SYTYCA presents: Jeff Stoughton

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Jeff Stoughton is a winner. Coming off his most recent win at the National Grand Slam of Curling this past weekend, he knows how to work hard to achieve big! But will he be as comfortable on stage as he is on the ice? We are excited to see Jeff play the role of Danny in Brian Drader’s piece The Norbals as part of the 2nd annual So You Think You Can Act fundraising evening! We can’t wait for you to see Jeff in action in this completely new role!

Jeff Stoughton:

The Rogers MastersJeff Stoughton was born and raised in Winnipeg. He has worked for Air Canada since 1985. He curls out of the Charleswood Curling Club. His curling accomplishments include: two time World Men’s Champion (1996 & 2011); World Men’s Silver Medalist (1999); three time Canadian Men’s Brier Champion (1996, 1999, 2011); nine time Manitoba Provincial Men’s Champion; four time Manitoba Provincial Mixed Champion; two time Canadian Mixed Champion (1988, 1991); two time Founder’s Trophy Champion; 2003 Player’s Champion; and 2012 Canada Cup Champion. He is married to Hali, has two sons, Riley and Cole, and a daughter, Elizabeth.

Think Jeff has what it takes? You can vote for him as part of our audience at SYTYCA 2013 when he goes head to head with other Winnipeg celebrities and personalities this February! Get your tickets now for this fun and unique event!

SYTYCA presents: Ron Paley

SYTYCA 2012 bannerSome of the celebrities participating in our 2nd annual So You Think You Can Act fundraiser are no strangers to performing in front of an audience! Just take veteran musician Ron Paley as an example! We are excited to see Ron on the stage in a new light, and we know you will be too! Even better Ron will be performing a scene from local playwright Rick Chafe’s hit play The Secret Mask, which premiered at PTE last year and has since gone on to productions in Ottawa and Vancouver. Local actor Tyhr Trubiak will join Ron on stage as a son trying to help the father who abandoned him recover from a stroke. All of this year’s scenes are about ‘Family Ties’ and will offer some familiar exploration of family dysfunction.

Ron Paley:

ronpaley - headshotPianist/bassist Ron Paley formed the Ron Paley Big Band in 1976 after playing bass with the big bands of Buddy Rich, and Woody Herman, with whom he recorded two CDs. His big band has performed in concert with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and toured with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet playing jazz arrangements of songs by Rogers and Hart for A Cinderella Story. They have recorded 3 CDs, the latest containing music for the big band musical Bring ‘Em Back!.

Can’t wait to see Ron perform? Neither can we! Better get your tickets while you still can (at!

SYTYCA presents: Kerri Salki

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Now that the scenes have been picked, we are just that much closer to the highly anticipated 2nd annual So You Think You Can Act fundraiser! Last year’s event was a massive hit, and with this year’s theme Family Ties, we are certain that this year will only be bigger and better! So You Think You Can Act, otherwise known as SYTYCA, will feature some of the biggest names in Winnipeg, from sports, television, and of course, radio.

Kerri Salki:

Kerri SalkiKerri is part of the Joe show with Kerri and Bubba on 102.3 Clear FM (mornings). After getting a degree in Psychology, she bolted to Toronto to become a famous bartender/caterer. She finally landed work doing commercials, bad TV and had a long run in a comedy show. Now safe and sound back home in Winnipeg, she is lucky to be working at a job she loves, has a hubby and a 3 year old little girl.

A Jill of All Trades, we are thrilled to see Kerri on stage this February! Even better she will be tackling complicated sister relationships in Daniel MacIvor’s dramatic and eloquent play Marion Bridge. We are looking forward to getting Kerri out of the radio booth and into the spotlight!

Tickets to see her and other celebrities battle it out are available now from our website (!

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Calling all emerging artists – have we got a workshop for you!

Since October, our Emerging Artist in Residence Samantha Walters has been working with our Artistic Director Hope McIntyre as part of the ACI Mentorship program. The program is allowing Sam to continue to develop her skill set as an actor, learn more about other aspects of theatre and support her peers who are also making the transition from training to professional artistic work..

