Past Projects

  • HUFF

    Written and Performed
    by Cliff Cardinal
    A Native Earth Production

    Directed by Karin Randoja

    February 16 – 26, 2017

    Venue: The Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne Ave. (at Main St.)

    Explicit Content. Coarse Language. Mature Audiences Only.

    “Soon the trickster preyed on him in his dreams.”

    “There is one thing we know attracts Trickster: fear.” Theatre Projects Manitoba proudly presents Huff, written and performed by award winning playwright and performer Cliff Cardinal. This darkly comic, fantastical and wrenching one-man tour de force explores the lives of Indigenous youth battling addiction and systemic injustices while in search of a better life.

    This production from Native Earth Performing Arts (Toronto) has toured to critical acclaim across Canada, and most recently played at the Sydney Festival in Australia. Audiences describe the show as “a searing piece, beautifully performed”, “an amazing, masterful work” and “the most moving piece of theatre I have ever seen”.

    Huff marks Theatre Projects’ third partnership with Native Earth, having presented their touring plays, Almighty Voice and His Wife and The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals Ensemble) during past seasons. This relationship has grown out of our desire to share stories which reflect our community and culture and through a long association with Native Earth’s past Artistic Director, Yvette Nolan. Nolan was with TPM in our early days; her play Job’s Wife played during our 91/92 Studio Series. We connected with current Artistic Director, Ryan Cunningham through our 2007 homegrown ensemble production, Stretching Hide. In 2005, Cardinal made his Theatre Projects Manitoba debut in Coo Coosh, by Doug Nepinak. We are thrilled to build on this relationship with Huff.

    Huff, first developed at Native Earth’s Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival, is the story of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse while coping with the death of their mother. Wind’s gas-induced dream world bleeds into his haunting reality as he’s preyed on by Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and through his own fragile psyche.

    Huff is the winner of the 2016 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play and 2012 Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk & Innovation. Cardinal is the recipient of the 2016 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance the winner of the 2015 RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwright Prize.

    “Huff took my breath away.”– J. Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail


    Headshot - Cliff Cardinal hi res

    Cliff Cardinal (Playwright, Performer), who made his acting debut in Freeman’s Wake (Native Earth) by Yvette Nolan in 2005, portrays over a dozen characters in Huff. Recent credits include The Saskatchewan Rebellion (Video Cabaret), Three Little Birds (Workshop West Theatre) and Tales Of An Urban Indian (Green Thumb Theatre) for which he was nominated for a Jessie Richardson Memorial Theatre Award. Cliff’s debut as a playwright, Stitch premiered at SummerWorks Performance Festival in 2011, winning the Spotlight Award for Performance and Theatre Passe Muraille Emerging Artist Award for a notable artistic impression. Cardinal graduated from The National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program in 2015. and recently closed Native Earth Performing Arts 2014-15 Season.

    Karin Randoja (Director) has a theatrical career that spans over twenty years and around the world. A founding member of Primus Theatre, Karin has performed and/or directed at Cleveland Public Theatre, La Mama Etc.,The Caravan Farm Theatre, and The National Arts Centre. Karin is a two-time Dora Award nominated actor and currently teaches and directs at Humber College.

    Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Currently in their 34th year, Native Earth Performing Arts is dedicated to creating, developing and producing professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada. Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary art), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions.

    Artistic Team

    Written & Performed by Cliff Cardinal

    Directed by Karin Randoja

    Set & Costume Design by Jackie Chau
    Lighting Design by Michelle Ramsay
    Sound Design by Alex Williams
    Stage Managed by Jennifer Stobart

    Technician Ian Kelly



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    By Erin Shields
    A TPM Production

    November 17–27, 2016

    Venue: Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne Avenue

    Directed by Ardith Boxall

    “Did you see that movie? That new one with the cop? Yes, with the cop, and she’s trying to catch a serial killer, yes, who takes men. Beautiful men. Beautiful naked men who end up dead in basements. And the cop watches TV. Yes, she watches a historical fantasy about an Amazon Queen with a harem of writhing man-slaves. And the queen from that show, she’s watching a play. Right, she’s watching a play.”


    TV is better than ever and binge worthy shows like Game of Thrones, True Detective and House of Cards frequently pop into happy hour conversation and accompany us into the wee hours of the night.

    Erin Shield’s asks a simple question in her sexy, no-holds-barred play Beautiful Man: What if? What if, in these shows, the roles were reversed?


