Independent Contractor 101

Lisa Li
September 15, 2022


September 15, 2022

10:00 am - 1:00 pm CST

Maximum Participants: 5

ASL interpretation will be available upon request.

Aimed at emerging theatre creators, this course will review the basics of being an independent contractor in professional Canadian Theatre.  For the purposes of this course, “professional” will be defined as theatres who are a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.  This course, a mix of lecture and conversation/Q&A is designed for a smaller a class size to allow for one-on-one review and discussion of the prep materials (see below).  Other materials covered: general overview of Collective Labour Agreements (CTA, ADC, PGC, IATSE), Independent Contractor status, Budget/Cash Flow, grants, networking, introducing and speaking about yourself as an Artist.  Participation during the course is expected.


  • Headshot
  • Resume
  • One-paragraph artist statement

About Lisa Li

Lisa Li (she/her) is a theatre producer and arts manager with progressive 10+ years of experience managing and overseeing a breadth of programming, budgets, and contracts/agreements. Work includes small and large-scale theatrical productions, musicals, concerts, festivals (dance, music, improvisation, literary, family/TYA), tours, cabaret, site specific work, and digital creations.

From 2016-2020, she was a Producer with Soulpepper Theatre Company where she was responsible for all Soulpepper-produced mainstage productions and live concert programming. She produced 65+ theatrical productions and concerts for Soulpepper in her four-year period. She was the producer on "Soulpepper on 42nd Street", Soulpepper’s month-long residency at New York City’s Signature Theatre, July 2017. Programming for "Soulpepper on 42nd Street" featured 7 full-scale productions, 2 presentations, 3 concerts, a daily cabaret, and various ancillary events.

Occasionally, Lisa Li works in Toronto’s independent theatre community as a producer and consultant. Lisa Li has worked with the Shaw Festival, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, and is on the faculty of Sheridan College where she teaches the business side of theatre.

Lisa Li is the board Chair of ARC and is a board member of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres where she is the Director of the Labour Relations Committee.  Since April 2021, she has been the Managing Director of Prairie Theatre Exchange.