Authors Articles by Sarah McNeilly

Articles by Sarah McNeilly

Sarah McNeilly
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Sarah McNeilly is an artist, an academic, and an arts administrator. Though it would seem Sarah chooses occupations beginning only with the letter "A", she has become a contributor to kawarthaNOW in order to debunk that silly theory. Sarah has reluctantly created an Instagram account, where she promises to eventually debut her very first selfie. You can follow her there @manically.hers or on Twitter @mick_neely. You can also contact her via email at
The Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, the world's first fringe festival exclusive to Indigenous performers, will take place in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong on June 21, 2021 (National Indigenous Peoples Day). The outdoor festival will feature comedy, music, storytelling, and more. (Supplied photo)

The show must go on: world’s first Indigenous fringe festival comes to Peterborough this...

Postponed from 2020 because of the pandemic, Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival will proceed as outdoor festival with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
klusterfork's Linda Kash (top left) during a six-week improv intensive series on Zoom this past summer, when a group of 10 students enjoyed live and interactive online classes from Canadian entertainment industry pros. Starting January 18, 2021, klusterfork is offering another round of workshops featuring industry pros including Lisa Merchant, Steve Ross, Michael Walters, Wendy Hopkins, Brent Haynes, and more. (Photo courtesy of klusterfork)

‘I tried klusterfork’s online improv workshops and here’s why you should too’

Peterborough's klusterfork entertainment is running another round of virtual workshops beginning January 18.
4th Line Theatre managing artistic director Kim Blackwell at the box office at Winslow Farm in Millbrook in 2018. Although 4th Line Theatre postponed its entire 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, under Blackwell's leadership the theatre company continued to develop content to engage audiences, and renowned theatre critic Lynn Slotkin has recognized Blackwell's efforts with the Jon Kaplan Mensch Award. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor /

4th Line Theatre’s Kim Blackwell receives prestigious award from renowned theatre critic Lynn Slotkin

The Jon Kaplan Mensch Award recognizes Blackwell for the Millbrook theatre company's 2020 pandemic programming.
"The Essential Project" photography series by Jules Gagne profiled 20 Peterborough-area artists and their pandemic experiences, including The Theatre On King artistic director Ryan Kerr and theatre artist and writer Kate Story. (Photo: Julie Gagne)

Art in spite of all: how the Kawarthas arts community survived the year of...

Despite the closure of performance venues and galleries and financial uncertainty, local artists continued to create and inspire.
Through its "Golden Ticket" fundraising campaign, New Stages Theatre Company in Peterborough has pledged to provide up to 20 local performing arts groups and venues (like Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, pictured) with $500 each for shows they can stage in the future when it is safe to re-open. People donate $25 to purchase tickets for future performances, which the groups and venues give away for free to people who would not normally have the chance to attend. (Photo: Bradley Boyle)

New Stages Peterborough asks people to pay it forward with ‘Golden Ticket’ fundraising campaign

Funds will support local arts organizations and venues while also giving marginalized people the opportunity to see a post-pandemic show.
"9to5: The Story of a Movement" is one of the big-name features screening at the 2021 ReFrame Film Festival. By Academy Award winning filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, the film tells the story of 9to5, an organization established in 1973 that is dedicated to improving working conditions and ensuring the rights of women and families in the United States, and which inspired the 1980 hit film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton. (Photo courtesy of ReFrame Film Festival)

A sneak peek at what’s coming to the 2021 ReFrame Film Festival

Festival creative director Amy Seigel highlights a few of the films and events audiences can look forward to watching on demand from January 22 to 29.
Peterborough artist Brad Brackenridge performing his puppetry magic in "Life Comes To Resemble Unimaginative Literature: Or, The Moment Of My Death" at The Theatre On King in downtown Peterborough as part of the Bernie Martin Festival in November 2016. The performer and designer has been named the 2021 artist in residence at Artspace in Peterborough. (Photo: Andy Carroll)

Brad Brackenridge selected as 2021 artist in residence at Artspace in Peterborough

Year-long residency program will provide studio space so the performer and designer can create new work and further develop existing projects.
The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet will perform "Comfort and Joy", an online holiday concert from the stage at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough on December 19, 2020. The PSO Brass Quintet will feature Michael Newnham on trombone, Paul Otway on trumpet, Doug Sutherland on trumpet, Jane Mackay on horn, and Al Carter on tuba.

Peterborough Symphony Orchestra’s brass section returns to the Showplace stage for an online holiday...

Maestro Michael Newnham will join the PSO Brass Quintet on trombone for 'Comfort and Joy' concert on Saturday, December 19.
Former Toronto artist Julii McMillan (middle), who is now living in Peterborough, is one of the founders of the "Neighbourhood Love" public art campaign, launched this fall in Etobicoke when a family received hate mail after having a mural commissioned on their garage door. McMillan has joined with local artists Bethany LeBlonc (left), Dawn Pond, Brooklin Stormie, and Olivia Chessman and Toronto artists Julia Prajza and Bareket Kezwer (right) to paint six window murals in downtown Peterborough as part of the "Love for the Boro" initiative, including this mural at the old Patch Store at Hunter and George. (Photo courtesy of Love for the Boro)

Window mural initiative in downtown Peterborough is a ‘street-level demonstration of love’

'Love for the Boro' launched by Toronto artists who founded 'Neighbourhood Love' initiative in response to classism and racism in Etobicoke.
While the pandemic means audiences can't experience the 2021 ReFrame Film Festival at its usual venues like Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough, the virtual festival running from January 22 t0 29 has its perks. It's a full week long and available to anyone who lives in Ontario. With a festival pass, you can watch as many films as you want whenever you want from the comfort of your own home, and it's more accessible as you can control the volume level as well as enable closed-captioning and subtitles. (Photo courtesy of ReFrame)

Virtual 2021 ReFrame Film Festival has its perks, including watching what you want when...

ReFrame's creative director Amy Siegel discusses organizing a film festival during a global pandemic and the unexpected benefits of digital programming.

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