Get to Know Our Emerging Artists

We’re so excited for the return of our emerging artists unit called Launchpad at FemFest 2020. With the support of RBC Foundation and the Graham C. Lount Foundation we’ve been able to continue this program in a safe and virtual manner. If you don’t already know, Launchpad brings together ten emerging women and non-binary artists whose creative mediums range from a variety of disciplines: directors, dancers, performers, playwrights, technical crew, etc… This year we even added a junior member for further mentorship! 

Over the last month, this team of young artists have taken part in virtual workshops to develop skills and explore the intersection of art & climate change. Led by Launchpad coordinators Lindsay Johnson and Victoria Hill but with multiple guest artist guides, their workshops are building up to a performance of To:Morrow a guided theatrical experience taking place in Downtown Winnipeg. This promenade-style performance will includes theatre in unexpected places. Short performances will tackle the theme of climate change while being situated in our own downtown environment. A small audience will be able to take part in the tour in-person, while there are virtual tickets available for those wanting to follow from the comfort of their home. 

This year’s Launchpad team includes: Lindsey Taylor, Kate Willoughby, Anna Kerot, Caitlyn Bird, Taylor Gregory, Brittney Fredrickson, Sarah Luby, Emma Welham, Kristian Cahatol, Kimmy Martin, and Tara Streilen. Let’s get to know them a little better, shall we? 

How would you describe yourself to a stranger?   
Lindsey: I would describe myself as a listener who is naturally curious about other people’s stories, and as a daydreamer who is constantly excited by the question of “What if.” I’m someone who loves coffee, listening to the rain, and going on adventures!  
Kate: I would describe myself as someone who tries not to take themselves “too” seriously, someone who is outgoing, loves to laugh and tries to be conscious of living in the moment.  
Anna: A day dreamer with excessive interest in arts, wishing to change the world for better, but definitely starting with myself.  

What’s the best piece of advice you’d give your younger self?  
Caitlyn: Quit taking everything so literally, it’s not that bad. Just let your hurt out and move forward, everything will be alright. 
Taylor: Try not to worry too much about the future and have faith that you’re where you’re supposed to be.  
Brittney: Don’t be afraid of rejection or failure, the more it happens the more you’ll understand how to deal with it and grow. Cause trust me, you’re going to deal with it a lot and honestly: the outcome will be better than you expect.  

What’s your go-to karaoke song?   
Sarah: “Love of My Life”-Queen  
Emma: I’ve actually never done karaoke, but I will never say no to a good belt of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” when driving with friends.  
Kristian: My go-to karaoke song is a Filipino hit by Morrissette called Akin Ka Na Lang which I most certainly do not have the range for, but will sing nonetheless, with impassioned fervidity.   

Why should people be excited about your performance at FemFest?  
Lindsey:  Not only will the Launchpad members present pieces in the exciting format of a walking tour, the theme of these pieces will also be centered on the important issue of climate change. I’m positive that people will walk out of these performances with something impactful, whether it’s a new perspective, a new idea, or an inspired feeling! 
Kate: I think people should be excited about the possibilities of the important subject matter we are tackling. Climate change is happening right now and is rapidly changing our world that we live in. 
Anna: I will try my best to be as natural and free on stage as possible, mixing myself with the character I am playing and thus creating a unique personalized one.  
Taylor: It is my first show ever with Sarasvàti! 
Brittney: Because a lot of amazing talented people worked really hard on something we are super proud of.  
Emma: I am very excited to work with other emerging artists on a piece about climate change. In my generation I think there is a great push towards protecting the environment, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because we will be around to witness the effects of what will happen if we don’t. 
Kristian: People should be excited about my performance at FemFest because I think that the workshops and training leading up to the performances are the opportunity, I’ve been looking for to really discover and challenge my voice as an artist while exploring the critical topic of climate change.  
Sarah: Because an extremely talented group of female and non-binary artists are coming together, to create an exciting, provocative, and engaging piece bound not only to entertain, but educate, and engage audiences.  

As mentioned above, only a very small number of folks will be accommodated for the walking tour, so buy your tickets ASAP! The performances run on September 20, 24, 25, and 26. See Downtown Winnipeg through a new lens and support emerging artists! 

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