Sunday, September 07, 2014

MTYP Annual General Meeting set for October 7, 2014

On behalf of the Secretary of the Board of Directors, Manitoba Theatre for Young People would like to invite its membership and members of the public to its Annual General Meeting (AGM), scheduled for October 7, 2014 to take place at 2 Forks Market Road, in Winnipeg Manitoba.

Further details on the AGM will be posted on the MTYP website as well as in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Questions/inquiries may be directed to:

Martin Lussier
Marketing and Communications Manager
204-947-0394 ext 226 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: Pablo Felices-Luna Appointed as MTYP's Artistic Director

MTYP in good hands as seasoned artistic director takes the reigns 

WINNIPEG (July 31, 2014) - Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s Board of Directors announces the appointment of Pablo Felices-Luna as its Artistic Director, effective 15 November 2014.

Felices-Luna brings to MTYP a wealth of experience in theatre for young audiences, both as an artistic director and in the development of new works. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Victoria and an M.F.A. in directing from York University. He served as Artistic Director of Castlemoon Theatre from 2001-2006, and at St. Catharines’ Carousel Players from 2007 until recently accepting his new role with MTYP. Felices-Luna has a great passion for high-quality work for young audiences and his background in street performance imbues his work with great energy and dynamism.

Selected artistic highlights with Carousel Players include Spelling 2-5-5, by Jennifer Overton, which brings audiences into the world of Simon who struggles with all the attention his autistic brother needs, and The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh, by Chris Craddock, which tells the story of a young girl who thinks her ADHD is the power of super speed. Felices-Luna is familiar to MTYP, having served as an Assistant Director of three MTYP shows in 2002: The Odyssey; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Mirror Game.  

Felices-Luna is thrilled at the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of young Manitobans.  "I have three children of my own under the age of six.  My wife and I are thrilled to bring them up in a community that offers so many empowering experiences in the arts.  MTYP has transformed the lives of millions of children and their families, and I am beyond grateful to the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great creative enterprise.  I cannot wait to continue learning about imagination and creative play from children, parents, educators and artists in Manitoba.”

“We are delighted to welcome Pablo to the team.  Pablo is the unanimous choice of the Board of Directors and we are convinced he will build on our recent successes," says Gloria Koop, president of MTYP’s Board of Directors.  "He is perfectly placed to lead the ambitious plans that MTYP has for the coming years, and sustain and expand the extraordinary work that we do here.  Pablo brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, particularly as it relates to theatre for young audiences."

The Board of Directors would like to thank all who applied and took part in facilitating the selection process. Max Reimer, who currently serves as MTYP’s interim Artistic Director, will remain on staff as the leadership transition occurs over the coming weeks.

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Media Contact:

Martin Lussier, Marketing and Communications Manager
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Office: 204-954-1702   Mobile: 204-890-6757


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Monday, May 05, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: Derek Aasland Resigns as MTYP’s Artistic Director

MTYP’s Board of Directors applauds Aasland’s achievements and launches search for successor 

WINNIPEG (May 5, 2014) - Manitoba Theatre for Young People announces the resignation of Artistic Director Derek Aasland, effective 30 June 2014. The Board of Directors would like to thank Aasland for his service to MTYP over his 16-month tenure, where his dedication and insightful leadership have been instrumental in stabilizing the company and in helping the Board set into motion a strategic plan for MTYP’s future.

Aasland returned to MTYP in March of 2013, assuming the role of Executive Producer to guide the company through a challenging point in its history. Drawing on his experience as MTYP’s Associate Artistic Director and Assistant General Manager from 2006 to 2010, Aasland moved quickly to eliminate short-term financial strain and to foster a leadership culture focused on both stewardship and artistic excellence. Under his leadership, MTYP was able to post a surplus in the 2012-13 fiscal year, and is expected to post another surplus at the end of 2013-14.

Aasland has accepted a new position, closer to his family in Ontario.  “This has been a remarkable experience,” reflects Aasland. “The staff, board, and community rallied with incredible dedication to build a new future for MTYP. I couldn’t be prouder to have played my part.”

“Derek is a gifted and passionate leader, whose natural abilities to inspire and direct were a particular asset,” says Gloria Koop, president of MTYP’s Board of Directors. “He has worked tirelessly towards the realization of our vision to be a locally, nationally, and internationally recognized leader dedicated to the enhancement of young people’s lives through the performing arts. His skill and enthusiasm will certainly be missed, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

The search committee for a new Artistic Director, led by MTYP’s Board of Directors, has begun the process of finding a suitable candidate. Max Reimer has been named interim Artistic Director while the search is completed. Further details will be posted to the organization’s website.

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Media Contact:

Martin Lussier, Marketing and Communications Manager
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Office: 204-954-1702
Mobile: 204-890-6757


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP's 2014-15 Season: Journey Into the Heart of Imagination

From timeless to timely, magical to meaningful, a world of adventure and discovery awaits at MTYP!

WINNIPEG (April 17,2014) – Come away to Manitoba Theatre for Young People to experience some the greatest stories ever told! From the high-flying Peter Pan to timeless Pinocchio, the inspirational Black Violin to the powerful Jabber, MTYP’s 2014-15 season offers adventure and discovery for audiences of all ages.

The path to discovery begins with MTYP’s production of Jabber, a powerful new play for teens by Marcus Youssef, and is followed in November by Tout à Trac’s Pinocchio, a visually stunning adaptation of the story of the world’s most famous puppet.

The holiday season will see Winnipeg’s Fred Penner reprise the role of the villainous Captain Hook in MTYP’s production of Peter Pan. Sprinkled with spectacular flying and razor sharp sword fights, audiences will not want to miss this awfully big adventure!

