Suzie Martin (she/her) – Artistic Director 

Suzie is an 8th-generation descendant of Pennsylvania-Dutch Mennonites who settled on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Neutral, and Haudenosaunee peoples in what is now called Waterloo County, Ontario. Based on the Prairies since 1999 she gratefully lives and works as a theatre artist in win-nipi/Winnipeg on Treaty One territory.  

A director and dramaturg to her core Suzie is obsessed with the mechanics of storytelling. She works in theatres and in non-traditional spaces to re-interpret classics, stage contemporary plays, develop new scripts, and facilitate collaborative devising processes. She was nominated for a Sterling Award for Outstanding Direction of a Fringe play in 2018 and holds a teaching award from the University of Alberta. Before returning to Winnipeg in 2020 (after 6 years mostly based in amiskwacîwâskahikan/Edmonton) Suzie was the Associate Season Director of Edmonton Fringe Theatre. She was part of the inaugural Dramaturgy Lab cohort at the Citadel Theatre and recently participated in the Future Prairie Theatre Research project. She is currently directing and dramaturging the development of a tri-provincial collaboration for Small Matters Productions and was delighted to join the dramaturgical team for One Trunk Theatre’s 2022 Hot House program. 

Suzie’s work stands on the shoulders of the excellent teachers and mentors she studied with during her MFA in Directing from the University of Alberta and her BA-Honours in Acting from the University of Winnipeg. She has also been fortunate enough to assistant direct for Ardith Boxall, Anne Hodges, Christopher Brauer, Daryl Cloran, and Mieko Ouchi—all of whom generously shared their expertise and supported her development as an artist.  

Directing work includes Pitch Please, Citadel Theatre [Esc] Series, People Places and Things (guest director, University of Winnipeg – project cancelled before opening due to COVID); Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (guest director, University of Alberta Studio Theatre); Baba Yaga (Alberta Musical Theatre Company); Tragedy: A Tragedy (Blarney Productions); Fetch (Interloper Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (guest director, Citadel Theatre Young Acting Company); Over Her Dead Body (Small Matters/Edmonton Fringe Theatre); Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi (Manitoba Underground Opera); God’s Ear (Studio Theatre); The Object of Constellations (Small Matters); The Cherry Orchard (Theatre by the River & little ECHO theatre); Artichoke Heart, The Gas Heart (Theatre Outgrabe/Winnipeg Fringe).   

Suzie Martin – [email protected]

 

Michelle Boulet – Interim Artistic Coordinator 

“I am beyond thrilled to be joining the TPM team as the Interim Artistic Coordinator.  So who am I and why am I here?  Well quite simply, TPM is going through a huge transition…possibly the biggest one in its three decades. Ardith’s pending departure is going to leave a big hole, and the process for choosing her successor is still in the beginning stages. Which brings me to…well…me.  Having served as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Ruins for many years, sometimes sharing the position, sometimes solo, I know a thing or two about running a small, innovative company…a company that punches above its weight.  It gives me great pleasure to be able to use my experience to pitch in during this time of change, and to see what wonderful new thing will come from this chapter!”

Michelle Boulet – [email protected]

 

 

Rea Kavanagh – General Manager

Rea (she/her) has been working in the arts for 20+ years as a producer, writer, actor and musician.  Her association with TPM began in 2006 as Artistic Associate. Acting as General Manager since 2010, she has focused on collaborations with artists and members of the community, leading to partnerships with The University of Manitoba Archives, Manitoba Historical Society, Manito–Ahbee Festival of All Nations and the WAVE artists of Manitoba’s Interlake region. She has delighted in mentoring students and emerging professionals interested in theatre administration and producing during her time at TPM. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, she holds an honours degree in Theatre and Drama. Other training includes the Puppetry Intensive at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where she returned during the 19/20 Season, for their Cultural Leadership program.

She served several terms as Vice President for ACTRA Manitoba, chairing the political action committee for five years. She is a founding member and the Past Chair of PAL (Performing Arts Lodges) Winnipeg. In 2015 she was honoured by ACTRA Manitoba as their Woman of the Year, for service and leadership of ACTRA MB and PAL Winnipeg.  As a writer/performer credits include Grow Op and Floodgates as well as cabaret pieces CockBlock and 2nd Revolution.  She was the bass player of Shrimp, who gained attention for their all female line-up, comedic and feminist perspective in Winnipeg’s punk scene. She is a passionate gardener, obsessive cook, and grateful companion to her dog, Sheesh.

Rea Kavanagh – [email protected]

 

                                                                         Joshua Banman – Producer

Joshua (he/him) is an interdisciplinary storyteller, working with songwriting, acting, film and animation. After a decade working in the corporate sector with a focus on adult education, organizational change management, and software integration, Joshua has returned to the arts full time. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Manitoba where he was a member of The Black Hole Theatre. He is excited to engage with Winnipeg through art, hoping to influence audiences to imagine and think critically about a better future for everyone and how we get there. This position is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategies Fund.

Joshua Banman – [email protected]

 

Tanner Manson's HeadshotTanner Manson – Administrative & Outreach Associate

Tanner (he/him) is a queer artist specializing in devised performance creation, poetry and physical theatre. He grew up in rural Manitoba and currently resides in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 Territory.  He does a little bit of everything and loves everything a lot- from performing, to administration, to constructing sets, to constructing scripts. He is co-founder of the award-winning Walk&Talk Theatre Company where he, along with his best pals and collaborators, create new music-theatre. He has had artistic residency with the International Institute for Sustainable Development – Experimental Lakes Area, he’s toured across the prairies with Shakespeare in the Ruins, he works administratively and artistically with Theatre Projects Manitoba and One Trunk Theatre, amongst other projects (he’s always trying to concoct something). He often sits around with a cup of coffee contemplating the world’s big thoughts, and dreaming of what he’ll create next. This position is supported by Canada Summer Jobs and RBC Emerging Artist Project.

Tanner Manson – [email protected]

Thank you to Ian Hodges for his work as Bookkeeper/ Payroll for TPM.