Alumni Profiles

Anna Seibel

Major/Graduating Year: BFA with Great Distinction, 2014

Anna Seibel is an actor, writer, and emerging musician from Saskatoon. Her credits at Greystone Theatre include Black Comedy, The Crucible, The Three Sisters, Amadeus, All Through the Night, The Love of the Nightingale, All My Sons, Henry 4 Part I, and Into the Woods. In the summer of 2013, she guest played with local surf rock band The Wizards and performed in Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan's productions of Macbeth and Comedy of Errors, which earned her a nomination for the SATA's Emerging Artist category. Last fall she co-wrote and performed in a series of vignettes in Mane Productions' Timeless Fashion and Design Festival. She was most recently seen in a leading role in Persephone Theatre's production of Strawberries In January.

Joanna Munholland

Major/Graduating Year: BFA (Acting) & BA English (Honours) 2014

Joanna Munholland will graduate with her BFA Acting and a BA English (Honours) in the spring of 2014. She is participating in a Study Abroad program in England this spring, working with early modern collections of coins. A recent recipient of the Hannon Travel Scholarship, she will be able to spend three more weeks in June visiting different museums and prehistoric sites in England. Through volunteering at the Museum of Antiquities on the U of S campus, she has decided she wishes to pursue a career in museums. Joanna was recently accepted to the University of Leicester’s Master of Museum Studies program, which she will begin in September 2014.

Charlie Peters

Major/Graduating Year: BFA (Acting) with Great Distinction, 2013

Charlie works in theatre not only as an actor but also as a director, playwright, dramaturge, lighting designer, and educator. In 2013 he won the SATAward for Outstanding Emerging Artist. He is the Founding Director of Embrace Theatre (www.embracetheatre.ca), President of the Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre, a board member of 25th Street Theatre, and a consultant for Crossing Bridges: The Saskatoon Theatre Blog (www.saskatoontheatreblog.wordpress.com).

Upcoming: Director - Stop Kiss (Embrace Theatre/Live Five), Stage Director - The Brother’s Grimm (Saskatoon Opera in Schools), Workshop and Reading of his play BYOB (Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre Spring Festival), Creator/Director/Dramaturge Saskatchewan Outdoors: A Touring Play for Families (Embrace Theatre/Saskatchewan Parks). 

Personal Website: www.charliepeters.ca

Lauren Holfeuer

Major/Graduating Year: BFA (Acting) with Great Distinction, 2010

After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan Lauren went on to co-create Thigh High Theatre, she produced and performed in many shows in Saskatoon, toured across Saskatchewan and Canada, has worked behind the scenes at Persephone Theatre as a teacher and an Assistant Director, and has performed leading roles at the Globe Theatre in Regina. Lauren is also a graduate of the Globe Conservatory (2012), a writer, theatre producer, musician, and an emerging director.

Theatre Credits: Mary Snow in Salt-Water Moon, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Sleeping Beauty (Globe Theatre). Matchstick (National Fringe Tour/Theatre Howl). The Edible Woman (Live Five/Thigh High Theatre), Vimy (Live Five/Bzzt! Trap Door Theatre), Five Women Wearing the Same Dress (Live Five/Thigh High Theatre & Strikes Twice Productions). Still Life (Thigh High Theatre), Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Strikes Twice Productions). Peer Gynt, Assassins, Reckless, The Winter’s Tale, Attempts on Her Life (Greystone Theatre) 

Heather Morrison

Major/Graduating Year: BFA (Acting) with Great Distinction, 2008

Heather Morrison is a graduate of the Globe Theatre Acting Conservatory and has worked with nearly every professional theatre company in Saskatchewan. She is the Artistic Producer of both Sum Theatre and Know Tomorrow Theatre. Since 2008 she has taught theatre at organizations such as Persephone Theatre and Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. Heather is a radio host on Saskatoon’s 98 Cool and is very active in her community, having volunteered with over 40 organizations and charities in the past year. Heather created the CFCR theatre talk show ‘Mom, I’m a Thespian,’ which she hosted for over three years. She is a board member of both Nuit Blanche Saskatoon and the Broadway Theatre. Her first play, Thicker than Water, will be featured at the 2014 Saskatchewan Playwright’s Centre’s Spring Festival.  In 2013 Heather was nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. In 2010 she received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance from the Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards.

Brian Cochrane

Major/Graduating Year: BFA (Acting), 2006

Brian’s Saskatoon credits include directing the Live Five shows Love/Stories for Ball and Chain Theatre, The December Man (SATA Award – Achievement in Directing) for Fire In The Hole Productions, East of Berlin for Know Tomorrow Theatre, Charlie & Ella for Llewellyn Productions, and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me for his own Skinny Walrus theatre company. In 2010 he directed Conor McPherson’s Rum And Vodka at the Saskatoon Fringe where Planet S Magazine dubbed it one of their “Best of Fest”.

Brian resides in Vancouver, where he is about to perform in a remount of The Bomb-itty of Errors (Jessie Richardson Award – Outstanding Ensemble Performance, 2011/12 season) at the Arts Club Theatre. He has recently directed The Cripple of Inishmaan at the Guild Hall in Whitehorse, and Speech & Debate for Vancouver’s Twenty Something Theatre, with whom he is Associate Artistic Producer. He has an MFA in Directing from the University of British Columbia.

Ian McWilliams

Major/Graduating Year: MA (Drama), 2006 - Themes of Isolation in Saskatchewan Radio Drama, M.A. Thesis

Major/Graduating Year: BFA (Acting - Honours), 1997

In January 2014, Ian McWilliams successfully defended his thesis – Saskatchewan Town Hall Opera Houses and Community Performance (ca. 1883-1913) – to earn a Ph.D. in Canadian Plains Studies (Special Case, interdisciplinary) from the University of Regina.  His research focuses on Town Hall Opera Houses and related performative events within early Saskatchewan communities through areas of study such as: performance studies, history, theatre history, sense of place, territoriality, placemaking, hegemony and rhetoric, and prairie cultural history (including indigenous and immigrant enculturation, and gender roles).  Ian is a research assistant on the SSHRC-funded study: "Understanding the Arts Ecology of Saskatchewan" for the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research (SPAR).  McWilliams also works as the Research Officer for the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance (SAA).  Between and throughout his bouts of Graduate Studies, McWilliams has been variously employed as an actor, broadcaster, researcher, and Sessional Lecturer. 

Skye Brandon

Major/Graduating Year: BFA (Acting - Honours), 2000

Skye Brandon - is an award winning actor/director who has worked throughout Canada.  After he finished his BFA degree at the UofS he quickly established his acting career, as well as creating an extensive producing resume in Saskatoon's independent theatre scene.  Skye was the first Saskatchewan artist asked to join the Stratford Festival's Birmingham Conservatory, where he went on play principal roles in multiple seasons.  Some of the theatre companies Skye has worked for include Last Exit Theatre, Theatre Naught, Wild Side Productions, Theatre Ecstasis, Dancing Sky Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, Globe Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and the Stratford Festival.  He also has worked in Film, Television, and Radio (including a CBC broadcast of Yann Martel's The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios).