About Us

Theatre Incarnate’s mandate is to produce artistically significant theatre. Our mission is to push the artistic habits and craftsmanship that create engaging theatre, and through a strict adherence to the unity of design with directorial concept we will compulsively play with genre, form, style and multi-disciplinary approaches to our art. With these fundamental principles our goal is to foster fresh artistic opportunities for both the audience and theatre community.

Since our re-incorporation in 2006, Theatre Incarnate has produced/co-produced twenty projects, eight that were new works. Theatre Incarnate consistently proves itself as a dedicated and theatrically innovative company to continually watch!  We are also dedicated to the development of new plays and original creations. In addition to this, through the use of our studio facilities and expertise, we support and assist other small theatre companies in their endeavours.

Theatre Incarnate welcomes all artist and audiences inclusive of race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic strata or religious beliefs. Theatre Incarnate acknowledges that the land on which we gather and create theatre is Treaty 1 Territory. It is the traditional lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. The name Winnipeg is derived from the Cree name for Lake Winnipeg, win-nipi, meaning “murky water”. We acknowledge our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

Eric Bossé
Co-Artistic Leade
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Eric is a lighting designer and theatre technician working in Winnipeg, he has lighting designed all of Theatre Incarnate’s production to date. Some of his other lighting designs include Of Mice and Morrow and Jasp (MTYP), Grease (Flin Flon), MTYP’s school shows, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (SIR), Love You Forever (PTE), and Munschapaloosa (PTE), and Manitoba Theatre Projects’ Coo-Coosh (TPM). In addition to being a founding member of Theatre Incarnate he is the Venue Technician at Manitoba Theatre For Young People. To see Eric’s Portfolio go to link here.

Brenda McLean
Co-Artistic Leader

Brenda is a physical theatre artist and designer. With Theatre Incarnate she has had the opportunity to create many original and/or adaptive works including: Dionysus is Getting Impatient, Master OrloffGuernica, and Men Seldom.   She has trained in physical theatre with the company Teatr Korzenie; creating three shows with them Death is Within MeReplika 8 and Verge-In. Two of which were performed in Poland and presented at the International Theatre Festival in Tczew, Poland. Replika 8 earned the “Best Performance Award” at the festival. Brenda has also trained with One Yellow Rabbit, Ghost River Theatre, John Turner in Clown, Young Lungs Dance Exchange, and Tom Stroud in Improvised Movement. Brenda teaches acting at Prairie Theatre Exchange and previously at the University of Manitoba. She is the Head of Wardrobe at Prairie Theatre Exchange. To see Brenda’s Portfolio go to link here.

Christopher Sobczak
Co-Artistic Leader

Christopher Sobczak is a founding member and Co-Artistic Leader of Theatre Incarnate. He is a Winnipeg based artist whose theatrical areas of focus are Direction, Creative Writing, Story Theatre, Cinema and Clowning. He has studied Pochinko Clown with John Turner (of Mump and Smoot), and workshops in Bouffon and Clown (in the Lecoq and Gaulier styles). He has previously directed Theatre Incarnate productions of Maple Route, Boston Marriage, Men Seldom Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses, The Hairy Ape, Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead, Fool For Love, and Orphans. In addition to his prime interest in directing, Christopher works as a dramaturge with Theatre Incarnate; such productions as Whitechapel Redemption, Guernica, Dionysus is Getting Impatient, and Verge-In. Performing credits include Sapientia (Aztec Theatre), Grand Guignol Sur La Prairie (Echo Theatre), Arcadia (Incarnate), and The Hairy Ape (Incarnate).


-“…in a theatre community as talented and dedicated as Winnipeg’s, Theatre Incarnate leads by example.” patrons

2011    Best Design of the WPG Fringe Festival, CBC for Master Orloff

2009    Best of the Decade– Winnipeg Free Press Dec. 31st, for Arcadia (2 mentions)

2008    Top Ten of the WPG Fringe Festival, CBC, “5 Stars”, for Guernica

2008    Best Performance Ensemble, Winnipeg Free Press, for Boston Marriage

2006    Top Ten of the WPG Fringe Festival, Uptown Magazine, for Men Seldom…

1999    Best of the Fringe Festival, Winnipeg Sun, for Jack and Jill