Monday, September 16 – 6:30pm
Coordinated and directed by Cairn Moore
In partnership with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights
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! The results are an abundance of laughs and entertaining surprises.
Plus the audience gets to select the winner.
Running time is approximately 75 minutes including the vote!
Cairn Moore (Director/Coordinator)
Cairn is a director and playwright. She teaches first year performance at the University of Winnipeg. Her award winning play SHIKSA premiered with Winnipeg Jewish Theatre in 2016. Breaking Through, co-written with Hope McIntyre, premiered in May 2017 (Sarasvati). With the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council, Cairn is currently re-writing her first play HABsolute Perfection. Back by popular demand, Cairn will be teaching acting classes for adults (Actors Studio with Cairn Moore, PTE). She is also excited to return for another year to direct the Youth Acting Conservatory at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Katie Schmidt (Stage Manager)
Katie Schmidt is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg's Theatre and Film Program. She is making her way into the Stage Management world through companies and shows such as MTYP's Still Falling, Royal MTC's Sense and Sensibility, A Doll's House, and The Cottage, and most recently Rainbow Stage's Strike! The Musical. She is honoured to be a part of Fem Fest for the third time, stage managing the Bake Off and the Opening Night Cabaret. Enjoy!
Daphne Finlayson (Playwright)
Daphne Finlayson is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s Film and Theatre program with a focus on directing, new play development, and stage management. Directing credits include It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play ( Apprentice Director, RMTC); Pith!, Empathy, Deadly Politics (or a Murder Myster Murder Mystery) (Black Hole Theatre Company); Praised Be the Playwright!, (Art)ist (Winnipeg Fringe Festival). Her plays The Committee and (Art)ist were finalists in the 2018 and 2019 Winnipeg Fringe New Play Contests respectively. She thinks that’s pretty cool, if she does say so herself.
Brooklyn Alice Lee (Playwright)
Brooklyn Alice Lee is a Winnipeg Playwright and Actress. She has studied acting and playwriting at both The University of British Columbia and The University of Winnipeg and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in April 2019. Brooklyn has been performing since she was only six years old, with companies such as MTYP, PTE and Sarasvàti Productions. In July 2019, she was accepted into the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Most recently, Brooklyn wrote and performed her first self-written full length play, Growing Op during The Winnipeg Fringe Festival and received five stars from The Winnipeg Free Press!
Barb M Janes (Playwright)
Barb has loved words, sounds and stories since kindergarten class in suburban Toronto. Following her University of Toronto B.A. in English (sideline in student sketch comedy), barb studied mime and clowning at the Canadian Mime Theatre School. After completing her Masters of Divinity, her work as a United Church of Canada minister took her to Indigenous communities, resource towns, suburbia and finally to Winnipeg and a ministry of hospitality to the arts.Feminist, lesbian, actor/director, barb is a magpie of culture high and low. She adores living in Winnipeg, cultural capital of Canada.
Erin Hammond (Playwright)
Erin is a graduate of the UofW’s Theatre Program. Since taking to the stage as a fetus in Flin Flon, Erin has worked as an actor, playwright, storyteller, published author, director and Arts Educator for 20 years. She has co-written and performed in Winnipeg Fringe Festival productions such as Love, Hate and Lemon Pie, The Interview and Ordinary May’s Extraordinary Ways (all Best of Fest winners), as well as penning MTYP’s Lake Maniwannagohome, and numerous scenes and plays at The Meeting Place. She continues to teach theatre to all ages across Manitoba.
Lynne Martin (Playwright)
A happy downtown Winnipeg resident, Lynne Carol Martin has had two short plays performed by Sarasvàti Theatre: Goldiefish and the Swamp Queen (now a full-length children’s musical for which she wrote the book, lyrics, and music), and her tragic monologue Good Enough, chosen by the Manitoba Association of Chiefs for a special performance at Thunderbird House. In 2017 Lynne was invited to the Banff Arts Centre to begin her first novel Bad Girls. She recently completed her first full-length adult play Hearing Tammum and has started work on a new play about Delia Bacon and Will Shakespeare.
Kevin Longfield (Performer)
Kevin is thrilled to be part of FemFest again. He is part of a group of “mature” playwrights called the Dotage Group. He is currently collaborating with Brian Richardson on a play celebrating 100 years of the Ukrainian Labour Temple, to be presented in October. Besides doing readings-for FemFest and other groups, he has performed for the Tara Players, at the Winnipeg Fringe, and in a number of films. Kevin sends his love out to three special women: spouse Diane, daughter and fellow playwright Eileen, and a future artistic prodigy, granddaughter Aria.
Simba Meng (Performer)
Zhaopeng Meng is from China and goes by the nick name Simba, given to him when he was 10 years old. Simba is in Canada studying Theatre at The University of Winnipeg Department of Theatre and Film. He finds studying abroad rewarding, and challenging, with English being his second language. Simba is excited to be given the opportunity to participate in the Femfest 2019.
Rhea Rodych (Performer)
Rhea Rodych is currently in her final year at the University of Winnipeg, in the BaH Performance Program. She was recently awarded the Jean Murray-Moray Sinclair Theatre Scholarship for Acting. Rhea is thrilled to be a part of FemFest this year, and feels honoured to get the opportunity to work with so many strong, empowered, and creative women. Rhea is also a caring plant mom, loves dancing in her kitchen, and always has a cup of tea in hand. Recent Credits Include: The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Meraki Theatre Productions, Arcadia (UofW), and Women of Manhattan (Beau Theatre Co.).
Danielle Savage (Performer)
Danielle is a local actress who is very pleased to be performing again in Bake Off having started her association with Sarasvati in 2006. She has performed in Sarasvati’s “Absolute Perfection”; “Sex, the Ins and Outs”; “Cabaret of Monologues” and three previous Bake Offs. Plus, she was also part of the winning team for SYTYCA two times! Danielle is also the general manager of the only Irish theatre company in the province, Tara Players, and has been performing with them since 1995. As always, she thanks her husband Kieran, and her boys Declan & Kevan for allowing her to pursue her acting dreams.
Taesia Scratch (Performer)
Born and raised in Vancouver, Taesia started acting with a re-occurring role on television at sixteen years old. She then formed theatric foundation at the renowned William B. Davis School for Actors Study.
Moving to Ottawa, she kept busy in the arts coaching actors and student theatre productions.
In 2012 Taesia and her family moved to Winnipeg. She quickly landed her first role in Winnipeg with Sarasvati Productions. She currently works in film, television, commercials, and beloved theatre. Taesia will always continue to train developing authenticity and discipline. She is grateful for this opportunity with Femfest!