Theatre CV

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Curriculum Vitae

Fort William First Nation Status Indian

Equity Member

HEIGHT: 5’3”


HAIR COLOUR: Dark brown

VOCAL RANGE: Mezzo-Soprano


Humber College School of the Creative and Performing Arts: Theatre Performance 2015

Advanced Diploma


ACTING:                          Diana Belshaw, Nancy Palk, John Bourgeois, Karin Randoja, Tatiana Jennings

MVMNT/DANCE:           Kelly McEvenue, Patrick Parson, Viv Moore, Pam Johnson, Catherine Marrion

PHYSICAL THEATRE:     Varrick Grimes, Alex McLean, Marissa Zinni, Kiersten Tough

ON CAMERA:                  Janet-Laine Green, Booth Savage

SINGING:                        Fides Krucker, Karin Randoja, John Millard, Pam Patel

VOICE/DIALECTS:          Paul de Jong, Christine Berg

VOICE OVER:                  Mike Kirby, Susan Hart (animation)


CLOWN/BOUFFON:      Dean Gilmour, Michele Smith

SHAKESPEARE:              Kennedy C. MacKinnon, Terry Tweed, Thomas Hauff, Paul de Jong

PUPPETRY:                     Paul de Jong, Heather Kent

STAGE COMBAT:            Steve Wilsher

PLAYWRITING:              Maja Ardal


SPOKEN WORD:                           Donna-Michelle St. Bernard      

APPROACHING NEW PLAYS:     Elley Ray Hennessy


Stratford Festival’s Indigenous Director’s Initiative – performer                                               September 2016


STORY WEAVING:                                 Muriel Miguel                       SHAKESPEARE FOLIO:                              Jill Carter

SHAKESPEARE TEXT/LANGUAGE:     David Latham                       BODY CONNECTION/AWARENESS:     Santee Smith

BREATH/BODY CONNECTION:          Kennedy C. MacKinnon       ADAPTATION/SCENE WORK:                Yvette Nolan

SCENE DIRECTORS:                    Corey Payette, Reneltta Arluk, Cole Alvis, Ryan Cunningham

Creator's Units and Residencies

Bedrock Creator's Initiative 2020/2021                                         Factory Theatre for Scanner

Buddies in Bad Times 2019/2021                                                   White Girls in Moccasins

Gros Morne Playwright's residency 2019                                      Playwright's Workshop Montreal for My Sister's Rage

Banff Playwright's Lab 2018                                                            White Girls in Moccasins

Deep Development Creator's Unit 2016 - 2019                            Factory Theatre for Scanner

Animikiig Creator’s Unit 2016-2018                                                Native Earth Performing Arts for White Girls in Moccasins

The Foundry – a part of Factory Wired 2015-2016                      Factory Theatre for Scanner



White Girls in Moccasins                          Miskozi              Buddies in Bad Times, manidoons collective / Cole Alvis, Samantha Brown     

bug                                                 The Girl / Manidoons / The Mother           Theatre Passe Muraille, NEPA, manidoons collective / Cole Alvis

Two Odysseys                                                    Narrator/Bear son           Soundstreams, Signal Theatre / Michael Greyeyes, Cole Alvis

The Unnatural and Accidental Women                                   Valerie             NAC Indigenous Theatre / Muriel Miguel, Penny Couchie

Four Sisters                                                                  Doctor 2 / Abby 3                                            Paradigm Theatre / Susanna Fournier

bug                                                    The Girl / Manidoons / The Mother                       High Performance Rodeo, Calgary, AB / Cole Alvis

Kamloopa                                                            Edith/Indian Friend #1                 Western Canada Theatre, Persephone / Kim Senklip Harvey

bug                                                   The Girl / Manidoons / The Mother                                                             Luminato Festival / Cole Alvis

bug                                                   The Girl / Manidoons / The Mother                                           rEvolver Fest, Vancouver BC / Cole Alvis

bug                                                   The Girl / Manidoons / The Mother                                                        UNOfest, Victoria BC / Cole Alvis

White Girls in Moccasins                                                           Miskozi                Buddies in Bad Times-39th Rhubarb Fest / Clare Preuss

