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 Zapshalla

    Britainy Zapshalla / Communications and Development

  1. Yvonne Addai

    Yvonne Addai / Ensemble (Park)

  2. Connor Brousseau

    Connor Brousseau / Ensemble (Park)

  3. Deborah Buck

    Deborah Buck / Music Director (Park)

  4. Kelli Fox

    Kelli Fox / Director (Park)

  5. Lancelot Knight

    Lancelot Knight / Ensemble (Park)

  6. Drew Mantyka

    Drew Mantyka / Production Assistant (Park)

  7. Evgenia Mikhaylova

    Evgenia Mikhaylova / Designer of All the Things

  8. Rana Mustafa

    Rana Mustafa / Ensemble (Park)

  9. Krystle Pederson

    Krystle Pederson / Ensemble (Park)

  10. Anna Seibel

    Anna Seibel / Ensemble (Park)

  11. Emma Thorpe

    Emma Thorpe / Stage Manager (Park)

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 Zapshalla / 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.

 

Yvonne Addai / Ensemble (Park)

Yvonne Addai is a recent graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and holds a B.F.A in Acting. Yvonne loves working with children and being part of the process of allowing their imagination to run wild. She is thrilled to be joining Sum Theatre this summer and engaging with the communities around her.  Her recent credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Theatre Naught/Live Five). Yvonne has also been involved with Greystone Theatre in the productions of Cabaret, The Golden Age, Les Belle Soeurs, Caucasian Chalk Circle and Coram Boy. Her upcoming credits include The Short Cuts Festival (Hardly Arts Theatre). 

Connor Brousseau / Ensemble (Park)

Connor Brousseau is thrilled to be acting in this year's Theatre in the Park ensemble. A recent graduate of the U of S drama program, some of Connor's credits include Cabaret (Greystone Theatre) Grease (Saskatoon Summer Players) and Head à Tête (Persephone Youth Series). Connor is also a composer, nominated for a SAT Award for his work on Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan's 2016 production of J Caesar. When he's not writing about himself in the third person, Connor enjoys playing music in smoky nightclubs across the city, usually with his band Raising Acadia.

Deborah Buck / Music Director (Park)

Deborah has worked at unique theatre venues like converted railway stations, quonsets and tents, but this is her first time directing music outdoors! She has thoroughly enjoyed helping to create The Woodcutter and the Lion with the inspiring, fun-loving Sum company, and learning a little bit of Syrian folk music along the way has been a delight.  Recent credits include Mary Poppins (Persephone Theatre), Putnam County Spelling Bee (Persephone, Souris Valley Theatres), The Haunted Man (Dancing Sky) and Cabaret (Greystone Theatre).  Deborah also accompanies and directs choirs, sings in the Canadian Chamber Choir, and teaches singers of all ages in her home studio.

Kelli Fox / Director (Park)

Kelli is thrilled to be making her Saskatoon debut with Sum Theatre. Originally from the west coast, Kelli has been in Ontario for the last 20 years or so, spending a number of seasons acting at the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, and for various companies in Toronto. Now she makes her home in Saskatchewan, and mostly likes to direct plays. She is currently the Artistic Associate at Globe Theatre in Regina. In her spare time she has taken to going for long, long walks in Spain. 

Lancelot Knight / Ensemble (Park)

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 last year’s Theatre in the Park performance, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, and also joined Sum Theatre for their winter show The Hockey Sweater.

Drew Mantyka / Production Assistant (Park)

Drew is delighted to be working with Theatre in the Park again this summer. Recent credits as a crew member include Little Badger and the Fire Spirit (Sum Theatre) Hockey Sweater (SUM Theatre) Cabaret (Greystone Theatre) and HERE (Persephone Theatre). Drew is currently attending the University of Saskatchewan and is pursuing a BFA in Acting. 

Evgenia Mikhaylova / Designer of All the Things

Since moving into Saskatoon 10 years ago, Evgenia has designed sets and costumes for numerous theatre productions (Sum Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Dancing Sky Theatre and Live Five). She received a SATA Award for Outstanding Costume Design in 2015 for Two Corpses Go Dancing (Two Unruly Gentlemen, Live Five). She brings a whimsical, eccentric energy to all her projects and is excited for her 5th Year Anniversary with Sum Theatre!

Rana Mustafa / Ensemble (Park)

Rana Mustafa is a Food Scientist. She had a Ph.D. in Food Biotechnology and Processing from the University of Lorraine (France) in 2005. Between 2005 and 2016, she worked as lecturer & researcher at Al-Baath University (Syria). Since 2016, she is a researcher at the University of Saskatchewan. She loves folk music and art. She presented traditional Syrian songs in many multicultural events organized by Open Door Society in Saskatoon. 

Krystle Pederson / Ensemble (Park)

Krystle Pederson is a Cree/Metis singer, actor, musician. Krystle had the great pleasure of being a part of Sum Theatre's production of Little Badger and the Fire Spirit and is very excited to be part of theatre in the park again this year. Some of Krystle's acting credits include The Post Mistress by Tomson Highway (GTNT), Popcorn Elder (Dancing Sky Theatre & GTNT), In Care (GTNT). This fall Krystle is excited to be part of National Arts Centre team in the production of The Wild West Show. Krystle is excited about this summer and hopes you all enjoy the show. 

Anna Seibel / Ensemble (Park)

Anna Seibel is a theatre artist born and raised in Saskatoon. She holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan and is a graduate of the Globe Theatre Conservatory. You may have seen her onstage at Persephone Theatre, Live Five, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, or with the local hiphop artist Frank Rizzo under the stage name Anna the Animal. Or talking to dogs. She really likes dogs. Love to Laura and happy Shambhala to all!

Emma Thorpe / Stage Manager (Park)

Emma Thorpe is completely giddy to be joining the Sum Theatre team again this summer. Emma is a graduate of both the University of Saskatchewan BFA Acting program and the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. When not stage managing, Emma can be usually be found playing with swords (she has her Advanced certification from Fight Directors Canada), playing violin, acting and generally dancing about her day to day life. Recent stage management credits include: Dogbarked (Dancing Sky Theatre 2017), The Pink Unicorn (Fire in the Hole Productions 2016), Little Badger and the Fire Spirit (Sum Theatre 2016), Beatrice and Virgil (Last Exit Theatre 2016), Macbeth (Embrace Theatre 2015), and Lungs (Fire In the Hole Productions 2015).