Co-Artistic Leader/Technical Director
Eric Bossé is a lighting designer and theatre technician working in
Winnipeg. His lighting designs include S.I.R.’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
PTE’s Love You Forever, and Munschapaloosa, and Manitoba Theatre Projects’ Coo-Coosh. In addition to being a founding member of Theatre
Incarnate he is a current member of Shakespeare In The Ruins. Recently Eric
was the set designer for S.I.R.’s production of Head by Debbie Patterson.
Brenda Kim McLean|
Co-Artistic Leader/Production Designer/Director/Teacher
Brenda is a Winnipeg artist, who's focus is on physical performance and original creation.
As Co-Artistic Director and Production Designer of Theatre Incarnate she has had the
opportunity to create many original and/or adaptive works including:
Master Orloff & Madame Clodille’s Penny Arcade Freakshow Beautifique,
Guernica, Boston Marriage, Arcadia, Men Seldom Make Passes at Girls Who Wear
Glasses, The Hairy Ape, The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines, Stop Kiss,
Jack & Jill, and Fool For Love.
Other Theatre Incarnate credits include direction, acting, and
designing for various Incarnate shows. Brenda is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg
Honours Acting/Design programme, where she was pleased to play Viola in Twelfth Night.
She has also trained in physical theatre with the company Teatr Korzenie; creating three
shows with them Death is Within Me..., Replika 8 and Verge-In. Two of which were
performed in Poland and presented at the International Theatre Festival in Tczew,
Poland. Replika 8 earned the “Best Performance Award” at the festival.
Brenda has furthered her training with One Yellow Rabbit of Calgary in original
creation; with John Turner from the comedic duo “Mump and Smoot” in his Clown Boot
Camp, with the Young Lungs Dance Exchange in performance improvisation. Recently
Brenda has been participating in Tom Stroud's movement research geared towards
performance. Brenda also teaches acting at Prairie Theatre Exchange and previously
at the University of Manitoba. She is the Head of Wardrobe
at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
Co-Artistic Leader/General Manager
Christopher Sobczak has previously directed Theatre Incarnate’s productions
of Boston Marriage, Men Seldom Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses, The Hairy Ape
(Co-direction with Brenda McLean), The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Heroines,
Stop Kiss, Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead, Fool for Love, and
Orphans. Acting credits include The Hairy Ape (O’NeillFest 2006), Jack and
Jill (Fringe 1999), Out at Sea (Fringe 1997), Victims of Duty (Terminal
Theatre 1995), and Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound (BHTC 1994) as well as Arcadia (MTC's Stoppardfest 2007)).
Christopher is also a founding member of project 13, teaching and
facilitating Cinematics: Acting and Direction workshops.
Dave Pruden has been working professionally as a graphic designer and
illustrator for the past 25 years. An annual presence on the local Fringe
Festival scene, he has also performed, stage managed, and built entire sets
in many theatrical productions over the years. He has designed all of
Theatre Incarnates posters to date, and had the unique distinction of
designing the most posters during a single Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Designer and Website Curator
Richard Kellie was washed ashore in a bottle on the beach in Exmouth England; Richard has variously lived and
traveled in Canada, Europe, and Israel. He had a brush with Fine Art at the
University of Manitoba and is at different times an actor, painter,
sculptor, photographer, and writer. Richard has created
designs for Shel Shocked (project 13, Fringe 2004) and Theatre Incarnate’s
The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill and Pounding Nails in the Floor With My
Forehead by Eric Bogosian. He has also performed in Diana Son's Stop Kiss, Arcadia by Tom Stoppard and Sam
Shepard’s Fool for Love for Theatre Incarnate. He has finally completed
the fourth book of his trilogy on Mary Magdalene
and is still assimilating his experiences from his research trip in Africa and the the Middle East.
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Company History and Ideology
Theatre Incarnate is a performing arts company dedicated to furthering the theatrical development of its ensemble. These means are to be achieved, in workshops, rehearsals and performance, by creating a forum to explore aspects of acting, writing, direction, and design; and through its work with guest artists, partner organizations and the community. Originally founded in 1996, the company operates under the artistic leadership of Eric Bossé, Brenda McLean and Christopher Sobczak. Theatre Incarnate is a Winnipeg-based non-profit association.
“If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is a result of good work habits.
Our ideology is to focus on the physical performer as the essential tool for theatrical storytelling. We believe that, at its essence, the performer is the incarnation of live theatre. Without the performer the theatrical engagement with the audience fails to exist. It is the performer that is the key building block in constructing a shared theatrical experience with our audience; embodying our core motto, “Belief of Imagination”. What excites us most about staging theatre is the ability to use performers as physical metaphors to express the themes of a play.
In our artistic pursuits we believe that risk in a creative process stems from following through challenging creative choices with a firm adherence to exacting artistic habits; the selection of an enduring text, and a strong unity of visual design with the directorial concept. These key elements are integrated with the imaginative commitment of the performer, through rehearsal and performance to be distinctly innovative and engaging in our theatre.
Within Theatre Incarnate, we strive to foster fresh artistic opportunities by utilizing the collective resources of our creative abilities.
They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming.” – Twyla Tharp