On Tuesday June 18th 2019, at a lovely reception at The Forks Market, Theatre Projects Manitoba was honoured with one of four new Manitoba Arts Council prizes celebrating excellence in the arts in Manitoba.
A huge shout out to Merle and Patricia Klyne of Ashern, who nominated TPM for the Connecting Creative Communities Prize for last fall’s Interlake Chautauqua Tour.
Many special guests came down from the Interlake to attend the party!
In attendance with Merle and Patsy were Beverly Johnson and Bev Janke from Steep Rock. Our friends Marlene Taylor and Alice Bjornson from Arborg were joined by Christine Tronrud, Amy Dellebuur, Marge Johnson and Bert and Kathy Campbell from Teulon.
TPM board members Bill Kerr and Dr. Ray Singer, General Manager Rea Kavanagh and Chautauqua outreach assistant Liam Zarrillo rounded out the awesome crew of TPM rufflers, along with artists Sarah Constible, Sarah Flynn, Daniel Jordan, Chris Sousa and Claire Terese Friesen.
Accepting the prize on behalf of all was artistic director Ardith Boxall and associate artist Andraea Sartison!
Thank you to all our collaborators and friends in the Interlake, the Manitoba Arts Council, and to our intrepid touring artists whose hearts and talents blazed a new trail under the big sky!
We were sorry to miss Andy Blicq, Justin Fry, Heitha Forsyth, Sydney Hayduk, Duncan Mercredi, Scott Nolan, Daniel Peloquin – Hopfner, and William Prince!
L to R: Hon. Cathy Cox, Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, Award winners, Helga Jakobson, Ardith Boxall, Andraea Sartison, Crystal Kolt, Marie Josée Dandeneau and MAC Chair, Roberta Christianson
L to R: Ardith Boxall, Chris Sousa, Christine Tronrud, Marge Johnson, Sarah Flynn, Andraea Sartison and Daniel Jordan.
TPM’s Artistic Director Ardith Boxall and Associate Artist Andraea Sartison
Our community champions – Merle and Patricia Klyne – in action on the Chautauqua in Steep Rock, Manitoba! Thank you!
“The Chautauqua Tour was a massive, visionary, and risky undertaking. TPM created something original and thoughtful, while building respectful community connections and relationships. Interlake artists and community members participated alongside Chautauquay tour facilitators to explore and celebrate a mutual interest in the development of the arts in rural Mb. This project truly embodied the heart and soul of community connections.”
– Patricia & Merle Klyne (MAC 2019 Prizes in the Arts nominators)
We are getting teasingly close to announcing our 2019/20 Season! Before you all get blissfully distracted by the Winnipeg Fringe Festival…. all will be revealed!
What we can tell you is that the fabulous outgoing artistic director of Shakespeare in the Ruins, Ms. Michelle Boulet, will be directing our first production opening on January 31st, 2020! The play is written by one of Canada’s beloved literary figures – she is both dramatist and novelist. This saucy and wickedly smart play will heat things up in the dark, cold winter. A Canadian Classic that founding artistic director Harry Rintoul would approve! Casting and creative team announcements with full press release!
Our second offering of the season is a world premiere by one of Manitoba’s very own scribes! This gem has been in our secret development chamber just simmering, waiting to head into a final year of hands on creation! We are putting the finishing touches on the team right now – and then this new play hits warp speed development this fall and winter. Surrounding this Manitoba creator for the creative process will be the cast, designers, dramaturg and director Ardith Boxall.
Next news is all the news! Can’t wait to share it with you!