2017-18 Year Board of Directors
Evie Koop Sawatzky- Chair (Regina/Moose Jaw) Evie is the Saskatchewan dreamer who co-founded RuBarb Productions and the RuBarb School of Performing Arts in Moose Jaw. She has directed/ produced/ choreographed/ conducted dozens of musicals and plays. She has also trained and worked as coloratura soprano and actress.
Evie has performed in theatres and concert halls across the prairies, including The Persephone Theatre and with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. Since then she and husband, Jeffrey Allan Sawatzky, have remastered their CD "Fields of Gold" and toured with their 15 piece Orchestra, 12 piece big band, and 5 piece band (OSAC, MAN). They are proud to be raising their family in Saskatchewan.
Evie is a proud member of CAEA and PACT. As a recipient of the 2013 CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 leaders she was recognized for her leadership in the arts and work mentoring the artists of tomorrow. @EvieKoopS @RuBarbProd
Ed Mendez- Treasurer, Acting Sectretary (Saskatoon)Ed holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. He holds it often, as he enjoys the feeling of having such an expensive piece of paper in his grasp. He is an actor, puppeteer, writer, voice actor, sketch comedian, stage combatant, and currently, the operations manager of the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival. He has appeared in productions for Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Wide Open Children's Theatre, and multiple companies with Live Five.
Skye Brandon -Vice Chair (Saskatoon) Skye is a Saskatchewan actor/director/producer who has a great passion for the plays of Shakespeare, as well as new works. He has appeared in productions for Persephone Theatre, Globe Theatre, Dancing Sky Theatre (where he also spent two seasons as Artistic Producer), Station Arts Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Northern Light Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and a number of companies under the Live Five banner. Skye has also appeared at the Stratford Festival for five seasons, and has directed for the YXE Shakespeare Lab (Cymbeline, Richard II).
Yvette Nolan- Director (Saskatoon)Yvette Nolan is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her plays include The Unplugging, Annie Mae’s Movement and The Birds, and she is one of ten writers on Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show. Last spring, she co-created and co-directed the dance-opera Bearing with Michael Greyeyes for Signal Theatre at Luminato Festival. Other recent directing: Ken Williams’ In Care for GTNT, Falen Johnson’s Salt Baby for the Globe Theatre and Heather Morrison’s Thicker Than Water for Sum Theatre. In 2014, she founded the Short Cuts Festival of 10 Minute Plays in Saskatoon. She is an Artistic Associate with Signal Theatre. She works across Turtle Island, but she lives in Saskatoon.
Wes D Pearce- Director (Regina)Wes D Pearce is scenographer who has worked extensively across Saskatchewan and Western Canada (including numerous productions for The Globe Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Stage West Calgary and Western Canada Theatre). He teaches at the University of Regina where he is Associate Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Media, Art and Performance. His work has been recognized with two Betty Mitchell Award nominations and four SATA nominations for Outstanding Costume Design.
Jennica Grienke - Director (Saskatoon) Jennica is excited to be joining a community that has as much passion and excitement for theatre as she does. Originally trained in acting Jennica has studied playwriting, and directing at both the University of Winnipeg, where she graduated with Honours in performance and the Studio 58 Acting conservatory in Vancouver, British Columbia. A recent career highlight includes performing and creating We Are All Treaty People alongside the artists of Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. She is pleased to join Saskatchewan’s theatre community as Artistic Associate with Persephone Theatre.
Steven Balkwill, Director (Regina) bio coming soon!