2016 IGNITE! Announces Festival Director!

Sage Theatre is proud to present the 2016 IGNITE! Festival of Emerging Artists, a multi-disciplinary arts festival serving emerging artists. This year’s festival will take place in June 2016 and will feature theatre, poetry, improvisation, music, film, visual art and more. Once again, Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre will provide mentorship for a site-specific theatre component and the Wildfire National Playwriting Competition will be organized by Major Matt Mason Collective.

We are excited to announce that Charles Netto has been appointed Festival Director! Netto is a producer, writer, and director of theatre, as well as the co-Artistic Director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre. In the last decade Charles has worked as both an artist and a mentor at the Ignite! Festival.

Charles NettoFrom Sage Theatre Artistic Director Jason Mehmel: “Charles has been a vigorous advocate for artists in Calgary exploring and experimenting with new work for the last 10 years. He is a passionate supporter of all artistic disciplines. Charles is a former IGNITE! artist and knows the value the festival provides for learning and opportunity. I am excited to have his vision direct the festival as we expand on what it can be!”

From Charles himself: “I have had such incredible experiences at the IGNITE! Festival, as both an artist and a mentor. I hope to build upon the festival that Adrienne Smook and Geoffrey Ewert founded with Kelly Reay at Sage Theatre.”

“We want to continue to provide emerging artists with professional resources and mentorship that allow them to practice their craft and take risks. We want to create a community where emerging artists can meet their peers and create bonds that will serve them in the future… and have some fun along the way!”

Applications for all disciplines will be accepted starting in January. Specific dates to be announced soon.

For more information please contact [email protected]