About the sessions

The SK Theatre Design Festival was created by an ad hoc group of Saskatchewan theatre designers in 2021 working in the areas of sound, lighting, costume, sets, projections, and props. The festival committee is dedicated to holding a design festival that provides opportunities for emerging and established theatre designers to explore the environment of stories on stage.

This is the 2nd annual festival and we are thrilled to be offering sessions in two of Saskatchewan's major centres, Saskatoon and Regina, as well as some sessions online. The festival will run from April 29-May 15. Please see the schedule below for individual events.

April 25

  • 2:00 PM - Backstage Tour of The Revolutionists - Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon (FREE)

April 29-May15 - Saskatoon & Regina Design Challenges. See The Design Challenges for more information.

  • On display at Midtown Plaza, Saskatoon for public viewing from April 29-May 5.

  • On display in the lobby at Darke Hall, Regina for public viewing from May 14-15.


April 29

  • 5:00-5:30 PM - "Perk Up" - Festival Welcome & Orientation with the festival committee - Online (FREE)

    • Wondering what the Festival has to offer to you. Join this session to find out what the committee has planned for the next 3 weekends.

  • 7:00-8:00 PM - Drinks with Designers - Meet & Greet - Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre, Saskatoon (FREE)

    • Drinks with Designers was an initiative started with ADC and has continues across the country. Join each other to socialize and enjoy a visit with each other that is probably long overdue.

  • 8:00-9:00 PM - SHOW - Light & Sound Show "Tales of Good & Evil" - Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre, Saskatoon ($20.00)

    • The Light and Sound performances that were unable to be presented last year plus this year's sound designer's work. No actors on stage, no props or costumes - just let the light and sound create the story in front of you.


April 30

  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM - WORKSHOP - "Scenic Painting Workshop with Mark Eriksson" - Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon ($20.00)

    • Feeling like you need a refresher or looking for new skills. Time to get your hands dirty and learn some scenic painting techniques. Find out the tips and tricks that Mark uses to create the scenic elements for the set designer.

  • 3:00-4:30 PM - "Keynote Address by Colleen Grady" - Online ($10.00)

    • Colleen earned her BFA in Costume Design from the U Of R and then had her career take her across the USA. Listen to the journey of her career and what unfolded along the path.

  • 8:00-9:00 PM - SHOW - Light & Sound Show "Tales of Good & Evil" - Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre, Saskatoon ($20.00)

    • The Light and Sound performances that were unable to be presented last year plus this year's sound designer's work. No actors on stage, no props or costumes - just let the light and sound create the story in front of you.


May 1

  • 1:30-2:30 PM - SHOW - Light & Sound Show "Tales of Good & Evil" - Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre, Saskatoon ($20.00)

    • The Light and Sound performances that were unable to be presented last year plus this year's sound designer's work. No actors on stage, no props or costumes - just let the light and sound create the story in front of you.

  • 3:00-4:30 PM - Artist Talks - Saskatoon Designer Challenges - Persephone Theatre, Saskatoon (FREE)

    • Designers talk through their inspiration, challenges, what worked and what they might have done differently.

  • 8:00-9:00 PM - SHOW - Light & Sound Show "Tales of Good & Evil" - Refinery Arts & Spirit Centre, Saskatoon ($20.00)

    • The Light and Sound performances that were unable to be presented last year plus this year's sound designer's work. No actors on stage, no props or costumes - just let the light and sound create the story in front of you.


May 6

  • 4:00-5:00 PM - "Portfolio Advice - Creating a Digital Portfolio with Michael Schweikardt" - Online ($10.00)

    • Has it taken you years to get your digital portfolio together? Have one but just not happy with how it looks? OR simply too overwhelmed to know where to begin? Join Michael Schweikardt and a panel of artists as the discuss what works best to show your best work.

