Our Mission

We build strong communities by creating and producing innovative and exciting live professional theatre experiences. Our work is driven by passion, integrity, inclusivity, and a sense of humour. We are always pursuing new ideas, partnerships, and adventures.

  1. Joel Bernbaum

    Joel Bernbaum / Artistic Director

  2. Heather Morrison

    Heather Morrison / Artistic Producer

  3. Judy Wensel

    Judy Wensel / Associate Artistic Director

  4. Britainy Robinson

    Britainy Robinson / Communications and Development

  5. Lancelot Knight

    Lancelot Knight / Resident Musician

  1. Clinton Ackerman

    Clinton Ackerman / Music Director

  2. Ricardo Alvarado

    Ricardo Alvarado / Production Stage Manager

  3. Terri Bauer

    Terri Bauer / Costume Designer

  4. Jenna Berenbaum

    Jenna Berenbaum / Ensemble

  5. Rachelle Block

    Rachelle Block / Ensemble

  6. Yulissa Campos

    Yulissa Campos / Ensemble

  7. Kody Farrow

    Kody Farrow / Assistant Stage Manager

  8. Jesse Fulcher Gagnon

    Jesse Fulcher Gagnon / Ensemble

  9. Bobbi-Lee Jones

    Bobbi-Lee Jones / Production Assistant

  10. Danny Knight

    Danny Knight / Ensemble

  11. Yvette Nolan

    Yvette Nolan / Dramaturge

  12. Taegan O’Bertos

    Taegan O’Bertos / Set Designer

  13. Krystle Pederson

    Krystle Pederson / Ensemble

  14. Donovan Scheirer

    Donovan Scheirer / Musician

  15. Dakota Starblanket

    Dakota Starblanket / Musician

  16. Amanda Trapp

    Amanda Trapp / Ensemble

  17. Judy Wensel

    Judy Wensel / Director

Bios

Joel Bernbaum / Artistic Director

Joel Bernbaum is an actor, director, playwright, journalist and the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre in Saskatoon. He is a graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and Carleton University, where he did his Master’s Thesis on Verbatim Theatre’s Relationship to Journalism. Produced plays include Operation Big Rock, My Rabbi and Home Is A Beautiful Word. Previously for Sum Theatre, Joel has performed in Alice in Wonderland and The Pied Piper and has directed Hercules, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Nutana Talks, The Hockey Sweater, Theatre in the Pool: Earth Diver, Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat and The Young Ones. Joel is currently a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, where he is investigating the potential of theatre companies to strengthen cities. Upcoming productions include Reasonable Doubt (Persephone Theatre) and The Refugee Project (Belfry Theatre).

Heather Morrison / Artistic Producer

Heather has a BFA in Drama from the University of Saskatchewan and is a graduate of the Globe Theatre’s Actor Conservatory Program. She is an award-winning actress, playwright and director. She has taught drama for over ten years including for Sum Theatre’s Theatre in the Classroom and Youth on the Rise, drama programs created for deserving youth. In 2016 she received the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Script for her first play, Thicker than Water. She was also the lead collaborator on #consent, a play about sexual violence for high school students. In addition to her work with Sum, she is one of the founding producers of Ferre Play Theatre, a fitness coach, and an occasional host on CBC in Saskatoon. In the past few years, she received a University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Award for her volunteerism and artistic achievements, was named one of CBC's Future 40 and was twice voted Best Champion of the Arts by the readers of Planet S Magazine in Saskatoon.

Judy Wensel / Associate Artistic Director

Judy Wensel is a director, creator, performer and educator who is based in Regina. Her work emphasizes connection to place and community and through her deep interest in collaboration she has conceived and directed numerous interdisciplinary creation-works and community art initiatives with organizations including Fada Dance, Globe Theatre, Globe Theatre School, Swamp Fest, Wolf Willow Band, Cathedral Village Arts Festival, and as an Artistic Associate with Curtain Razors Theatre. Her directing work includes productions of contemporary Canadian work, ensemble-based devised creations, dramaturgy and new play premieres. As an educator she has worked extensively with youth and adults through the Saskatchewan Cultural Exchange Society, the Canadian Improv Games and Globe Theatre School.  Judy has a BFA in Acting from the University of Regina and is a graduate of the Directing program at National Theatre School of Canada.