    “Searing and consistently hilarious” –Jordan Bimm

    Artistic Team

    Playwright- Erin Shields

    Director- Ardith Boxall

    Featuring Sarah Constible, Andrea del Campo, Tracy Penner and David Arial as the Beautiful Man

    Production Design- Linda Beech

    Video and Lighting Design- jaymez

    Costume Design- Angela Vaags

    Sound Design- Davis Plett

    Production Management- Steven Vande Vyvere


    Special events:

    Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 is PAY WHAT YOU CAN PREVIEW.

    Thursday, November 17th at 8:00 is OPENING NIGHT + reception

    Friday, November 18th at 8:00 is COCKTAILS and COCKTALES with drinks by the Roost on Corydon

    Tuesday, November 22nd at 7:00 is STUDENT NIGHT with a talk back + reception and $10 Student Tickets


    Erin Shields- PlaywrightErin-Shields_square

    Erin Shields is a Montreal based playwright and actor. She won the 2011 Governor General’s Award for her play If We Were Birds, which premiered at Tarragon Theatre where she is currently a playwright-in-residence. Her adaptation of Ibsen’s The Lady from the Sea was part of The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season.






    Sarah Constible- Sophie
     Sarah is an actor and writer living in Winnipeg. Previous shows with Theatre Projects include White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Monster Trilogy, Murder Ballads, and Dionysus in Stony Mountain. Other recent theatre credits include Things We Do For Love (RMTC), Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (RMTC), Henry IV and V (SIR), Ivanov (WJT), and The Swearing Jar (PTE). Film and television credits include WindCity, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Euphoria, Less Than Kind and The Stone Angel.
    Andrea del Campo- Pamdel-campo-headshot

    Andrea is a Winnipeg-based actor, improviser and producer. Favourite theatre credits include The Glass Menagerie and The Penelopiad (RMTC), James and the Giant Peach (MTYP), Mr Burns: A post-electric play (DTC), Sunday in the Park with George (Galleryworks). Television and film credits include Stegman is Dead, The Pinkertons, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, Blood Pressure, Steel and Wingin’ It. Watch for Andrea this season in DTC’s Tigers Be Still and RMTC’s Kill Me Now. Andrea is a proud founding member of local musical improv company, Outside Joke, and probably owes her career and much of her happiness to it. Much love to her own beautiful man, Philip, who is the greatest feminist and ally this little weirdo could ask for.


    tracy-penner-headshotTracy Penner- Jennifer

    Tracy’s worked with several theatre companies in Winnipeg including RMTC, WJT, zone41 theatre, SIR and Sarasvati Productions. In Edmonton, select companies she’s worked with include Catalyst Theatre, Shadow Theatre, Concrete Theatre, and Vault: Theatre of Invention.  You might’ve seen Tracy in spring, playing Emma in the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre’s production of Shiksa.  And coming up in May, she’ll be playing Ethel Smyth in Muriel Hogue’s new play, Passion.  Tracy is a graduate of the University of Alberta.



    david-ariel-headshotDavid Arial- the Beautiful Man

    David Arial is delighted to be making his debut with Theatre Projects Manitoba. Previous Winnipeg theatre credits include: Just One Spark (One Trunk), Three Sisters: A Black Opera In Three Acts (Who Is John Moe?) and Tough Case (MTYP). In his most recent work, David played the Narrator, the Devil or, God depending on what you believe in for Kristine Nutting’s production of Devour Content Here: A Show which was housed in a non-conventional space in downtown Edmonton. He holds a degree in drama from the University of Alberta, Augustana campus.




    Linda Beech- Production Designer

    Folk Fest group and individual photos

    Linda Beech has lived and worked across Canada as a visual artist and theatre professional for over twenty years. Starting with a degree in theatre from Dalhousie University she went on to intern at the Banff Centre for the Arts and later graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She has been awarded grants from the Ontario Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council among others. Career highlights include being a roadie for Sarah McLaughlin’s Lilith Fair Tour, building a giant crow (and getting him across the U.S. border) and teaching theatre arts at Argyle Alternative High School through the Manitoba Arts Councils ArtsSmarts Program.





