2016 SATAward Nominations

King and BanquoEmbrace Theatre is thrilled to announce that it has been nominated once again for the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards.

This year, costume designer Amberlin Hsu was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design for her work on Macbeth last November.

emma headshotThe DuelEmma Thorpe was also nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist for her work as a Fight Director. Emma staged the fights for Macbeth, as well as last season’s The Clockmaker. She also performed in Embrace Theatre’s  Saskatchewan Outdoors and Bottomes Dreame.

Congratulations to all the artists and companies nominated. See you at the Gala on September 26th!

2014 SATAward Nominations for Embrace Theatre

SATAwards HeaderThe nominees for the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards were announced today and we are pleased as punch to have been honoured with so many nominations!

Jenna-Lee Hyde has been nominated twice for Achievement in Performance, including for Stop Kiss!

Gilles Zolty has been nominated thrice for Achievement in Sound Design, including Stop Kiss!

Jenna Maren has been nominated twice for Achievement in Set design, including Stop Kiss!

Our Artistic Director Charlie Peters has been nominated for Achievement in Direction for Stop Kiss!

Curtis Peeteetuce (Stop Kiss Ensemble) has been nominated for Achievement in Sound Design!

Dakota Hebert (Saskatchewan Outdoors Ensemble) has been nominated for Achievement in Performance and Outstanding Emerging Artist!

Shelby Lyn Lowe (Saskatchewan Outdoors Ensemble) was an assistant costume designer for Leading Ladies, which has received a nomination for Achievement in Costume Design!

Angela Kemp and Jenna Maren (Stop Kiss Ensemble/Designer) have both also been nominated for Outstanding Emerging Artist!

What a gift it is to have worked with such a long list of nominees and such a terrific group of people. Congratulations! A full list of this years nominees can be found by clicking here.

Meet the Saskatchewan Outdoors Team: Shelby Lyn Lowe

Shelby Lyn Lowe - Co-Creator/Designer/Stage Manager

Shelby Lyn Lowe – Co-Creator/Designer/Stage Manager

Shelby Lyn Lowe (Co-Creator/Designer/Stage Manager of Saskatchewan Outdoors: A Touring Play for Families) is a Regina-based theatre artist who received her BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Regina. Select design credits include Production Design Assistant for Kaleidocycle (Globe Theatre Sandbox Series), Set and Costume Designer for The Unseen and Lookingglass (U of R), Design Assistant for Billy Bishop Goes to War, The Wizard of Oz, and Pride and Prejudice (Globe Theatre), and Costume Design Assistant for Leading Ladies (Persephone Theatre). Select stage management credits include ASM for Eurydice (U of R), ASM for Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), stage manager for Hansel and Gretel (LOOP), and ASM for The Magic Flute (Saskatoon Opera).As a lover of all things involving puppetry,

A design drawing for Saskatchewan Outdoors.

A design drawing for Saskatchewan Outdoors.

Shelby was a participant of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop Banff Puppet Intensive in January of 2014.

1. What is your favourite childhood memory about being outdoors in Saskatchewan?
Spending summers camping at Round Lake in the Qu’appelle Valley with my family but especially with my mum. I didn’t appreciate it as a kid, but now I miss those days. I would love to be able to go swimming and read on a hammock everyday.
2. What has been the most challenging part about working on ‘Sask Outdoors’? 
Designing a show that needs to tour and be outside. Most theatres don’t have wind and rain to worry about.
Forest in progress

The backdrop for Saskatchewan Outdoors as it is being painted.

3. Why should audiences see ‘Sask Outdoors’?

Because it’s a show that everyone can relate to. I remember being a kid and not liking camping and being outside. I hope this show can really get kids away from their phones and computers this summer. I also hope that it will inspire more family vacations. As a person who comes from a fairly segregated family, I love seeing families that like each other and love spending time together.

Meet Jenna Maren, Our Set Designer for Stop Kiss

“Thank you to the whole Stop Kiss team for making this show exceptionally memorable.”Jenna Maren

Biography Jenna Maren(1)

Jenna has had a wonderful time working with such a talented group of artists.

Recent credits: Set design for the 2014 SaskTel Youth Tour (Persephone Theatre), La Chambre Blanche (La Troupe du Jour), A Man A Fish (Persephone’s Deep End Series), Salt-Water Moon (Station Art’s Center), The Frenzy of Queen Maeve (Bzzt Trap Door Theatre/Live Five, Live Lobster Theatre/Summerworks Theatre Festival),  Into the Woods (Greystone Theatre), and assistant set design for A History of Breathing (Persephone’s Deep End series).

Thank you to the whole Stop Kiss team for making this show exceptionally memorable.

What about this play resonates with you?

The clumsy and sweet first steps of love between Callie and Sara which everyone can recognize. We all search for ourselves, search for love, and do so messily.
What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)?

Set Designer Jenna Maren works on the Maquette (model of the set).

Set Designer Jenna Maren works on the Maquette (model of the set).

The initial prep for a show is the best part of being a designer! This is when I read the script a bunch of times and do all kinds of (what may seem silly) exercises to dig out the design from the script. A playwright will leave breadcrumbs to follow, or sometimes whole loaves. My job is to find the best and most beautiful solution to the scripts needs for the particular production.

What does community engagement mean to you?

I was very fortunate to sit in on a discussion that our community partners had after a dress rehearsal. They had insights into the struggle and the beauty of the LGBT community that were very valuable to a deeper understanding of the play. Our community partners are hosting The Afterplay, following each performance, which I would encourage everyone to stick around for.

Read more about Embrace Theatre’s production of Stop Kiss by Diana Son

Read about the rest of the Cast and Creative Team of Stop Kiss