Next up for me is an original piece I will be presenting at an exciting, underground performance festival. I’ll be showcasing some works in progress from a larger piece I am currently creating. I’m calling the excerpts A Man, A Clown, A Man.
A bit about the piece (which may raise more questions than it answers): a clown comes to terms with his masculinity – or tries to – while a poet looks deeply into himself – or tries to.
The festival takes place at AKA/Paved Arts in Saskatoon January 7th and 8th, 2017. Stay tuned for the final schedule.
I am pleased to announce that I have accepted the position of Artistic Associate with Sum Theatre. It’s a company whose work I believe in strongly. I’m thrilled to be undertaking this new role with such a wonderful team.
How’s this for a wonderful mandate for a theatre company? “We build strong communities by creating and producing innovative and exciting live professional theatre experiences. Our work is driven by passion, integrity, inclusivity, and a sense of humour. We are always pursuing new ideas, partnerships, and adventures.” Fantastic.
My work with Embrace Theatre will continue – as will my work around town as an independent artist and educator.
Here’s to a new adventure!
Last month I had the distinct pleasure of taking a trip to Lumsden Beach Camp and leading a theatre workshop with the youth staying there.
I was invited to stay the night and do some creation in the lovely surroundings of the camp. Below are some photos of the great Saskatchewan beauty with which I was surrounded while doing my work.
Thanks to the folks at the camp for their support and their hospitality!
This summer I had the distinct pleasure of spending almost 5 weeks training at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Under the tutelage of John Turner and Mike Kennard of Mump and Smoot, I spent the summer studying clown – while living in a tent surrounded by the absolute beauty of Manitoulin Island, Ontario. Far from just silliness, the clown training was a personally challenging and creatively invigorating experience. I had the change to meet and work with some incredible people, my new clown-family spread out across the country (and around the world).
My work as a clown is just beginning! I have already co-hosted a show for The Rosebuds Burlesque, out-of-nose, but very much in-clown. I will also be performing at the Closing Night Cabaret of The Edmonton Clown Festival on October 2nd and have several Saskatoon-gigs in the works. Keep your eyes peeled for the fellow with the blue eyes and the red nose!
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board through the Independent Artist Program’s Professional Development Stream. Their support has made this invaluable training possible. Their ongoing support of artists and communities across Saskatchewan helps makes this province a better, more fulfilling place to live.
Love and Magic (as the clowns say),
The final performance for Sum Theatre’s Youth on the Rise Drama Program will take place next Friday night. It has been my privilege to lead these hard-working youth through a variety of theatre excercises and activities over the pas several months. Now it’s their time to share what they have learned with you!
Contact me for details of the performance.
I am honoured to have been nominated for a Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award again this year – and in a new category (for me)! I am humbled to be nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design for my work on Two Corpses Go Dancing (Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five). I’m in very good company: my classmate Jared Beattie, my collaborator (including on Two Corpses) Will Brooks, Ami Farrow, Kenilee Kelher, and Guido Tondino (very talented artists all).
Congratulations to all the nominees in every cattegory – many of whom I am pleased to count among my collaborators, mentors, and friends. See you all at the gala on September 28th!
Here are some photos from Two Corpses Go Dancing:
I owe thanks to Creative Saskatchewan for retroactively funding my trip to Magnetic North last month. Through their Business Capacity Grant, I received some funds to offset the costs of the trip. The support is appreciated!
“Project made possible with support from Creative Saskatchewan;s Business Capacity Grant Program”
Today was a travel day. I left Saskatoon at 5:30 this morning and am now safe and sound in Ottawa for the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. I’m so excited to be here to take a workshop, take in some great shows, and discuss theatre with colleagues from around the world.
This week we begin tech for Tightrope – an inter-disciplinary performing arts event I’ve been helping to organize. I’m so excited to share this piece with you all! It combines theatre, film, spoken word, choral poetry, combat, and visual art into one nifty event. I’ve got a brand new play (Want In?) being premiered, I’m performing in Mexico City by the incredibly talented Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, and I’ll be speaking some choral poetry with an exciting group of my peers.
I’ve been too busy working to post to this site, it seems! Well that’s rectified!
I’ve added photos and updated things around the site so my latest work is now represented.
Also, I’m about to start work once again with the Saskatoon Opera as Stage Director for their school tour. I’m also one of the leaders of an inter-disciplinary project called Tightrope which you should all check out at the end of May.
All my best,