Covid-19

Click HERE to view Geordie’s official COVID-19 Statement, FAQs, and government resources for patrons & artists during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Patron Policy

Your personal information and privacy are important to us. Geordie Theatre does not sell customer or donor mailing lists. Sales information collected in the fulfillment of ticket sales is kept on file and confidential for a period of seven years, as per the requirements of the Canada Revenue Agency. Only authorized personnel have access to this information. As a patron of Geordie Theatre, you may receive information about Geordie’s plays and special events. If you do not wish to receive such information, or if you have questions, please contact us at 514-845-9810 or info@geordie.ca.

Geordie sometimes collects information about you, like your name, email address, phone number and similar data. Data and information mean the same here, and we use both words in this statement. Because that information can help to tell us who you are, and because that information belongs to you, it is your right to know how we use it when you give it to us. This statement is only for informational purposes: for the full statement please click HERE. If you have any questions or need more explanation, please feel free to send an email to outreach@geordie.ca

WHAT

The data we collect most often is your first and last name, your email address, your phone number and your postal address. We will only use the data you have given to us voluntarily, and we won’t buy or sell that data. Sometimes we also collect information about how people use our web page or our social media so we can improve it. This happens automatically.  We will never keep credit card or other financial information on file – in fact, our systems prevent it.

WHY

Your information helps us stay in contact with you, deliver and improve our services to you or work with you. It also helps us to create new programs, send you the latest information about Geordie Theatre and contact you about your donations. If we know what you are interested in, we can plan better what kind of programs we offer.

WHEN

We may save information about you when you get in touch with us. This can be by phone, email, social media, our website or in person, at our shows and events. We are committed to collecting only as much data as we need and only save it for as long as it is needed or required by law. Your ticket sales data must be saved for seven years. Afterwards we delete that information.

HOW

Your personal information is only accessible to authorized personnel. When we do share your data with partners to help us stay in touch with you, we ensure that they have the same high standards and are also bound by laws protecting data privacy. At no time do we ever sell or exchange your personal information for profit. We do our utmost to ensure that your private data is safe and protected from any unauthorized access.

CHILDREN

If you are under 13 years old, we only save your personal information to the extent that is needed to let you participate in the program or activity that you chose. If your parents contact us to inform us that they don’t want us to save your information, we will delete it right away.

OTHER WEBSITES

Sometimes we post or publish links to other websites, who have their own privacy policy. When you visit those pages, their privacy policy applies. We do not submit any personal information to them.

We update this Privacy Policy from time to time. So please feel free to return to this page, to see the latest updates.

If you have any informational questions about this Privacy Statement, you can contact us:

  • By email: outreach@geordie.ca or by calling 514-845-9810 x206

Concerns or complaints must be submitted in writing to:

Geordie Theatre
550 Delinelle
Montreal, QC
H4C 3B1

Geordie’s Full Privacy Statement

Creating a Respectful Workplace – Date of Issue: April 4, 2018

GEORDIE PRODUCTIONS values the diversity of its workforce, its patrons and visitors and is committed to providing a work environment supportive of human dignity and respect. It is the policy of GEORDIE PRODUCTIONS to ensure that every employee and artist is entitled to a workplace free of intimidation, discrimination, harassment, and workplace violence. Such acts in any form will not be tolerated on our premises, while conducting our regular course of business, functions, or events. We acknowledge our responsibility to support and assist persons’ subject to violence and harassment and to take appropriate action to stop such conduct. This policy pertains to all Geordie board members, employees, part-time staff, and volunteers (hereinafter referred to with the collective term “worker”) and extends to all GEORDIE PRODUCTIONS activities.

Management will treat any complaint of harassment with seriousness, sensitivity, and discretion. Confidentiality will be maintained wherever possible. Exceptions will only be made where disclosure is necessary for the purposes of conducting a proper investigation, taking appropriate disciplinary/corrective measures, or where required by law.

 

Points to remember about harassment:

  • – Harassment can be present in every job level and occupation.
  • – Harassment is defined by the perceptions of the recipients of the behavior, not by those of the harasser.
  • – Harassment is about power and control.

Workplace harassment ranges from subtle to blatant behaviour and can be expressed in several ways which includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment may be broadly categorized into two main components:

  1. Where a person in a position to confer, grant, or deny a benefit or advancement to a person:
    • – makes employment or benefits from employment, such as promotions, good performance ratings, etc. conditional upon the worker’s acceptance of sexual advances.
    • – threatens to or makes reprisals when a worker rejects a sexual advance.
  2. Where the work environment becomes “poisoned” when the conduct or comments of the supervisors or fellow employees/artists create a hostile work environment.

