Meet the 2017/18 University Reps

TPM invites student reps from the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba to participate in TPM’s activities throughout the year, getting an inside look at all aspects of creating live theatre. They also provide a critical bridge for theatre students, helping TPM facilitate the transition from school into the theatre community.

Meet the 2017/18 Reps:

Emily Barker, School of Contemporary Dance/University of Winnipeg

Emily Barker Headshot 2017I was initially inspired to study theatre as a tool to increase my skills as a dancer, but was then inspired by theatre artist of all types as they used their art as a mode of social change. I am currently focused on studying contemporary dance techniques and choreography and love when I can call on my theatre skills to add to a choreographic process.  On the weekends I have the honour of assistant directing the MTYP Musical Theatre Company and get totally over-whelmed when they preform their show each spring. It is amazing to witness youth take a stage with such artistry (I still get the chills when I think of some of the notes those kids can hit!). This year as a TPM student rep I am excited to witness and help support the art that gets created and produced in Manitoba! A secret special skill of mine is that I can count to 99 in Japanese (I forgot the word for 100).


Sarah Jane Flynn, University of Winnipeg


As far as I know, I’m in my final year at the U of W. The best part of coming back for a fifth year is that I get to be a TPM Student Rep again. Theatre has been a part of my life since before I can even remember. My moms says I would perform plays with my stuffed animals for her when I was just 2 years old. Last year I finished the Honours Acting Program at the U of W. This year I am taking the Devised Theatre course as well as finishing my Classics Minor. My best theatre experience was probably this past summer when I had the opportunity to go to the Clown Farm on Manitoulin Island where I was able to unleash my creativity and weirdness in a way I’ve never done before. I’m so excited to continue to develop my creative abilities this year at the university and with TPM before I venture off into the professional world. Special skill I wish I could put on my resume: I can lick the inside of my nose.


Reena Jolly, University of Manitoba

ReenaI’m am currently in my fourth year at the University of Manitoba, and couldn’t be more excited to be a TPM rep! I never considered theatre as a career path when I was in high school, I was always way too timid and shy to audition for any of our school plays plus, I thought it was an “easy A+” kind of class. It wasn’t until I was in my first year of university that my eyes were opened to the amazing world of theatre. I can honestly say that theatre inspires me, it makes me think, it moves me, it opens my heart, it transports me, it breaks down barriers, and it changed my life. Theatre has the ability to spread, and connect everyone that comes in contact with it. My goal for this year is to grow and learn as much as I can, so I can help impact lives with theatre, like it did for me. Fun Facts: My favorite animals are Seals and I have a cat named Juice box


Evan Martin, University of Manitoba

Evan MartinI am in my fourth year studying theatre at the University of Manitoba and my second as a Theatre Projects Manitoba rep. I’ve been involved in several shows over the years, ranging from contemporary to musical theatre. As well as working backstage as a Stage Manager and a Lighting designer. Falling in love with theatre and film as a means for self-expression, I enjoy acting, directing, and really anything that gets me involved in the art. This year I hope to build on what I learned as a rep last year and take on more responsibility, as well as try new and interesting ways to do theatre.



Tanner Manson, University of Winnipeg

Tan ManI’m currently in my fourth year at the University of Winnipeg studying production and devised theatre. I got inspired to study theatre after I caught that “acting” bug in high school that parents must DREAD. But not only did I catch that acting bug, I caught a stage management bug, a production bug, a bug of all things creative so studying theatre just seemed like the right choice. I’m constantly inspired by the people around me and they drive me to create, creating makes me heart full. As a student rep I believe I’ll be inspired even more to keep on doing what I love! Also, if you ever need to dance to some Clarinet polka music I’m your guy.


Chris Sousa, University of Winnipeg

Chris SousaMy name is Chris Sousa. I’m in my final year at the u of w, and a member of the u of w acting honours program. I never really knew what I was going to do growing up but I knew I wanted to create, and theatre has always been a medium that made me feel fulfilled in that way. I have been doing theatre for as long as I can remember. This is my first year working with Theatre Projects Manitoba as a student rep, and I hope to soak in as much as I can, to take a step in the right direction when it comes to defining myself as an artist. I’m beyond excited to get to work with such amazing artists and creators!



Alistair Wright, University of Manitoba

Alistair WrightI am in my fourth year at the University of Manitoba. I didn’t plan on going to school as a theatre major, but the community and the joy of putting on plays soon drew me in. I enjoy acting most of all at university, but am interested in writing for the stage. Not only do I await the opportunity to represent new and exciting plays in Manitoba, but I also hope to learn more about ‘the scene’ in Winnipeg and the province as well!

Fun Facts: Alistair was fortunate enough to see a few plays in England in 2016, one of them being Dr. Faustus starring Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington.

He also likes to teach himself how to play musical instruments like the piano and guitar.