Fascinating Theatre Lives of Krista Jackson and Rod Beilfuss

Emerging artists, ever wonder how theatre professionals made it to where they are today? Well, not only do we have two workshops and three Work It Nights planned in the New Year, but also a free Q&A session! This is your chance to ask Krista Jackson and Rod Beilfuss about their careers, their work on Private Lives and get tips as artists. Krista is directing Private Lives at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre for CowardFest and Rod is apprentice directing with her. They are both multitalented and accomplished artists, read on to learn more about them.


Krista Jackson

Krista JacksonKrista is a graduate of Ryerson’s acting program and founded zone41 theatre in Winnipeg in 2009. As she transitioned into directing, she joined the Shaw Festival for the 2012 Neil Munro Intern Directors’ Project where she assisted directed Hedda Gabler, His Girl Friday, Misalliance. In the Stratford Festival’s Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction, she was assistant director on Mother Courage and her Children. Her work with zone41 includes: Three Sisters, The Miser of Middlegate (both with TPM) and Village Wooing. She has directed The Seagull, Private Lives – Upcoming (MTC), Dying to be Thin (MTYP). Krista is the artistic associate at the Grand Theatre for the 2014/2015 season where she will direct Much Ado About Nothing in the spring. Next summer she returns to Stratford to assist John Caird on Love’s Labour’s Lost Krista is the proud recipient of the 2013 Gina Wilkinson Prize for female directors.


Rod Beilfuss

Rod BeilfussRodrigo is an actor-director, and was last seen onstage at the Fringe in the dance piece “La Belle Laide”. Recent projects as an actor include The Comedy of Errors (SIR) and About Love & Champagne (ChekhovFest). Directing credits include Venus in Fur (Tristan Bates-UK), Lungs, Generous, Cock and Bull (TBTR). Additionally, he is the apprentice director of the RMTC production of Private Lives.

Rod trained at England’s London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and the University of Winnipeg. More info at rodrigobeilfuss.com


So put your thinking caps on, come up with some questions and come to the Royal MTC Mainstage on February 5th at 5:30pm to learn from Krista and Rod! This event is being presented with support from the Royal MTC. While it is free, space is limited so please RSVP.

For more information on this or our other awesome opportunities for emerging artists click here! To register phone or email Wren at 204-586-2236, wren@sarasvati.ca


Ready, Set, Register!

Everything you ever needed to know to get ahead as an artist will be covered in our exciting workshop series! After a great first installment of our monthly event, Work It Night on November 17th, we’re eager to reveal what other great events we have planned for emerging artists! Back in September we conducted a survey of emerging artists to ask what was needed and wanted. We received great responses that prompted us to create Work It Nights in partnership with ACI Manitoba, and these four workshops:

First up is…

The Wonderful World of Grants 101
Grant Writing Workshop

Facilitated by Martine Friesen and Dominic Lloyd
Saturday, December 13th 1pm to 2:30pm
University of Winnipeg Asper Centre for Theatre & Film
Cost: FREE!
Deadline to register is December 5th

WAC & MAC logoEveryone talks about grants, but who exactly are they for? Are you eligible? How do you apply for them? Martine Friesen from Manitoba Arts Council and Dominic Lloyd from Winnipeg Arts Council are here to help. They will talk about the various grant programs each of their organizations offers, who is eligible and how you apply for them, particularly as an emerging artist. This workshop is free, however you are required to register by December 5th.


After a bit of a break for the holidays, we kick the New Year off with…


How to Get Your Foot in the Door
Submissions Workshop with Sharon Bajer

Tuesday, January 27th 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Manitoba Association of Playwright’s Rory Runnells Studio at 504-100 Arthur Street (Artspace)
Cost: $15
Deadline to register and pay is January 13th

Sharon Bajer

Sharon Bajer

Like it or not, as a theatre artist you will be sending out a lot of submissions. Make sure your cover letters, resumes, headshots, and scripts are actually considered. Learn about formatting standards, tips on writing a great cover letter, and how to layout your resume from local actor, playwright and director Sharon Bajer. Through this workshop you’ll learn how to make your submissions conform to industry standard and stand out from the others. Deadline to register and pay is January 13th.


This is followed closely by…


Theatre Lives: Q&A with Krista Jackson & Rod Beilfuss

Krista Jackson

Krista Jackson

Thursday, February 5th 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Mainstage Boardroom
Cost: FREE!
Please RSVP to confirm your attendance

Krista and Rod have both led fascinating careers as actors and directors. Both have worked and studied outside of Manitoba, and founded their own theatre companies.

Rod Beilfuss

Rod Beilfuss

Krista is the director of Royal MTC’s Private Lives, however she has also worked with the Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, MTYP, her own company zone41 as well as last year’s The Seagull at Royal MTC. Rod joins her as apprentice director of Private Lives. Rod has been active in the Winnipeg theatre community for many years as one of the founding members of Theatre by the River. This is your chance to ask these two talented theatre artists about their careers, their work on Private Lives and get tips as artists! Seating is limited, please RSVP to reserve a spot. This workshop is being presented with support from the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.


And finally, to finish the season off…


Get Your Act Together
Introduction to Business Basics for Theatre Artists with Jan Skene
Sunday, March 8th 4pm to 6pm
MAP’s Rory Runnells Studio at 504-100 Arthur Street (Artspace)
Cost: $15
Deadline to register and pay is February 20th

Jan Skene

Jan Skene

As a working theatre artist, you are essentially your own small business! Being self-employed brings many challenges but also many benefits over the course of an artist’s career. Jan Skene has been working as a professional actor and business manager in film and theatre for over 28 years. This introductory workshop offers an opportunity for artists to have their questions answered in relation to self-promotion, membership in EQUITY/ACTRA, dealing with taxes and accessing resources. Deadline to register and pay is February 20th.


So mark your calendars, and email or phone Wren (wren@sarasvati.ca, 204-586-2236) to confirm your spot today! Space is limited in all of these, so don’t delay! (hey that sort of rhymed!)

Plus don’t forget upcoming Work It Nights on December 15th, January 19th February 16th and March 16th.

For more info on Work It Nights and the workshops, click here!