Britainy Robinson / Communications and Development

With more than 15 years as an arts reporter and on air host at CBC Radio-Canada under her belt, Britainy Zapshalla is not only an expert but also a die hard fan of Saskatchewan's entertainment scene. She's a regular contributor to CTV Morning Live and the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. Britainy loves to help people plan their entertainment calendar with her regular blog Brit's Picks. She began her work with Sum Theatre in 2015 to help spread the word about the unique and groundbreaking productions the company stages and to help connect sponsors and local donors who believe in our vision that theatre should be for everyone. Britainy lives in Saskatoon with her husband Jake and their two children William and Katie. To find out more about Britainy and her work click here.

 

Lancelot Knight / Resident Musician

Lancelot Knight is a musician who lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Over years through music he has toured across North America; touring with his father Chester Knight and with rapper Joey Stylez. Lance made his theatre debut in the Theatre in the Park 2016 performance, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, and has since joined Sum Theatre for Theatre in the Park 2017, The Woodcutter and the Lion; for their winter show The Hockey Sweater and numerous other projects.

Clinton Ackerman / Music Director

Clinton Ackerman has a diverse artistic practice, working as a composer, sound designer, and music educator. He has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on music and social work from the University of Regina. As a community-engaged artist he facilitates creative arts programming with youth in and around Regina for the holistic benefits the arts promote. Collaboration is central to Clinton’s creative practice and he has enjoyed composing/designing for many theatre productions across Saskatchewan, such as last summer’s TITP show, The Young Ones.

Ricardo Alvarado / Production Stage Manager

Ricardo Alvarado is a local theatre artist, and proud to be a part of Saskatoon's vibrant theatre scene! He is the co-founder of 'Ppl r Ppl Productions', an avid member of Artists Against Hunger, and spends his spare time playing with paint and pretending to be a grown up. Select Credits: Shape of a Girl, Invisible Girl (SM, Persephone Theatre Youth Tour) / The Young Ones (SM, Sum Theatre) / The Shoplifters, Reasonable Doubt, WROL, Fiddler on the Roof (ASM, Persephone Theatre) / Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, The Rocky Horror Show (Director, Ppl r Ppl Productions). Up Next: Chicago (Director, Ppl r Ppl Productions)

 

Terri Bauer / Costume Designer

Terri Bauer is excited to have the opportunity to stretch her creative skills with Sum Theatre again! She is grateful to be able to work and create on this land, Treaty 6 territory, the traditional land of the Cree and the homeland of the Metis and wishes to pay her respect to the original caretakers of this land. Through her work with Sum Theatre she hopes to continue to create theatre that is exciting and accessible, while continuing to work on reducing the environmental impact of her work. Terri was fortunate to attend university, holding a BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Saskatchewan.

 

Jenna Berenbaum / Ensemble

An award-winning actress, Jenna holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan. Recent credits include J. Caesar, Midsummer, Titus. A puppet revenge, Merry Wives of Windsor, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), I and You (Globe Theatre), Jack and the Snow Queen (Dancing Sky Theatre), The Penelopiad (Ferre Play), The Wolves (Live Five/Little Big/EvilStick) and Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (Persephone Theatre). She is thrilled to be spending her summer in parks across Saskatoon with Sum Theatre this summer! 

 

Rachelle Block / Ensemble

Rachelle is an actor, singer, and dancer based out of Saskatoon. Rachelle loves attending Sum Theatre's shows each year and is thrilled to be joining the team! A graduate from the University of Saskatchewan, Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education Degree. She was also a recent SATA nominee for Outstanding Emerging Artist. Credits include: Elf The Musical, Pride and Prejudice (Persephone Theatre), With Glowing Hearts (Dancing Sky Theatre), The Dream Catchers (Charlottetown Festival), Cabaret, The Illusion, and Les Belles-Soeurs (Greystone Theatre). Rachelle sends all her love to her friends and family for their never-ending support.

