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Producing 101 Virtual Workshop

Thursday, April 30, 2020

We’re excited to announce our next on-line workshop scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at 1pm: Producing 101 – Virtual Edition.

Coming up with a script or show idea is half the work, but once you have that, what then? If you’re thinking of self-producing this workshop is for you! It will provide a helpful breakdown of the fundamentals required to take your vision to the stage. Through this virtual training experience industry professionals will provide participants with an overview of producing their own theatrical performance from A-Z. Topics for discussion include budgeting, scheduling, production tech planning, plus marketing and communications. Our goal is to equip artists with helpful knowledge in preparation for future self-producing, as well as creating an opportunity for discussion between artists in our local community.

Cost: You decide!
Artists can choose their registration fee – $20, $15, $10, $5 or free depending on what you can afford. We believe in paying artists, so monies earned from registration will be used to pay facilitators and to continue similar programming. 

Unlike a panel, this will be a skill-development session and as a result will only be open to a limited number of participants.

Facilitators:
Tori Popp
Festival Manager, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Tori is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with a BA Honours in Theatre Production & Stage Management. Currently, most of her time is spent with the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival as Festival Manager, though she enjoys taking on other projects to continue her passionate support of the fantastic local theatre companies in Winnipeg including her role as Production Coordinator with Sarasvàti’s FemFest. As the FurMom of two rambunctious, nearly 1 year old kittens, when she’s not working, the rest of her days are filled with snuggles, kibble, and nursing foot pain from stepping on cat toys.

Charlene Van Buekenhout
Artistic Producer, Echo Theatre
Charlene is a Metis / Belgian / Canadian theatre artist residing in Winnipeg. She is an actor, the creative programmer at Dalnavert Museum and the Artistic Producer of Echo Theatre. She has been self-producing independent theatre in Winnipeg for over 15 years. New projects include a pandemic postponed Kids Fringe show called Imagination Invasion, and her daughter Phoebe who is turning 1. Solo work includes ghost story telling using Crankies (look it up!), shadow puppets and the dark. Past Echo Theatre productions include: HAMLET (the rest is silence), Hedda Gabler, Blithe Spirit, A Strange Pair, JONNO. Theatre experiments and workshops include: Dr. Kellogg’s System, and The Smell of Dead Mums.

Hazel Venzon
Hazel is a theatre artist: an actress, social-performance artist, writer, director and producer. Her artistic background is rooted in sculpture and performance art (University of Manitoba’s School of Fine Art) and formal acting training (Studio 58). Hazel has been a national theatre artist for over 20 years. Her work as an actress and social-performance artist has been presented in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse and Winnipeg. She has produced for festivals such as PuSh, Luminato and Magnetic North Theatre Festival. She is currently, the Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange, Central Operative for Mammalian Diving Reflex and the Co-Artistic Director for UNIT Productions. She continues to explore the definition of theatre and performance through social engagement, crossing through multiple disciplines; focused on the investigation of Canadian identity.

We are so grateful to be able to bring art and knowledge to the arts community during these difficult times.  

You can pay/register here. Please feel free to email info@sarasvati.ca with any questions! Deadline for registration is May 15th, 2020 or once spaces are full.

If you are an artist looking for other opportunities, don’t forget that for female and non-binary emerging artists, our Launchpad Project is still accepting applications until May 1st. For both emerging and established playwrights, our One Night Stand workshop reading series is also taking submissions until May 8!


Call for One Night Stand

Thursday, April 23, 2020

We are now accepting submissions for our One Night Stand reading series, which will take place in June! Deadline is May 8, 2020. A great opportunity for all playwrights looking for a way to keep developing their work.

After several years of programming this unique event, we are excited to try some new approaches. One of which is moving it to a virtual platform so it can be held while we continue to practice social isolation.

We are currently seeking submissions of 10-minute scenes from emerging and established Manitoban writers of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. In order to provide the most applicable and helpful feedback to the participants, we recommend that submissions be in an early stage of development, preferably having received little to no professional dramaturgy. 

Check out the call for submissions for full details: One Night Stand Call for Submission 2020


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