Staff

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Admin Team:

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.

 

                                                                                                                          

Yvette Nolan
Co-Interim Festival Curator

 

 

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays include Annie Mae’s Movement, The Birds, The UnpluggingGabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show (co-writer) Shanawdithit (libretto), Katharsis (play-for-film), and A Common Experience (short film with Shane Belcourt). She co-created, with Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight, the verbatim play Reasonable Doubt, about relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. In 2014, she founded Short Cuts 10-Minute Play Festival. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is the Company Dramaturg for Sum Theatre, and recently served on Persephone’s Artists Working Group. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

 

Skye Brandon
Co-Interim Festival Curator

 

 

 

 

 

Previously at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan: Macbeth (As Cast) & The Tempest (Alonso, As Cast) 2020 CancelledThe Merry Wives of Windsor (Fairy & Shallow) & Hamlet (Hamlet) 2018; Richard III (Director) 2017; Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro) 2015; Othello (Lodovico & The Duke) 2015; Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt & Friar Laurence) 2014; The Taming of the Shrew (Hortensio) 2014; The Tempest (Sebastian) 2008; Henry IV Part One (Hotspur) 2008; The Taming of the Shrew (Lucentio) 2006; The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1st Outlaw & Musician) 2006.

Elsewhere (selected acting): The Art of War (Hardly Art); Henry IV, Parts One and Two (YXE Shakespeare Lab); Twelve Angry MenDeath of a Salesman(Drayton Entertainment); A Christmas CarolHedda Gabler (Persephone Theatre); The Secret MaskTwelfth Night (Globe Theatre); Romeo and JulietThe Three MusketeersThe MatchmakerTitus AndronicusRichard IIIA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Festival); The Secret MaskChimera (PTE); Fat PigThe Credeaux Canvas (NLT); and numerous Live Five credits. 

Skye is a Treaty 6 actor/director/producer who has a great passion for the plays of William Shakespeare. Besides multiple seasons for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan and the Stratford Festival, he is also a founding member of the YXE Shakespeare Lab which has recently become the Bridge Theatre Collective. For the Bridge he has directed CymbelineRichard II, and both parts of Henry IV. Skye completed his Interdisciplinary Masters degree at the U of S, which included a production of Henry V. Skye, as always, sends a thank you to Kristi and Pyper, for putting up with his unending pursuit of working on 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 
Position made possible thanks to Venture for Canada

 

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.

 

 

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EXECUTIVE

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

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