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Expanding the Canon

The first TWO episodes of our new webinar series are out! In these two sets of conversations (and there are more episodes coming!), Stratford actor-playwright Jessica B. Hill and our Artistic Director, Rodrigo Beilfuss, discuss the urgent theatrical need to expand our sense of what constitutes the ‘Classical Canon’ in the 21st century. In the first episode, Jessica introduces us to the world of her new play, ‘The Dark Lady’, which explores the relationship between poetess Emilia Bassano and William Shakespeare. ‘The Dark Lady’ is currently being developed by SIR with support from Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, the Manitoba Association
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World Theatre Day – Pandemic Again

Hello Friend, On March 27 we celebrated #WorldTheatreDay. Sadly, for a second time, we celebrated this special day while the vast majority of playhouses around the globe remain dark. And while the impact of the pandemic has been devastating for our sector, we have also witnessed the resilience, fierce intelligence and indomitable resourcefulness of theatre artists during this most unusual year. As we say farewell to the complicated month of March, we salute all theatre makers – in particular the freelance artists and technicians who are truly the ones responsible for creating the magic we share with our audiences. This
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SIR welcomes Sophie!

We are pleased to announce that Sophie Smith-Dostmohamed is SIR’s new Associate Artistic Director! Sophie will join us this 2021 Summer, and she will be a part of SIR for a whole year, working closely with our Artistic Director Rodrigo Beilfuss in the delivery of the 2021 season and planning for 2022. We couldn’t be more excited! This opportunity has been made possible by the generous support from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Foundation through their Arts Leader program. “The single most important activity of Shakespeare in the Ruins is its unwavering commitment to stewarding new voices and
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