Canada's Actors Union Names David Gale as Toronto President

David Gale
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Gale succeeds fellow actor Theresa Tova and will help negotiate labor deals with the major Hollywood studios covering movie and TV productions shot in Canada.

David Gale is the new president of ACTRA Toronto, head of the Canadian actors union's biggest chapter.

Gale, the first openly gay head of ACTRA Toronto, succeeds Theresa Tova for a two year term. His TV credits include Toronto-shot series like Suits, The Listener and La Femme Nikita.

He takes the helm at ACTRA Toronto as the city's production sector remains busy amid the pandemic as major U.S. studios and streamers shoot locally, but is threatened by rising COVID infection rates in the wider community.

"No one ever really knows what lies around the corner. We must be able to turn on a dime. We must be prepared for whatever is thrown our way," he said in a statement. And Gale said ACTRA Toronto will continue efforts to battle systemic discrimination.

“We will work together to make certain that every queer kid who wants to be a performer can come out and believe they can have a viable career, free from discrimination, homophobia or transphobia, right here in Ontario. No queer actor should ever hear their agent say that they’d get more work if they sounded 'less gay' or looked 'more feminine' or 'chose a gender,'" Gale added.

ACTRA negotiates new labor deals with North American producers, including the Hollywood studios, which cover all movie, TV and new media production in Canada, except in British Columbia, where the Union of B.C. Performers has a separate labor agreement.