Staff

 

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Core Staff:

Will Brooks
Artistic Producer

As Artistic Producer of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan since 2014, Will’s work was seen recently as director of Romeo and Juliet, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night and Titus A. puppet revenge.  Audiences with a healthy memory may remember a younger version of Will with a number of appearances onstage from 2000 through 2007.  After focusing on directing and producing, Will spent seven great years at Persephone Theatre before having the honour to rejoin this wonderful festival. His work as director, actor, designer, and dramaturge has been seen around Saskatchewan at Persephone, Dancing Sky Theatre, a number of Live Five Companies, and various independent productions.  Will would like to thank each and every audience member for supporting this great icon of Saskatoon and these great dramatic works on behalf of the original William, Mr. Shakespeare.

 

Melanie Rogowski
General Manager

 

Originally from Moose Jaw, Melanie has made Saskatoon her home for the past 5 years. She trained at the University of Regina where she received a BFA and B.Ed. She has worked as a stage manager for large and small theatre companies across the province and has worked in various arts administrator capacities for The Globe Theatre, New Dance Horizons, and the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. Her history with Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan dates back to 2010 when she came on board as the Community Stage Producer. From 2016 to 2018 she was the production stage manager for the company and enjoyed working here so much she joined the administration team in November of 2018 as the Operations Manager.  In November 2020 she accepted the position of General Manager.

 

Richard Carnegie
Director of Marketing & Development

 

Richard Carnegie (he/him) is the Director of Marketing and Development for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. He spent 15 seasons as principal double bass of the Saskatoon Symphony as well as branching out into a number of arts administration and leadership positions. These included serving as President of the Saskatoon Musicians' Association, Co-Director of Sistema Saskatoon, and Director of the Saskatoon Youth Orchestra, an ensemble he continues to work with. While you'd usually find Richard in the theatre as an audience member, he also has a single professional theatre credit as bass/Joe Mauldin in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story at Persephone Theatre. He is thrilled to join the SOTS team. Richard looks forward to playing his part in making sure we can continue to welcome audiences to our fantastic productions on Treaty Six Territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis.

 

Katie Blackburn-Dust
Publicity & Admin Intern

 

Katie Blackburn-Dust (she/her) is a Saskatoon-raised emerging theatre artist currently in her fourth year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at the University of Saskatchewan. Her recent performance credits include The Grass Tomb (Ensemble), Frankenstein (Julio), Henry V (Boy), and Arcadia (Thomasina) at Greystone Theatre, as well as The Romeo Project (Balthasar/Student 3) with The Studio. This is Katie's first season at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and she is so grateful for the opportunity. Enjoy!

 

 

Brandi Roy
Festival & Administrative Coordinator
Originally from Prince Albert, Brandi has recently returned to Saskatoon to continue pursuit of her goals in the community event industry. She has always had a passion for music, art and literature and strives to combine this with her coordinating skills to assist in providing the community access to art and beauty. She completed her certificate in Event Management from Mount Royal University at the end of 2018. Brandi’s previous event experience includes volunteer work with the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Saskatchewan Jazz Festival as well as work with the Prince Albert Downtown Business Improvement District, Prince Albert Exhibition Center and the Kiwanis Music Festival. She eagerly joins Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan as Festival and Office Coordinator and is enthusiastic about working with this local acclaimed festival.
Katie Doherty
Covid Protocol Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Doherty is the Covid Officer for the 2021 Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan Festival Season. Originally from Kamloops, British Columbia, she moved to Saskatoon in 2019 and is entering her final year of her Law Degree at the University of Saskatchewan. Growing up as a competitive dancer, Katie has always had a passion for art and theatre. She is incredibly excited to be a part of such a well-known, local organization and is looking forward to safely welcoming the community back to the festival this summer.  
Kiera Nakoneshny
Box Office Manager
Kiera Nakoneshny was raised in Saskatoon and received her B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan in June of 2021. She worked behind the scenes in various local theatre contexts as a stagehand and sound technician from 2012–2016 and joined Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan as the Box Office Manager in 2018 and 2019. Kiera is excited to return to the festival for the 2021 season and spend another great summer on the riverbank before going on to explore Saskatchewan in search of other local gems. 
Grahame Kent
Community Series Producer

A Treaty 6 based theatre artist, Grahame wears a lot of hats; working as a  performer, writer, producer, designer, voice artist, editor, dramaturg, director and stage manager and is the Artistic Producer of Buttered Ghost Theatre. Grahame is very happy to be back at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan again. You may have seen him working at Sir Toby’s Tavern in the past or designing props for the festival over the last few years

Grahame is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA in Acting and a graduate of the Globe Theatre Conservatory.

If you like podcasts, check out Dr. Frightful Presents: A Podcast which is created, produced and curated by Grahame and created with a bundle of incredible local talent. Available wherever you listen to podcasts.
Find out more at grahamekent.com

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE

  • Rick EwenChair
  • Vic DuboisPast Chair
  • Colin TaylorTreasurer
  • Dawn MannSecretary

MEMBERS AT LARGE

  • Carlynn Block
  • Dana Chaben
  • Julia Ewing
  • Leslie Fenyes
  • Della Marshall
  • Peter Robinson
  • Roger Schmid
  • Julie Ann Wriston

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