Rainbow Stage is committed to promote equal engagement opportunities by inclusive casting of artists who self-identify as diverse in roles where ethnicity, gender, age, the presence or absence of a disability, or any other ground of discrimination prohibited by law, is not prescribed.
A veteran of the Winnipeg theatre community, Sharon has been creating theatre across Canada for over 25 years. Sharon was Director-in-Residence at Rainbow Stage in 2014 and has taught at the Rainbow’s Actor’s Intensive for the past 3 years. Sharon was in the original production of Strike! directed by Ann Hodges in 2005. She also proudly served as the President of ACTRA Manitoba from 2004-2007. As well as an award winning actor and director, Sharon is a nationally produced and published playwright and has been a member of PTE’s playwright’s unit for over 10 years. Sharonbajer.com
Jesse started playing the violin since the age of 3 and has been fiddling around ever since. Jesse’s performances have taken him across Canada and internationally, playing with artists including Ben Vereen, Jann Arden, Ben Harper, Barrage, and David Rogers. Jesse is currently an active member of the Stacey Kay Band with whom he performed on season 10 of America’s Got Talent. Jesse has performed in top theatres across the country including The Stratford Festival, Drayton Entertainment, The Grand Theatre and is a recurring cast member at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia as a violinist, singer, actor and dancer. Jesse is thrilled to return to Rainbow Stage this summer. Previous Rainbow credits include Ring of Fire, South Pacific, Little Shop of Horrors and Mamma Mia!
Stephanie (SAM) Manchulenko
Sam is grateful to be choreographing again for Rainbow Stage after a joy filled experience with last summer’s Beauty and the Beast. Select performance credits include Sheila in A Chorus Line, Mary Poppins, West Side Story, Chicago and Joseph (Rainbow Stage); Guys and Dolls and White Christmas (RMTC) and two seasons with the Charlottetown Festival. Select film credits include Suicide Squad, and Shall We Dance. She has choreographed for Talk is Free Theatre in Ontario (Napoleon, Bye Bye Birdie, Emily), Celebrations, Chai Folk Ensemble, the Confederation Center Young Company in Charlottetown and was assistant choreographer for Shrek the Musical (Rainbow Stage). Sam is a passionate yoga and meditation instructor who leads yoga teacher trainings and self-discovery workshops in Winnipeg: samtheyogi.com