 

Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to:

  1. Unwelcome remarks, jokes, innuendos, or taunting about a person’s body, attire or gender identity.
  2. Practical jokes of a sexual nature which cause awkwardness or embarrassment.
  3. Displaying pornographic pictures or other offensive material.
  4. Leering (suggestive staring) or other gestures.
  5. Unnecessary physical contact such as touch, patting or pinching.
  6. Suggestive or offensive remarks or unwelcome questions or discussions about sexual activities.
  7. Sexual propositioning.
  8. Sexual assault.

 

Racial or Ethnic Harassment

  1. Displaying of racist, derogatory, or offensive pictures or materials.
  2. Unwelcome remarks, jokes, innuendoes or taunting about a person’s racial or ethnic background, colour, place of birth, citizenship, or ancestry.
  3. Refusing to converse or work with a worker because of his or her racial or ethnic background.
  4. Insulting gestures or practical jokes based on racial or ethnic grounds which cause embarrassment or awkwardness.

 

Any acts of violence or threats of violence in the workplace are unacceptable, whether they be physical, verbal or otherwise. GEORDIE PRODUCTIONS is committed to the prevention of workplace violence and to responding appropriately if workplace violence does occur. It is up to each worker to report any threat or act of violence. Employees/artists who initiate or are a party to acts of violence or aggression may be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal.

 

Management Responsibilities

GEORDIE PRODUCTIONS will ensure that complaints are handled with sensitivity and incidents of violence, discrimination, intimidation or harassment are discontinued as quickly as possible upon Geordie Productions’ awareness of it and to ensure protection from retaliation for any worker who has made a complaint in good faith.

There shall be no reprisal or negative job consequences from GEORDIE PRODUCTIONS against any individual who, in good faith, reports an incident of harassment, discrimination or workplace violence or who participates in an investigation.

Confidentiality will be maintained whenever possible. Information which relates to potentially violent individuals will be provided only on a need-to-know basis.

 

Worker Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of employees/artists to show respect for others both in the workplace and in any capacity where they are representing GEORDIE PRODUCTIONS. Employees/artists are responsible for their actions and are expected to change their conduct when advised that their behaviour is not
acceptable to others.

 

Procedures to Deal with Harassment, Discrimination or Workplace Violence

Whenever possible, let a harasser or abuser know that his or her behavior is unacceptable and that it must stop immediately. Sometimes not speaking up can be interpreted as consent, whereas at other times a simple warning from the person on the receiving end of such conduct or comments may be
enough to correct the problem.

Keep a record. Write down dates, times, any witnesses, what was said or done, when and by whom. Documentation is extremely important especially if the harasser does not stop or if the violence or harassment is serious and justifies a formal complaint.

Where a worker is not comfortable communicating directly with the harasser or abuser, report the incident (s) to Kathryn Westoll, Managing Director and/or Mike Payette, Artistic Director. At this point, the employee can either file a complaint, or have Kathryn and/or Mike speak with the alleged perpetrator. Where the worker is not comfortable communicating directly with Mike or Kathryn, there is an external HR consultant they can contact via phone, free of charge, to discuss any issues or with any questions – Joëlle Vincent (M.Sc., CRHA, Founding Partner and Human Resources Consultant at VIACONSEIL), 514-497-7483, joellevincent@viaconseil.ca

A formal complaint consists of the worker providing a written statement indicating the events, dates, times, witnesses. Kathryn Westoll and Mike Payette, as senior management of Geordie Productions, and one board member of Geordie Productions, (hereinafter collectively called the Geordie Human Resource Team), will conduct a detailed investigation, which includes interviewing the complainant, the alleged offender(s) and any other person who may provide information. Information received will be received in the strictest confidence possible.

 

Investigation of Reported Incidents

All workers, including contractors, must co-operate fully in any investigation under these guidelines. Any report of workplace violence or potential of workplace violence will be fully investigated. The report will provide details of the violent incident, or potential of violence, including dates, times, places, names of
individuals involved and names of any witnesses. The person filing the report will be advised that the Geordie Human Resource Team will conduct a thorough investigation. Pursuant to said investigation, a determination will be made as to the validity of the claim(s), as well as to Geordie’s continued association with the individual accused of impropriety.

There will be a follow-up to monitor the working relationship of the parties involved.

If you have been subjected to workplace violence, immediately report the matter to the appropriate manager for investigation and response.

Notwithstanding the above, where there is an extremely urgent and/or life-threatening situation in the workplace, particularly regarding serious violence, the most important concern is for the immediate safety and well-being of the affected worker. Depending upon the situation, the most immediate need
may be to call the police, fire department or paramedics. Worker safety and security is of paramount importance and therefore, common sense must prevail.

