Emerging Artist Workshops

Emerging Artist Workshops


Coffee with a Pro
Various dates throughout the year

Emerging artists get the opportunity to meet with theatre professionals to discuss the business and get tips for success. Past professionals have included producers, playwrights, artistic directors, and stage managers. Contact Associate Producer Daphne Finlayson at associate@sarasvati.ca for more information on upcoming events. 

One Night Stand
Various dates throughout the year

Would you date this play? The One Night Stand series gives established playwrights the opportunity to test their work, while providing audiences a change to take part in the developmental process. Instant gratification. Immediate results.

Events in the works include:

  • DIY Theatre-Making
  • Movement for Actors
  • Queering Theatre 
  • How to Make a Living as a Theatre Artist

If you have ideas or questions, contact Associate Producer Daphne Finlayson at associate@sarasvati.ca


Queering Theatre Roundtable
January 27, 2019

In this round-table discussion, panelists will speak to the representation and practice of queer stories in Winnipeg theatre, including the differing approaches to queering theatre in one’s own work.

Topics include:
How does one’s identity as a queer person influence their work or practice?
How does one’s identity affect experiences offstage and in the community?
How does the work we see affect our understanding of ourselves and how others see us?

Mental Health in Theatre Panel
Sunday, November 25, 2018 1:00 – 3:00pm

In this panel discussion, we asked professionals in both the artistic and mental health community how to balance self-care with a career in the arts. Local representatives also spoke to creating a safe environment from the rehearsal hall to the stage, making sure everyone feels comfortable as a cast and creative team.

Topics included:
How can we stay motivated and avoid burnout?
What are some of the challenges facing mental health in theatre?
How can we maintain a safe space in rehearsals?
What resources are available?

Devising from the Real World
with Norah Paton
Sunday, September 16, 2018 1:00 – 3:00pm

In this workshop, participants will learn exercises and strategies for creating devised work. Paton’s style focuses on the real world, hinging on documentary theatre. Using this approach, participants will learn ways to create work by drawing inspiration from their own personal, social, and political worlds.

Norah Paton is a theatre artist based in Ottawa. Her solo creations include an extended love-letter to Stephen Harper (Stephen and Me) and a group fortune-telling experience (Readings). As a collaborator, her work has appeared at DIY spaces in Montreal, with the SMASH Collective in Berlin and at Fringe Festivals in Ontario, Quebec and Edinburgh.

Coffee House for Emerging Artists
Thursday, August 16, 2018 1:00 – 3:00pm

Trying to get started in Winnipeg theatre? We want to hear from YOU! As part of our mandate, Sarasvàti Productions is committed to serving emerging artists in our community, providing the training and opportunities to help you get started in your theatre career. We want to know how to best serve YOU as an artist. What workshops would be most beneficial to you? How would you like to stay engaged with the work we’re doing? What can we do to better serve and represent the community?


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Hiring – Assistant Artistic Director

Sarasvàti Productions is hiring an ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR for the fall of 2019.