 

Yulissa Campos / Ensemble

Yulissa (She/Her) is from Ecuador, currently living in Saskatoon. She holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in Psychology, both from the University of Saskatchewan. Yulissa is also the creator of Ay, Caramba! Theatre, the first Latinx theatre in Saskatoon! Selected theatre credits: Earth Diver (Sum Theatre), Prairie Nurse (Station Arts Centre) I, Frida (Ay, Caramba! Theatre), The Penelopiad (FerrePlay). Playwriting credits: Trapped (The Last Sunday, Short Cuts Festival) I, Frida (Saskatoon Fringe 2019/ Edmonton Fringe 2020/Live Five 2021) The Newcomer (Saskatoon Fringe 2020). She hopes you all enjoy this beautiful show as much as they enjoyed working on it!

 

Kody Farrow / Assistant Stage Manager

Kody is so excited to be joining the team for his first Theatre in the Park! He is an emerging theatre artist from Saskatoon who loves goldfish crackers, whimsy, and shenanigans. He recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with his BFA in Drama. Past acting credits include Rooftops (DSA Production), The Romeo Project (The Studio), Machinal, Henry V, Arcadia, Spirit Wrestler, and The Beaux’ Stratagem (Greystone Theatre). Stage management credit: The Cripple of Inishmaan (Greystone Theatre). When not working on theatre you can find Kody looking for a snack. 

 

Jesse Fulcher Gagnon / Ensemble

Jesse Fulcher Gagnon is a local interdisciplinary artist who works in as many artistic fields as possible. A BFA graduate from the U of S, he has spent that last four years working mostly with La Troupe du Jour. Jesse has been lucky to be embraced by the French theatre community as an actor (Ducalifourchons- Showboat, 2019; Tryo- Les Trois Points de Tryo, 2017-2019), sound designer (co-design Will et Ernest, 2019; Scapin!, 2019) director (Le Petit Prince, 2019) as well as a teacher at l’école de théâtre. Jesse cannot wait to jam out with Sum Theatre this summer!

 

Bobbi-Lee Jones / Production Assistant

Born and raised in Saskatoon, Bobbi-Lee Jones has been drawn to all aspects of performance from a young age. She has completed her Grade 10 piano studies in Royal Conservatory, stage handed, acted in, and stage managed her share of Greystone Theatre shows, and is proud to have recently finished writing, composing, and producing her first musical Typecastress. When she first began university, Bobbi trekked down the educational route with the mindset of obtaining a “realistic career”. As she set about fulfilling those degree requirements, she made the mistake of taking drama as an elective... her passion flared up with a vengeance and pulled her into the field for good. Bobbi is now finishing her fourth year of a BFA in acting, hoping to one day pursue a Masters in voice acting and musical direction.

 

Danny Knight / Ensemble

Danny Knight is an actor/musician/comedian and correspondent for the satirical news paper The Feather. He has attended and graduated from GTNT's Circle of Voices program,youth ensemble, red spirit and fire spirit programs. He held an artist residency at Persephone Theatre where he studied script work, sound design, administration,marketing and acting. His acting credits include; Blow Wind (Station Arts Centre), Alone@home a Rez Xmas (Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre) Thunderstick (Globe Theatre), The Shortcuts Festival 2016 (Hardly Art Theatre), Dominion (GTNT), A History of Breathing (Persephone Theatre) Hawk or How He Learned to Play His Song (Onelight theatre). Along with Shawn Cuthand, he runs the comedy show the Funny Bone Schmomedy Zone in Saskatoon.

