Incoming Artistic Director

The Board of Directors of Sarasvàti Productions is pleased to announce the appointment of Frances Koncan as Incoming Artistic Director. Hope McIntyre, as founding Artistic Director, has indicated a need to transition the company to new leadership. The filling of this position will support both the longevity of the company and allow McIntyre to focus on her role as Assistant Professor at the University of Winnipeg.

Frances Koncan (she/they) is a playwright, director and journalist of mixed Anishinaabe and Slovene descent hailing from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 territory. After graduating with an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, she returned to Winnipeg and has been active in the theatre scene ever since. You might know her writing from plays like Women of the Fur Trade (RMTC Warehouse, 2019/20 Season) and from articles in the Winnipeg Free Press. “I am enormously excited to be joining the Sarasvàti team and to continue to champion the work of under-represented artists, voices and stories through the transformative and radical possibilities of theatre,” said Frances Koncan.

The Board of Directors is thrilled to welcome Koncan to the company and they look forward to her creative contribution to the ongoing goal of transformational theatre within the community. Koncan takes up her position in time for FemFest, allowing her to experience this signature event of Sarasvàti’s calendar year and then to begin with programming decisions for the rest of the 2020/21 season.

The community owes Hope McIntyre a debt of gratitude for creating and leading what has become the most established of independent theatre companies in Winnipeg and uniquely positioning Sarasvàti Productions as an innovator in transformative theatre. The Board of Directors knows it will be difficult to fill her shoes but believes that the best way to honour McIntyre’s contribution is to ensure that Sarasvàti continues and grows as a leader in transformative theatre that presents significant social issues, engages in community collaboration, and supports emerging artists. With a new leadership model and the hiring of Frances Koncan, the succession has begun and the ground laid for a transition of responsibility to new leadership. Administrator Wren Brian, who has been with the company for over a year and a half, has moved in to the Office Manager position. She will bring incredible organizational skills and theatrical knowledge to the management of the company. The Board is still in the process of hiring a Marketing and Community Outreach Manager to create a strong, collaborative team to lead the company beyond its first 20 years in Winnipeg.

About Sarasvàti Productions: Founded in Winnipeg in 2000, Sarasvàti Productions is experimental and transformative theatre that presents significant social issues; engages in community collaboration; and supports emerging artists. FemFest has been up and kicking since 2003 and to date has showcased hundreds of artists!

For more information on this exciting transition or for media interviews please contact Debbie Norman, Board President at debnormanca@gmail.com .

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