Voting & Non-Voting Member Portal
This is where Voting and Non-Voting Members of Players can come to find new information and resources related to Players. This portal is maintained by the Players Board of Directors, and any responses provided here should be considered to come from the Board as a whole. We're also happy to hear of any ways you think we can improve this portal, so please feel free to make suggestions!
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Nominate a Charity of your choice
We are accepting charity nominations from all Players Members for our 2020 Season charities. The three selected charities will receive the proceeds of our entire 2020 Season. Feel free to nominate a charity that's close to your heart and please explain why you feel it would be a great fit for Players.
Nominations are now accepted year-round. CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE A CHARITY
1. Ask or say anything!
This is your place to ask any question you may have of the Players Board, or to make a suggestion for a change. If you want to be anonymous, simply enter "firstname.lastname@example.org" in the email field and we'll post a response to your question in this space. Otherwise, if you use your own email address we'll send our response directly to you. Depending on the question, we might also post our response publically after seeking your consent.
Jeff AdamsPlayers continues to become a more and more important part of my life. With each show I am a part of, and each new position I take on, I am constantly growing as a person thanks to the Players Family. My time with the Players Board is far from over. If elected, I would bring my vast knowledge of Players and the many facets of our productions to ensure the quality that people expect from one of our shows. I will utilize my experiences from my time on the Players Board, and the skills I have acquired as a teacher, to make sure everyone feels welcomed, safe, and to be the best Board member that I can be.
Kieran HarrisI am a cast alum of two QPT productions and one Toronto Players show. Anyone who’s been involved with Players would agree to how special and significant the experience is, from the quality of the production to the family bonds formed among cast and crew. Serving on the Board would be an opportunity to give back to a company that has given so much to me and to many. As a full time coach in my own career, I plan to support the existing talent and help foster potential candidates and ideas to keep the future bright for for this significant company.
Leona Placide-WollachI joined the Players community as an actor and I can’t imagine a more fun and creative way to serve my community. Aside from acting, I spend my time as a workshop facilitator with the ability to establish a safe environment that allows for open communication and cooperation. Facilitating has taught me how to be an active listener as well as how to create focus for productivity and fulfilling a desired goal. I will be committed to taking the time needed to effectively serve as a member, to learn and grow along with such an incredibly talented community. - Leona
Lisa KileegI work in communications and marketing, and would bring that to a role on the Board. I can help boost our brand recognition and promote our goals. Think year-round social media and video strategies! My other relevant skills include reliability, collaboration, organization and decision making. New voices are key to growth, and my voice felt welcome as we worked through triumphs and challenges this year. My vision is a progressive and inclusive theatre experience and Players family. In the words of Rick Astley, never gonna give you up, never gonna let you down, never gonna run around and desert you.
Megan MacKeiganHello Players! It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved with Players for many years, in many roles on and off stage, and on the executive. I remain committed to keeping Players fun, relevant and accessible for all, and feel I have contributed a lot to our success in the last few years (guidance, tough calls, formalizing things, jokes and laughs), and continue to have a lot to provide to ensure the sustainability of Players for the next few years. Cheers!
Michael Henley6 shows and counting! I love Players, and I am very grateful to be nominated again. I've had the privilege of working on grants, fundraising opportunities, and successful social media campaigns for various organizations, which I believe can help Players create a more accessible experience for performers and audience alike. My perspective is rooted in my desire to create community through music and theatre, and what better place to do that then with Players! I have learned a lot through my time on the Board thus far, and hope to continue to support the Players community for another term!
Wellesley A. Robertson IIIThis was my first year with Players and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I do admit I was a bit nervous at first as I did not go to Queen's and did not have the Queen's players experience but I think that is precisely why I would be a good fit for the players family. It gave me a unique perspective to enjoy the experience through a fresh outlook and set of eyes. Also being a black performer, I believe I can bring a unique perspective. Thank you for your consideration.
With Regard to Promoting Alumni Events on Players Social Media
January 21st 2020:
We received the attached anonymous email yesterday:
Anonymous Email Message:
I've noticed a lot of social media cross-posting on behalf of members/alumni of QPT where Players promotes other groups/performances/bands/etc. through social media. How is it determined what Players posts on social media relating to this? So many of it's members and alumni are involved in different endeavours that could all benefit from the extra promotion, yet I only see a select few consistently (if at all) promoted.
Preliminary Response from the Players Board of Directors:
Thank you for your question and directing our attention to this matter. We do not have a formal social media policy regarding when and how we promote other events (whether they be events that an alumni is involved with or otherwise), but over the next few days and weeks we will discuss this as a Board and will consider putting a policy together. Our marketing and communications committee will be taking the lead in this regard.
