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The Pulse
Volume 9, Issue 4

December 2016
Inspire  Challenge Change

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Vision Statement
Transform society through theatre

Mission Statement
Sarasvàti Productions is experimental and transformative theatre that presents significant social issues; engages in community collaboration; and supports emerging artists.

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International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues:
Starting Over

March 6-11, 2017
Due to amazing community support we are excited to launch this year’s Cabaret with an
incredibly diverse collection of life-changing moments. Whether starting over in a new country, a new relationship, or a new chapter of your life—this year’s line-up will inspire, entertain and open eyes to new experiences.

2017 Line-Up Announced here!

Playwrights Sonya Ballantyne, Alissa Watson, Bev Brenna, Fauzia Rafique, Angie St. Mars, Natalie Frijia and Madison Thomas

October 11-December 9, 2016

After such an incredible run, our high school tour of Shattered is coming to a close next week. We will have done 59 performances for over 6,000 youth!!
We have been honoured to share meaningful experiences and dialogue about mental health and the response to the show has been overwhelmingly positive. Teachers and administrators have expressed high praise and we want to thank everyone for their encouragement throughout the tour. It has truly been an important step in breaking the silence. There are so many stories to share but one student truly exemplified the impact we had hoped for by sharing in the debrief that she learned how serious depression can be and it helped her relate to her cousin who had killed herself at the age of twelve.

Hands Up
We are pleased to welcome new members to team Sarasvàti!

Audrey Unger has been working to organize story-sharing workshops with newcomer organizations throughout the city as our Community Outreach Coordinator. She will continue to work with us as part of her Practicum in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba.

New to Sarasvàti’s Board of Directors is Shannon Sampert. Dr. Sampert is currently the Perspective and Politics Opinion Editor at the Winnipeg Free Press on leave from her position in the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Winnipeg. Her area of research is the intersection of media, politics and gender.

We are thrilled to bring local theatre producer and director Tatiana Carnevale on board to produce the return of the One Night Stand series. This series is dedicated to staging readings of plays in development by local artists. Tatiana has confirmed Prairie Theatre Exchange as partner and venue host for the series which will launch February 2nd, 2017.

Hands Out
After gathering stories from over 400 Manitobans, we are eager to produce the world premiere of Breaking Through. It will be a huge undertaking and we can’t do it without your support. Consider donating to help support sharing these stories and continuing to break the silence! Of course Sarasvàti Productions also accepts corporate sponsorship from businesses who wish to show their support as well. Give us a call  if you are interested in discussing partnership opportunities!
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"This was, bar none, the absolute most engaging piece I have witnessed at our school. Our students really became involved with the piece and I think it resonated powerfully with them all, particularly the message that they are not alone.” – Kim Dudek, Murdock MacKay

"It reminded us to be empathetic at all times because we do not know what people are dealing with.  We also came away with the reminder to educate ourselves on topics which we do not understand, otherwise we will continue to act from fear." - Students and Staff at Urban Circle Training Centre

Rising Star

Madison Thomas is an Ojibwe and Metis writer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although most of her work can be found in film, Madison considers herself a storyteller first and foremost and uses a variety of mediums to share her stories. Madison graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BA in Filmmaking in 2012. In 2011 she attended Prague Film School’s summer intensive, the first Canadian to be accepted in five years and the first Canadian Indigenous person to ever be accepted.
Madison continues to work in Winnipeg’s arts community and co-owns Prairie Kid Productions.
Madison also works as a film and theatre educator and recently did a TEDx talk about the importance of arts programming for inner city youth.

Madison’s monologue Abamii is one of ten pieces featured in this year’s International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues.
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