Incubator Series Announcement 2023/24

Persephone Theatre is thrilled to announce the chosen projects for this year’s Incubator Series!

The Incubator Series is designed to support the development of new and in-progress work by Saskatchewan artists.

Welcome to My Country by Lautaro Reyes

Lautaro Reyes is in the earliest stage of crafting a play that will reflect the experience of immigrants in Saskatoon. This is a communal project, commencing with interviews with members of our local community, with the intention of creating a play that will embody those stories, and be performed by those community members along side professional actors.

Born in Chile in the midst of the military dictatorship, discontent and hope marked Lautaro’s work in art. At the age of 14 he discovered that art would be part of his life, but only after finishing his studies in veterinary medicine, did he decide to study acting and become a theater director. In 2012, when he came to Canada, this was where his love for the visual arts led him to dabble in painting and multimedia art “it was my only way to communicate without words.” Lautaro is currently focused on developing social projects that seek to visualize an honest look into the world of minorities.

BANANA MUSIK by Kris Alvarez

BANANA MUSIK is a natural evolution of Kris’ ongoing inquiry around identity, family, and the troubling concept of home. It captures the “now” of an adult-immigrant kid trying to take good care of aging parents, proud immigrants. It tenderly holds hard questions about care. Kris undertakes this development as an active collaboration with her parents, as an opportunity to each share their own artistry, and the stage, together as a family.

Treaty 4 artist Kris Alvarez happily makes relationships (Curtain Razors, Fadadance, Artesian, Globe Theatre, Common Weal, Dunlop Art Gallery, Sum Theatre, Scantily Glad, Persephone Theatre). Kris makes (Golden Potluck, Acknowledging), humbly learns (Reasonable Doubt) and performs in film (Donkeyhead), outdoors (Wâhkôhtowin), TV (ZARQA), onstage (Bad Blood, Carmen Angel, Making Spirits Bright).

In 2023, Regina Folk Festival invited back Burnt Sienna Boulevard, Kris’ reimagined variety show for young people. On Treaty 6, Kris collaborated on new work, Homebuddies (Scantily Glad, It’s Not a Box) presented at the Prague Quadrennial, then returned to be in Persephone Theatre’s 2023/24 season opener, Bright Half Life.


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