who has found work on these productions. In regard to COVID-19 protocols, reports from sets are very positive, with protocols meeting and exceeding expectations. Please keep in touch with the office if you have any questions or observations arising from your work on-set and let’s hope we can keep moving forward safely and respectfully.

In Solidarity,

Jan Skene
ACTRA Manitoba