If you have any questions regarding the above policy you may contact Kathryn Westoll, Managing Director, and/or Mike Payette, Artistic Director.

Land acknowledgement

Geordie Theatre is located on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these communities and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters – caring for it and calling it home. We are honoured and privileged to share stories on this land.

We wish to also acknowledge that we are grateful to those seeking sustainable solutions to our global climate crisis, so that we may continue to inspire and challenge our audiences near and far.

There is a lot of information available online about how land acknowledgements can be done respectfully and why we continue to say them. We encourage everyone to learn more about the land they live on, its history, and its people.

For the land that is colonially known as the Isle of Montreal, we recommend the following resources as a starting point:

Additionally, here are some resources to learn more about residential school and support their survivors, as well as plays by Indigenous writers on the subject:

Strategic Plan

FAQ

Box Office Questions

Not to worry, we at Geordie understand things come up! Up until 2 hours before the show that you have tickets for, we can exchange your tickets for another performance of the same production. Simply call our box office beforehand to arrange your exchange: (514) 845-9810. Exchanges cannot be made after a missed performance.

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime, we suggest that you arrive at least 15-20 minutes before showtime, but be aware seating is general admission. Tickets can be picked up starting 1 hour before the show.

To redeem a coupon or gift certificate, please call the Geordie office at (514) 845-9810 and quote the certificate number. Coupons and vouchers cannot be redeemed at the door without a reservation.

Coupons or certificates can only be used when ordering tickets and cannot be redeemed for monetary value after a ticket transaction is completed. You can hold onto the coupon and use it for another performance within the same season.

General Questions

Our 2Play touring shows are always followed by a question and answers period. Our Mainstage shows also have a talkback after most performances, with some exceptions. Of course, if you attend a performance that does not have a talkback, or if you don’t get a chance to ask your question, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer you!

Yes! Geordie Productions Inc. is a registered charitable not-for-profit organization. Our charitable registration number is #11893 6962 RR0001. Please support us by making a tax-deductible donation.

A “Geordie” is a name for person from Northern England, sort of like how we call someone from Nova Scotia a “Bluenoser” or from Newfoundland a “Newfie”. Elsa Bolam, Geordie’s Founding Artistic Director, is originally from this region in England. She’s a “Geordie” so that’s why she chose it for the name of the company!

The plays Geordie puts on are performed by professional adult actors. If your child is interested in learning about theatre, check out the Geordie Theatre School (GTS) for classes that culminate in a year-end show. Don’t forget: one of the best ways to hone your skills as a young actor is to watch professionals at their craft!

Geordie is committed to producing theatre of the highest caliber, and our Mainstage series features Montreal’s finest professional talent. We are proud to support Canadian professional actors, directors, and stage managers by working with artists who are members of the Canadian Actors Equity Association, and by working with other theatre companies who are also members of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT).

Geordie is also committed to nurturing young talent. Every year we feature two to three emerging artists in its 2Play Tour and often draw our scripts from local playwrights. To be exact 24 plays have been premiered by Geordie in the last 10 years many of which have gone on to achieve renown both in Canada and internationally!

Only under special circumstances. In the 2009-2010 Season we were thrilled to present Thrice Upon A Time… in French on Sunday, February 7th at 1pm. This was made possible as ThéâtreDynamO was touring the show in French to the rest of the province. For great French-language theatre for young audiences year-round in Montreal, check out La Maison Théâtre.

For Artists

Auditions

There are no upcoming auditions for the moment. Check this page periodically for opportunities!

Script Submissions

If you are a playwright/creator who would like us to consider your script for further development and/or future seasons, please send the following to submissions@geordie.ca:

  1. Play Title
  2. Recommended Age of Audience
  3. A Brief Synopsis
  4. Past production/development history, if applicable 
  5. A sample or full script (PDF Format), if applicable

Geordie is always looking to foster new relationships with emerging and established artists alike, from various backgrounds and abilities. We are so grateful for the amazing playwrights that have allowed us to bring their stories to life!

Career Opportunities

Geordie Theatre School Teacher Roster or Internship

Geordie Theatre School is looking to expand their teaching roster! If you have experience teaching theatre to youth (ages 6 to 17) then submit your CV and cover letter.
No experience but interested in gaining some? No problem! Apply to be one of our GTS interns (honorariums provided).

Geordie Theatre is located on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these communities and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters – caring for it and calling it home. We are honoured and privileged to share stories on this land.

We wish to also acknowledge that we are grateful to those seeking sustainable solutions to our global climate crisis, so that we may continue to inspire and challenge our audiences near and far.

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