A Summer of Action

It always feels like the start of summer when our two students join the team, even though the weather might not make it feel like summer. Through funding from Canada Summer Jobs we are pleased to welcome Stacie Gagnon as Production Assistant and Ava Jerao as Marketing and Community Outreach Assistant. Although their primary focus will be on FemFest 2012, they’ll also be working on our plans for next season.

Ava is a full-time Business and Administration student at the University of Winnipeg with a focus on Marketing. She served as Vice President Internal from 2010-2011 on the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association where she acted as Staff Relations Officer, Sustainability Officer and Volunteer Coordinator. She is currently Vice President External for the Business and Administration Students’ Association.

Stacie is in her second year at the University of Manitoba doing a double major in Linguistics and Asian Studies. In her free time though her focus is on theatre. At the Church of the Rock she is the head set designer for theatre productions as well as stage manager and properties manager. Last summer she was an interpreter at Ross House Museum.

We have an exciting year in the works. From September 15-22 FemFest will be celebrating 10 years and we plan to make a big splash. The festival started on a small scale with small scale productions by a local team and a couple hundred in the audience. Ten years later we are welcoming international and national guests as well as continuing to offer important development opportunities for local female playwrights. The festival now averages audiences over 1,200. There are lots of opportunities to get involved! For playwrights check out the Bake-Off Call for Submissions. For actors our general auditions are on June 15/16. We’re also still finalizing our production team if you are someone who works behind the scenes. If you just want to pitch in we always welcome new volunteers to help with promotions and at the actual festival. We will be announcing the full line-up in mid-June!

Sonofabitch Stew by Shameless Hussy Productions part of FemFest 2012

Our season launch will take place in August and we’ll have exciting news about another school tour, our annual cabaret of monologues and our plans for another world premiere in the spring of 2013. Plus our So You Think You Can Act fundraiser was such a hit this past year it will be returning again in February.

It will be a busy summer for us at Sarasvàti Productions!

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