Meet the Macbeth Team: Elizabeth Nepjuk – Actor

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Elizabeth recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the U of S, and is also a graduate of Vancouver Film School’s Acting for Film & TV program. Her most recent credits include Theatre Howl’s horror play Look//See; local artist Anna Seibel’s short play CommodiusOur Country’s Good, Better Living, and Into the Woods with Greystone Theatre; and My Chernobyl at Persephone. Look for her again this spring in Persephone’s presentation ofThe Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble, directed by Johnna Wright. Liz is thrilled to have the chance to play this incredibly juicy and challenging role, and has greatly enjoyed playing and creating with her friends. Unquantifiable amounts of gratitude and admiration to Skye; it has been invaluable to have had the opportunity to work with someone who is so passionate and knowledgeable about the bard. Enjoy the show!

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Meet the Macbeth Team: Amberlin Hsu – Production Designer

Amberlin Hsu, a former dance student in NTUA in Taiwan, and a current fourth-year drama student in the U of S. She has been in different parts of theatre production, and specifically focusing on designing, choreographing, and stage-managing. Recent costume design credits: Displaced for Ground Cover Theatre, Madama Butterfly for Saskatoon Opera Company, Our Town and Vernon God Little for Greystone Theatre, and The Beggar’s Opera for U of S Music department. Recent lighting designed credits: Coram boy, and co-design for Vernon God Little, Out Town, and The Beggar’s Opera. Remaining Silence and O are two small projects she has done in the U of S. Amberlin also works as wardrobe assistant in the U of S department of drama, and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan in 2014 and 2015.

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Meet the Macbeth Team: Kate Herriot – Actor

Kate HeadshotBorn and raised in Regina, Kate is a proud graduate of both the U of R’s BFA Acting Program and the 2010 Globe Theatre Conservatory. Since moving to Saskatoon, Kate has become a board member with Live Five Theatre, a theatre school instructor with Persephone Theatre, and a co-host of Mom, I’m a Thespian on CFCR 90.5 FM. In May, Kate co-produced, curated & directed multiple pieces of theatre for Tightrope, a new multi-arts festival of performance which ran at The Refinery. She also directed Theatre Howl’s horror play, Look//See, for the Saskatoon Fringe this summer. Recently, Kate received a SATAward nomination for her work in Two Corpses Go Dancing (Live Five/Two Unruly Gentlemen Theatre).

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Meet the Macbeth Team: Lauren Allen – Associate Artist

Lauren Allen 4Lauren Allen is a bilingual musical theatre performer living and working in Saskatoon. Lauren has recently been seen in Dry Streak (Souris Valley Theatre), Tightrope (The Tightrope Collective), and Magical Munsch (Wide Open Children’s Theatre). Lauren has her own company, Staple Productions, and is a Social Media Coordinator at On the Boards Staging Company and Embrace Theatre. Check out her blog at

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Meet the Macbeth Team: Skye Brandon


Skye Brandon – is a Saskatoon director/actor/producer and overall Shakespeare enthusiast.  He recently returned from Shakespeare’s Globe in London where he had been invited to be apart of the 2015 International Fellowship.  Recently he has appeared at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan (Much Ado About NothingOthello), and has directed for YXE Shakespeare Lab (Richard IICymbeline). Up next Skye is producing The Perfect Gift for Dancing Sky Theatre, and will be making his way to the Globe Theatre in Regina for The Secret Mask later this season.

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SATAwards 2015

Embrace Theatre is thrilled to announce that it has once again been nominated for the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards:

Will Brooks was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design for his work on The Clockmaker. Congratulations Will!


We also want to celebrate the many nominations of artists who have worked with us in the past:

Chris Donlevy (Bottomes Dreame, Stop Kiss, Saskatchewan Outdoors, The Clockmaker) – Nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist

Alex Hartshorn (The Clockmaker) – Nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist

Curits Peeteetuce (Stop Kiss) – Nominated for Outstanding Original Script (Nicimos – Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company).

Charlie Peters (Founding Director) – Nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design (Two Corpses Go Dancing – Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five)

Will Brooks (The Clockmaker)- Nominated for Outstanding Set Design (Two Corpses Go Dancing – Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five) AND Outstanding Direction (Othello – Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan)

Jenna Maren (Stop Kiss, The Clockmaker) – Nominated for Outstanding Set Design (La Raccourcie – La Troupe Du Jour)

Kate Herriot (Bottomes Dreame) – Nominated for Outstanding Female Performance (Two Corpses Go Dancing – Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five)

Jenna-Lee Hyde (Stop Kiss) – Nominated for Outstanding Female Performance (Reasons to be Pretty – Fire in the Hole/Live Five AND Much Ado About Nothing – Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan)

Donovan Scheirer (Bottomes Dreame) – Nominated for Outstanding Sound Design, Composition, or Musical Direction (Two Corpses Go Dancing – Two Unruly Gentlemen/Live Five)

Gilles Zolty (Stop Kiss) – Nominated for Outstanding Sound Design, Composition, or Musical Direction (Mary’s Wedding – Persephone Theatre AND Othello – Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan)






Fundraising Bottle Drive: August Long to September Long

For the entire month of August, Embrace Theatre will be collecting your SARCAN-approved recyclables to raise money for The Wild Dog Waits on the Concrete Path, our upcoming fall show! We will arrange pick up/drop off times and locations in the Facebook Event. We are available to come to you!

Let us know when you would like us to collect your bottles and cans and we will make arrangements with you to do so at your earliest convenience. Keep us in mind when you’re celebrating the long weekends in August and September, and help us to take care of our planet by recycling!

To sign-up, visit the Facebook event by clicking here, or contact us by clicking here.

For more information on recycling, visit SARCAN’s website:

Clockmaker Review

Cam Fuller of the Saskatoon StarPheonix joined us for opening night! He had this to say:

“intriguing and engaging”

“it’s delightful because… the acting [is] so good”

“Hartshorn is nothing less than a revelation as Frieda… she was completely in the moment and delivered a magnetic, flawless performance.”

“Jenna Maren’s interesting set… [delivers] a bit of magic”

Read the full review here.

Meet the Clockmakers: Alex Hartshorn

Name: Alex Hartshorn

Role: Actor – Frieda Alexandria Hartshorn

What Excites Alex About The Clockmaker:

What excites me about The Clockmaker is that, through the phenomenal designing of the show, these very different realms come together on one stage and lead both actors and audience through a whirlwind of an adventure, and… it’s very fun.


Alex is so happy to be sharing this story of The Clockmaker. She completed her BFA in Acting at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011, and is a graduate of the Globe Theatre Actor Training Conservatory (2012), as well as the One Yellow Rabbit Devised Theatre Intensive (2014). Select theatre credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Thigh High Theatre/Strikes Twice Productions/Live Five), Run for Your Wife (Magdalene Theatre), My Chernobyl (Persephone Theatre) and Pride and Prejudice and Becky’s New Car (Globe Theatre). Coming up next, Alex can be seen in A Date with the Night (Globe Theatre Sandbox).