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. Charlie Peters

    Charlie Peters / Artistic Associate

  4. Britainy Robinson

    Britainy Robinson / Communications and Development

  5. Lancelot Knight

    Lancelot Knight / Resident Musician

  1. Joel Bernbaum

    Joel Bernbaum / Director

  2. Connor Brousseau

    Connor Brousseau / Musician

  3. Haley Brown

    Haley Brown / Ensemble

  4. Chris Dodd

    Chris Dodd / Ensemble

  5. Paige Francoeur

    Paige Francoeur / Production Assistant

  6. Kristel Harder

    Kristel Harder / Ensemble

  7. Tim Gadzella

    Tim Gadzella / Technical Director

  8. James Hewison

    James Hewison / Ensemble

  9. Lancelot Knight

    Lancelot Knight / Ensemble

  10. Drew Mantyka

    Drew Mantyka / Assistant Stage Manager

  11. Michael Martin

    Michael Martin / Ensemble

  12. Evgenia Mikhaylova

    Evgenia Mikhaylova / Designer

  13. Heather Morrison

    Heather Morrison / Artistic Producer

  14. Josh Palmer

    Josh Palmer / Musical Director

  15. Krystle Pederson

    Krystle Pederson / Ensemble

  16. Charlie Peters

    Charlie Peters / Artistic Associate

  17. Adam Pottle

    Adam Pottle / Story Author

  18. Andrew Taylor

    Andrew Taylor / Musician

  19. Emma Thorpe

    Emma Thorpe / Stage Manager

  20. Megan Zong

    Megan Zong / Ensemble

Bios

Joel Bernbaum / Artistic Director

Joel is an actor, playwright, journalist and the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre. In 2014, three of Joel’s plays received world premieres: Home Is A Beautiful Word at the Belfry Theatre, Operation Big Rock at Dancing Sky Theatre and My Rabbi (co-created with Kayvon Khoshkam) at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2015/2016, Joel was the Urjo Kareda Resident at Tarragon Theatre. Joel is grateful to the cast, crew, sponsors and audiences that have made Theatre in the Park Saskatoon’s newest summer tradition. 

 

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. Heather is an award-winning actress, and has taught drama for several organizations including 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. 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.

 

Charlie Peters / Artistic Associate

Charlie is a Saskatoon-based theatre and opera director, actor, lighting designer, playwright, dramaturge, poet, and clown. He has a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan and is the recipient of the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist (2013) and Outstanding Lighting Design (2015). His work has been seen on stages across Saskatchewan and Western Canada. Charlie also works as a theatre educator with youth in need, using drama skills to build community, awareness, and self-confidence through active, imaginative learning. Find out more about Charlie's work here.

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.

Joel Bernbaum / Director

Joel is an actor, playwright, journalist and the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre. 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 directed Hercules, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Nutana Talks, The Hockey Sweater and Theatre in the Pool: Earth Diver.

Connor Brousseau / Musician

Connor is excited to be back for another summer with Theatre in the Park! He is a local musician, writer, and actor, whose compositions were featured in Over the Edge (Little Big Theatre); J. Caesar (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan); and in SUM Theatre's Theatre in the Park 2017 show, The Woodcutter and the Lion. Connor has very few projects lined up, so if you need him, give him a call. He will work for cheap.

Haley Brown / Ensemble

Haley is a visual and performing artist from Santa Cruz, California. A 2014-15 Watson Fellow, she studied improvisational theatre and trained at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. Haley works as a professional faerie in her hometown and is writing a picture book. She is thrilled to be a part of this production (this is the story she wishes she had seen as a Disabled kid!) and extends huge appreciation to everyone involved.

Chris Dodd / Ensemble

Chris is an Edmonton-based Deaf performing artist and playwright. He is also the creator and festival director for SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival, Canada’s first national theatre showcase dedicated to the Deaf performing arts which is done in collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. He is an Artistic Associate with Workshop West and is one of their Playwrights in Development for the 2017/18 season. Recent writing credits include Alicia and the Machine, which was commissioned by Concrete Theatre for the 2017 edition of Spouts New Play Festival for Kids. Recent performing credits include Ultrasound (Theatre Passe Muraille), where he assisted with the creation of the Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit (DATT), which is dedicated to engaging Deaf audiences and performers within professional theatres. Chris is a graduate of the University of Alberta’s Drama program.

