Mary Blackstone (Professor Emerita, Department of Theatre, University of Regina; Director, Centre for the Study of Script Development) serves as Director of the Saskatchewan Partnership for Arts Research. She oversees both the evolution of the partnership and the 3 year arts ecology research project. Past Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Regina, current board member and chair of the Research Committee for the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, and current or past board member for several other provincial arts organizations, Blackstone brings a broad knowledge of the provincial arts scene and demonstrated administrative ability. For the past 13 years she has also served as Director of the Centre for the Study of Script Development (a community-based research centre set up in 2000 by 10 partner organizations from the arts community). She has worked as a dramaturg with playwrights and directors in the development of new dramatic work for stage, screen and new media. She worked with the Canadian Panel on Research Ethics towards the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement. As an early modern cultural historian she examines the role of travelling English performers and the networks they formed in the negotiation of political allegiance, social, cultural and religious values in the communities they visited. Although distant in geography and time, her study of the cultural neighbourhoods created by early modern performers, draws on theoretical material relating to place making as well as cultural and economic networks that are central to the study of the local arts ecology in Saskatchewan.
Daniel Parr received an English degree from the University of Regina in 2008, and has dedicated his adult life to the arts community in Saskatchewan. With almost ten years of experience as a program manager for SaskBooks, he has traveled the length and breadth of the province (and beyond) promoting Saskatchewan publishers and books. Six years sitting on the board of the Saskatchewan Book Awards, three as the Chair, provided further opportunities to champion books. Experience with serving on juries and advisory groups rounds out his experience of the arts ecology of the province.
Stacey Bliss earned a PhD in Education from York University, Toronto, and is a sound artist, Gong teacher & performer, yoga &meditation teacher, as well as an English & literacies educator. She is currently a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance (MAP) at the University of Regina (2019-2021), a research associate with IICSI (International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation), and a student of “deep listening” (Oliveros, 2005) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York.
Jaime Boldt is a dedicated member of the Saskatchewan community who is committed to a personal and professional life rooted in holistic, collaborative and humanizing approaches. Jaime holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Public Policy with an undergrad in Human Justice. Jaime is a champion for vulnerable populations and those without access. She has received a number of awards for her work in this area both locally and nationally. Jaime has held various strategic and leadership roles in provincial not-for-profits as well as the Saskatchewan government.
Her unique combination of education and experience laid the groundwork to open her own consulting business which she operated for 8 years. With a strong knowledge and background of not-for-profits, she provided support and guidance in development, sustainability and governance to groups across western Canada. Jaime currently is the Executive Director of Globe Theatre, a recently created position within the organization. She also sits on the Saskatchewan Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Board of Directors and continues to teach and facilitate in the practice of restorative justice at the University of Regina and Athol Murray College of Notre Dame
Member at Large
Yulissa Campos is a Latina actress, emerging playwright and founder of Ay, Caramba! Theatre, originally from Ecuador, but calls Saskatoon her second home. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, both from the University of Saskatchewan. Yulissa is currently working on her MA in Counselling Psychology. She has worked with children and youth for several years and when she is not teaching drama or working with the newcomer community, she likes to write stories that connect and illustrate the underrepresented voices. This summer, Yulissa collaborated in SUM Theatre Project “Theatre in the Neighbourhood”, and her most recent play was part of the 25th Street Theatre's Live in Your Lawn.
Dr. Kathryn Ricketts has been working for the past 30 years in the field of dance and visual arts, presenting throughout Europe, South America, Africa and Canada. Her work in schools, galleries and community centers focuses on social/political issues with dance, creative writing and visual art as the mobilizing ‘voice’. Her Doctoral research furthered this into areas of literacy, embodiment and cultural studies with a method she coins Embodied Poetic Narrative. She is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education in the University of Regina as the chair of the Dance area. She will be launching "The Listening Lab", a visual and performing arts series in her loft in the John Deere Tractor Building this Fall.