2016-17 Year


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. She also represents SATP on the Association of Creative Industries of Saskatchewan (ACIS).
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

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Dawn Bergstrom- Vice Chair/Secretary (Regina)

Born and raised in Regina, Dawn completed her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at the University of Regina and was a member of the inaugural graduation class at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, BC. She spent nearly twenty years working professionally across Canada as an actor and singer before returning home to Regina, where she is currently the Company Manager at Globe Theatre. Performance credits include: The Last Resort, Man of La Mancha (Globe Theatre); Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Lend Me A Tenor, Fire, The Sound of Music (Persephone Theatre); The Last Resort, Calamity Jane (Souris Valley Theatre); Guys and Dolls (Broadway North Theatre Company); The Perilous Pirate's Daughter (Station Arts Centre); Grease, Nunsense, All Shook Up (Stage West); Footloose (Mayfield Theatre); Kiss Me Kate (Talk is Free Theatre).

Ed Mendez- Treasurer (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- Director (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. She recently directed Ken Williams’ In Care for GTNT, 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.