Sawitri Theatre Group Mississauga

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Audition :
- Date :  10th. September, 2023
- Timing : 3 pm to 5 pm – First Come First Serve
- Location : 2465 Cawthra Rd., Unit 132, Mississauga, ON L5A 3P2
- Contact : Raina Desai :

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule :
Sep-Dec 2023 – 1-2 times a week (in person/online)
Jan-Feb 2024 – In person (Tue / Thu – 7 pm – 11 pm and Sat 2 pm – 6 pm) (Tentative)
Feb 12th – 18th. –  Tech and Performance Week

Audition Format :
- Auditions on First Come First Serve Basis
- Please prepare a one-two minute introduction in Gujarati.
- Would be required to read a paragraph in Gujarati form the original script (will be provided at time of audition)

Please send us an email at mentioning the role you are interested in and if you can read Gujarati or would need a Gujarati Romanised English Script.

Roles :

1) Sikander Mirza : Male 50-60 years - Moved from India to Lahore Pakistan during partition
2) Hamida Begum : Female 40-50 years - Sikander Mirza'a wife
3) Tanvir Begum : Female 18-22 years - Sikander's daughter
4) Javed Mirza : Male 24-28 years - Sikander's son
5) Ratan’s Maa : Female 65-70 years - Old lady owner of Haveli, stayed back in Lahore during partition
6) Pehalwan : Male 30-40 years – Muslim League Neta
7) Anwar : Male 25-30 years - Pehalwans's friend
8) Siraj : Male 25-30 years - Pehalwans's friend
9) Razaa : Male 25-30 years - Pehalwans's friend
10) Hameed Hussain : Male 50-55 years - Sikander's neighbour, old Zamindar and is refugee.
11) Nasir Kazmi – Male 40-45 years - Sikander's neighbour, poet and is refugee.
12) Maulvi Ikram Uddin – Male 55-60 years - Moderate religious head
13) Alimuddin – Male 30-40 years - Tea Stall owner, having a nukkad ka chai thella
14) Mohammed Shah – Male 25-30 years – Pehalwans friend
15) Fayaz – Male 30-35 years – Muslim League Worker
16) Muslim Leaguee – Male 25-30 years - Member and another leader of the Muslim League

1) Surtitling Manager : Comfortable with learning new software, Ability to attend rehearsals and manage the Surtiltling project (training will be provided). Knowledge of English and Gujarati (spoken) will be an asset.

Improv 8
Improv 1
Improv 2
Improv 3
Improv 5
Improv 6
Improv 7

SAWITRI Theatre is delighted to present its first ever COMEDY line up titled LOL!2020 featuring celebrated comedy artists for the GTA.

Dates : 11/12/13/16/17/18/19/20 November, 2022

Venue : Alumnae Theatre - 70 Berkeley St, Toronto ON M5A 2W6

Tickets :

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SAWITRI Theatre presents LOL!2022

November 11-20, 2022 at Alumnae Theatre

Toronto’s most acclaimed stand-up and physical comedians come together for an epic fortnight of hilarious double-bills to light up the dreariest month of the year.

Mississauga-based theatre company SAWITRI Theatre presents its first foray into full-fledged comedy with LOL!2022 From November 11-13 and November 16-20, a double header will take the stage every night, including stand-up comedy from headliner Ali Hassan (HBO Max, CBC, SiriusXM) alongside Anto Chan, Nour Hadidi, Evan Carter, Leonard Chan, Harpreet, Al Val, Clif Knight, Anthony Engelbrecht, Dena Jackson, and Ryan Dillon. Sex T-Rex Comedy will also remount their award-winning sketch comedy revue, Sketch T-Rex (Patrons’ Pick Award, 2022 Toronto Fringe; Best of Fest, 2019 Toronto Sketchfest).

November 11

8pm – Opening acts Anthony Engelbrecht and Leonard Chan

9:30pm – Sketch T-Rex

Hosted by Anto Chan

 November 12

8pm – Opening acts Al Val and Leonard Chan

9:30pm – Sketch T-Rex

Hosted by Anto Chan

 November 13

7pm – Opening acts Al Val and Clif Knight

8:30pm – Sketch T-Rex

Hosted by Evan Carter

 November 16

8pm - Opening acts Dena Jackson and Ryan Dillon

9:30pm - Ali Hassan

Hosted by Evan Carter

 November 17

8pm - Opening acts Harpreet and Nour Hadidi

9:30pm - Ali Hassan

Hosted by Anto Chan

 November 18

8pm - Sketch T-Rex

9:30pm - Ali Hassan

Hosted by Anto Chan

 November 19

8pm - Sketch T-Rex

9:30pm - Ali Hassan

Hosted by Anto Chan

 November 20

7pm - Sketch T-Rex

8:30pm - Ali Hassan

Hosted by Anto Chan

Tickets $30 in advance / $35 at the door

Available in advance on Eventbrite

Discounts available for Artsworkers and Seniors

Content warning: Some profanity and partial nudity. Parental Guidance Advised.

