Our Team

Mac Dawson


Artistic Director

Mac (he/him) is proud to call the prairies home. He received his BFA in Acting from the University of Saskatchewan, and has had the pleasure of making theatre with many of Saskatoon’s theatre companies. As Artistic Director at Sum, Mac is grateful to create art that serves and strengthens communities across Saskatchewan. Projects with Sum Theatre include The Young Ones (Assistant Stage Manager), The Hockey Sweater / Le Chandail (Co-Director), Zero Gravity (Co-Director). Coming up, Mac will be Directing Theatre on the Rink: Elder Brother and the Bison, followed by Co-Directing Theatre in the Park 2024 alongside Sum alum, S.E. Grummett.

Ricardo Alvarado


Artistic Producer

Ricardo Alvarado (he/they) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist based in Saskatoon. Ricardo is excited to have just stepped into the role of Artistic Producer for SUM Theatre, having previously been their Stage Manager and Production Manager since 2019. He was recently awarded the People's Choice Award at the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards for his contributions to Saskatoon's theatre scene, and was honoured to be counted among so many inspring local artists. Ricardo regularly teaches painting to elementary school students through the Hugo Alvarado Community Art Program and recently taught a week-long drag intensive for teens at Persephone Theatre as their alter ego Puffy von Pop-n-Fresh. Select Credits: Hand to God, Little Shop of Horrors, Avenue Q, The Rocky Horror Show (Director, Ppl r Ppl Productions) / The Herd, The Fiancée, The Revolutionists, The Mountaintop, Cottagers & Indians (SM, Persephone THeatre) / Iago Speaks (SM, Shakespeare on the SK). Up Next: The Birds & The Bees (SM, Persephone/Globe Theatre Regina) / Romeo & Juliet, As You Like It (PSM, Shakespeare on the SK).

Britainy Robinson



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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. (https://britspicks.com/)