Yolanda Bonnell (She/Her) is a Queer 2 Spirit Ojibwe/South Asian performer, playwright and poet from Fort William First Nation in Thunder Bay, ON. Now based in Tkarón:to, and a graduate of Humber College’s Theatre Performance program, Yolanda was named one of NOW Magazine's Theatre Discoveries and most exciting artists to watch in Summerworks 2016. Her solo show bug, had its world premiere at the Luminato Festival in 2018, followed by a national tour and will be a part of the 2020 season at Theatre Passe Muraille. She was also a part of Factory Theatre’s The Foundry, a creation program for new career writers, where her play, Scanner continues to be developed. Yolanda also completed a season at the Stratford Festival as well as a residency at the Banff Playwright’s Lab with her piece, White Girls in Moccasins, which is now in residency at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
Select theatre performance credits include: Edith in Kamloopa (Western Canada Theatre/Persephone Theatre), The Girl/The Mother/Manidoons in bug (Luminato Festival 2018 plus National tour), Femi in Cake (Theatre Passe Muraille/New Harlem), Ipruq/Atugauq in The Breathing Hole (Stratford Festival), Fanny/Robert in Treasure Island (Stratford Festival), Roe in Two Indians (Summerworks 2016), Theresa in The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre).
Please visit MANIDOONS COLLECTIVE for more information about bug and the collective itself!