FemFest 2018 Line-Up Announced!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

FemFest 2018 will run from September 15-22 and we have an amazing line-up in store! This year the festival is turning 16 and there will be some changes. After community consultation and a huge response to our recent survey, we are responding by focusing on making FemFest more diverse, inclusive and visible with life-changing plays for everyone. We have readings, workshops, and touring shows from Toronto to Morocco plus a new art walking tour. Check out just some of what will be featured at FemFest 2018: Staging Resistance!

The Game written by Shyamala Dakshinamurti and Sowmya Dakshinamurti
Witness six different perspectives on a single violent incident that occurs to Draupadi, the iconic woman at the heart of The Mahabharata. An exciting first time partnership with Manohar Performing Arts that will combine classical Indian dance with theatre.

Burnt created and performed by Norah Paton
Burnt explores the participants and culture of Burning Man using recordings of interviews, conversations, music, dust storms, and chaos. We are excited to welcome Norah Paton from Ottawa to present her work and facilitate a workshop on do it yourself devised work!

The Sound of the Beast written and performed by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
This solo piece by two-time Governor General’s Award Nominee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard (aka Belladonna the Blest) speaks truth to power using spoken word, storytelling and hip-hop. It is particularly exciting to welcome this show produced by the renowned Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.

White Man’s Indian written and performed by Darla Contois
This is the story of Eva, a Cree teenage girl, and her journey through the maze of a White Man’s high school. After its premiere in Toronto last summer, it is a pleasure to allow this promising Winnipeg artist to share her work in her home town.

La Civilisation, ma mère!…, from the novel by Driss Chraïbi | adapted by Émilie Malosse
Help us to welcome La Compagnie du Jour & La Compagnie L’Aparté from Morocco.
This play is adapted from the celebrated novel of the same name and tells the story of a young woman who discovers that there was more to her grandmother’s life than she’d ever imagined. Presented with Théâtre Cercle Molière, this production will enjoy an Arabic reading as well as a French presentation.

OUR HOME & native land a reading of a new play by Jo MacDonald
Armed with bannock and ancestral knowledge, teaching ‘Mr. Mansplainer’ and ‘Ms. Selfie Important’ about the Treaties will be as easy as the original signings! After winning the 2017 Bake-Off, we’re proud to present a reading of Jo Macdonald’s full script as part of FemFest 2018!

Feast your eyes on the annual Bake-Off. We challenge selected playwrights with a list of ingredients and eight hours to cook up their own fantastic theatrical feasts! We are accepting playwright submissions until July 31st: check out full details here!

One Night Stand
Instant Gratification. Immediate Results. This series gives creators the opportunity to test their work, while providing audiences a chance to take part in the developmental process. We’ll be featuring readings from our most celebrated writers!

As always, we’ll be kicking off with our Opening Cabaret on September 15 featuring a variety of local performers! Check out the full FemFest2018-Brochure!

Bake-Off Call for Submissions

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

We are excited to announce the call for this year’s FemFest Bake-Off with a July 31st deadline!


Winnipeg’s 16th Annual Festival of Life-Changing Plays for Everyone

Sarasvàti Productions is currently accepting applications for their 8th annual FemFest Bake–Off which will take place on Monday, September 17, 2018. The five, fearless playwrights selected for the Bake-Off must be available for the event itself.

On Friday, August 17 at 10 a.m. our five playwrights will meet. They will have eight hours to write a scene anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes in duration. Writers will also be provided with three key “ingredients” they must incorporate into their scene. Prior to the festival, each scene will receive a few hours of direction with a team of talented, ensemble players, cast prior to the scripts being written.

On Monday, September 17, the scenes will then be performed before a live audience who will then vote for the scene they feel has the most potential for development. The following year, the winner of the 2018 Bake-Off will receive dramaturgical guidance to develop a full length script, which will be read publicly as part of the FemFest 2019 line-up. Many of our Bake-Off winners have gone on to successful careers as professional playwrights in Winnipeg’s theatre community and beyond.

To attract local talent, we are limiting our call for submissions to Manitoba only. Both emerging and seasoned playwrights are encouraged to submit. Participation in this event may be the motivation and inspiration you need to get that scene out of your head and onto the page! Our winner will also receive The Janet Taylor Bake–Off Award in the sum of $500.00! Janet Taylor was a dedicated Sarasvàti volunteer and a huge fan of the Bake-Off. Thanks to the generosity of her family and friends, FemFest is honoured to offer this award in her memory.

FemFest’s goal has always been to support women and female-identified people. We use an inclusive definition of “women” and “female” and we welcome ALL who fit under either of these categories/identifiers to apply. Sarasvàti Productions is also committed to equity and actively encourages applications from Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and visible minorities. The Bake-Off is our opportunity to celebrate our local talent.

Your submission needs to include:

1. A cover letter with full contact information (address, phone # & e-mail)
2. A 100- word bio of the playwright
3. A 5-10 page writing sample (van be a scene or monologue) in pdf format.

All applications must be received by Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Submissions should be e-mailed to: .

All applications will be considered but only five selected. For more information please contact us at (204) 586-2236 or

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