Ivan Henwood Joins PTE Film and Theatre School

PTE’s Film and Theatre School is pleased to announce that Ivan Henwood has joined the organization as School Coordinator effective immediately.

Henwood has a long history of being involved in the local arts commuIvan Henwood_Headshotnity and with PTE.

Henwood took theatre classes as a kid back when PTE was still at its location on Princess Street.  That was one of his first connections to theatre but it was not his last or his last at PTE.  Henwood has his Honours BA in English/Theatre from the University of Manitoba.  Henwood has been an actor and director on many shows across the city.  He returned to PTE in 2012-13 to be part of the Adult Company which presented Sam Shepard’s Buried Child. He was the Artistic Director of the independent theatre company – Snakeskin Jacket which most recently presented Hamlet with Bravura Theatre.  In addition to credits on the artistic side, he has administrative/producing experience from Winnipeg Jewish Theatre.

Henwood’s father, Merv, worked at PTE in the late 1980s and he recalls helping his father stuff envelopes for a mailing.

There will be more envelopes and mailings in his future as he joins John B. Lowe, the Education Director, in the running of PTE’s extensive Film and Theatre School.  Classes for kids, teens and adults begin at the end of the month with registrations coming in quickly.  Having the experience as a student, administrator and artist will be extremely helpful as he jumps into this job at one of the busiest times of the year.

“It’s great to have Ivan’s talent and experience in such a key role on the PTE School team. Our students and instructors are lucky to have him,” says John B. Lowe, PTE School Director.

In addition to the school administrative work, Henwood will be responsible for coordinating and scheduling PTE’s extensive tours of its Theatre for Young Audiences show which this year is called Mission Munschpossible.  After its 26 show run at the PTE Mainstage this show begins a three-month 60+ show tour of Winnipeg and the Province from Altona to Snow Lake. This show is often the first piece of professional theatre that students – especially outside Winnipeg – see.  Coordinating the details of getting from school to school across the province in the depths of winter is a huge organizational challenge.