2021 John Rayner Community Series

Free Monday Night Programming! 

In 2021 we are pleased to announce the John Rayner Community Series: Free Monday Night Programming at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan! 

Completely FREE evenings of professional Saskatchewan artists on the riverbank. All are welcome to enjoy weekly curated performances and installations by diverse local artists.

Beginning July 26th at 6:00pm, all are encouraged and welcome to come down to the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival site on Monday evenings for a collection of voices and artistry. Completely free and family friendly - walk ups are welcome! 

Stay tuned for digital content to be added to this series later this season! 

The 2021 Community Series is sponsored by John Rayner, Senior Wealth Advisor, Scotia Wealth Management and funded in part by Sask Lotteries through the City of Saskatoon Community Grant Program. 

All are welcome!

Pre-register by clicking HERE, or register on site when you arrive!

Please note that Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival's Covid-19 Protocols remain in effect for all John Rayner Community Series events. For the most up to date information, visit our Covid-19 information page by clicking HERE.



Upcoming Line-Up:


August 23rd Line Up:

Spoken Word with Peace Akintade and Micah Jane:

Peace Akintade is an African Canadian Interdisplinary Poet, Public Speaker, and Thespian residing in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. 2020- 2021 Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laurate, Co-coordinator of Write Out Loud, a Saskatoon-based Youth Poetry Community, and board member of the Tonight it's Poetry Community. Part of the Youth Speaker’s Bureau for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner. One of the 21 Black Playwrights chosen for Obsidian Theatre's 21 Black Future Project. Her play "Madness with Rocks" can be found on CBCArts and CBCGem. Her other works can be found in the History Folklore Society, Kindred Cities, CBC, Global News, SaskArts, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, the Voices of Today Anthology, “Birthday Party” Anthology, Leaders Post, TOAST, and SaskCulture.Her poems touch on the impact of slavery in her village, colorism, growing up in Kuwait, Nigeria, and Canada, and relearning her culture in the face of colonization. She dreams of a world where poetry is accessible and interconnected with different art media.  

Micah Jane is an 18 year old Canadian singer / songwriter living in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her style is dramatic and bold, with music ranging from edgy electro pop to soft, acoustic guitar ballads. Her songs explore themes of grief, queerness and most notably feeling comfortable in your own skin. Currently, she is one of the artists in Residence at the Bunkhouse Project, and has recently been selected to partake in Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan's Emerging artists program. She has 8 upcoming shows happening in August, including Regina Folkfest and the Saskatoon Fringe Festival. Her debut EP is set to release before the end of July. As a shamelessly confident gender queer person navigating a male dominated music industry, she is looking forward to taking over the world and inspiring others through her art.

A reading of "The Kite":

The Kite by Yulissa Campos is the story of Magacha, an hispanic little girl new to Saskatoon who does not speak a word in English. Soon she will learn that she is different than everyone else in her class. But, what does “to be different" mean? Magacha will discover this with the help of Manuela the butterfly, kite racing and magical powers. 

Johanna Arnott as Cassie
Johanna (she/her) is a Saskatoon based theatre artist who works primarily as an actor, writer, and stage manager. Some of her recent theatre credits include: The Art of War (SM; Hardly Art Theatre), Turn Turn Turn (ASM; Sum Theatre), UnboxedNightmareTours.com (actor/co-writer; This is NOT that Festival), Short Cuts 2020 (actor; Hardly Art Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (actor; Bridge Theatre Co.), The Wolves (actor; littleBIG Theatre & Evilstick Productions). This past year was… a lot. Johanna is excited to be leaving the Zoom meeting room and entering the theatre again.

Jonathon Pickrell as Luke
Jonathon Pickrell (he/him) is an actor, dancer, and voice artist from Saskatoon. 
He graduated with his BFA in acting from the University of Saskatchewan and was a member of the award winning Saskatoon hip hop dance crew BSOFLO Company, performing in New York and Orlando Florida. Recent performing credits include A Killer Party (Sparrow Theatre), The Addams Family (Saskatoon Summer Players), Sextet (Write in the Kisser Productions), and Swinging with the Stars.
Jonathon is pumped as can be to get back to performing in front of a live audience!


Yulissa Campos as Magacha
Yulissa Campos is an Ecuadorian emerging theatre artist and founding artistic director of Ay, Caramba! Theatre, currently based in Saskatoon. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. Yulissa teaches drama and works with the newcomer community when she is not writing, acting, or producing. Yulissa has been nominated for the 2021 RBC Emerging Artist Award and the 2020 SATAwards for Outstanding Emerging Artist. She loves to write stories that connect with the underrepresented voices, and she celebrates her Latinx heritage in her plays and her podcast on Spotify “Latinas in Stoon”. Moreover, Yulissa did her international debut with her play I, Frida at the M1 Singapore Festival in January 2021. Selected theatre credits: Turn, Turn, Turn; Earth Diver (SUM Theatre), Prairie Nurse (Station Arts Centre) I, Frida (Ay, Caramba! Theatre), The Penelopiad (FerrePlay). Playwriting credits: The Newcomer (Saskatoon Fringe Festival 2021), The Ungrateful Immigrant (This Is Not That Festival 2020 by 25thStreet Theatre), Trapped (National Theatre School 2020, Short Cuts Festival 2020) I, Frida (MF1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2021, Saskatoon Fringe 2019). You will find more of Yulissa’s work this fall at the CAMINOS Festival by Aluna Theatre in Toronto.


Music with Aren Okemaysim:

Aren Okemaysim (he/him) is an interdisciplinary performing artist with a professional background in theatre and music. He is originally from Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation located in Treaty 6 territory but now resides in Treaty 4 Regina SK. Aren has received formal theatre training through University of Saskatchewan’s Bachelor of Fine Arts: Acting program and Globe Theatre’s Conservatory Actor Training program. As a musician, he is mostly self-taught through stage experience and a bit of classical training in high school and university. 

Select theatre credits include: In Care (world premiere, Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre, Saskatoon SK); Peter and the Starcatcher (Globe Theatre, Regina SK); Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth – co-production (Western Canada Theatre, Kamloops BC/Thousand Islands Playhouse, Gananoque ON); Forget About Tomorrow – co-production (Belfry Theatre, Victoria BC/Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver BC); Law of the Land (Caravan Farm Theatre, Armstrong BC); Trespassers Waltz – Grand Acts of Theatre (Curtain Razors/NAC-ET, Regina SK) and many more. 

As a multi-instrumentalist, Aren has performed with a variety of local Saskatchewan artists spanning more than a decade across the prairie provinces. Some select musical highlights include sharing the stage with Chester Knight and the Wind, performing on the same bill as C-Weed Band, and opening for Blue Rodeo at Regina Folk Festival with The North Sound as a session guitarist. He has also been in the process of writing and recording original music for a solo project that will be announced soon. 

Most recently, Aren had completed a residency at the Globe Theatre as an artistic associate with a focus in developing his skills as a theatrical sound designer, audio technician, and as a devised theatre collaborator. Some of his work will have most recently been shown as part of Globe Theatre’s Art Out Loud mini performance festival as well as being a mentee with the Narrative Design Collective (NDC), a collaborative partner with National Arts Centre – English Theatre’s Grand Acts of Great Hope

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