Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Artistic Director Pablo Felices-Luna
Founding Artistic Director Leslee Silverman
“Young audiences will find themselves engaged by the realistic characters and ample humour in the script and performances. But they’ll also take away the play’s still-powerful messages about compassion, fairness and living in a world where those qualities are sometimes absent.” – Joff Schmidt, CBC Radio, on MTYP’s Danny, King of the Basement
Manitoba Theatre for Young People has been creating and presenting professional theatre productions for children and families since 1982, when Actors Showcase was reformed under Founding Artistic Director Leslee Silverman. MTYP has grown to become one of the most respected professional theatre companies in Canada, for children or adults.
MTYP’s artistry has been applauded not only as a theatre for young audiences, but also as an innovative and highly creative theatre company: “It’s the best of world theatre for children… a remarkable organization…” (Robert Enright, CBC Radio). Each season, MTYP presents touring companies from around the world, as well as contributing to the repertoire of Canadian theatre through the creation and development of new work.
Pablo Felices-Luna joined Manitoba Theatre for Young People as Artistic Director in 2014.
Located at The Forks in Winnipeg, MTYP’s home is a 28,000 square foot performance facility featuring a fully re-configurable theatre, classroom studios, and production and wardrobe shops.
In addition to its mainstage season and touring activities, MTYP also plays a key role in the development and delivery of theatre-in-education programs that concentrate on using theatre as an educational tool to illustrate and express ideas about social issues. The company also operates a Theatre School where over 1,500 children and teens learn the art and craft of theatre and related disciplines, and Native Youth Theatre, which offers free classes in theatre and related disciplines to Winnipeg’s Aboriginal youth.
Chair Valerie Shantz
Vice-Chair Vince Dancho
Treasurer Carla Goncalo
Secretary Louise Pujo
Past-Chair Laurel Repski
Artistic Director: Pablo Felices-Luna
Pablo Felices-Luna joined Manitoba Theatre for Young People as Artistic Director in 2014. He was born and raised in Peru, and came to Canada more than 25 years ago to pursue a career in theatre. Throughout his career, Pablo has worked as a director, stage manager, technical director, production manager and translator. He has worked for reputed companies like Roseneath Theatre and Theatre Beyond Words, and toured shows into Young People’s Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Youtheatre and various Children’s Series in the U.S. Pablo co-founded Castlemoon Theatre, which he led from 2001 to 2006, to create original works for preschool-age children. He was previously Artistic Director of Carousel Players, a Theatre for Young Audiences company operating out of St. Catharines, Ontario.
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Debra Zoerb joined MTYP as its new General Manager on January 2, 2018. A veteran of over twenty years of arts management in Winnipeg’s arts and cultural community, Ms. Zoerb was previously Executive Director of Folklorama.
Ms. Zoerb brings a wealth of experience to her new role, having acted in her role at Folklorama for the past six years, as well as having worked for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Dance Manitoba and Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts.
“I am delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to work alongside Pablo Felices-Luna and the entire MTYP team,” says Ms. Zoerb. “MTYP is the largest theatre dedicated to young audiences in Western Canada and it’s a very special place. It’s a joyful, thought-provoking gem of a theatre right here in Winnipeg. It has an important role to serve for young people to dream, imagine and grow.”
MTYP is Manitoba’s only children’s Theatre Company, presenting seven professional plays every season for children of all ages, with performances both for schools and for the public. MTYP also tours to over 100 elementary and high schools every year and has an active Theatre School with more than 1,000 young students.
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Marketing and Communications Director: Greg Klassen
Development Director: Heidi Struck
Box Office Manager: Joanne Hawkins
School and Tour Sales Coordinator: Kerri Potter
Communications Coordinator: Casey Challes
Accountant: Maria Luz Buan
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House Manager: Susan Bohn
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Artistic Associate: Katie German
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Production Manager: Jourdan Roy Rosell
Assistant Production Manager: Katherine Johnston
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Technical Director: Curtis Cushnie
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Head of Wardrobe: Diane Klisko
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Head of Properties: Janelle Regalbuto
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Venue Technician: Eric Bossé
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Scenic Carpenter: Christian Hadley
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Theatre School Director / Young Company Director: Kent Suss
Assistant Theatre School Director / Summer Studio Director: Theresa Thomson
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Drama Outreach Coordinator: Heather Russell-Smith
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Theatre School Administrators: Erica Hastings, Christina Heather, Arthur Holroyd & Ashtyn Walker
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Native Youth Theatre Program Director: Ian Ross
Native Youth Theatre Assistant Program Director: Nova Courchene
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MTYP has received numerous honours, including being the first English theatre to win the Canadian Institute of the Arts for Young Audiences Award in 1992. MTYP’s 1994 production of Comet in Moominland was nominated for the prestigious Chalmers Award and, in 1998, Old Friends received this same honour. In 2003, Founding Artistic Director Leslee Silverman received the first Arts Award of Distinction from the Manitoba Arts Council, recognizing the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements by a professional Manitoba artist. In 2007, MTYP’s production of Comet in Moominland was invited to open the season at New York’s prestigious New Victory Theatre and, that same year, the production won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences category. In 2011, Leslee Silverman was awarded the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts.