Joel Bernbaum is the founding artistic director of Sum Theatre, where he founded Saskatchewan’s first-ever free professional live Theatre in the Park. He recalls a succinct review of their early work.
In our very first year of Theatre in the Park a gruff looking man in his 60s came up to me after the show. He gestured to the set pieces in the park and said:
“I don’t go to theatre …
And I don’t know what that was…
But I liked it!”
And I thought to myself, “This is one of the reasons we are doing what we do.”
Joel is variously an actor, director, educator, journalist, and playwright based in Saskatoon.
(Image: Theresa Stevenson, Robert Grier, Donovan Scheirer, Krystle Pederson, Nathan Howe, Alison Jenkins and Kristi Friday in Sum Theatre’s Theatre in the Park 2016 production of Little Badger and the Fire Spirit)