The Student Alternative Theatre Company (SATCo) is a student driven theatre company that works to reinforce the teachings of the University of Victoria Theatre Department, as well as assist in the development of new work, and provide quality opportunities to emerging artists while upholding a strong artistic vision.
The main principle of SATCo is to provide opportunities for students to use the skills they learn throughout their degrees. Many students rely on SATCo to gain experience in areas such as directing, stage management, design & acting. Since SATCo is a learning environment, it’s a great way to get practical experience in a safe, supportive, and professional environment.
Every fall and spring semester, we put out a call for students to submit short plays, 30-50 minutes in length. We choose three of these plays to produce in each season. Then, teams of students are put together for each play: directors, designers, stage managers, & technical teams. Auditions are then held by the directors to cast their productions. It’s a very quick process; each show has 1-4 weeks to rehearse, depending on their slot in the season, followed by three performances. The shows are performed in the Barbara MacIntyre Theatre at the Phoenix, a little black-box studio theatre that offers flexibility for student designers.
Throughout the school year, SATCo also hosts some events: “Speed Dating”, a networking event to meet other artists in the department, a forum, & Pick of SATCo, where students vote for a show in the season to receive funding from SATCo to remount, often at Fringe or elsewhere. In 2019, we also debuted a new event, a “crossover” with the Theatre Course Union. For this event, the TCU board and the SATCo board compete against each other in an improv competition as a fundraiser for TCU, to provide emergency bursaries for theatre students.
The SATCo Board
SATCo is run by a board of students that changes every year. There are usually 9-12 board members; the number varies as some positions can be held by two people, or someone may take on an assistant. Board members get to experience the administrative side of theatre and learn how a theatre company is run.
SATCo Company Email (all board members can be reached here): email@example.com
General Managers: Miriam Dumitra (above) & Emily Trepanier (below)
The general managers are responsible for the overall function and artistic vision of the company. This includes supporting board members and creative teams and making final decisions on issues that arise during the season. They love to brainstorm ideas in collaboration with the rest of the board on how to improve the company and keep it new and exciting for the creative teams!
Miriam (above) is a fourth-year student by day and a sound designer, author, and artist by night. A random sampling of her skills: sound design, writing, website construction, and blacksmithing. If they had one word to describe SATCo, it would be “student-focused” and if she could invent a new flavour of chips, it would be chocolate chip chips.
Assistant General Manager: Kaylee Cavanagh
The assistant general manager is responsible for documenting the goings-on of the SATCo board, including the organization of SATCo communication and files. They also help the general managers with some of their responsibilities. The person holding this position is often multi-talented and ready for anything!
Kaylee is a third year performance major interested in acting, directing, and sound design. To describe SATCo in one word it would be “innovative” and if she could invent a new flavour of chip it would be “the feeling of listening to smooth jazz” or “skittles”.
Treasurer: Syd Hunt
The treasurer handles the financial side of SATCo, managing donations and creating a budget for the season. Our treasurer ensures all the shows have the resources they need to create the best work they can!
Syd is a fourth year Phoenix student self specializing in arts management and financial administration. Along with directing and design, she is passionate about writing and loves to share her work on and off of the stage. Her one word to describe SATCo would be “kind.” If she could invent a chip flavour? Soap. But package it to make it look like it’s not soap. It’s a bad joke, get it?
Head of Marketing: Sophia Radford
The head of marketing is primarily responsible for the overall aesthetic of the marketing materials for each season. They run our social media accounts to keep everyone updated on shows and events, create posters, and take pictures at each dress rehearsal.
Sophia is a fourth year Phoenix student in the Performance stream. In addition to acting, Sophia is passionate about writing, directing, and marketing. Her one word to describe SATCo would be “opportunity,” and if she could invent a new flavour of chips it would be french onion soup.
Technical Director: Ariel Pretty
Technical directors are responsible for all technical aspects of the plays, including sound, lighting, projections, and rigging. They provide guidance for designers, run tech weekends, and ensure that everything is done in a safe way.
Ariel is in second/third year, involved in Tech, Sound Design, Lighting Design, & Video Design. She describes SATCo as “compelling” and if she could invent a new flavour of chips, it would be BBQ bacon.
Assistant Technical Directors: Jadyn McGregor and Ken Matthews
Jadyn is a third year student who focuses on the design aspect of theatre but also is eager to learn the technical side of things! She is primarily interested in everything lighting so you might find her skulking in the darkness of the catwalks. If she were to describe SATCo in one word it would be ‘opportunistic.’ If she were to invent a chip flavour it would definitely be a cinnamon chip.
Assistant Technical Directors: Jadyn McGregor and Ken Matthews
Liaison: Branden Sugden
The liaison serves as a link between the creative teams and the board. They convey information between the two parties, act as a support for the show teams, and ensure that rehearsals are conducted in a safe and productive way.
Branden is in fourth year, involved in Directing, Performance, Dramaturgy & Stage Combat. If he could describe SATCo in one word it would be “electric,” and if he could invent a flavour of chips it would be Fettuccine Alfredo.
Front of House Manager: Becky Miner
Our front-of-house manager is responsible for the audiences that attend each show. They deliver an informative speech before each show, ensure that the audience experience is comfortable and safe, and handle emergencies that take place during a performance.
Becky is a fourth year student with a passion for performance, front of house management and marketing. She would describe SatCo in one word as “invigorating.” If she could invent a flavor of chip it would be spicy mango lime.
Assistant Front of House Manager: Klara Kopeinigg
The Front of House Assistant works closely with the Front of House Manager to ensure a positive experience for audience members. They can help audiences find their seats, answer questions about content, and assist with emergency procedures.
Klara is in third year, involved in Performance, Audience Services & Directing. If she had to describe SATCo in one word it would be ‘synergic’, and if she could she would invent pumpkin seed oil flavoured chips.
The year representatives are a connection between the board and each year cohort of students. Each year rep is responsible for communicating information about SATCo to their year, answering questions, and bringing student concerns to SATCo’s attention.
Second Year: Matthew Gordon
Matthew is in second year, involved in Performance, Directing & Writing. He describes SATCo as “opportunity.”
Fourth Year (and beyond): Jane Rees