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.
First the first time, Bridges Puppetry Festival has successfully completed its full three days of activities. COVID-19 stopped the first edition of the festival in it’s tracks last year, when it launched on March 13th 2020, with 3 full days of professional puppetry, an exhibit, and workshops for artists and kids all set to happen. Mississauga closed down the venues after the festival’s first live performance on March 13th, and, well we know now what 2020 had in store.
We received operational funding from the city of Mississauga! This support is crucial to be able to support our staff as they work on the many different projects that happen throughout the year. We are beyond excited that the city supports us, and we are looking forward to continuing to build this relationship as our events and activities grow. This funding allows us to properly support administrative staff, and continue to maintain our studio despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We are able to think bigger and set our goals higher now!
Taking place every third Thursday of the month, Play Date is an open to attend play reading activity. We focus on reading and discussing the relevance of the play as well as its author. We would like to thank the city of Mississauga for generously supporting this activity. Anyone is welcome to join, and read regardless of reading or language skills. The session will be followed by a discussion led by a professional theatre artist to spark conversations about the themes, style, form, and current world issues related to the selected play.
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.