Welcome Ed Mendez, our new General Manager!

October 4, 2023

We're absolutely thrilled to welcome Ed Mendez to the Burnt Thicket Theatre team as our new general manager!

"I'm glad to be part of this team! I've been a fan of this company for some time, and in 2022 I went so far as to nominate Burnt Thicket for the SATAwards Trailblazer Award, given the major shifts the organization made through the pandemic. It was genuinely impressive from a logistical standpoint but more importantly, the artistic vision behind their two audio play series Tied In Knots and We Treaty People showed a deep level of introspection and service to this community."

-Ed Mendez
Burnt Thicket Theatre's New General Manager

Ed Mendez (he/him) is an actor, director, voice actor, stage violence designer, arts administrator, and more, based in misâskwatôminihk (Saskatoon) in the eastern reaches of Treaty Six Territory. Ed has appeared on-stage in productions for Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, multiple companies with Live Five, and most recently in 25th Street Theatre’s production of Fruitcake. He is a former general manager of the Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre, former operations manager of Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and former board president and treasurer of Live Five Independent Theatre, and a co-founder of two sketch comedy groups based in Saskatoon. He has appeared in various aminated TV series on CityTV, in commercials across Saskatchewan, and his work as a stunt coordinator was most recently seen in a 2022 horror short: The Druid’s Hand. In his spare time, Ed enjoys hanging out with his partner Tamara, their three boys, and two adorable cats, and engrossing himself in the vast universes created by master storytellers in the videogame and science fiction genres.

"The board of Burnt Thicket Theatre is pleased to welcome Ed Mendez to our organization in the position of General Manager. Ed has worked in the Saskatoon theatre scene for over 15 years and brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to our team. We are thankful to have you join us as together we tell stories that kindle hopeful change in people's lives. "
-Jessica Isaak
Burnt Thicket Theatre Board President

"I'm thrilled that Ed is joining our staff team! He's a creative, gifted and encouraging person who seeks to grow relationships and community in good ways, and he's passionate about theatre that makes a difference. Ed is remarkably multi-talented as a theatre artist, producer, and administrator who brings a long list of skills and many years of experience in management and leadership among Saskatchewan's professional theatre community. All of us at Burnt Thicket are grateful to have Ed help lead us into our next chapter." 
-Stephen Waldschmidt
Burnt Thicket Theatre's Artistic Director

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