We are fortunate to have a very active and creative community and when we can balance promoting our own events and messaging with also supporting our community, we would hope to do so.
February 20th 2020:
Final Response from the Players Board of Directors
The Board met last night and discussed the anonymous email above. We reviewed the email, the proposed new guidelines, and the results of a detailed examination of all of our social media posts and emails over the past 13 months.
For context, we feel it is important to share the results of that examination:
Between January 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020 there were a total of 1,268 posts by Players to our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram Feed and Instagram Stories, and emails to alumni. Each of these 1,268 posts/emails was reviewed for content and placed into the below categories:
95.8% (1,215) were for official Players purposes
2.6% (33) were to promote our charities
0.9% (12) were notes of congratulations on shows / marriages
0.6% (8) were mourning deaths of celebrities / remembrance day
0.4% (5) were cross-promotions with outside groups who promoted us in return
0.4% (5) were for direct promotion of outside groups
Note: We did not examine situations where Players social accounts "liked" a third party post as that does not appear to be the focus of the email.
Note: A small number of posts were placed in more than one category due to overlapping content.
Of the 5 instances of direct promotion over the last 13 months, 1 was in an email to alumni promoting 2 charitable events run by alumni, and the other 4 took the form of Instagram Stories in which a show that an alumni was participating in was promoted for a 24 hour period before automatically disappearing from our story.
Players did not, during the past 13 months, promote outside alumni events via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed.
Considering the facts above, the Board provides the following direct responses to the three components of the anonymous email:
I've noticed a lot of social media cross-posting on behalf of members/alumni of QPT where Players promotes other groups/performances/bands/etc. through social media.
Contrary to the statement above, the Board is of the opinion that our social media has not engaged in a significant amount of promotion of non-Players events. We have engaged in some, to be sure, but 5 out of 1,215 posts amounts to less than half of one percent of all posts. Furthermore, the Board finds no fault or error in those 5 posts, and stands behind all of our posts.
How is it determined what Players posts on social media relating to this?
Previously there was no set of guidelines.
The vast majority of posts have been focused on promoting our events and building our brand. In the rare cases where we did post about outside events, we did so guided by what made sense to us in the moment and the company's overall principles.
In response to this email, we have now produced a set of guidelines which are attached below and will inform what we post going forward.
So many of it's members and alumni are involved in different endeavours that could all benefit from the extra promotion, yet I only see a select few consistently (if at all) promoted.
We, of course, love all of our alumni and are inspired by their continued involvement in the arts. We also recognize that these alumni could benefit from extra promotion from our channels.
That being said, Players does not wish to become a platform for the promotion of outside events; our focus should be on our own events and our own priorities. So, if anything, you might notice a reduction in the amount of promotion we provide to outside events as a result of the questions posted and comments made within this anonymous email.
As well, the above sentence could be seen to imply that there has been some favouritism in terms of which alumni have received promotional help from us. The Board categorically denies any such favouritism took place. Players has over 200 alumni and we cannot be expected to be aware of and promote everything that they are participating in - nor have we ever indicated that we would do so.
In conclusion, we wish to thank the anonymous respondent for raising this issue and sparking this discussion. We take all comments, concerns and questions of our members very seriously. We are pleased that this portal has given you a forum within which to express yourself, and we hope that we have provided a fulsome response to your email.
We also commit to publicly revisit this issue at our next AGM should other members like to provide their thoughts on the issue and/or our response.
Please find attached guidelines for future social media posts as approved by the Board:
2. Voting vs. Non-Voting Membership
The primary difference between Voting and Non-Voting Members is that only Voting Members can run for the Board, vote on questions posed at the AGM, and vote for new Board Members. All Voting and Non-Voting Members will receive all official Players emails except for emails specifically related to voting as per above. There is no cost for either type, and any Member can shift between each type at will. There is an automatic two-year expiry on Voting Memberships, but there is no limit on renewing them for another two years.
2a. Voting Member List
Not sure if you're a Voting Member or not? Here's the current official list of Voting Members:
*Last updated Oct. 17, 2020
3. Ask Us Anything Responses
Attached is a transcript of responses given by the Players Exec & AD to the questions posted at the 2019 AGM.
4. The Players Constitution
Attached here is the current Players constitution. The constitution was last updated on October 25, 2019.
5. Results of the 2019 Constitutional Vote
Attached here is a breakdown of the results of the voting at the 2019 AGM.