On different projects, Embrace Theatre works with a diverse range of artists to create unique works. The structure and composition of each show’s team will be determined by its unique needs. Embrace Theatre works on an ensemble model; essentially, a new company is formed for each project. This means that each group of artists organizes itself to best be able to carry out the work of that project. Though each ensemble is distinct, all Embrace Theatre Ensembles are based on the same values.
A team of volunteers provides artistic visioning as well as artistic and production support to the Embrace Theatre Ensembles:
Charlie Peters – Founding Director
Charlie Peters is a lover of cooking, cycling, wine, food, politics, and good conversation. He is also an award-winning theatre artist from Saskatoon. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama with Great Distinction in 2013, winning the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist that same year. In 2015, he won the SATAward for Outstanding Lighting Design for his work on Two Corpses Go Dancing (Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five). Charlie works as a theatre and opera director, actor, playwright, dramaturge, lighting designer, and theatre educator. He is the Past President of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre. He is also a clown. No seriously. Check out his website at www.charliepeters.ca
Bethani Jade is a Saskatoon-based theatre artist who has been heavily involved in the local indie theatre scene for many years including various roles with Shakespeare’s Shadows, Off Broadway Dinner Theatre, Spring Festival of New Plays, Saskatoon Fringe Festival, Regina Fringe Festival, Her-icane Women’s Festival, Gateway Theatre, The Barn Playhouse as well as several independent productions. Bethani believes that if you want something done right you’re better off to do it yourself with a little help from your friends, and as such has been producing independently since 2003 with her company Goat Songs Theatre. Past directing/producing works include Lost (2003), Mannerz 4 Teenz (2005), The Gardener (2006), and Lion in the Streets (2009). In 2013, Bethani was selected as one of twelve Emerging Cultural Leaders in the province to be part of Common House Initiative’s Emerging Cultural Leadership Exchange Program where she further honed her artistic, administrative, and leadership skills. Most recently Bethani has taken time away from the stage to further explore the significance of her craft in context of the larger world, and to continue her unschooling education through independent studies and mentorships. She is elated to be returning to the work along side such a talented and dedicated team
Grahame Kent – Associate Artist
Grahame is delighted to be an artistic associate with
Embrace Theatre! A theatre artist based out of Saskatoon and working in as many areas of theatre as he can, Grahame is excited to tackle this new position . Recent acting credits include: Judas Iscariot in The Black Bonspiel of Wullie McCrimmon (Persephone Theatre) Frankie in Money Don’t Grow on Trees (Saskatoon Fringe), puppeteer and narrator for Wide Open Theatre . Recent technical credits: Stage Management for Love/Stories (Ball and Chain Theatre) and Look Back in Anger (Brick + Mortar Theatre) and direction for No Rest for the Wicked (Saskatoon Fringe). Grahame also sits on the board of directors for both Live Five Independent Theatre and 25th Street Theatre. Be on the lookout for Grahame on Persephone‘s main stage once more this season in Leading Ladies and during this summer’s Canadian Fringe circuit!
Rosemary Stephanson – Social Media Consultant
Born and raised in Saskatoon, SK, Rosemary is thrilled to be working with a hometown theatre company! Rosemary holds an Enriched Certificate in Performing Arts from the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, B.C. Since graduation, Rosemary has put on a few different hats, some of which include Casting Director (“Wild Canada: The Eternal Frontier”/Wild Canada Prods.), Actor (Film/Theatre/Musical Theatre), Singer (Jazz/Musical Theatre), Social Media Coordinator, and now, Social Media Consultant (Embrace Theatre). Rosemary will “embrace” the ever-changing social media conversation with open arms.