We are thrilled to announce our new Artistic Associate, Joanne Roberts!
Joanne Roberts (she/her) is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker, writer and actress. Joanne’s theatre credits include Janelle in the bilingual co-production of Que faire d’Albert?/What To Do With Albert with Théâtre Cercle Molière and Prairie Theatre Exchange respectively and Juliet in Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) with Theatre Projects Manitoba. Her personal work focuses on stories that evoke discussion concerning family dynamics and mental health. By shedding light on familial issues that are too often kept in the shadows due to societal and cultural stigma, she hopes to encourage people to seek the help they need in understanding and improving their relationships and mental health. Joanne is a very outspoken individual when it comes to systemic racism and safety in the arts community. She is not afraid to speak about her own experiences. She participates in revealing discrepancies in the treatment and hiring of minorities in the arts, and advocates for diversity, equal treatment, and opportunity through interviews, consulting, and her own hiring practices.
To get to know Joanne a little better, check out our latest blog post here!
Sarasvàti Productions is accepting submissions for its One Night Stand scene-reading series, which will take place in March 2021. Owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the reading will be held in a digitally.
We are currently seeking submissions of 10-minute scenes from work-in-progress plays from emerging playwrights based in Manitoba. These scenes will receive an hour-long closed dramaturgy session with actors, a director, and a dramaturge the week of March 8th, followed by a public presentation to receive audience feedback the week of March 15th. For more information please click One Night Stand Call for Submission March 2021!
Sarasvàti Productions is an independent theatre company with a vision to transform society through theatre. The company is currently transitioning into a new office space with a new leadership model, and we are excited to be able to welcome an Artistic Associate (9-month part-time term contract) to the team.
The Artistic Associate is a 9-month (38 weeks) part-time term contract beginning in mid-February 2021 and culminating at the end of October 2021. The role is primarily administrative in nature, with an emphasis on coordination of workshops and events leading up to FemFest 2021, as well as assisting current staff with sponsorships, donor relations, outreach, and general office administration.
To apply, please forward your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted until January 22nd, with interviews held the following week.
CLICK HERE FOR JOB LISTING.
Touring schools is a right-of-passage for many artists during their career in theatre, and a normal educational experience of many, many youths. Whether those memories are good or bad, I think we can all agree: getting out of class for an hour or two is always a great idea.
But during a global pandemic, the concept of normal flies out the window. With no typical way forward, the theatre industry has been forced to do something it isn’t always comfortable doing: changing and adapting. And I, for one, am excited. Read more here!
We invite our audience to join us in experiencing a multi-media style performance utilizing theatre, music, dance and visuals created by the stories from over 70 Indigenous Youth. At the end of the performance, the actors invite you to virtually participate in finding other scenarios, solutions, to change characters choices in three key scenes.
The performance dates are December 17-18, 8PM CST and December 19, 2PM CST.
You can view the performance through two different options: YouTube or StreamYard. YouTube viewers can interact in real-time using the chat function which can be brought up on the screen, or StreamYard viewers can be brought on screen with video and audio to interact in person. Facilitated by a live host – called The Joker in Forum Theatre – to discuss and reframe scenarios and interact with the student’s suggestions and questions.
Book your tickets here! Or to avoid paying the ticket service fee, please feel free to reserve your tickets through email@example.com.
If you have any questions or concerns leading up to our virtual performance of Seven Visions, feel free to reach out to our staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to December! We’ll be winding down and reflecting on the year that has past and the year to come later this month, but for now, I wanted to make a bold statement:
Winter is the best season of all the seasons and December is the best month of the year and here are 3 important reasons why. (Read more here!)
As we approach the ninth month of a pandemic and we start to get more and more snow, the feeling of pandemic fatigue weighs quite heavy on our consciousnesses. Today, angelica schwartz turned to their theatre community online looking for inspiration on Self-Care in the age of COVID-19. Read more here!
We’re starting to look ahead at the possibilities of 2021 and what the next year might bring. According to my trusted news sources – random people on Twitter – the tail end of 2021 may feature a vaccine for COVID-19 and signal a change in the winds leading into 2022.
But what to do until then?
Here are some ideas I’d like to share with you, in an award-deserving format that is sure to make my former employers say, “Glad we got rid of her!” Read this week’s blog HERE!
All of us at Sarasvàti Productions hope you will consider submitting your work for presentation at FemFest 2021. We can’t wait to read what you’ve got cooking and are very welcoming of work of all kinds and in all stages of development. You can find submission guidelines HERE.
Nov. 26th at 11am is the next deadline for donating to our Endowment Fund, which provides stability of future income for companies like us. A donation to our endowment fund honours the legacy of the donor in forever and gets matched thanks to programs by the Winnipeg Foundation and the federal government. Your donation supports us in realizing our artistic and community goals! You can learn more about it HERE.
And we always appreciate donations of any amount right here on our website.
Elder Gayle Pruden shares with us her role on Songide’ewin/Seven Visions, history of the Jingle Dress, and her hopes for the future of Indigenous youth. Read this week’s blog here!
Today is the day!
What day? Well, you’ll just have to keep reading.
Today is the day our Seven Visions school tour gets documented, in perpetuity (that’s a word that lawyers use, I learned it from Legally Blonde), for the viewing pleasure of students far and wide. Read more about this week’s blog here!