Coffee with a Pro is BACK

Welcome to 2021!

Here at Saravàti, we enjoy a damn good cup of coffee, and as a certified coffee master, the only way I like to have my black coffee, is to pair it with a professional who will give me insights into my artistic practice. Luckily for us, we have you covered with the return of our Coffee with a Pro series! 

Launching us into 2021, we have Directing with Krista Jackson on February 18th at 1pm on ZOOM. 

As an actor, director and dramaturge, Krista has been creating theatre for over 35 years. Last season she directed Bar Mitzvah Boy (WJT), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Royal MTC), the premiere of Tracy Penner’s Awaken (SIR/zone41) and Nell Gwynn at the National Theatre School of Canada. Other directing credits include: Dancing at Lughnasa, Shaw Festival, A Doll’s House: Part 2 (with Mirvish), Sense and Sensibility, Morning After Grace, Private Lives, The Seagull (Royal MTC); The Lion in Winter, Fly Me to the Moon, (The Grand Theatre); The Miser of Middlegate (zone41/TPM); Village Wooing (zone41). Associate Director: All My Sons (Stratford Festival). Krista is the founding artistic director of zone41 theatre and has served as Apprentice Artistic Director at The Grand Theatre and Associate Artistic Director at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. She holds the Stratford Festival Jean Gascon Award and the Gina Wilkinson Prize. www.kristajackson.net 

Followed by Dramaturgy with Dr. Lindsay LaChance on March 4 at 1pm on ZOOM.  

Lindsay Lachance (Algonquin Anishinaabe) is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia. Lindsay’s dramaturgical practice is influenced by her relationship with birch bark biting and the Gatineau River. She is also the director of the Animikiig Creators Unit at Native Earth Performing Arts, which focuses on the development of new Indigenous works. 

Coming in hot with a ZIP ZAP ZOP we have Improv with Kristina Guevarra on March 18 (Location TBD). 

Kristina Guevarra (she/they/siya) is a Filipino improviser, emerging producer and most importantly, a Libra currently living on Treaty 1. She started comedy in 2012 by competing in the Canadian Improv Games as a direct rebellion against her parents and continued to pursue theatre through independent production and performance. Kristina is a self-taught comedian and has been exercising her craft by immersing herself into her community, teaching, organizing and binge watching a lot of Eric Andre and Euphoria.  She has performed in the WPG Improv Festival, the WPG Comedy Festival, the WPG Fringe Festival and is currently training via internet courses (aka the Matrix) through Improv College and Creative Manitoba. Kristina is also the creator and producer of “A Filipinx Cabaret”, an event that platforms all-Filipino talent. She believes that everyone should try improvising at least once in their life because it is scary and magical 🙂 

If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a real Disney princess, you better sign up to Musical Theatre with Stephanie Sy on April 1 (Location TBD) for insight.  

Stephanie Sy (she/her) is a Winnipeg born Theatre/Film actor, producer and aspiring director and writer, with over 20 years of professional experience. Locally, her selected credits include: PTE (Prairie Nurse, Upcoming: Post Democracy, Bad Parent), RMTC (Vietgone), MTYP (James and the Giant Peach), WJT (Tribes), and Rainbow Stage (Beauty and the Beast). Across Canada, Stephanie has worked for Musical Stage Company (Next to Normal/Dora Nominated), Segal Centre (Prom Queen), Globe Theatre (Disney’s the little Mermaid), Persephone Theatre (A History of Breathing, Velocity), Blyth Festival (Prairie Nurse, ‘Yorkville’ the Musical) and toured North American with Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You.’ Her favorite film credits include, Nikola Tesla and the End of the World (CBC Gem), A Christmas Mission (CTV Drama Channel), Burden of Truth (CBC), Sudden Death, Fractured (Netflix), Tales from the Hood (Amazon Prime) and Ruthless Souls (ImagineNATIVE Film Festival). Stephanie loves Winnipeg winters and every moment with her roommates Pancake, and Billie. 

The Coffee with a Pro series has limited spots for a more focused conversation with local Winnipeg artists. If you are interested in signing up to any of these sessions, please email your interest and resumé to info@sarasvati.ca

We are also in the process of meeting emerging artists in Winnipeg! We want to talk and learn about you! Please submit a letter of interest (400 words max) to info@sarasvati.ca to book your conversation today! 

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