Saskatchewan

1 year after Michele Sereda's death, theatre head talks about her legacy

It's been a year since a tragic car accident rocked the Regina arts community and left Curtain Razors theatre without its artistic director.

Curtain Razors artistic director Joseph Tremblay reflects on past year

Joseph Tremblay, artistic director of Curtain Razors theatre company, says he's trying to live up to the legacy of Michele Sereda. (CBC)

It's been a year since a tragic car accident rocked the Regina Arts Community and left Curtain Razors theatre without its artistic director.

Michele Sereda was one of five people who died on Feb. 10, 2015, when a car and a pickup truck crashed on Highway 6, about 15 kilometres north of Regina.

Regina artist Michele Sereda died in a car crash a year ago. (Facebook)

Joseph Tremblay replaced her in heading up the theatre company, but hers were big shoes to fill, he explained in an interview with Morning Edition guest-host Stefani Langenegger.

In fact, the new artistic director says, her death was a wake-up call for Saskatchewan artists.

"Michele was such a vibrant, alternative, on-the-edge, cutting edge artist," Tremblay said. "We tended to forget the value of that."

She also took risks with her art and was unafraid to fail from time to time, he said.   

The past year has been "tough", both completing Sereda's programming and more generally trying to fulfill her vision, he said.

Now, the corner has been turned and the not-for-profit company can look forward to a bright future, he said.

"You're going to see a lot of new work and a lot of Saskatchewan work," Tremblay said. "I think she'd be very happy about it."

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