Shorts 2018

Join us for readings of work from the festival short-list! Admission by donation.

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We are excited to once again offer short readings between festival shows. An ensemble of actors will share 10-minute excerpts from the festival shortlist – shows we wish we could have included! Admission is by donation.

Director: Megan Andres

Wednesday, September 19 at 8:15pm
“The Morning Bird” by Colleen Wagner
“The Dance” by Tyler White
“Oracle Jane” by Vicki Zhang

Thursday, September 20 at 8:15pm
“Untitled” by Jen McDonald
“Alice and The World We Live In” by Alexandria Haber
“Lucy in the Sky” by Sara Arenson

Performed by:
Gisele Charr
Ivan Henwood
Jen McDonald
and Hera Nalam

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Wednesday, September 19 8:15pm, Thursday, September 20 8:15pm


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Tatiana Carnivale (Director)

Tatiana Carnevale (DJ Lazer Wolf) is based in Treaty 1 / Winnipeg. Select directing credits include: The Trump Card, Tigers Be Still (District Theatre Collective), A Fine Line, One Night Stand, Shorts… Short List (Sarasvati), You Were There, [title of show] (Pocket Frock Productions), Godspell (Winnipeg Studio Theatre). Tat holds an MA (Guelph) and BA (Winnipeg) and is an alumni of Mama Cutsworth’s DJ Academy for all Women and Non-Binary Folks. She is super excited to be returning to this year’s FemFest as both director and DJ! / @itstatertat

Sydney Hayduk (Stage Manager)

Sydney Hayduk is a writer, producer, performer, stage manager, and a lover of movement. Coming from Winnipeg's cold climate, she never quite could stand still. Some past stage management credits include, The Crackwalker (Sweet and Salty Productions), Giving Voice (Sarasvati), Mary's Wedding (Theatre Projects Manitoba).

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.

Amanda Shymko (Performer)

Amanda is ecstatic to be reading Shorts for Sarasvati's FemFest! She is a recent graduate of the University of Winnipeg Acting Honours program. You may have seen her touring with Munschtopia (Prairie Theatre Exchange), or on stage in Time and The Conways, Concord Floral, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (University of Winnipeg). She is looking forward to creating new works of her own with friends and colleagues in the near future and is thankful to her succulent that lives on after falling off her window sill.

Renee Hill (Performer)

Renée Hill is a graduate from the University of Winnipeg Theatre department and is a gifted singer and musician. She performs annually in the JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show and is a bilingual voice over artist. Some of Renée’s recent credits include Alexander the Great (CuriousityStream), Elections Manitoba, Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, Red River College, the Manitoba Museum and Sarasvati’s Fem Fest One Night Stand and IWW 2019 Cabaret of Monologues. Renée is passionate about her community and working to help others, she completed her Masters in Social Work while raising her three young children in her beloved neighborhood of Wolseley. Many thanks to her friends and family who have always supported her along the way!

Kristian Cahotol (Performer)

Kristian is very excited and grateful to take part in FemFest. Most recently featured in Werther (Manitoba Opera) and some fun high school shows! Some of her written work includes a french musical entitled "C'est nous les gagnants : une nouvelle comédie musicale" which won best production at the FTJ (Festival Théâtre Jeunesse). Kristian is very passionate about music, theatre and french and is determined to continue pursuing art and celebrating bilingualism! A big thank you to the friends and family for the continuous support and encouragement and Sarasvati Productions for the opportunity!

Jenna Turk (Playwright) "The Starving Time"

Jenna is a writer/actor/collaborator as well as the Artistic Associate at Theatre Calgary. She has a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Jenna independently produces under The Deep End Collective, an artist-run feminist theatre collective that creates work inspired by real people, places, or events. This winter, her play Remnants premiered in St. John’s, NL with White Rooster Theatre and this summer her adaptation with Ted Dykstra of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ran in Calgary’s Prince’s Island Park. This fall, Jenna directs Iceland for Theatre Calgary.

Vicki Zhang (Playwright) "How I Became a Tramp"

Vicki Zhang’s ten-minute play The Male Root won the 8th InspiraTO Festival’s juried playwriting competition. Her play Oracle Jane was selected for production at Toronto Alumnae Theatre’s 30th New Idea’s festival and shortlisted for FemFest 2018. Her plays have also received staged readings at InspiraTO festival, Toronto’s Festival of Original Theatre and University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama. She is the author of Uncalculated Risks, which was nominated for Myrdal Prize. She has also written essays and short fiction about the Chinese diaspora for Rookie Magazine in Theread.

Laurie Fyffe (Playwright) "The White Crocodile"

Laurie Fyffe is a playwright, actor, and dramaturge. Most recently she directed Evolution Theatre’s The Home Show for the 2017 Ottawa Fringe. Her plays have been produced at the Tarragon Theatre, Blyth Festival, Theatre Kingston, and SummerWorks. From 2014 to 2017, Laurie was Managing Artistic Director of Ottawa Storytellers. Laura received her MA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa. She teaches Scriptwriting for Actors at Algonquin College School of Media Design. Laurie work in progress Being Helen received a workshop and reading at the Ergo Pink Festival, Toronto, March, 2017.