About Us


Local 828 was granted its charter in 1998 and now represents over 75 highly skilled craftspeople and artists.  We are comprised of Prop Builders/Buyers, Scenic Artists, and Painters, who live and work primarily in the Golden Horseshoe of Niagara, Hamilton, and Toronto.  Our membership has an exceptionally broad range of skills ready to meet the needs of the entertainment and display industries.  Many of our members have web sites where you can explore their work more closely.  Please have a look at the Members’ Links page of this web site for links to members’ sites.

Since our initial, successful negotiations with three shops, we are now proud to represent our members in ten shops where we have collective agreements.  Our current employers are:

Canadian Opera Company
The Grand Theatre
Great Lakes Scenic Studios
Hamilton Scenic Specialty
National Ballet of Canada
Paragon Innovation Group
The Shaw Festival
Soulpepper Theatre Co.
The Stratford Festival
Theatre Aquarius

In the years since we formed, we have worked on hundreds of productions in theatre, ballet, opera, and film, as well as on product demonstration and industrial shows, themed environments, and display.  Whether it is a small exhibit with a limited budget or a major theatrical production with large demands, we are committed to creating the finest product possible.

Local 828 is a non-seniority-based local.  We are, instead, based on a structure similar to that of an arts guild, allowing us to match our members’ individual talents with the requirements of the job.

The I.A.T.S.E. is the labour union representing technicians, artisans, and craftspeople in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows.

Providing services to its members since 1893, The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada (I.A.T.S.E.) now serves over 105,000 members across North America.