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A BRIEF HISTORY

 

Dancing Sky Theatre was established in 1993 as a non-profit, charitable organization in

Saskatchewan, based in the small rural village of

Meacham (population 80), where there is a thriving

arts and crafts community.

Early shows toured to rural schools and took theatre to small rural communities. We partnered

with schools, colleges and other organizations like

AIDS Saskatoon, to disseminate and support our

work.

In 1997 we moved into our own space, the old Ukrainian hall in the village, which we renovated

and re-christened Harvest Hall.

 

In November of that year, we opened our new home with our first dinner and theatre event

Billy Bishop Goes to War by John Gray, starring Tom Rooney and Deborah Buck; the first time that that script had been produced with a woman as the piano player.

1998 saw our first development project, Spitting Slag by Mansel Robinson, which went on to tour to The Globe Theatre and 25th Street Theatre.

Days by the Radio, in 1999, was our first collective creation project, followed in 2001 by our first commissioned piece Street Wheat, by Mansel Robinson.

 

To date, we have produced 47 productions; all of them Canadian. Thirty four were world premieres that we created or helped to develop; many by new and emerging playwrights. Sixteen have been collective creations. Twelve of our productions have gone on to tour other communities around Saskatchewan and Canada.

We are very proud that many of the scripts that we

developed and premiered have gone on to be

published and produced in other theatres. For

example, Dogbarked by James O’Shea has been

produced at Persephone Theatre, Globe Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and Theatre North West

in Prince George.

We have been part of many other events such as The Festival of Words, The Discovery Festival and

the Nokia Briar.

 

In 2005, we were selected to create the Saskatchewan Centennial Theatre Tour, which visited 59 Saskatchewan communities, and then went on to Ottawa.

In 2008, at the first “Saskatoon and Area Theatre Awards”, we won five of the eleven awards given out.

In 2010, we dedicated ourselves to working exclusively on developing new Canadian work.

Our commitment to developing and supporting new artists and writers in the province of Saskatchewan, and in maintaining a vital artistic community, is unwavering.

 

In 2014, Artistic Director Angus Ferguson was awarded the Lieutenant Governer’s Award for Leadership in the Arts; only one such award is given annually and it is for all artistic disciplines.