Meet Jaron Francis, our George in Stop Kiss


Jaron Francis(1)Jaron is an actor, writer and producer who lives in Toronto but calls Saskatoon home. He has performed at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Persephone Theatre, the Station Arts Centre and with Live Five. Most recently he was seen in Evelyne de la Chenelière’s Strawberries in January at Persephone. In 2012, his play Like Parting Water, presented through Live Five, was honoured with the SATA for Achievement in Playwriting. Next, Jaron will appear at the Port Stanley Theatre Festival in Stag and Doe.

What about the play resonates with you?

The idea of taking hold of one’s life with fervent ownership. Often people allow external pressures to trump their own longing. It’s a beautiful thing to watch one claw their way out of that shortcoming.
What do you do to prepare for a role (or this role specifically)?
Once I understand my character’s piece of the story puzzle, I search for as many ways as possible to exploit the ammunition the playwright has provided.
What does community engagement mean to you?
While audience engagement happens in the theatre during the play, community engagement happens primarily outside the space in conjunction with the performance. Encouraging, beckoning and provoking the community the play is created for is simply a way of furthering the production’s potential impact and usefulness.

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

***Click here to meet the rest of the cast***


International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Happy International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

It is sad that such a day is necessary, but a wonderful thing if it can be used to initiate change.

“up to 70% of women will experience violence in their lifetime” – truly unacceptable.

Read more at:

As we prepare to produce Stop Kiss, which explores themes of violence and love, we are thinking very much of the victims of such violence. For an explanation as to why we think Stop Kiss is so important story to tell in Saskatoon, please visit:

Love Stories Costume Party Fundraiser

This event will be a tonne of fun! We’re raising money for our production of Stop Kiss and we’re going to have a blast doing it!

Dress as your favourite love story (real or fictional), and come dance all night long! We’ll have a costume contest with prizes for the best individual and couples’ costume, mad lib love poetry, a photobooth, dancing, and more!

Wednesday, October 9th, 8pm, Louis’ Pub (U of S Campus)

For the Facebook event click here!

Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award Nomination

Embrace Theatre received exciting news on Sunday: the ensemble of Bottome’s Dreame was nominated for a Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Achievement in Sound Design. Apparently the original soundscapes created live by our ensemble impressed the jurors!

Embrace Theatre’s founding director, Charlie Peters, was also nominated for a SATAward for Outstanding Emerging Artist.

The Gala will take place on Monday, September 30th at 8pm at The Refinery (the same theatre where Embrace will produce Stop Kiss by Diana Son in March, 2014).