The History of the Organization

We are the oldest continual Theatre organization in Canada. At all Festivals, since 1933, trophies have been awarded. The Late Cameron McIntosh, formerly of North Battleford, donated the first trophy. Others have since been added, bringing the current total to nineteen (19) trophies. Go to our Past Festivals and Awards page to get details of all our awards. 

1932                      

  • The Earl of Bessborough, Governor General of Canada, urged theatre groups to organize and to form Provincial associations. Our organization responded by forming and presenting a festival under the name of Saskatchewan Region of the Dominion Drama Festival. This was a One Act Festival. We continued like this for fifty years. Durring the war years, all activity was suspended.

1936                      

  • TheatreFest was initiated and fully supported by members.

1974                      

  • Saskatchewan Region of the Dominion Drama Festival Board Members’ expenses consisted solely of mileage recovery.

1982                      

  • Our name was changed to Theatre Saskatchewan Inc., in hopes of building our membership.

1983                      

  • We opened an office on a part-time basis.
  • We hired a part-time Executive Director.
  • We received funding from Sask Lotteries.

1984      

  • We published our first Newsletter, the “Curtain Call”.
  • We took a full length play to Calgary for the International Festival.
  • We provided grants for member clubs to help with their expenses.

1986      

  • We started the Apprenticeship Program.
  • We changed our name to Saskatchewan Community Theatre, Inc.
  • We hired a full time Executive Director.
  • We assisted fifteen (15) member groups
  • We started the Hilda Allen Memorial Library

1987      

  • With the Hilda Allen Memorial fund, provided by Regina Little Theatre, we bought library shelving.

1988      

  • We presented a One Act play at the International Festival in Nova Scotia

1989      

  • Organized a non-competitive One Act Festival.
  • Presented a Full Length Play at the International Festival in Victoria.

1990      

  • We hosted the Full Length and One Act International Festival.
  • We established the Nan Reid Musical Library.

1992      

  • We presented a TheatreFest play at International Festival in Norway

1993      

  • We Created the Janet-Laine Green Lifetime Achievement Award, which is awarded annually at the ThatreFest.
  • We took a Full Length play to Ireland for International Festival.

1995      

  • Mary Ellen Burgess received the Saskatchewan Arts Board Lifetime Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Burgess family entrusted the award to Saskatchewan Community Theatre, Inc., where it is displayed in the office, and at Festival.
  • We assisted seventy-five (75) member groups.

1996      

  •  “Pub Night”, our annual tribute to the War Vets, premiered.

1997      

  • Saskatchewan Community Theatre, Inc. established the Initiative Grant.

1998      

  • The New Play Workshop was instituted at ThatreFest.
  • Established our Newest Award, the Margaret Corbett Aspirant Award. It was first presented at TheatreFest in 1999.

2000      

  • Retired the George Porteous Memorial Plaque for Excellence or Meritorious Enterprise and created the William R. Hubbard Plaque for Excellence or Meritorious Enterprise.
  • Initiated Aboriginal and Special Needs Workshops.
  • Initiated the One Act Apprenticeship Program, with ten participants.
  • Announced the creation of the Margaret Woodward Theatre Hall of Fame.
  • Proclaimed our first Provincial Community Theatre Week (October 29 – November 4)
  • Initiated first television productions with Access Communications in Regina.

2001      

  • First Advisory Committee meeting for the Hall of Fame May 16, 2001
  • First Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony October 28, 2001
  • Membership approved name change to Theatre Saskatchewan Inc. November 3, 2002

2002      

  • Official name changed to Theatre Saskatchewan Inc., effective as of March 6, 2002.
  • Assisted eighty-six (86) member clubs.

2003      

  • Implemented the Executive Travel Program to promote program awareness to membership and non-members.
  • Established TheatreWorks – a weekend workshop with two (2) 13-hour workshops.
  • Online Library Database with ordering capabilities was established on our website.
  • Declared the Full-Length Festival will be officially known as TheatreFest (year) for name recognition and consistency.
  • Theatre Saskatchewan partnered with Theatre BC to showcase Canadian plays at the first annual Canada West Play Fest in Nanaimo, BC

2004      

  • Declared the Once Act Festival will be officially known as TheatreOne (year) for name recognition and consistency.

Volunteer of the Year Award

2009  

Angel Genereux

 - Regina Little Theatre Society, Inc.

2008

Lance Cornwell

 - Last Mountain Theatre Co.

