ACTRA National’s diversity director departs

Olivia Nuamah has left the newly created post of director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging less than six months after joining the union.

olivia_nuamahOlivia Nuamah has departed ACTRA National after less than six months as its director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for a new job opportunity outside of the screen-based industry, according to a statement.

The former Pride Toronto executive director left the union on April 1 after joining the organization in November 2020 to help the actors union develop strategies to improve working conditions for underrepresented members and enhance on-screen diversity.

“My sincere thanks to ACTRA for the opportunity to work on the issues I care most passionately about,” said Nuahmah. “It was a rewarding experience to help create real change and move the agenda forward on diversity, equity and inclusion priorities.”

ACTRA National is currently looking for a new director of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging following Nuamah’s departure. The union represents over 27,000 professional performers across Canada including TV, film, radio and digital media.

“I wish to thank Olivia for her stepping in at a critical time and supporting ACTRA’s objectives to improve the working lives of Canadian professional performers and implementing strategies to ensure more diverse representation on all of our screens,” said ACTRA National executive director Marie Kelly. “Since joining ACTRA, she had an immediate impact on our organization and has contributed to strengthening ACTRA’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts on behalf of our members.”