Welcome to our creative care package – a TPM parcel from home!

Gosh, we miss you! But let’s stay the course, shall we?

We can do this by supporting one another, being kind and being
generous. All from a distance! For now, our newsletter and social media will serve to keep us as close as possible; sharing the stories of community members, artists, patrons and volunteers and providing a platform for us to
virtually connect.

This is a great opportunity to share stories of some of the remarkable artists in our community!

We’d like to start with Emily Solstice Tait who will be working with TPM as our Indigenous Arts Leadership Fellow.  We are so pleased to have her creative spirit on the team! Here’s Emily’s story in her own words….


Photo Credit:
Erik Zennstrom
Raven Spirit Dance

I am excited to be starting my fellowship with Theatre Projects Manitoba. The arts is a place where connections are born, where lessons are passed on from one another, and where healing laughter lives. I feel encouraged in my work as an artist because of the Winnipeg Art Councils Indigenous Arts Leaders Fellowship.  TPM has held this space for decades and I am excited to connect further with the Winnipeg arts community through the stories they bring forward. Like last year’s production of Dragonfly by Lara Rae, which I loved!

Production: Dragonfly by Lara Rae
Photo Credit: Leif Norman
Pictured: Eric Blais and Sarah Constible
Production Design: Hugh Conacher Costume Design: Maureen Petkau

This year my work as an independent artist has taken me on a few adventures. I was invited to a Stratford workshop of Pawâkan Macbeth at the Banff Centre working with Michael Greyeyes and Santee Smith. I love all forms of storytelling, but this experience was monumental as it was both very physically demanding and it was the first time I had the chance to learn and work with the Cree language. This year also brought me to the Talking Stick Festival where I got to dance in Raven Spirit Dance tech residency of Confluence. An intergenerational and ongoing exploration of the Indigenous voice in the arts. Attending this festival brought me a large view of the Indigenous art that is happening across Turtle Island and I am excited to bring these connections and inspirations to my work with TPM.

Photo Credit: Erik Zennstrom
Company: Raven Spirit Dance

Theatre Projects Manitoba’s approach to story building is one I have admired for some time. First as an audience member and then as a student representative. Watching shows like Patrick Friesen’s A Short History of Crazy Bone inspired me by offering new ways that I can think about my contemporary dance practice to tell stories. TPM even caught me by surprise by bringing me closer to my own sister!  I was asked if I would perform alongside my singer-songwriter sister, Ila Barker, at a salon. This was a first for us sisters and it was so rewarding to do. I have a feeling that it was only the beginning of Ila and my creation journey together. Being innovative about the way we tell our own stories is necessary today more than ever and I am ready to dive into the learning of all the moving parts that make Theatre Projects Manitoba come to life.

Here is the link to Ila’s music page on her website: https://www.ilabarker.com/music/listennow

Entertainment and Learning

Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre will Live-Stream a performance of All the Little Animals I’ve Eaten by Karen Hines, this Friday, April 3rd at 6:30PM local time/7:30pm EST.

Click here for details!

Want more context and insight into the play before tuning in? Here is an interview from Intermission Magazine with Karen Hines from before everything went sideways and this premiere was cancelled.

Sundance co//ab is offering free access to their entire library of Master Classes. Courses on screenwriting, documentary storytelling etc…..

Good News From our Community

Batman makes video visits to cheer up kids!

Front yard self-isolation photo sessions.

Also being done by Kristen Sawatzky of Light Shed Creative. Here’s a link to her Instagram page. She’s already raised $7000 for local charities as part of her #frontstepsproject

The Main Street Project is opening 30 isolation suites for individuals experiencing homelessness. They currently have a call out for furnishings. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-cjBB0Jcbf/?igshid=1pubft0zbxvji


Applause for our Season Pass Holders!

Some of you have already reached out and donated the balance of your
Season Pass to us. We thank you – this is so very generous of you. Some
say “just keep it” others say – “hey – can you transfer that remainder to
a donation and send me a tax receipt?”

The answer is “We love you!”
Let us know your preference and we will make it happen – it might take
a bit longer than we would like, so we beg your continued patience. We
will be contacting all of our pass holders, so no pressure to put “email
TPM re Season pass” on your list – many of us are overwhelmed right

Actor’s Fund of Canada (AFC)

Resources for individuals from the Canadian Government

The CBC did a great article on resources for artists and freelancers!

CAEA has complied a great list of resources for theatre artists.

These are financially challenging times for us – we are doing all we can to batten down the hatches, but the drain is real. We are doing all we can to keep our small yet mighty staff employed. If you have the capacity to give, please consider a donation to Theatre Projects Manitoba. The very best way to do this right now is through Canada Helps, who will issue you a tax receipt online and nearly instantly.