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. Judy Wensel

    Judy Wensel / Co-Director

  2. Yvette Nolan

    Yvette Nolan / Playwright

  3. Ricardo Alvarado

    Ricardo Alvarado / Stage Manager

  4. Mackenzie Dawson

    Mackenzie Dawson / Assistant Stage Manager

  5. Terri Bauer

    Terri Bauer / Costume Designer

  6. Michael Remando

    Michael Remando / Set designer

  7. Clinton Ackerman

    Clinton Ackerman / Music Director

  8. Jim Drake

    Jim Drake / Puppet Builder

  9. Michael Diakiw

    Michael Diakiw / Puppet Builder

  10. Bruce Mckay

    Bruce Mckay / Ensemble

  11. Michael Martin

    Michael Martin / Ensemble

  12. Amanda Trapp

    Amanda Trapp / Ensemble

  13. Megan Zong

    Megan Zong / Ensemble

  14. Donovan Scheirer

    Donovan Scheirer / Musician

  15. Mir Ali

    Mir Ali / Musician

  16. Mara Teare

    Mara Teare / Ensemble

  17. Colin Wolf

    Colin Wolf / Ensemble

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.

Judy Wensel / Co-Director

Judy Wensel is a director, creator, performer and educator who is based in Regina. Her work emphasizes connection to place and community. 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 B.F.A in Acting from the University of Regina and is a graduate of the Directing program at National Theatre School of Canada.

Yvette Nolan / Playwright

Yvette Nolan is a playwright, director and dramaturg who works all over Turtle Island.  Recent works include Shanawdithit (Tapestry Opera), Bearing (Signal Theatre at Luminato), Henry IV Pt 1 & 2 (Play On! Shakespeare), and The Unplugging (Gwaandak Theatre).  She has worked with Sum Theatre as a director (Thicker Than Water), playwright (Last Sunday), and dramaturg (#consent, Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat).  Next season she is working with Heather on The Penelopiad and with Joel on Reasonable Doubt. She is currently the artist in residence at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan where she is writing Glory on his Head.

Ricardo Alvarado / Stage Manager

Ricardo is an independent theatre artist living in Saskatoon. He's stoked to spend his summer driving the Sum van around town and to finally get in on all the fun! 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. Ricardo is proud to be a part of Saskatoon's vibrant theatre community, having previously worked on stage or behind the scenes with Persephone Theatre, Live Five, Greystone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Opera, and Saskatoon Summer Players. Upcoming credits: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (ASM, Persephone Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Director, Ppl r Ppl).

Mackenzie Dawson / Assistant Stage Manager

Mac is ecstatic to be a part of Theatre in the Park. Theatre and the outdoors are best enjoyed with the best of friends, so thank you for joining us. A homegrown theatre artist, Mackenzie is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s B.F.A Acting program. He loves being outside, getting tremendously out of breath, and making the odd joke. Stage management credits: Alone @ Home (Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre), Season’s Greetings (Greystone Theatre). Acting credits include: Jabber, For Art’s Sake (Persephone Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Titus A. puppet revenge (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); Spirit Wrestler, Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Cabaret, The Golden Age (Greystone Theatre).

Terri Bauer / Costume Designer

Terri is excited to once again be working with Sum Theatre. Terri is a professional Theatre Designer living in Saskatoon, specializing in costumes and props. Although she primarily works in theatre, she has taken on both long and short films, performance art projects and she owns a business creating custom historical costumes. Terri is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan's B.F.A in Theatre Design program. 

 

Michael Remando / Set designer

Michael has lived his whole life in Saskatoon. He makes art to free his mind and he enjoys it to free his soul. He likes to think of how things are and then switch them around. He really enjoys the challenge of playing with gravity and deciding that it doesn’t have to matter. He likes bright bold colours and watermelons, they’re pleasant in every way! He has an excellent home studio where he makes all his small projects; lots of magic happens in there. He is inspired by his family; son Gus, daughter Prairie, and wife Corrin, and if he didn’t have them, he’d likely run out of gas. He is extremely fond of being consciously morale; with that you get colour.

Clinton Ackerman / Music Director

Clinton is a Regina-based composer and music educator. He has an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on music and social work from the University of Regina. As a community-engaged artist, he facilitates creative music programming for youth in Regina for the holistic benefits music promotes. Most recently, his music was performed at Sound Symposium XIX in St. John’s and will be included in the 2019 Strata Festival in Saskatoon. As a collaborator, Clinton has worked on many theatre productions in Saskatchewan as composer/sound designer and is super pumped to be working with Sum Theatre this summer.

Jim Drake / Puppet Builder

Jim has worked at the Saskatoon Public Library for about 30 years, and in that time has told thousands of stories to Children of all ages. Many of those stories have been in the form of Puppet shows that he also helped create. Recently, Sum Theatre came along and asked for help in creating big spectacular puppets, and Jim and the Saskatoon Public Library agreed. Jim is now in the process of scaling his experience up, up, and beyond. Jim is grateful to Sum and the Library for the opportunity, and for putting him completely out of his comfort zone. All in all, this is a very good thing.

Michael Diakiw / Puppet Builder

Michael has been acting, singing, and storytelling in Saskatoon for 15 years through theatre groups, artist collaborations, and as part of his job as a Programming Associate at the Saskatoon Public Library. Recently adding a variety of puppetry skills to his arsenal, his physical and highly energized performance style is fused with a deep appreciation of literature, music, pop culture, and the obsessions of children.

