Ardith Boxall – Artistic Director
Ardith (she/her) was born and raised in Winnipeg. An actor, director, and a graduate of the University of Winnipeg with an honours degree in Theatre and Drama, she continued her studies at the National Voice Intensive at Simon Fraser University, and mentored in directing under several local and national theatre practitioners. In 2005, after a year as associate artist, she was appointed Artistic Director of TPM, and has since dedicated her practice to the development and production of Manitoba plays, local artists, and the growth of a local professional theatre community.
Selected TPM credits include Ce Weekend la, Live With It, The Monster Trilogy, Age of Arousal, Iceland, Dragonfly, three instalments of In the Chamber (2006, 2007 and 2009), and five years of the TPM Salon Series. In her tenure at TPM, in addition to stewarding many Manitoba plays, she created partnerships with One Trunk Theatre, zone 41 Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts (three times!) and Number Eleven Theatre to support, create and present challenging, ambitious and incredibly relevant productions. Selected acting credits include, Shakespeare’s Dog at the Manitoba Theatre Centre/National Arts Centre, Zaidie’s Shoes and The Norbals at Prairie Theatre Exchange, and Sarah Cane’s Crave on a western Canadian tour. Ardith won a Blizzard Award in 2004 for her performance in Jeffrey Erbach’s feature film, The Nature of Nicholas. She has appeared in Canadian films such as The Stone Angel and Milgaard. In 2009, she was nominated by her peers for the Making A Mark Award which applauds established artists who are receiving critical recognition for excellence in their art practice in Winnipeg and beyond. In 2019 Theatre Projects Manitoba was awarded the Connecting Creative Communities Prize by the Manitoba Arts Council for the Interlake Chautauqua Tour – a unique rural engagement project created by Ardith and Artistic Producer Andraea Sartison.
As the Company navigates its 30th anniversary season during a global pandemic, Ardith continues to oversee the activities of TPM, programming activity, gathering artistic teams, mentoring artists and seeding new projects for the future. Ardith has served several terms on the Board of Directors for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres. She is a mother, a runner, and lover of the great outdoors.
Ardith Boxall – [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]
Andraea Sartison – Artistic Producer
Andraea (she/her) is a theatre creator and producer, specializing in devised theatre and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her relationship with TPM flourished when her company, One Trunk Theatre, was in residence for a period of two years, during which she co-created (together with Gwendolyn Collins and Claire Thérèse) and directed I Dream of Diesel, which premiered as part of TPM’s 25th Anniversary Season.
Over the past 5 years she has worked in collaboration with the company as a director (Patrick Friesen’s A Short History of Crazy Bone), producer and collaborator (The 2018 and 2021 Chautauquas), friend and staff member.
Andraea is involved in Winnipeg’s dynamic and vast theatre and cultural scenes in many capacities. She is the founding Artistic Producer of One Trunk Theatre, Co-Director and Owner of Fete Jockey Events with (Jennie O), Co-Leader of Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s Creators Unit (with Rick Chafe), and a busy independent creator, director, producer and Mom about town.
Andraea Sartison – [email protected]
Joshua Banman – Technical Digital Director
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]
Emily Solstice Tait – Associate Producer
Emily Solstice Tait’s (she/her) practice is rooted in contemporary dance and her work crosses into theatre, devising, choreography, and stage management. Dancing has taken her across Turtle Island, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and even a short time in the Yukon. Emily has danced with Raven Spirit Dance, Theatre New Brunswick/Confederation Centre for the Arts, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Odette Heyn-Projects/Indian City Canada Day Live Ottawa, Théâtre Cercle Molière (Miguel Fortier), Stephanie Ballard and Dancers, Sarasvati Productions, and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Her choreographic work has enlivened spaces like The Manitoba Museum, The Forks National Historic Site, and found its way into indie film and theatre productions throughout Winnipeg. Emily began her connection to TPM as a student representative, dancing and storytelling. It is with great joy that Emily joins the TPM crew to help support artists and bring forwards stories from this land. This position is supported by Winnipeg Arts Council Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship and RBC Emerging Artist Project.
Emily Solstice Tait – [email protected]
Tanner 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. Expect absurdist thoughts filled with love in his work. 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 (more info here: https://www.walkandtalktheatrecompany.com/). 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.