2007

Patrick Pelletier

 - Regina Little Theatre Society, Inc.

2006

Brenda A. Fahselt

 - Prairie Players Drama Club

2005

Pat Wilson

 - Regina Little Theatre

2004

Walter Austman

 - Paper Bag Theatre

2003

Bernadette Tice

 - Regina Lyric Light Opera

2002

David Martodam

 - Meadow Lake Community Theatre, Inc.

2001

Phyllis Henry

 - Mooseberry Acting Company

2000

Ken Johnson

 - Swift Current Little Theatre

Past Presidents

2018  

 

1993  

James Hosking

1968  

A. T. Gardiner

2017

 

1992

Jim Hadfield

1967

A. T. Gardiner

2016

 

1991

Janet Ewing

1966

A. T. Gardiner

2015

 

1990

Ian C. Nelson

1965

A. T. Gardiner

2014

 

1989

Margaret H. Woodward

1964

C. D. Abrahamson

2013

 

1988

Betty Woods

1963

C. D. Abrahamson

2012

 

1987

Betty Woods

1962

C. D. Abrahamson

2011

Jarrod Jeanson

1986

Neall Stevens

1961

C. D. Abrahamson

2010

Jarrod Jeanson

1985

William R. Hubbard

1960

Mrs. R. B. Ramsay

2009

Lynn Wagner

1984

Keith Woods

1959

Mrs. R. B. Ramsay

2008

Lynn Wagner

1983

Keith Woods

1958

Mrs. R. B. Ramsay

2007

Ken Johnson

1982

Joan Coggins

1957

Mrs. R. B. Ramsay

2006

Ken Johnson

1981

Joan Coggins

1956

C. E. Lake

2005

Ken Johnson

1980

Donna Challis

1955

Mary Ellen Burgess

2004

Larry Schlosser

1979

Donna Challis

1954

Mary Ellen Burgess

2003

Larry Schlosser

1978

Ian C. Nelson

1953

Mary Ellen Burgess

2002

Suzanne Malo

1977

Ian C. Nelson

1952

Mary Ellen Burgess

2001

Suzanne Malo

1976

Margaret H. Woodward

1951

Mary Ellen Burgess

2000

Lorna Batycki

1975

Margaret H. Woodward

1950

Unknown

1999

Lorna Batycki

1974

Connie Munyard

1949

William Reid

1998

Betty Woods

1973

Connie Munyard

1948

Unknown

1997

Betty Woods

1972

Jeanne Walters

1947

Unknown

1996

Betty woods

1971

Jeanne Walters

1946

Unknown

1995

Florence Eberle

1970

A. T. Gardiner

1945

K. W. Gordon

1994

Florence Eberle

1969

A. T. Gardiner

1944

Walter T. Read

Dinner Theatres

2005  

Paper Bag Players

 - You Can’t Get There From Here by Pat Cook

2004  

Humboldt Community Players

 - The Men Commandments by Sarah Quick

2003

Last Mountain Theatre Co.

 - The Nunsense Christmas Musical Nuncrackers by Dan Goggin

2002

Battlefords Community Players

 - A Christmas Cactus by Eliot Byerrum

2001

Swift Current Little Theatre

 - Over the River and Through the Woods by Joe Dipietro

2000

Saskatoon Ageless Players

 - The Gift & The G.R.I.N.C.H. by L.M. Chalmers

1999

Saskatoon Ageless Players

 - Scrooge – The Female Version by Caroline Russell-King

1998

Chocolate Moose Theatre, Inc.

 - Not A Creature Was Stirring… Not Even A Moose by Pat cook

1997

Saskatchewan Community Theatre, Inc.

 - There Goes The Bride by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

1996

Saskatchewan Community Theatre, Inc. & Regina Summer Stage

 - Tomb With A View by Norman Robbins

1995

Saskatchewan Community Theatre, Inc. & Regina Summer Stage

 - Key For Two by J. Chapman and D. Freeman

Acting for the Camera Productions

2000-2004

  • Today’s Tech-Knowledgy by L.M. Chalmers
  • In Sickness & In Health by L. M. Chalmers
  • How Did You Lose Those Fingers adapted by Roy J. Challis from “Mr. Baseball” by Lorne Kulak
  • Fundrazor by Roy J. Challis
  • Haute Cusine by Jim McLoughlin
  • Promises by Guy Michaud