Bruce Mckay / Ensemble

Originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, Bruce earned a B.A. in French and Drama from Mount Allison University, then continued his training at the National Theatre School. Credits include Monday Night (Highway 55), Death of a Salesman (Theatre Naught), Where It Hurts (Chasing Our Tales), Henry IV (YXE Shakespeare Lab ), Et le reflet de notre lune dansera (La Troupe du Jour),Chickens (Rosthern Station Arts Centre), Short Cuts (Hardly Art),  Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan). Bruce received a Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for his performance as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman.

Michael Martin / Ensemble

Michael is excited to return for his second season of Theatre in the Park just a year after donning the cap of Royce for 2018's production of: Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his B.F.A in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan and dreams of expanding his horizons in Canada. Some of his other recent credits include Mr. Lawrence in Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, Harvey in Season's Greetings and Mr. Gloss in The Beaux' Stratagem, all staged during the 2017-2018 season at Greystone Theatre at the University of Saskatchewan. Aside from theatre, you might find him in a staged reading, writing a play, or you may even hear his voice in the National Doukhobor Heritage Museum in Veregin, SK.

Amanda Trapp / Ensemble

Amanda is a Saskatoon theatre artist, proud member of White Bear First Nations, and graduate of Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program. She’s performed across the world, including at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe in Australia with Maureen Ulrich’s one-woman play Diamond Girls, portraying 21 characters. In Saskatoon: Elemental (Live Five/Embrace Theatre); The Short Cuts Festival 2019; Death of a Salesman (Live Five/Theatre Naught) I’ll Be Here (Sorry/ Grateful Theatre); Nautilus! (Buttered Ghost Theatre) and more. Regional: The Invisibles (Catalyst Theatre). “I’m thrilled to be singing and storytelling with a company I absolutely adore. Thank you to the Sum team!”

Megan Zong / Ensemble

Megan Zong is a prairie born actor having graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with her B.F.A Honours in Acting.  She is thrilled to be back performing in parks across Saskatoon for you in this summer’s Theatre in the Park production. You may remember her as the archivist from last summer’s Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat or as Mahihkan (The Wolf) from Sum Theatre’s Earth Diver the summer before that. Recent theatre credits: #Consent (Sum Theatre); Boeing Boeing (Persephone Theatre); The Hobbit, Mamma Mia! (Globe Theatre); Pride and Prejudice (Persephone Theatre); 2017 Short Cuts Festival (Hardly Art Theatre). Join us on another epic adventure as we try and reverse climate change by learning how to sustain and care for our mother earth while reducing our own ecological footprint through knowledge and action. 

Donovan Scheirer / Musician

Donovan is thrilled to be returning to Theatre in the Park once again. Donovan is a Saskatoon based theatre artist originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He studied at the University of Saskatchewan and is the co-founder of Two Unruly Gentlemen Theatre. Donovan received the SAT Award for best musical direction and outstanding composition for Two Corpses Go Dancing (Live Five). Donovan also works as a youth care worker with at-risk youth in the city of Saskatoon. Past acting credits include Theatre in the Pool, The Hockey Sweater, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Hercules (Sum Theatre), Macbeth, Bottome’s Dreame (Embrace Theatre), Into the Woods, Henry IV Part 1, Amadeus, and Assassins (Greystone Theatre).

Mir Ali / Musician

Originally from Bangladesh, Mir came to Canada about two and a half years ago.  He was a professional musician back home and starred at Bangla telefilm. His family members are involved with musical theatre activities, but in Saskatoon he is alone working at Superstore for the time being.  He is also involved with two different bands; Canadian ska band and South Asian Jhoom band.  He has event management through which he arranges concerts by inviting different South Asian artists every two months. He also did his workshop with Sum Theatre for one week and that was the best time he had in Canada. 

 

Mara Teare / Ensemble

This is Mara’s first time with Sum Theatre and she is really looking forward to spending the summer sharing her love of theatre with everyone who comes out to the show. Mara found her passion for acting in high school, leading her to spend a year training at Sheridan College for Performing Arts after graduating. She is currently studying acting at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. Mara’s stage credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Sheridan College; Simon Zealotes), Godspell (Emmanuel Baptist Church; Peggy). Her film credits include The Tipping Point (Royal Bull Film's; Jessica), and Pieces: Camp (Floor Thirteen Films’; Sam) .

Colin Wolf / Ensemble

Colin has his B.F.A. Drama Degree and is the Co-founder of Thumbs Up Good Work Theatre. He is a Metis performer and theatre rat focusing on the creation of new independent work, Indigenous Theatre, and workers rights. Recent acting credits: Working It Out (AWHC), Sprouts 2018 New Play Festival (Concrete Theatre, Edmonton), The Listening Room (Cardiac Theatre, Calgary/Edmonton), Salt Baby (The Belfry Theatre, Victoria), Reasonable Doubt (Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon). Thumbs Up Credits: Time and Tot (Performer/Creator), HEXEN (Producer), The Apartment Show (Creator), The Born Again Crow (Producer/Performer). If he isn't in the theatre, he is baking and tending to his garden.