In Development

We’re creating a brand new theatrical experience - from scratch!

TBTR is excited to announce our newest project, #gladtobehere (working title).

A partnership with one of our favourite Winnipeg playwrights, Ginny Collins, this new work promises to be daringly political, twisted and timely. 

This production will be site-specific, taking the audience on a physical and auditory journey into a future Winnipeg, where natural and human-made catastrophes have left the River City ravaged, and its people seeking to create a fresh start.

Who would be the new ruling class?  What do the folks who live along the riverbanks really know?  Who really does control the weather?  How can propaganda be discerned from the truth?

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With the generous support of the Manitoba Arts Council. 

Thank you to The Johnston Group for being our Lead Season Sponsor.

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Meet the artists involved

Kelsey Braun

Through a practice of focused listening and an attention to the aural periphery, Kelsey Braun seeks the poetic out of sonic events and within the spaces they inhabit. Kelsey utilizes techniques in field recording, foley and improvisation, and is embarked on an obsessive and long-term journey toward the collection of sound. The results of this audio library take the form of single and multi-channel installation, design for moving image, collage or the publication of stereo recordings, either solo or under the collaborative project with Cam Scott called Swolowes. Kelsey is Programming Coordinator, Technical Associate and occasional instructor at Video Pool Media Arts Centre, and, in addition to an independent art practice, has worked in sound design for filmmakers and other artists alike for the past number of years.


Ginny Collins

Ginny Collins is a Winnipeg-based playwright who works with both the English and French theatre community. She is the author of The Flats (Prairie Theatre Exchange and Théâtre Cercle Molière), Good Intentions (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre), MBTV: Histoire en Direct (Canadian Parents for French), The Good Daughter (Winnipeg Fringe Festival) and several other plays.

Gabriel Daniels

Gabriel Daniels was born in Ottawa, Ontario to Harry Daniels and Lenda Fisher, both Métis hailing from Saskatchewan. Gabriel was raised in Edmonton, Alberta and attended Citadel Theatre and high school drama class.  Now living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gabriel works as a carpenter and actor and is delighted to be the father of two young daughters, Malia and Mara.

Kendra Jones

A director, creator, and dramaturg, Kendra Jones graduated with Distinction from the MA Text & Performance at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London, and holds a BA(Hons) in Theatre Performance from the University of Winnipeg where she has also been guest faculty. Favourite directing credits include Sea Wall, 4.48 Psychosis (Theatre By the River), Sweet Mama and the Salty Muffins (Alumnae Theatre), Drunk Enough To Say I Love You, Seagulls (selardi theatre), Clever Little Lies (Assistant director to Steven Schipper, RMTC,) and Richard II (Assistant Director, Zone41). She is artistic director of impel theatre, home to her more experimental theatre creations including her one-act play Dear Mama, the immersive event Tonight at Eight, and an audio installation Autel, which has been shown at RADA, The Gas Station Arts Centre, and The University of Toronto's FOOT, along with a new promenade theatrical happening Do You Know This Place? which is under development and was first tested at Theatre Passe Muraille’s Crapshoot. Her academic writing focuses on the performer-audience relationship and the ethics of performance, and has been published by Common Ground Publishing, Brunel University and the Humanities Education Research Association. Kendra is a member of the Directors Lab North facilitated by Luminato Festival and the British Council in Toronto, and the Canadian Stage Company’s RBC Emerging Artists Network.

Derek Leenhouts

Derek is a founding member of Theatre By The River and has appeared in many TBTR productions over the years including Constellations, Edward II, Cock, Bull, Lungs, and Generous. In addition, he has appeared on stage with RMTC, SIR, Dry Cold, Rainbow Stage, White Rabbit, Sarasvati, and others. Derek is deeply invested in his love of music. He can often be found singing in various theatrical settings as well as with the acappella group Those Guys, of which he is also a founding member. He also writes music and plays guitar occasionally, and was the Music Director for TBTR's production of Billy Bishop Goes to War.

Daina Leitold

Daina Leitold is an actor, designer, director and arts educator.  She has previously performed with TBTR as Woman in Tender Napalm, Lady Kent in Edward II and Charlotta in The Cherry Orchard.  She has also played with Echo Theatre, Upcycle Puppet Collective, Sarasvati, SIR, WJT, RMTC, and Theatre Calgary.  For TBTR, she has designed the worlds of Edward II, Cock, Bull and The Cherry Orchard (a co-pro with Little Echo Theatre).  She has also designed productions for One Trunk Theatre, Saucy Gals and Green Kids Inc.

Mel Marginet

Mel Marginet is an actor for stage and screen and has produced or co-produced over 22 theatre pieces, 5 films and documentaries and countless events with 500+ guests and multiple artists and disciplines since 2005. When not creating theatre, film and community projects, she is the Publisher at Great Plains Publications, which publishes bestselling and award winning non-fiction, fiction and books for middle grade and teen readers.

Jordan Phillips

Jordan Phillips is an actor, director, singer, musician, and playwright based in Winnipeg. Having fallen in love with theatre at a young age, his desire to perform eventually grew so large that he decided to pursue it as a career. He studied acting at the University of Winnipeg, graduating from their Honours Acting program in 2013. In the years since, Jordan has performed around the city with companies such as Sick+Twisted Theatre, Merlyn Productions, R-G Productions, Shoe-In Productions, and the North Kildonan Community Players.

Lara Rae

Lara Rae is a TV and radio writer and producer, comedian and host. She was the creator of the CBC Radio series Monsoon House with Russell Peters, a 20 part half hour comedy drama. Lara was one of the developers of the international hit series Little Mosque on the Prairie for which she shared two Geminis, two Canadian Comedy Awards, and an Italian Prix Roma writing prize. Other TV series include Blackfly (Global) and Big Sound (Global) and the radio series Afghanada (CBC Radio). For theatre, she had written several shows. The show Unscheduled Stop with George Westerholm was nominated for the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe (1989) and played at Hen and Chickens Pub Theatre (London, U.K. 1990) How Do You Know When You're Done? with Dean Jenkinson, based on the creation of Unscheduled Stop played at Tim Sims Playhouse, Toronto (1999). Dragonfly begin life as One Man's Show with Sarah Constible at Carol Shields Festival of New Works (TPM, 2010)  In 2016. Lara was the first transgender person to host a national CBC news program when she guest hosted The Current. Lara is the co-founder of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and a 30 year veteran of stand up comedy.

Cherissa Richards

Cherissa is an actor, director and playwright. After spending most of her time as an actor in Toronto, Cherissa is so happy to call Winnipeg home again and feels fortunate to connect to her theatre community here. It has been wonderful to be able to create theatre with this team and Theatre by the River during a time when the future of theatre is uncertain.

Karl Thordarson

Karl Thordarson has been working as an actor in theatre and film for 20 years. He has collaborated on devised theatre works and developed concept and performance techniques to tell moving stories of human relationship and desire. He is most proud of his involvement in recent stagings of Philip Ridley’s Tender Napalm and Mike Bartlett’s Cock for Theatre by the River as well as his work with One Trunk Theatre and Theatre Projects Manitoba in the devised cinematic stage production I Dream of Diesel. As a film actor Karl has experience working on small independant sets to large studio productions and has established himself as an efficient and effective actor in terms of meeting the unique challenges of capturing story for camera.

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