 

Yvette Nolan / Dramaturge

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Her work with Sum Theatre includes Thicker Than Water, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat, The Young Ones and Last Sunday. Other work includes The Tempest (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Reasonable Doubt (Perspehone), The Unplugging (Arts Club; Factory; GTNT), the dance-opera Bearing (Signal Theatre), and the libretto Shawnadithit (Tapestry Opera). Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

 

Taegan O’Bertos / Set Designer

Taegan O’Bertos is an emerging artist from Saskatoon. Her most recent work includes costume and projection design for Reasonable Doubt (Persephone Theatre, 2020), set design for I Lost My Husband (Persephone Backstage Theatre, 2019) and projection design for S.C.U.M. A Manifesto (Scantily Glad Theatre, 2019). Taegan’s design work has led to positions such as Head of Props at the University of Saskatchewan, and Production Assistant at Persephone Theatre. She has also found artistic outlets as Shadow Puppet Builder, commissioned poster artist, and body painting artist. Taegan is jumping for joy at the opportunity to work with Sum Theatre this year!

 

Krystle Pederson / Ensemble

Krystle Pederson is a Cree/Metis Actor, singer, songwriter with an outstanding career performing all across North America and New Zealand. Krystle’s list of acting credits include: The (Post) Mistress, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Gabriel Dumont Wild West Show, Penelopiad, and Reasonable Doubt. Krystle is the lead vocalist for Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville a one-woman Cree musical written and composed by Tomson Highway. Krystle has used her time off during the pandemic to focus on her music. Krystle will be heading into the studio in the fall and will be releasing her first EP in the beginning of 2021. 

Donovan Scheirer / Musician

Donovan is so happy to be returning to Theatre in the Park again! Donovan is a Saskatoon based theatre artist originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Donovan received the SATAward for best musical direction and outstanding composition for Two Corpses Go Dancing (Live Five). Donovan works as a youth care worker with at-risk youth in the city of Saskatoon. He is also a proud uncle to two wonderful nephews. Past credits include The Young Ones, Theatre in the Pool, The Hockey Sweater,  Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Hercules (Sum Theatre), Macbeth, Bottome’s Dreame (Embrace Theatre)

 

Dakota Starblanket / Musician

Hello Tansi, My name is Dakota Starblanket. I have an Indian name, Yellow Eagle. Im 28 years old and I'm from Little Red First Nations. I graduated grade 12 here in Saskatoon. I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a beautiful wife and daughter who I love very much. I love travelling, especially to pow-wows and Round Dances. I am also a grass dancer and singer. I am a humble person. I like to help out at sweats/ceremonies. I also love hunting with my brothers. During my free time I like to play video games on Xbox 1 and go skidooing. I love working and learning new things that keep me busy.

Amanda Trapp / Ensemble

Amanda Trapp (she/her) is a settler and Cree and Saulteaux artist, member of the White Bear Band, who calls Saskatoon home. Recent credits include: The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Catalyst Theatre; The Fourth Wiseman, Dancing Sky Theatre, I Lost My Husband, Persephone Theatre,The Young Ones, Sum Theatre; Elemental, Live Five Theatre. Amanda is an instrumentalist and composer, and in the fall composed the score for Ferre Play Theatre’s production of The Penelopiad. Sum is one of her favourite companies to work for, for the importance of community can never be overestimated. Hiy-hiy for having me back!

Judy Wensel / Director

Judy Wensel lives in Regina and works across Canada as a director, creator, performer and educator. Judy has worked with organizations including FadaDance, Globe Theatre, Swamp Fest, Wolf Willow Band, the Cathedral Village Arts Festival and Listen to Dis’. Her directing work includes productions of contemporary Canadian work, ensemble-based devised creations, and new play premieres. So far in 2020, she has directed for Globe Theatre, premiered new work at Revolver Festival (Vancouver), directed for 2B Theatre (Halifax) and began developing two original creations with Curtain Razors Theatre (Regina) where she is an Artistic Associate.  Judy is a graduate of the Directing program at National Theatre School of Canada.