Board of Directors
Glenn Hagel, Board President
Glenn Hagel is retired from a 42-year professional career in politics, education, social services and private business, with directorship or employment in non-profit organizations for most of those years. Glenn was an MLA for Moose Jaw for 21 years, including 4 years as Speaker of the House and 6 years in the Provincial Cabinet, where he held a number of portfolios, including Minister for Culture. He chaired Saskatchewan's highly successful Centennial 2005 celebration.
Glenn was Mayor of Moose Jaw from 2009 to 2012. He and his wife, Karen, are supporters of the arts, with a special appreciation for the work of RuBarb Productions. Having occasionally been on stage as a community actor in a RuBarb production, Glenn has seen first-hand, the quality pre-production and backstage work that has made the RuBarb experience a joy for performers and audience alike.
Amanda Zarubin, Acting Vice President/Secretary of the Board
Aside from a long ago performance as one of the townsfolk in a high school production of Brigadoon, Amanda Zarubin has happily remained behind the scenes in the theatre, assisting with costuming and odd jobs. She is pleased to now act as a Board Member with RuBarb Productions.
Amanda was born and raised in Moose Jaw, attending Palliser Heights and Peacock Collegiate. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Masters of Human Resource Management, both from University of Regina. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional and member of the Saskatchewan Association of Human Resources Professionals. Amanda’s full time employment is as Continuous Improvement Process Manager at Mosaic Potash Belle Plaine.
Amanda’s young daughters, Brooke and Alicia, inspire her work with musical theatre, and she loves watching them emerge as young artists on the RuBarb stage. She has assisted with several past RuBarb shows including Baby, It’s Cold Outside, The Sound of Music, Pirates of Penzance and Gift of the Magi.
Neil Sawatzky, Board Member
Neil is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and proud promoter of the province with over 30 years of experience in the tourism sector. Prior to his retirement, Neil served in various senior management positions with Tourism Saskatchewan. He has also represented Saskatchewan’s tourism interests at the national level and served internationally as a tourism consultant.
Neil’s creative interests span the visual, performing and literary arts. He also has an abiding interest in the preservation and interpretation of Saskatchewan’s natural history and heritage.
As a volunteer, Neil has coached minor league sports and has served on a variety of community-minded boards and committees where he continues to share his insights in strategic planning, marketing and event management.
Neil continues to enjoy an active lifestyle, participating in a variety of recreational activities and spending quality time with family and grandchildren.
Brenda Walper-Bossence, QC, Board Member
Brenda received her degree in law at the University of Saskatchewan and completed Articles in 1976. She first practiced as an associate, then in partnership, and since 1986 as sole practitioner of Walper-Bossence Law Office Prof. Corp. located in Moose Jaw. This successful law firm employs three full-time and two part-time staff persons and provides a full range of legal services including general practice, real estate and mortgages, conveyancing, estates and wills, powers of attorney and health care directives, small business law, family law and divorces, step-parent adoptions and dependent adult applications. Brenda was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002.
Over the years, Brenda has been an active participant in a wide variety of professional associations, civic activities and community organizations. She is currently Chair of the Board for the Moose Jaw Non-Profit Housing Corporation, member of the Board of Directors of Providence Place Foundation and a welcome addition to the Board of Directors of RuBarb Productions Inc.
Evie Koop Sawatzky, Artistic Director/Ex-officio Board Member
Her love for live theatre, tourism and Moose Jaw propelled Evie to connect the gorgeous Mae Wilson theatre with local talent back in 2006. Since then she has used her New York Theatre training to direct/produce/choreograph over a dozen musicals for RuBarb.
Evie is passionate about storytelling through music, drama, and dance and is evidenced in her love for teaching young emerging artists - voice, drama, musical theatre. She has been an adjunct faculty voice and dance teacher at Briercrest College and Doris Sitter School of Dance and currently has her own studio.
Evie joined Persephone Theatre in the cast of Beauty and the Beast. Since then she and husband, Jeffrey Allan Sawatzky, have remastered their CD "Fields of Gold" and toured with their 15 piece Orchestra, 12 piece big band, and 5 piece band (OSAC, MAN).
Evie is also a recipient of the 2013 CBC Saskatchewan's Future 40 leaders, being recognized for her leadership in the arts and work mentoring the artists of tomorrow.
Ruth Koop, Office & Production Manager/Ex-officio Board Member
Since her high school days in Orillia, Ontario, Ruth has actively pursued her desire to be involved in music and the arts. After high school she pursued music as a voice major at Bethany College in Hepburn, Saskatchewan. In 1985 she completed an Executive Secretary diploma from CompuCollege in Saskatoon and in 2007, Ruth graduated from Briercrest College with a BA in Leadership.
In 2006 Ruth co-founded RuBarb Productions with her daughter Evie. Their creative partnership is reflected in the name of the company which was derived from each of their middle names. Following eight years of valuable experience staging summer musical theatre productions as a family-run enterprise, Ruth is thrilled to see their dream expand to now include a full season of shows as RuBarb Productions became incorporated in 2013 as a non-profit organization serving the City of Moose Jaw and area.
Although she currently spends the bulk of her time in office and production management as well as sewing many of the costumes you see on stage – she has also been known to make an appearance on stage in musicals such as Girl Crazy, Anne of Green Gables, Godspell and Oliver, the stage play A Man Called Peter, and the oratorio Mendelssohn's Elijah. Recently, she joined the RuBarb cast of Shrek as Piggy #1 and a caroler in A Gift of the Magi.
From 1996 to 2013, Ruth served at Briercrest College in Caronport in the role of Music & Worship Coordinator/Office Manager. During that time she was actively involved in the Caronport Christmas productions as children's choir director, assistant drama director, nativity director, set and costume designer, producer and production manager. In November 2013 she accepted the position of Office and Production Manager for RuBarb Productions Inc. and is proud to become their first official staff member.
Past Board Members