About SAWITRI Theatre Group – Founded in January 2003, SAWITRI Theatre Group is an award-winning, incorporated not-for-profit organization under the artistic leadership of Jasmine Sawant and Shruti Shah, presenting original, challenging and exciting works featuring established professionals as well as emerging artists. With a mandate to educate, entertain and heal through theatre arts that are South Asian in character, origin or topic and foreground women and the new generation, as well as issues of social or political importance, SAWITRI Theatre brings unique theatre experiences to its audiences in some of India’s many languages, including English. SAWITRI Theatre is a member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) since 2020. More information at


Ali Hassan is a Stand-up Comic and Actor who has performed for audiences across Canada and internationally.

Ali is the host of the CBC Radio stand-up comedy show Laugh Out Loud. Ali is also heard on CBC Radio, NPR and PRX as a frequent guest-host of As It Happens, the arts and culture show ‘q’, and for the past six consecutive years, he has hosted Canada Reads - the annual battle of the books celebrating the best of Canadian literature.

Ali has appeared on the big screen in award-winning films – Breakaway, French Immersion, and as the memorable Lebanese ‘Uncle Stevie’ opposite Sean William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Eugene Levy in the hockey hit Goon. In 2020, Ali was in the films MySpy, Mafia Inc, and Tammy's Always Dying which had its World Premiere at TIFF 2019. His recent television roles have included Blood & Treasure (CBS), Designated Survivor (ABC), Cardinal (CTV), Odd Squad (PBS Kids), Man Seeking Woman (FXX), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC) and Working Moms (CBC, Netflix).  Television audiences can also see Ali as a recurring guest star on the new CBC sitcom, Run The Burbs.

Ali has performed at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto's JFL42. Ali also toured across Canada as one of the stars of Just For Laughs Comedy Night In Canada tour, hosted By Rick Mercer.

A Canadian Comedy Award nominee, Ali has toured his solo show Muslim Interrupted around Canada to great acclaim. He also took the show to Scotland to perform at the world's largest comedy festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  In 2022, Ali begins touring his latest one man show, based on his decade in the food industry, Does This Taste Funny?  In 2022, make sure to check out his book, ‘Is There Bacon in Heaven?’ that comes out with Simon & Schuster.


About Sex T-Rex – Sex T-Rex are a Toronto-based comedy troupe whose cinematic style, wild physicality and spot-on parody has delighted audiences across Canada and the USA. They are two-time Just For Laughs Best Comedy Award winners, and their scripted comedic plays have earned them such accolades as the Second City Outstanding Comedy Award and many Best of the Fest Awards at Fringe Festivals across the country. Sketch T-Rex, their first full-length sketch comedy revue, premiered at the 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival to great acclaim, garnering the prestigious Patron’s Pick award at the festival’s largest venue. More information at

Sketch T-Rex is created and performed by Sex T-Rex:  Conor Bradbury, Julian Frid, Kaitlin Morrow, Seann Murray.

The ‘Resilient Improv Theatre’ (RIT) Project by SAWITRI Theatre Group

Project Coordinator – full time – 2 years – position funded by the Ontario Trillium

Founded in January 2003, SAWITRI Theatre Group is an award-winning, incorporated not- for-profit organization under the artistic leadership of Jasmine Sawant and Shruti Shah, presenting original, challenging and exciting works featuring established professionals as well as emerging artists. It strives to educate, entertain and heal through the arts, especially theatre arts that are South Asian in character, origin or topic and foreground women as well as issues of social or political importance. A preeminent producer and presenter of South Asian Theatre Arts in Mississauga, SAWITRI Theatre Group is known to take risks, bringing unique experiences to its audiences, producing plays in some of India’s many languages, including English. Operationally, SAWITRI Theatre Group is supported by The Open Space, and the unstinting support of family, friends and volunteers and partly supported by the City of Mississauga through their annual operating grant program and by project grants from Canadian Heritage and The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Role Summary

The Project Coordinator for the ‘Resilient Improv Theatre’ (RIT) Project, will be
responsible for dissemination of project information, registrations, coordination of improv and other theatre-related workshops and management of the operational requirements of this project.

The ‘RIT’ Project

The ‘Resilient Improv Theatre’ project will provide access to South Asian actors to learn or renew skills to express themselves through improvised theatre techniques, exploring comedic scenarios and other exercises and games to create a South Asian Improv theatre ensemble.

