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May 10, 2013

Staff Profile: Katie Saunoris, Publicist

Katie Saunoris
How long have you been at Soulpepper and tell us a little bit about what you do.

I have been with Soulpepper for exactly two years; I can’t believe how fast time has gone! I’m the Publicist for all things Soulpepper, and most things Young Centre, and the primary contact for journalists interested in our shows and festivals. Among other things, I write press releases, organize press events, pitch and coordinate interviews, liaise with media at opening nights, coordinate camera calls, and help the marketing team create and organize shareable content (like this blog, or our fancy videos).

What has your job consisted of lately?

My current focus is media outreach for upcoming shows The Barber of Seville and Kim’s Convenience, and long-lead outreach for shows like Angels in America. I’ve also been sitting in on rehearsals and conducting interviews with the creative teams currently in the building, and thinking ahead to June productions such as The Script Tease Project by The National Theatre of the World.

Katie in rehearsal with Joseph Ziegler
What kinds of shows/productions/events have you been involved in outside of work?

I am a classically-trained flutist, with theatre-pit experience – if you want to hear the flute parts to Annie Get Your Gun, let me know. In fact I love playing for shows and I’m playing for an upcoming Soup Can Theatre production at this summer’s Toronto Fringe Festival!  It’s exciting, but also nerve-wracking – publicists aren’t usually on that side of an audience.

When you’re not at work, what are you doing?

I’m often checking out shows at other theatres in the city, but to balance all the time I spend sitting at my desk and in the theatre, I like to run. In fact, I sometimes even run-commute; it is 7k door to door, right by the lake, and faster than the TTC. I also love hot yoga and sitting in the sun with a good book.

What do you love about being a part of the staff at Soulpepper?

The people here are incredible, truly, it is the most collaborative and talented group I’ve ever seen in one place. We’re all invested in the work being done, and we all pull together as a team to maintain a high level of excellence in our work, and provide support for our artists. And we have fun, too! I love that my job involves seeing shows, and working with deeply creative people. It’s inspiring.