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, with over twelve productions, eight that were new works, Theatre Incarnate consistently proves itself as a dedicated and theatrically innovative company to continually watch. We have also facilitated a number of performance workshops and various staged readings of new plays. In addition to this, through the use of our studio facilities and expertise, we support and assist other small theatre companies in their endeavours.
Co-Artistic Leader/Technical Director
Eric is a lighting designer and theatre technician working in Winnipeg, he has lighting designed all of Theatre Incarnate production to date. Some of his other lighting designs include 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.
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 Orloff, Guernica, and Men Seldom. She has trained in physical theatre with the company Teatr Korzenie; creating three shows with them Death is Within Me, Replika 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.
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).
Dave Pruden has been working professionally as a graphic designer and illustrator for the past 34 years. An annual presence on the local Fringe Festival scene, he has also performed, stage managed, and built entire sets in many theatrical productions over the years. He has designed all of Theatre Incarnates posters to date, and had the unique distinction of designing the most posters during a single Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Richard Kellie was washed ashore in a bottle on the beach in Exmouth England; Richard has variously lived and traveled in Canada, Europe, and Israel. He had a brush with Fine Art at the University of Manitoba and is at different times an actor, painter, sculptor, photographer, and writer. Richard has created designs for Shel Shocked (project 13, Fringe 2004) and Theatre Incarnate’s The Hairy Ape and Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead. He has also performed in Theatre Incarnate’s Stop Kiss, Arcadia and Fool for Love. He has finally completed the fourth book of his trilogy on Mary Magdalene and is still assimilating his experiences from his research trip in Africa and the the Middle East.
-“…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