Participation in this project is through a registration process that is open to all
those who identify as South Asian. We encourage applications from other diversities from within this identification.


-Coordinate various aspects of the project; e.g. planning and organizing workshops,
locations, timings, etc.
-Identify instructors and consultants for the project and schedule them appropriately for
the workshops
-Solicit in-kind donations and coordinate project volunteers
-Recruit workshop participants and engage them throughout the duration of the project
-Ensure the project runs within the prescribed time, scope and budget
-Participate in meetings and other project related activities as required
- Report regularly to the Artistic Director and submit written reports as required
-Work with the program evaluator to collect participant and other program data
-Other tasks and duties as applicable to the project and the position

Education and Experience

-Diploma or degree in theatre performance or practice
-Previous experience of at least two years managing a project similar in scope and design
-Diploma or degree in Creative Writing
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
-Motivated and able to work independently
-Strong work ethic, excellent organizational skills, resourcefulness and flexibility a must
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; excellent relationship‐building skills
-Knowledge of the South Asian performing arts sector in the GTA and in India
-Knowledge of local businesses in the GTA and other opportunities for performances
-Proficiency working in a Microsoft Office environment required
-Knowledge of social media and digital marketing required
-Availability to work evenings and weekends as required
-Fluent in English, Hindi and Gujarati is required – both reading and writing
-Knowledge of Improv theatre is an asset
-Ontario valid driver’s license and access to vehicle is an asset

Working Conditions

The Project Coordinator works in workshop locations, SAWITRI Theatre office and
remotely, as required. Frequent travel within Mississauga is required. Occasional travel out of Mississauga may be required.
To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Hiring Committee, SAWITRI Theatre Group by email only.


Application Deadline: Friday September 30, 2022 by 11:59 pm
Start Date: October 3, 2022
Position: 35 hours per week
Compensation: commensurate with experience and qualifications.

We thank all interested candidates in advance. Unfortunately, we are only able to respond to those selected for an interview.



To be held on Sunday 30th October 2022
In-person at 2465 Cawthra Road, Unit #132 Mississauga

From 11 am to 12 noon

Please note that SAWITRI Theatre Group’s Annual General Meeting will take place in-person to transact the following business. Members kindly email by 21st October 2022 to confirm your attendance.



  • Call to order
  • Welcome
  • Confirmation of quorum
  • Acceptance of AGM Agenda
  • Review and acceptance of Minutes of the AGM held on November 20, 2021
  • Election/Approval of Directors and Officers
  • Acceptance of Audited Financials for Fiscal Year ended 31st December 2021
  • Approval/Appointment of Auditors for Fiscal Year ending 31st December 2022
  • Adjournment


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We are very excited to announce Resilient Workshops Organized by SAWITRI Theatre Group. The schedule is now available. These workshops are offered for Free. Each Workshop will be spread across 2 sessions. Registration will be first come first serve. To register please fill out the form by clicking the link below.


Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival

A first for SAWITRI Theatre Group, this festival is a part of the North American fringe family. Inspired by the great fringe festival of Edinburgh, and the Toronto Fringe Festival closer to home, this will be the first multilingual fringe festival in Canada focused on the many languages of India – Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and English too.

Fringes are uncensored, non-juried theatre festivals, bringing together emerging and established artists alike to tell their stories on stage. The participants to the MMFF will be decided on an non-juried basis through a lottery process.  MMFF will promote and model inclusivity, diversity and multiculturalism, and will endeavor to incorporate them into all aspects of our fringe festival.

In August 2021, MMFF will present 4 indoor and 8 digital performances in Mississauga. Application dates for outdoor performances  is likely to be announced later in February 2021. Indoor, in-theatre duration will have a 60 minute platform to present the show and 40 minutes for digital. The MMFF is a gathering place for animated discussions and interactions among artists and audiences. The MMFF is to ignite inspiration, passion and creativity!

“I want to congratulate SAWITRI for creating Canada’s first ever multi-lingual fringe festival in Mississauga. This will be an exciting addition to our 2021 events calendar and another great example of the innovative projects being developed by Mississauga’s arts and culture sector”, said Paul Damaso, the Director of Arts & Culture and CEO, Living Arts Centre, City of Mississauga.

“We are beyond thrilled to have the Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival (MMFF) join the over 30 festivals of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF). Although they were delayed in launching their very first festival, we have great confidence in Jasmine and her team in what they will achieve, and know that they will provide wonderful opportunities for artists in Mississauga and beyond. We are so looking forward to their debut in 2021!”, said Lucy Eveleigh, Executive Director of Toronto Fringe Festival and President of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals.

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