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Carol Gay Bell
Founder, Artistic Director & General Manager

Carol Gay Bell was born and raised in Regina and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Manitoba and a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto. Thanks to her vision and perseverance, Saskatchewan Express was founded in 1980 and in 2017 celebrates its 37th anniversary. In 1997 she established the Saskatchewan Express Musical Theatre Studio in Regina and the Saskatoon Studio in 2000. Carol’s professional career includes several years in production and on-air capacities at CKCK Radio and Television and CBC Radio and Television. She was the Performing Arts consultant for the province and Special Events
coordinator for Celebrate Saskatchewan in 1980. Carol was the first Saskatchewan producer of television variety for CBC Television and the first female jazz disc jockey in Canada. She founded the Saskatchewan Roughrider Cheerleaders and directed the group for 17 years. She has been a director, choreographer and actress for stage productions and has put her imprint on many special events as producer/director including the Opening Ceremonies of Saskatchewan Centennial 2005 and the Centennial 2005 half-time show at Mosaic Stadium, the R.C.M.P. 125th anniversary, Canadian Western Agribition and the half-time show of Grey Cup 1995. Carol was the choreographer of the Casino Regina/Moose Jaw television commercial, Two of a Kind, which aired across Western Canada. Carol served on the executive committee of the Lieutenant Governor’s 2005 Centennial Gala and headed the search for the Saskatchewan 2005 Centennial Song Contest. Her countless contributions to the province have been rewarded as recipient of the Y.W.C.A. Woman of the Year Award, Regina Little Theatre Life Membership, the Larry Schneider Leadership and Communications Award, the Canada 125 Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, and the province’s highest honour, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.  Carol received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2006 YWCA Women of Distinction Awards and she was inducted into the Margaret Woodward Theatre Hall of Fame. Most recently, she was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Arts Celebrating Arts Award from the University of Manitoba, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Ryerson University and in 2008, she was very honoured to receive the Order of Canada, her most prestigious recognition to date.

Carol’s belief in the young people of the province and her enthusiastic and dedicated approach to providing opportunities to these young people, as well as producing first-class entertainment in which we can all take pride, have been rewarded many times over by the success of former performers and the excellent reputation of Saskatchewan Express across the province and the country.

 

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