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Episode 3: Angelina & Machado

  In the third episode of our webinar series Expanding the Canon – and in honour of Black History Month – SIR’s Artistic Director Rodrigo Beilfuss and actor-playwright-in-residence Jessica B. Hill discuss the transformative works of American journalist, teacher, playwright, and poet Angelina Weld Grimké, and Machado de Assis, a pioneer Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright and short story writer, widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature – and whom Harold Bloom called “the greatest Black writer in Western literature”. Enjoy! Click HERE to watch on our YouTube channel. Expanding the Canon is a series of conversations between Jessica
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Auditions: Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare in the Ruins is holding auditions for our 2022 Mainstage, in-person outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing.  All roles available. Auditions will happen online (via Zoom and self-tape)   Directed by Ann Hodges Assistant Director: Sophie Smith-Dostmohamed Rehearsals: April 25 – June 01, 2022 (five-workday weeks) Production dates: June 02 – July 02, 2022 NOTE: All actors must be hired as ‘Winnipeg local’ Roles to be cast/Audition requirements:   All roles are available. 10 actors will be cast, one of which will be exclusively an understudy. Most actors will play multiple roles (see below). SIR supports a respectful
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Updates & Looking Ahead

Hello friends, I simply cannot believe that 2022 is already upon us while I’m still trying to digest the sheer weight of 2020… I hope you’re well. Being here, right now, engaging in conversations about Art, is a beautiful privilege – and one I do not take for granted. Thank you for being here for us. Shakespeare in the Ruins hasn’t played live to audiences since February 2020, and I can’t begin to describe how excited we are to be back in the Ruins next year, in your company! It has been far too long. After dealing with the ramifications
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Donate in Jim’s name!

Jim Gibbs was an enthusiastic patron of the Arts, and one of SIR’s biggest supporters over the years. We have been missing him dearly since he left us in 2017 – the Winnipeg theatre scene is undoubtedly not the same without him. To celebrate and to remember our friend Jim, SIR has set up a sub-fund through our Endowment Fund with the Winnipeg Foundation in his honour, the Shakespeare In The Ruins – The Jim Gibbs Endowment Fund. When you donate directly to this fund, a percentage of it will be donated back to SIR in Jim’s name – beautifully,
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Thank you, Lisa!

SIR would like to congratulate and to announce the departure of General Manager Lisa Nelson-Fries, who has served the company for six successful years and is now transitioning into a career in film. Lisa brought style, verve and incredible efficiency to SIR in her role as GM, and over the course of six seasons, the company has enjoyed stability and growth under her leadership. “My tenure as General Manager of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) has been both the most rewarding and most challenging job of my career,” she says. “I have always been incredibly proud to be part of
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Welcome Sara Malabar!

July 22, 2021 The Board of Directors of Shakespeare in the Ruins Inc. is thrilled to announce that we have hired Sara Malabar as our incoming General Manager. Sara brings a wealth of experience in arts management to the position, including as the Arts & Entertainment Program Manager with Pride Toronto, the Managing Director of the Studio of Received Ideas, and the General Manager of Theatre Projects Manitoba under the artistic leadership of Margo Charlton (2000-2002). Sara was also the producer of the opening and Closing Ceremonies for WorldPride, Producer for the 2010 Olympic Torch Relay in Toronto, and Project Manager
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Online Community Classes!

This November, we will be offering two online classes to enrich your Shakespearean experience through our partners at McNally Robinson Booksellers. These are for everyone and anyone with an interest on the Bard.  Shakespeare, The King’s Man: Reflections on the Bard’s Final Plays  A perfect companion to the upcoming Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) filmed production of Macbeth, this lecture is led by SIR-veteran, Kevin Klassen. We often refer to Shakespeare as an “Elizabethan” playwright, but nearly half of his creative output happened under Queen Elizabeth’s successor, the eccentric King James. Exploring the unique historical context Shakespeare was working in toward
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Thank You: PLAY ON!

Dear friend, On behalf of all of us at SIR, THANK YOU for making Play On a huge success! With your help, we have so far raised over $3,300 in donations, and we couldn’t be happier. You have filled our spirits with Hope, and we feel highly energized to get to work and to continue to create unforgettable experiences for you. If you missed the live broadcast of Play On on April 21, worry not! We have a RECORDING AVAILABLE on our YouTube Channel, HERE. Play On was a great and much needed opportunity for us to connect with you. And
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In the Wings…

I’m not going to lie…it’s been a very challenging time since March, 2020. And being the the artistic leader of a theatre company during these many months of instability and nebulosity has been taxing on the creative soul. But oh, paradoxically, what a completely inspirational and engaging time this has been. I continue to be in awe of artists, and in particular theatre makers who – in an era of absolutely no live theatre – somehow have managed to create astonishing things, developing brilliant ideas into fruition in an ever-ending game of pivoting – exercising Jedi-like patience while the ground
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Community Updates

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION : This work requires a great deal of thought and care. In early August 2020, SIR published a commitment to anti-racism in a message called A Shared Future. We continue to do a lot of excavating as the world grapples with the ongoing violence against Indigenous, Black and Peoples of Colour (IBPOC) and 2SLGBTQQAI+ communities. We have engaged in Reconciliation and anti-oppression training with our entire staff and Board, completing a robust 12-hour, 4-session process between October 10-31, 2020. The training was led by Seraph-Eden Boroditsky of Guided Conversations. This vital work, and these transformative conversations,
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