February Newsletter 2018

It’s hard to believe it is almost the middle of February 2018. SATP’s Board, Staff and Committees are working hard on bringing pertinent workshops and events that will strengthen and growth you and your organizations.

What’s happening….

Welcome to our recent…

Directors on SATP’s Board - Jennica Grienke, Artistic Associate at Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon and Steven Balkwill, Director of Production, Globe Theatre, Regina.

New & returning members – Alysaa Billingsley, Mary Blackstone, Mark Claxton, Kate Herriot, Caitlin Hursh (Vancoughnett), Kenilee Kehler, Grahame Kent, Felix LeBlanc, Heather Morrison, Carla Mysko, Adeel Salman, Robyn Sanderson, Kaitlyn Semple & Anita Smith.

Congratulations goes to …. January is always a slow month. In order to help beat the "January bla's", SATP held a Photography contest for the month. Congratulations goes to Spark Theatre's Cara Stelmaschuk for their fabulous submissions. Learn more about Prince Albert's Theatre scene through Spark Theatre's website: https://www.princealbertspark.com/ 

Upcoming Events & Topics of Interest….

January 30 - SATP Launched its Resources Page in support of January 8th of Saskatchewan Theatre Community’s Conversation on Sexual Consent.  The Community consultation spurred a need for a third party to advocate for victims and to offer tools for the theatre community. SATP agreed to continue to engage the theatre community about power imbalances and how to move forward in the community.

February 6 - It’s good to be back on the international stage.  SATP sits on the national Canadian Arts Coalition Steering Committee.  It is a collaborative non-partisan movement spearheaded by a group of national arts service and membership organizations, with a volunteer Steering Committee comprised of artists and arts administrators. Its mission is to increase investments in arts and culture at the federal level; and, to strengthen Canadian cultural policies. As a part of the Committee’s role, we work closely with our politicians nationally.

Recently there was an announcement from the Federal Government to be back on the International Stage. The Canadian Arts Coalition commends the government of Canada on its efforts to open up new trade opportunities for the cultural sector in Asia. The announcements of the new PCTPP and of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Culture are positive responses to longstanding requests of the arts sector. They are also timely developments in light of the risks associated with the renegotiation of the North-American Free Trade Agreement. It’s good to be back on the international stage. Read the CAC’s full reaction to the PCTPP and the Canada-China Joint Committee here.

 February 12 - Continuing the Conversation…. from 7:30pm – 9pm The Refinery, Saskatoon
The theatre industry in Saskatoon has been very active with a topic on Respectful Behaviour in theatre workplaces. As SATP wanted to take on a leadership role with its Respect & Equity Committee. The committee will present the next dialogue “Continuing the Conversation…” Feb. 12 for all individuals and organizations working in theatre.

In an effort to engage in a meaningful dialogue, send topics of what you want to talk about to: sask.theatre@gmail.com .

This evening’s structured meeting will ask important questions to fill the gaps around the important subject on how and what will help from SATP. Our specialist in power dynamics, Heather Fox Griffith joins our SATP Consent & Respect Committee Co-chairs, Jennica Grienke and Skye Brandon as our facilitator and counsellor.

During the evening we will continue with a guided conversation on how the Saskatoon Theatre community sees SATP’s role. If you are not comfortable talking at this event, please feel free to contact SATP with your confidential thoughts at sask.theatre@gmail.com .

Heather Fox Griffith provides training resources to individuals and groups interested in learning about narrative therapy and victim/survivor-centred restorative practices. Training services may be of interest to individuals and groups, community workers such as victims services workers, counselors, therapists, social workers, clergy, nurses, child and youth workers, psychologists, school counsellors and educators, addictions workers and more.

Heather is currently a doctoral candidate in the PhD Program offered by the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan. Her research interest is in the advancement of victimology and survivor studies and the development of relevant educational opportunities in higher education. She is a research associate with the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women/Institut Canadien de Rrecherches Sur Les Femmes. Some of Heather’s written work is available on Amazon.

February 27 - Agents of Change Networking Event 4 – 6 pm Malty National Brewing, Regina
If you are based in Regina and area, don’t miss our Agents of Change Networking Sessions.  Let’s talk over a beverage, engage with others in the community or just get to know other theatre professionals interested in your profession. Mix and mingle and learn about others in the industry. You don’t know who you should know? Talk with all levels of professional artists and professional organizations. Find out who has the answers and engage in conversation with them. Let’s have fun!

March 5 - Money Management - Fraud Controls for Professional Not For Profit Organizations based in Saskatoon at the Saskatoon Virtus Offices - The King George Building Suite 200 - 157 2nd Ave North. Time: 10:30 am- 12:00pm   Engaging professional arts organizations by remembering you might be at risk of fraud. Learn from the professional and discuss the key internal controls that you should have in place. Explore the fraud triangle and indications that it may be happening in your organization. Breanna MacEwan, CPA, CA will provide the expertise needed to keep your organization in check. Facilitator Breanna MacEwan and a special guest speaker also talking, Alan Long, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan talking about what happens if you find fraud in your arts organization and what happened to him. Watch for postings on our facebook page and our website. This event is free for SATP members and $10 for non-members.

Early – mid March TBC -  Canada Council joins SATP and its members in a round table discussion and workshop event. This event will help to reach out to our Saskatchewan theatre professionals and to Canada Council’s underserved areas in the province through conversations with theatre artists, independent and larger professional theatre organizations before its next grant deadline of April 6th. Watch for details on the SATP website.

Canada Council Jury - If you have not already, SATP encourages you to go to Canada Council’s portal and apply to be one of Canada Council’s jury members. Let’s strengthen Canada Council’s knowledge of our great province!

March 26 - Are you in Saskatoon or around the city? Join us at our Agents of Change Networking Event at Lucky Bastard Distillery. Thanks to our Venue Sponsor, LB Distillery we have a beautiful place to mix and mingle over a beverage, engage with others in the industry or just get to know other theatre professionals interested in your profession. Let’s connect and just have fun! Cash bar and munchie provided. See you there!

April 10 – Provincial Budget - Saskatchewan’s new Premier Scott Moe just announced that Donna Harpauer, Finance Minister will present the new Premier’s budget on April 10, 2018. As it is anyone’s guess if this government’s budget will have any significant changes, but am sure we should expect some type of change to the budget. Engage with your local and provincial politicians to encourage more support for all of the arts!

 We want to connect with our members as much as our members want to connect with other theatre professionals. If you would like to have your organization featured on our website and through our newsletter, or if you have other suggestions for future topics, or have an idea to bring forward email us and let us know at sask.theatre@gmail.com.

 September 24, 2018  SATP’s AGM in Saskatoon, Time: 1 - 2pm Location: TBC

We are so thankful to Creative Saskatchewan for their vital contributions and ongoing support. And, thank you to our partners in the arts and business community Dance Saskatchewan, Sum Theatre, Virtus Group, SaskTel Computer for Schools, PACT, Canadian Arts Coalition and many others who share the joy of working in professional theatre as we continue to build SATP as a cornerstone theatre association in Saskatchewan.