Paige Francoeur / Production Assistant

Paige is elated to be returning for another year of Theatre in the Park! This will be her third year with SUM, having also been a part of Little Badger and the Fire Spirit (2016) and The Woodcutter and the Lion (2017). Her stage management experience includes being assistant stage manager for Saskatoon Shakespeare Labs’ Henry IV Part I & Henry IV Part II, and, most recently, for Persephone Young Company’s Radiant Boy. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting, and hopes to continue exploring her passions for writing and design as well.

Kristel Harder / Ensemble

Kristel is an actor, singer, collaborative artist, occasional poet, and accidental philosopher. She studied classical voice and theatre arts at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University, respectively, and spent 2013-2016 in Britain completing her Masters of Musical Theatre Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and working, writing, and collaborating in original and established works in Edinburgh and London. Recent projects include: Performing as Diana in Next to Normal and writing and performing EmotionLoss as Cornerstone Theatre’s Spring 2018 Resident Artist; Spamalot (Saskatoon Summer Players), The Addams Family (Edinburgh Fringe), A Little Night Music (MacEwan University).

Tim Gadzella / Technical Director

Tim is a graduate student in biomechanics at the University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering. As a designer, his interest ranges from power generation systems to rehabilitative devices to multimedia art and independent film (and many places in between!). This is his second show with SUM this year.

James Hewison / Ensemble

James Robert Hewison is extremely grateful and excited to be a part of the 2018 cast of Theatre in the Park with Sum Theatre. James began his performing career playing music with various acts across Canada from an early age. He began acting, writing and making films, and eventually achieved a diploma from Toronto Film School in 2016. James starred in Ralph Small's Book of Days, written by Lanford Wilson in 2015. He is proud to be living in Saskatoon, a culturally creative community, with his son Howard. 

Lancelot Knight / Ensemble

Lancelot is a musician who lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Over the years, he has toured and performed across North America with his father Chester Knight and rapper Joey Stylez. Lance made his theatre debut in 2016 with Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, and has since joined SUM Theatre for The Woodcutter and the Lion (2017), as well as their winter show The Hockey Sweater (2016). Lance is currently SUM Theatre’s Musician in Residence.

Drew Mantyka / Assistant Stage Manager

Drew is delighted to be back for a third season with Theatre in the Park! He is currently in the BFA acting program at the U of S heading into his fourth year. Previous credits in stage management, acting and directing include: The Beaux Stratagem, Spirit Wrestler (Greystone Theatre, Actor) Here, Radiant Boy (Persephone Young Company, Stage Manager) Macbeth (Student Production, Director) Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, The Hockey Sweater, The Woodcutter and the Lion, The Last Sunday (SUM Theatre, ASM/Production Assistant).

Michael Martin / Ensemble

Michael is a disabled actor, playwright and student from Saskatoon. He is thrilled to work with SUM this year in a superb ensemble, on a project that he believes will help make the topic of disability more accessible to everyone. His most recent credits on the U of S Greystone stage include Harvey in Season's Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn, and Mr. Gloss in The Beaux' Stratagem, capping his 4th Year of the BFA Acting program. He has also wrrote, and co-directed A Short Trip Through the Complex, presented at the 2017 Saskatoon Fringe Theatre Festival.

Evgenia Mikhaylova / Designer

Evgenia is an award-winning multi-disciplinary designer based in Saskatoon. She has been proudly designing stage & costumes for Sum Theatre for the last six years. Evgenia has worked on shows at Persephone Theatre, Live 5, and Dancing Sky Theatre. She brings whimsical and eccentric energy to all her projects and is always excited to push the boundaries of creativity in a new and unexpected way.