Black Violin will get the new year off to a rocking start with their signature mix of classical, hip-hop and pop, while Dennis Foon’s exuberant and touching New Canadian Kid will examine the issues surrounding inter-cultural harmony through the eyes of ‘new kid’ Nick. The critically-acclaimed Theater Terra will bring joy to MTYP’s youngest audiences this Spring Break with their production of Spot, the most famous and beloved little dog in children’s literature. The season wraps up with Kaput starring Australian Tom Flanagan in the story of a clumsy ‘Mr Fixit’ whose hilarious, acrobatic and “dangerously clever” antics will delight audiences both young and old.

“Our 33rd season features an incredible array of theatrical experiences, drawn from around the country and the world, each with a singular artistic footprint,” says MTYP Artistic Director Derek Aasland. “We wanted our audiences to have something spectacular to look forward to all season.” 



Jabber (Oct 15-23, 2014)
Ages 12-18

When anti-Muslim graffiti sees hijab-wearing Fatima ransferred to a new high school, she meets Jorah, a boy with anger issues. They confront stereotypes, boundaries and limits in this “great show to bring any high school age student to.” Charlebois Post Review

Pinocchio (Nov 6-15, 2014)
Ages 5 and up

Embark on a thrilling and spectacular voyage as Pinocchio faces a thousand trials in his quest to become a real boy. “Thrilling and entertaining.” La Presse

Peter Pan (Nov 27-Dec 24, 2014)
Ages 5-12

Come away to Neverland this holiday season for one of the most magical stories ever told! This wondrous adventure is sprinkled with spectacular flying sequences, razor sharp sword fights, a pinch of fairy dust, and features Fred Penner as Captain Hook. “Bowens’ adaptation is magnificent.” Regina Free Press 

Black Violin (Jan 7-17, 2015)
Ages 7 - Teen

Hot on the heels of celebrity collaborations and dropping their second album, Black Violin returns to MTYP for a knock-out performance with an inspiring message. “Black Violin is a living advertisement for creative self-determination.” Winnipeg Free Press

New Canadian Kid (Feb 4-13, 2015)
Ages 6-12

One of Canada’s most produced plays, New Canadian Kid shares Nick’s experience as newcomer: making friends, learning a new language and adapting to change. “Looks at a serious subject in a witty and sympathetic light.” Winnipeg Sun

Spot (Mar 23 - Apr 2, 2015)
Ages 2-7

Join us for show stopping tunes and incredible puppetry in an adventure featuring the most beloved little dog in children’s literature. “You can count on Amsterdam’s Theater Terra to bring local youngsters a stage full of Dutch treats when it visits MTYP.” Winnipeg Free Press 

Kaput (Apr 15-26, 2015)
Ages 5 and up

Hilarious, acrobatic, and “dangerously clever,” Kaput is the story of a clumsy ‘Mr. Fixit’ who cannot help but fuel the catastrophe around him. “Physical comedy at its best.” Entertainment Hive



Read the full media release (PDF)



For more information, to schedule interviews, or to request high resolution photos and multimedia assets, please contact:

Martin Lussier, Marketing and Communications Manager, MTYP

Office: 204-947-0394 ext. 226 | Cell: 204-890-6757 |


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Monday, March 24, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE: MTYP presents "Night Light" by John Lazarus, Mar 28-Apr 6, 2014

Manitoba Theatre for Young People presents:

Night Light

by John Lazarus


“One of the most intelligent and graceful
children’s plays I’ve ever seen.” – Montreal Gazette

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) presents Night Light, an award-winning drama that tells the story of six year-old Tara and her older brother Victor as they learn to overcome their everyday fears and anxieties. Playwright John Lazarus’ script uses ingenuity and laughter to shine a light on important issues such as bullying, parental expectations, and beyond.


Synopsis: Whether it’s an imaginary monster or a bully on the playground, life can be a bit scary for kids from time to time. Goodge is a monster that lives in six-year-old Tara’s bureau. But only she (and the audience) can see him.  Meanwhile, her older brother Victor is afraid of an increasingly difficult bully on the playground. Working together, they learn how to deal with their fears in a positive way, overcoming differences and making new friends.


What Manitoba educators are saying about Night Light:

“The play dealt with issues that a lot of students have to deal with in a funny and entertaining way.  It had a good message – it led to some great dialogue in the class afterwards.  [Our] students were happy to see positive conflict resolution between Farley and Victor.” - West St. Paul School

“[Night Light was a] starter for a great conversation on bullying, as well as dealing with other difficult situations.  Artistically, the actors captured every emotion children experience.  Educationally, the play fought back with words while simultaneously validating anger – turning a physical feeling into words… It is a great experience for children, as well as adults.” - Glenelm School


With Night Light, MTYP continues its mission to bring real issues facing children today to the stage, encouraging audiences to talk openly about the challenges that they face in everyday life. The production has been touring extensively across Manitoba, and will be appearing on MTYP’s mainstage from March 28 to April 6. It will then continue its province-wide tour, playing to over 20,000 students in schools across the province. Night Light is suitable for children ages 5 to 12, and adults of all ages.



Heather Russell


Alissa Watson

Farley/The Monster

Tristan Carlucci



Artistic Team

John Lazarus


Christopher Sigurdson


Grant Guy

Set & Costume Designer

Danny Carroll

Sound Designer

Bill Williams

Lighting Designer

JoAnna Black

Stage Manager


Public Performances

Friday, March 28 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, March 29 at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Sunday, March 30 at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Tuesday, April 1 at 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Wednesday, April 2 at 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Thursday, April 3 at 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Friday, April 4 at 1:00 PM & 7:00PM

Saturday, April 5 at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Sunday, April 6 at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM


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