  • 7:00-8:30 PM - "Professional Development with Shelia Sky" - Online ($10.00) ***CANCELLED***

    • Climbing the hill, building momentum and managing the twists and turns of a design career in Canada with Sheila Sky


May 7

  • 10:00-11:30 AM - Panel Session - "Sustainability: How This Informs the Design" - Online ($10.00)

    • As designers and theatre makers we can have a huge impact on the environment. Listen and ask questions to the panel as they discuss ideas about creating a more sustainable way of creating the art.

  • 12:00-1:30 PM - Panel Session - ADC, IATSE, CITT - "What Can These Organizations Do To Shape Your Career?" - Online ($10.00)

    • Being an independent artists in the performance arts can be difficult but there are organizations that are they to assist you. Come and find out how each of these organizations can assist you in your career. A representative from each organization listed below are here to answer all your questions. Associated Designers of Canada (ADC), International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), and Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology (CITT)

  • 7:00-8:30 PM - "Emily Rollie - Training Everyone in the Room - Consent & Intimacy Protocols for Designers and Technicians" - Online ($10.00)

    • Join Dr. Emily Rollie, an intimacy choreographer and an associate faculty member with Theatrical Intimacy Education (TIE) as she discusses consent. This session will provide you as a designer with some tools to consider while working together as a collective.


May 8

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM - WORKSHOP - "Creating Your Own Digital Content with Karyn McCallum" - Online ($20.00)

    • This WORKSHOP is all about how you create your OWN digital content. Tired of using other image sources for your projection designs? Not sure how to integrate your own style in a digital format? Join Karyn in this 2 hour online session to discover her tips and tricks.

  • 1:00-2:30 PM - Panel Session - "Integrated Tech" - Online ($10.00)

    • These panelists were brought together because their work tends to blur the lines between discreet design elements – set/projection, lighting/projection, set/lighting/projection or they are working with an integration of technology, design and performers in fairly radical ways.

  • 7:00-8:30 PM - Panel Session - "Decentralizing Design and Re-imagining Collaborative Theatre in Saskatchewan" - Online ($10.00)

    • This session emerged from some sessions at last year's SKTDF that suggested the most prevalent model for theatre making in North America is colonial in nature, structured to work against collaboration – in short it is broken. Fixing the problem will take time but in disparate ways that’s what these artists are doing. Is moving away from a model of theatre making which treats the designer as guru a good thing?


May 13

  • 7:00-8:00 PM - Drinks with Designers - Meet & Greet - Bushwakker Brewpub, Regina (FREE)

    • Drinks with Designers was an initiative started with ADC and has continues across the country. Join each other to socialize and enjoy a visit with each other that is probably long overdue.


May 14

  • 9:30-11:00 AM - Coffee Talk - Open Session - Challenges - Online ($10.00)

    • Created something but are running into obstacles - where technical or HR issues. This is a space for us to hear each other and offer ideas and support.

  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM - Artist Talks - Regina Designer Challenges - Crush Space, Riddell Centre, Regina (FREE)

    • Designers talk through their inspiration, challenges, what worked and what they might have done differently.

  • 2:00-3:00 PM - SHOW - Immersive Sound Performance - "UNDERDARK" - Darke Hall, Regina ($20.00)

    • This year's theme for the performance was UNDERDARK. Join us in the newly opened Darke Hall for a submersive sound experience.

  • 7:00-8:00 PM - SHOW - Immersive Sound Performance - "UNDERDARK" - Darke Hall, Regina ($20.00)

    • This year's theme for the performance was UNDERDARK. Join us in the newly opened Darke Hall for a submersive sound experience.


May 15

  • 2:00-3:00 PM - SHOW - Immersive Sound Performance - "UNDERDARK" - Darke Hall, Regina ($20.00)

    • This year's theme for the performance was UNDERDARK. Join us in the newly opened Darke Hall for a submersive sound experience.

  • 3:00-4:30 PM - Afternoon Wine'd Down & Wrap Up - Online (FREE)

    • To close out the festival we invite you to join in a session where we can discuss what we are now inspired to create. Maybe you are currently working on a project and need to share it with the group or you are proud a production (or anything really) from the past that you would like to tell others about. Let's continue to lift each up and congratulate each other on the work we do.