TEENY TINY THEATRE PROJECTS

Theatre Projects Manitoba’s Theatre-Maker Cohort are working on a series of micro-commissions of short films & digital content to be going live this summer 2022! The Cohort generated material for music and videos to accompany them, and a short film that they are collaboratively working on under the production and dramaturgical support of TPM’s Tanner Manson, Joshua Banman, and Key Caguioa. Expect summer bops, beautiful handmade shadow puppet fun and spooky & hilarious monster hunters in 3 new pieces premiering in October!

ELLEN PETERSON’S NONE OF THIS IS HAPPENING

TPM has always been the home of Manitoba Playwrights and we couldn’t be more pleased to bring you this World Premiere by Winnipeg treasure, Ellen Peterson. This apocalyptic fable follows a trio of aging ex-vaudevillians who are inextricably tied together even as they goad each other to the brink.

A play about garbage, longing, Niagara Falls, and our inescapable interconnectedness–for better and worse.  It’s the end of the world seen through the incomparable imaginative lens of one of Winnipeg’s finest playwrights.

Featuring a stellar team of local artists, Alissa Watson (The Paper Bag Princess – PTE, founding member of The Red Nose Diaries and The Talentless Lumps), directs Monique Marcker (Albertine in Five TimesThe Elmwood VisitationNorth Main Gothic), Simon Miron (A Winter’s Tale – SIROrlando RMTC, Artistic Director of the Village Conservatory), and Jane Testar (Winter’s Tale – SIR, founding member of Outside Joke, and Hot Thespian Action) with Assistant Director Carol-Ann Bohrn, and designers Joyce Licup, Brenda McLean, Ksenia Broda-Milian, and Emma Hendrix. Graphics & poster design by Danielle Friesen.

For some insight on Ellen Peterson and her process on “Developing a new play at the dawn of a pandemic”, check out this article as she discusses a very early iteration of what has now become None of This Is Happening! You can also explore Ellen’s website and blog.

Purchase your tickets for None of This Is Happening HERE.

NATIONAL QUEER AND TRANS PLAYWRITING UNIT

Theatre Projects Manitoba is proud to announce our partnership with a consortium of Canadian theatre companies, introducing Canada’s first-ever National Queer and Trans Playwriting Unit.

2SLGBTQ+ mid-career theatre makers from across Canada are invited to submit applications by July 5, 2022 for consideration in the new mentorship and play creation program. The selection process will see five artists announced in September 2022 to participate in a 10-month process, during which they will receive living wage compensation and one-on-one mentorship as they write a new work.

The developed plays will be performed live and streamed online in September of 2023. For more information, visit Zee Zee Theatre Company’s Website Here!

WALK&TALK THEATRE COMPANY’S END OF THE LINE

After a successful staged reading in April 2022, and 3 years of development, TPM proudly continues their ongoing support of Walk&Talk Theatre Company’s newest & biggest musical, End of the Line. Walk&Talk’s Duncan Cox, Tanner Manson and Ben Townsley explore the stories of 8 beautifully eccentric characters as they navigate a time before, during and after “The Flood”. A timely tale of the world being flooded and finding hope in what can grow anew. A new piece of theatre filled with catchy songs & thoughtful lyrics, bursting at the seam with evocative & hilarious text, and brought to life with innovative staging and choreography. Walk&Talk has been working with 12 of Winnipeg’s greatest theatre-artists & musicians as they’ve developed this work.

End of the Line has received development support from the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.

TRANSFORMATION

Beyond these exciting artistic projects, TPM is in the midst of Transformation! The board and staff are devoting time to strategic planning, anti-racist theatre practices, and planning the future of the company.  You can learn about these plans here A Path Forward

We look forward to sharing this season with you, and will keep you posted as the projects develop!