Crane Creations was founded by Andreja Kovac, a professional director, creator, and producer. She is originally from Slovenia but is now based in Mississauga. Andreja holds the equivalent of an MFA in Directing for Theatre and Radio from Slovenia’s National Conservatory for Theatre. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s directing program. Before immigrating to Canada she directed more than 40 award winning productions at state funded repertory theatres which toured internationally. She received critical acclaim as a director of classical pieces, contemporary work, opera, theatre for young audiences and devised projects. She is thrilled about having a professional theatre company in Mississauga.
We have joined the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (often referred to as PACT). Just like a medical association or an association of engineers, this is a member-driven organization of professional Canadian theatres, working towards the betterment of Canadian Theatre. PACT provides leadership, national representation and a variety of programs and practical assistance to member companies, empowering them to do their own creative work, and advocating for them.
After a successful program in 2019, Crane was able to provide more artists with this invaluable Canada Summer Jobs Grant. Working through the COVID-19 Pandemic over Zoom, and eventually in person to workshop new works and develop existing pieces that had been started the year prior.
On March 13, 2020 we launched a new professional puppetry festival in Mississauga. Bridges Festival was on track to present 3 indoor and 2 outdoor puppet shows, as well as 3 interactive workshops and an exhibition. Unfortunately, the festival’s launch was heavily affected by Covid 19 facilities closures and social distancing orders, canceling all but the first two shows and an exhibition, dramatically affecting attendance literally in the last minute. Despite cancellations, we achieved a lot with our first festival
October 2019 - February 2020
Crane Creations was selected as one of 15 not-for-profit organizations participating in an intensive 16-week entrepreneurship training program designed specifically for non profit organizations. This program, collaboratively run by York Entrepreneurship Development Institute and Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre, helped Crane Creations develop a professional business plan, executive summary, streamline a business model and meet valuable partners.
Selected to participate in a series of workshop and a mentorship program focusing on development, challenges and solutions for organizations owning, leasing or acquiring a space. We started this program with an idea and ended in a partnership that helped us gain access to a studio and workspace.