ADC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the status of designing (set, lighting and costume) and designers in Canada. Founded in 1965, the ADC is now recognized by the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres/PACT as the negotiating body for designers working in Canada. There are over 150 members from coast to coast.
ADC's role with PACT theatres is clearly defined, but they also work with designers when the working climate is less clear-cut, as in many commercial and dance productions. The contracts are not only meant, however, to protect the employer, but to also lay out the responsibilities of the designer. Contracts include accident insurance and contributions by both parties to an RRSP.
The ADC maintains a members' directory, a newsletter, presents exhibitions, and has a variety of committees to study and update the guidelines of the group and its collaborators.
The organization's archives are at the L.W. Conolly Theatre Archives of the University of Guelph, Ontario.
Members include or have included: Alan Brodie, Freddie Grimwood, Alexandre Gazalé, Kevin Lamotte, Andrew Lue Shue, Cameron Porteous, Graeme S. Thomson, Bill Williams, Kelly Wolf, and Phillip Silver (who was president from 2009-2013).
Profile by Gaetan Charlebois.
Last updated 2020-12-28