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, and most recently performed as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice at Persephone Theatre. She is also a playwright and her first play, Thicker than Water, premiered in 2016 in both Saskatoon and Regina. Thank you to everyone who supports SUM Theatre and allows us to build community through theatre. It is such an honour.

Josh Palmer / Musical Director

Josh is a professional multi instrumentalist, sound engineer, record producer, film composer, singer and songwriter for over 18 years. He began performing live at the age of 8. Josh is a former Canadian Idol finalist, and has toured Canada and North America countless times with his band The Rebellion and was proclaimed as Canada’s answer to Muse. He is a multiple music award nominee, most recently with his latest project, The Sunset Kids, who were nominated for best Independent Music Video at the 2016 and the 2017 HMMA’s (Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Los Angeles California).

Krystle Pederson / Ensemble

Krystle is a Cree/Metis singer, actor and musician with an outstanding career. Born with the gift of music, Krystle started performing at a very young age and continues to hone her multi-disciplinary performance skills while sharing the stage with numerous accomplished artists. Currently, Krystle is working with the National Arts Centre with the production of the Gabriel Dumont Wild West Show. In addition, she is working with Tomson Highway on a new production that will be making its debut in 2018. Krystle is very excited to be working with Sum Theatre. Enjoy the show!!!

Charlie Peters / Artistic Associate

Charlie is a Saskatoon-based theatre and opera director, actor, lighting designer, playwright, dramaturge, poet, and clown. He has a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan and is the recipient of the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards for Outstanding Emerging Artist (2013) and Outstanding Lighting Design (2015). His artistic work has been seen on stages (and in parks, fields, living rooms, and pools) across Saskatchewan and Western Canada. Charlie also works as a theatre educator with youth in-need, using drama skills to build community, awareness, and self-confidence through playful, imaginative learning. www.charliepeters.ca

Adam Pottle / Story Author

Adam is a playwright, poet, and novelist whose work focuses on the dynamic and philosophical aspects of Deafness and disability. His 2011 poetry collection Beautiful Mutants was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards and the Acorn-Plantos Prize. His 2013 novel Mantis Dreams: The Journal of Dr. Dexter Ripley won the 2014 Saskatoon Book Award. His play Ultrasound debuted in Toronto in 2016, and his most recent book, a novella titled The Bus, won the 2016 Ken Klonsky Award. He lives in Saskatoon.

Andrew Taylor / Musician

Andrew is excited to be back (for a 3rd time) to drum up a storm with Theatre in the Park! He is a writer, actor and musician living in Saskatoon, SK. Previous work with Sum Theatre includes The Lion and the Woodcutter and Hercules. Andrew has been playing drums for nearly 20 years and plays for various bands and theatre projects in the city. If you’re Fringe-ing this summer (and if you’re a grownup) make sure to catch his newest play: The Nautilus (Produced by Buttered Ghost Theatre) at the Saskatoon Fringe! Enjoy the show and have a great summer!

Emma Thorpe / Stage Manager

Emma is a Saskatoon based theatre artist who splits her time between performing, choreographing fights for theatre, fiddling, and stage managing. She is a graduate of both the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts, and the BFA acting program at the University of Saskatchewan. She also holds her Advanced Certification with Fight Directors Canada. Recent stage management credits include: Life After Hockey (Dancing Sky Theatre), Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 (YXE Shakespeare Labs), The Woodcutter and the Lion (Sum Theatre), Dogbarked (Dancing Sky Theatre), The Pink Unicorn (Fire in the Hole Productions), and Little Badger and the Fire Spirit (Sum Theatre).

Megan Zong / Ensemble

Megan is a prairie born actor, having graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with her BFA Honours in Acting. She is excited and grateful to be a part of Sum Theatre’s Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat this summer. You may remember Megan as Mahihkan (The Wolf) from Sum Theatre’s Earth Diver last summer. Recent theatre credits: Pride and Prejudice (Persephone Theatre); 2017 Short Cuts Festival (Hardly Art Theatre); Cabaret, The Illusion, Brontë, and Les Belles Soeurs (Greystone Theatre). Join us, as together we embark on another magical adventure that will make your mind think and heart sing!