Volume 5, Issue 4
Support Sarasvàti Productions
If you care about the work we do, we can use your help! As a registered charity we provide tax receipts for donations of $10 or more. Mail in a donation to the address below or donate to our endowment fund at the Winnipeg Foundation (www.wpgfdn.org ).
Become a Sarasvàti Supporter today!
Sarasvàti Productions embodies the spirit of its namesake in its desire to inspire artists and audiences through the use of theatre. Sarasvàti is a place where artists can develop and showcase their skills, while celebrating their creativity and pushing the boundaries of the theatrical medium. In connecting with community groups, Sarasvàti insists upon a theatre that is fulfilling for both participants and audience alike. The company’s vision is one of inclusion, where artists and audiences of all backgrounds come together to experience what it means to be human.
Our high school tour of Diss will be viewed by over 4,000 students across Winnipeg and around Manitoba this fall!
Contact us at:
242 Cathedral Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2W 0X3
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Up and Coming
So You Think You Can Act: Family Ties
February 20, 2013—Gas Station Arts Centre
After great success last year, we are pleased to be presenting our 2nd Annual So You Think You Can Act fundraising evening! The event pairs local (non-acting) celebrities with theatre actors to perform scenes for a panel of judges—similar to reality television competition shows. Although the judges and Emcee will provide colourful and hysterical commentary, the winner is ultimately chosen by the audience. This year’s theme is Family Ties and will see a new group of celebrities vying for the coveted trophy and title! Just $25 gets you into the show, as well as the after-show wine reception. Purchase tickets here!
Last year's SYTYCA winners Jane and Ace Burpee. Photo by Janet Shum.
International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues
March 4-10, 2013
People all over the world celebrate International Women’s Week in March of every year and we are proud to be a part of the celebrations! As is tradition with Sarasvàti Productions, we will be hosting and touring a cabaret of monologues in recognition of women’s achievements in storytelling, acting, writing and directing! This year’s theme is Wild Women and will feature several stories of women from all walks of life. We will be performing the monologues at the Manitoba Hydro Building on Graham on March 8—check the website for details in the weeks to come!
Come and Gone
Diss High School Tour—October 15-December 14, 2012
After such an incredible run, our high school tour of Diss is coming to a close. Originally written for a Toronto audience, Diss was adapted by its original playwright Rex Deverell to tell the story of youth gang life in Winnipeg. The response to the show has been overwhelmingly positive and supportive! Teachers and administrators have expressed high praise for the show and the important discussion it inspires about peer pressure (whether gang related or not). The cast and crew have travelled to new and familiar places to bring the show to as many students as possible! We want to thank everyone for their kind words and encouragement throughout the tour (and a special thank you to all those that helped get our tour van out of the ditch)!
DISS cast: John Echano, Braiden Houle, Eugene 'GeNie' Baffoe, Lacina Dembele, Cherrel Holder and Lorraine James
We would like to welcome Samantha Walters as our new Emerging Artist in Residence. Samantha has teamed up with Artistic Director Hope McIntyre as part of ACI Manitoba’s Youth Mentorship Program. Learn more about Sam at the bottom of this page!
We would also like to welcome a new board member to our ranks, Anna Weir! Anna is no stranger to Sarasvàti Productions, she served as Props Coordinator for FemFest several years ago! She is originally from Brandon and is currently Career Advisor at the University of Winnipeg. We look forward to her contributions!
A special thank you to everyone who gave to our endowment fund at the Winnipeg Foundation this fall. Donations made before the end of November were matched to ensure the long-term success and viability of Sarasvàti Productions.
There are still other ways for you to show your support. We have just launched our online fundraising campaign in support of Jail Baby, which will make its world premiere in May 2013. This powerful play is the result of three years working in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Manitoba. Our goal is to make sure the story of incarcerated women and the debate around how to create long-term safety in our communities is accessible to a wide range of audiences. Help us meet our fundraising target - donate now.
Of course Sarasvàti Productions always accepts in-kind donations and corporate sponsorship from businesses who wish to show their support. If you contact us right away we can still access matching funds for sponsors!
“Our reaction to the production was very positive and enthusiastic. Artistic Director, Hope McIntyre, succeeds in having youth actors fully engage with the community’s youth, and thus creates positive, much needed discussion around the issues of youth and gangs. Overall a very positive, informative experience.”
- Sylvan Hamburger, group leader from Canada World Youth, on his and his group’s experiences at the free community show of Diss.
“Sarasvàti Productions works hard to give support to established female artists, but it also nurtures emerging ones - a fact that I have been lucky enough to experience firsthand. I am a student at the University of Winnipeg, and for the last couple of years I've been fortunate enough to see my work onstage through FemFest and other Sarasvàti events. I am a better writer for the experiences given to me through Sarasvàti, and I look forward to working with them in the future."
- Jessy Ardern, FemFest 2012 Bake Off winner
Samantha is a graduate of the Acting Honours program at the University of Winnipeg and most recently of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, a five-week intensive actor training program held every spring in Vancouver, B.C. Samantha has appeared in various local theatre productions over the past five years and was most recently seen in the Winnipeg Fringe Best-of-Fest Winner Cabaret
and in the sold-out hit Immigration Stories
at FemFest 2012. Her most recent film credits include playing the lead role in the local indie short called The Trouble With Children
and was recently one of four cast in the renowned Guy Maddin’s film project entitled Seances
which was shot live at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Seances
will be one of sixteen shorts featured in one of the exhibits at MOMA in 2013! Samantha is continuing to study her craft in Claire Borody’s Devised Theatre class at the University of Winnipeg and just finished constructing and performing her very own 20 minute solo performance piece entitled Perfect?.
She is also working this year with Sarasvàti Productions as their Emerging Artist in Residence and continues to receive mentorship, coaching, and guidance from Hope McIntyre.
You can see Samantha next in Sarasvàti Productions Wild Women
Cabaret of Monologues.