To this end, Sam consulted with her peers and as a result of identified needs has been hard at work coordinating a special series of workshops for emerging theatre artists in Winnipeg. The first in this series is coming up this month!

Facilitated by Tamara Rae Biebrich (Winnipeg Arts Council) and Martine Friesen (Manitoba Arts Council), the Grant Writing Workshop for Emerging Artists will provide extraordinary details and insight into the grant writing process for those who are new to the process.

The Grant Writing Workshop for Emerging Artists takes place on January 22, 2013 at the University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (400 Colony Street) in room 2T05. The evening runs from 7-9pm and the workshop is free (but you MUST register). To reserve your spot contact Samantha at , no later than January 18th.

Plans are in the works for future workshops focusing on audition techniques. You can also see Sam perform at some of our upcoming events, including So You Think You Can Act: Family Ties and our International Women’s Week Cabaret of Monologues: Wild Women.

SYTYCA 2013 – Scene Announcement!

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An Elvis impersonator finding his long lost daughter, sibling rivalry, an absent father and a domineering mother; family conflict will be on display at the second annual So You Think You Can Act. With just over six weeks to go until our 2nd annual fundraising evening, we are pleased to announce the scenes to be featured with our stunning list of celebrities! For the uninitiated, So You Think You Can Act pairs local celebrities with theatre actors to perform short scenes, to be evaluated by a hilarious panel of judges! The winning pair will ultimately be decided by the audience – just like on the hit dancing competition show! This year’s theme is Family Ties and will feature some of the best and most prolific scenes in the Canadian canon.

  • Winnipeg personality Jon Ljungberg will be donning some mutton chops as an Elvis Presley impersonator in Sharon Bajer’s Burnin’ Love.
  • Olympic bronze medalist Desiree Scott will be playing out sibling rivalry in Norm Foster’s hilarious Maggie’s Getting Married. Foster is one of Canada’s most performed playwrights.
  • CBC morning host Marcy Markusa will be tackling the dowdy daughter in Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County, which was a huge hit when it ran at RMTC Warehouse last season.
  • For something a bit darker and edgier Jenna Khan of Breakfast Television fame will tackle George F. Walker’s Risk Everything.
  • A scene from local playwright Rick Chafe’s hit play The Secret Mask will be performed by Ron Paley of Ron Paley’s Big Band. The play ran to raves at PTE last year and this season was picked up for productions in Ottawa and Vancouver.
  • Another local playwright Brian Drader will have a scene from his piece The Norbals performed by World Champion curler Jeff Stoughton.
  • Kerri Salki of Clear 102.3 will be performing a scene from Daniel MacIvor’s Marion Bridge, another Canadian favourite.

So You Think You Can Act: Family Ties takes place on February 20, 2013 at the Gas Station Arts Centre. Tickets are $25 and include a wine reception. Get them while they’re hot @!

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SYTYCA presents: Jenna Khan

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Today we present the first of our seven celebrity participants of our 2nd annual So You Think You Can Act. Our celebrity participants will have to impress our audience (and our panel of judges) with their acting chops! For those who aren’t familiar with the event, local non-actor celebs are paired up with actors to perform scenes, our judges comment in a hilarious manner and the audience then votes for a winner. Last year Ace Burpee took home the coveted trophy and the audience was entertained by the scenes as well as the mad antics of our celebrities,  the judges and host. This year’s theme is Family Ties and will feature hilarious scenes exploring family dysfunction. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more celebrity bios and to hear which scenes they’ll be working on!

Jenna Khan:

http://www.kampphotography.comJenna grew up in Steinbach, Manitoba, where she developed a love of small towns.  Now, as a proud Winnipegger, she takes that sense of community to work with her every day. Whether it’s letting you know what to wear (depending on how warm/cold, windy/rainy it is), or letting you know which local arts events to take in that weekend, Jenna enjoys being a part of this big city with its small town charm. Jenna graduated from Red River College’s Creative Communications program, and after starting off her career in radio, she was drawn into the world of television in 2006, now reporting weather and local entertainment for Breakfast Television.

This fun fundraiser is only a few weeks away! Tickets are $25 (includes a wine reception) and are still available (but you’d better get them quick)! For more information visit