Canada's Actors Union Names New Toronto President

Courtesy ACTRA
Theresa Tova

Theresa Tova, the new head of ACTRA Toronto, has helped negotiate labor deals with the major Hollywood studios covering movie and TV productions shot in Canada.

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

Tova, who succeeds David Sparrow after a stint as ACTRA's national treasurer, is best known as Marge on the Canadian TV drama E.N.G. She also had starring roles in the Broadway tour of Ragtime and at the Stratford Festival.

Her TV credits include Modern Family, The Strain and ReGenesis. She was elected to a two-year term as ACTRA Toronto head.

Tova also has helped ACTRA negotiate 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.

"This union has nurtured me, inspired me and allowed me to grow into a true arts and labor activist ready to seamlessly move forward on important files," Tova said Wednesday in a statement.