    James Jansen- Lighting and Video Design

    With a jaymez-headshot-bwmulti-faceted and distinct visual style, jaymez has worked in the visual art, dance, theatre and music communities.  His video work has appeared in a number of international festivals, theatrical and dance productions and he has performed live video alongside dozens of musicians and artists.  He has created lighting, video and sound designs for a wide range of companies and choreographers including Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Ming Hon, Adhere + Deny, Sarasvàti Productions, Moving Target Theatre Company, One Trunk Theatre, Sawdon Dance, Nova Dance Collective, and .6 Ricochet.  His work has been seen in a number of cities including Stratford, Edmonton, Regina, Calgary, Toronto, Osnabrück (Germany) and Ultrecht (Netherlands) .


    Angela Vaags- Costume Design

    Angela VaagsAngela is excited to be back with TPM, designing for BEAUTIFUL MAN. Theatrical Costume Design credits include Ther’re Playing our Song for Surflight Theater in beautiful LBI NJ, Montreal 2008 Fringe production of Acne Japonaise, Wise Man of Chelm for the Segal Center, Group Bec-de-lievre’s Festival FIL production, Project Walser and Le Grand Cahier at the Theatre de Quate’Sous Montreal, That Way Production’s 2014 Winnipeg Fringe presentation of Quo Vadis, TPM’s Production of Proud and last season’s production of Reservations as well as  WTP production  of Heathers round out the list.  Angela’s day job is the School Costume Coordinator for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.



    davis-plett-headshotDavis Plett- Sound Design

    Davis Plett is an intermedia artist who works with audio, text, theory, spectacle, and performance. Recent creations and collaborations include performing in <<TESSERACT>> with and Alexis O’hara at nuna (now), premiering his solo show Infidelity at the Winnipeg 2016 Fringe Festival, and devising the physical theatre piece (0) with Jenn Davis. Sound design / music director credits include Drowning Girls (Pocket Frock / Creative Minds), Brave Hearts (Have you seen this theatre?), Twelfth Night (University of Winnipeg), and Vinegar Tom (University of Winnipeg). In 2016, Davis completed a sound design mentorship with Greg Lowe through Arts and Culture Industries Manitoba. For information about upcoming artistic projects, visit Davis on Facebook @mirrorstageproductions.



    Steven Vande Vyvere- Production Manager

    Steven has been working in the technical realm of theatre since 2008, and has had the pleasure of working with countless talented professionals during that time.  Some of his most memorable projects include Angels in America: Perestroika (WJT), Comedy of Errors, Antony & Cleopatra (SIR), and The Miser of Middlegate (TPM/Zone 41).  Steven is very excited to be working with folks at Theatre Projects Manitoba once again for Beautiful Man. While not working on shows with the many great theatre companies Winnipeg has to offer, he can be found assisting in the carpentry shop at the University of Winnipeg’s department of Theatre and Film. Steven would like to extend his heartfelt thanks to his wife, Robin, for her constant support, encouragement, and never-ending patience.


    Written and Performed
    by Debbie Patterson
    A Sick + Twisted Production

    Directed by Arne MacPherson


    8PM October 5-7, 2016

    Venue: Knox United Church – 400 Edmonton Street

    “When all I can do is pray, what will I pray for?”

    Debbie Patterson’s bold work intersects core- area residents with a disabled food bank volunteer in an attempt to unlock the mystery of how neighbourhoods evolve and how we cope with unstoppable processes of destruction.

    Drawn from a series of first person accounts – each with their own unique perspective on the strengths and challenges of this troubled area, Sargent & Victor & Me is a haunting narrative infused with a potent honesty that illuminates Patterson’s capacity to touch difficult and often dark subject matter with humour and grace.

    About Debbie: DP Headshot

    Debbie is a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. She is an alumnus of the National Theatre School of Canada, a former Artistic Director of the Popular Theatre Alliance of Manitoba and a founding member of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR).


    Sargent & Victor & Me on tour:

    Snow Lake, Saturday September 24th at 8:00 p.m., at Lawrie Marsh Community Hall (200 Cherry Avenue). Tickets $20.00 at the door

    Brandon, Wednesday, September 28th at 7:30 p.m., at the Park Community Centre (1428 Louise Avenue). Tickets $15-$20.

    Thunder Bay, 7PM Saturday October 1st, and Sunday October 2nd at Trinity Hall (30 Algoma St S).  Tickets $10-$20.

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  • Dionysus in Stony Mountain by Steven Ratzlaff

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  • Almighty Voice and His Wife by Daniel David Moses

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