Welcome to our Summer Students!

It’s been a hectic month for us here at Sarasvàti Productions! We’ve finished up our season with workshops and a world premiere, but we’re already looking ahead to next season with FemFest 2018: Staging Resistance. Thanks to Employment and Skills Development Canada, we’re welcoming two summer students onto the team to help make the festival happen: Anya Steur and Reid Girard!

20180606_083123.jpgAnya Steur is currently an undergraduate classical piano student at the University of Manitoba. She is primarily a pianist and also a singer, composer, dreamer, and nerd. Anya loves theatre, especially the musical variety, and has acting and singing experience in MTYP and school productions. She aspires to specialize in contemporary music and enjoys playing both solo and collaborative works. When she’s not practicing, you might find her with her nose in a book.

“I’m so glad I got a job relating to the performing arts! How lucky am I?” says Anya. “I’m really glad I got the opportunity to participate in something creative instead of destructive. Sarasvàti’s mission to transform society through theatre is exactly my cup of tea. I believe that with a little critical thinking and a lot of compassion, artists can have a powerful effect on our global culture.”

Anya is our Marketing and Community Outreach Assistant for FemFest, helping spread the word about the festival throughout the community. “I’m really excited to help make FemFest happen, especially because it’s becoming more and more about inclusion and intersectionality! Representation of human diversity in art is vital. I’m really glad this year’s program features characters from a few different cultures, including Indigenous characters, who we definitely don’t have enough of in any medium.”

img_0212.jpgJoining Anya for the summer is Reid Girard. Reid is currently attending the University of Manitoba and is planning to finish with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and Theatre. He has also been an active member of the Black Hole Theatre Company during his time at U of M, performing in three mainstages and working backstage on many shows as well.

“What excites me most about working at Sarasvàti Productions is having the opportunity help an organization that is devoted to stimulating positive change in the community,” says Reid. “I am looking forward to working on FemFest 2018 and getting to meet all the amazing people that make theatre so magical!”

As our Production Assistant, Reid got his start helping us with New Beginnings back in May. “The most interesting part of this job (so far) has been the wide variety of tasks I’ve gotten the opportunity to complete.  Whether it be hanging paintings on a wall, scheduling auditions, or changing sets between shows, this job has kept me busy with new things to try.”

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Reid and Anya will be planning our 2018-2019 Season Launch, coming this August! Stay tuned for more details on what this great team has in store!

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