Cake                                                                                                  Femi                    Theatre Passe Muraille w/ New Harlem / Clare Preuss

The Breathing Hole                                                      Ipruq / Atugauq                                                       Stratford Festival / Reneltta Arluk

Treasure Island                                                             Fanny / Roberta                                                 Stratford Festival / Mitchell Cushman

Silenced                                                                    Yolanda and others                                                     HERstory Counts / Jennifer Neales

Two Indians                                                                                        Roe                                          Summerworks 2016 / Jessica Carmichael

bug                                                   The Girl / Manidoons / The Mother                                                         Summerworks 2016 / Cole Alvis

The Crackwalker                                                                          Theresa                                                   Factory Theatre / Judith Thompson

bug                                                                            The Girl / Manidoons                  Buddies in Bad Times-37th Rhubarb Fest / Cole Alvis

bug                                                                            The Girl / Manidoons                                   Native Earth- Weesageechak 28 / Cole Alvis




The Laramie Project                       Zubaida/Barbara/Catherine/Tiffany                                                    Cambrian Players / Michael Sobota

RENT                                                                      Coat Vender/Performer                                                Applauze Productions / Spencer Hari

Halo                                                                                          Fanny/Pearl                                                           Cambrian Players / Kat Ferazzo

Albertine in Five Times – staged reading                         Albertine at 30                                  Occasional Arts Productions / Heather Esdon

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas                                              Jewel                         Frankly Scarlet Productions / Alison Miecznikowski

Vagina Monologues                                                                   Performer                                  Frankly Scarlet Productions / Heather Esdon

Trigger Happy – staged reading                                            Sonia Wolfe                                  Occasional Arts Productions / Heather Esdon

Steel Magnolias                                                                                 Truvy                                    Frankly Scarlet Productions / Jesica McNabb

Production / Media

Director                                                                                   Plum BOMB                        Paprika Festival 2016, mentored by Meghan Swaby

Assistant Director                                                Jesus Christ Superstar                                                                            Migliazza Productions

Stage Manager                                                     Jesus Christ Superstar                                                                            Migliazza Productions

Director                                                                             True Directions                                                                          New Noise Productions

Director                           VDay: Memory, Monologue, Rant & a Prayer                                                                  Frankly Scarlet Productions

Performer                              Music Video: You by Jean Paul DeRoover                                                                                  Applewagon Films


Barndt-Sweetman Scholarship Award                                                                                                                        Humber College, 2013-2014

A tuition credit is awarded to returning students who have demonstrated potential for a powerful creative vision, as recommended by faculty to the director of the Theatre Performance program. 

Mark Schoenberg Award                                                                                                                                              Humber College, 2014-2015

Presented to a third-year student in the Theatre Performance program who has demonstrated excellence as an actor, substantial growth and development, high academic achievement, professionalism, and who has devoted significant time and effort to bettering the quality of life at Humber Theatre, as recommended by faculty to the dean.

Humber Theatre Award                                                                                                                                                 Humber College, 2014-2015

Presented to the student in the Theatre program who has made the most significant contribution to Humber Theatre during the academic year. This candidate must have demonstrated a commitment to the program, set a high standard of professionalism in his/her work with Humber Theatre, be of good character and have excellent rapport with fellow students and faculty, along with demonstrated self-discipline, purpose and direction, as recommended by faculty to the dean.

The Board of Governors Achievement Award                                                                                                           Humber College, 2014-2015

The Board of Governor’s Achievement Award is presented to one graduating student in each academic school who has achieved their academic goals or maintained an overall good academic standing while attending to significant college, community and personal responsibilities, as selected by the dean.

Tyrone Guthrie Award: Elliot Hayes Playwright Development Fund                                                                              Stratford Festival, 2017

To support and encourage the further development in a public forum of new works for the theatre, written by present and former members of the company and staff.

*In support of Scanner.

Artistic Leadership

Administrative Assistant / Artistic Associate                  Native Earth Performing Arts 2015 – 2017

Administrative duties, also tour coordination, grant juror, festival curator


Shared leadership                                                         manidoons collective 2017 – present

A circle of artists creating Indigenous performance. Artistic leadership includes Yolanda Bonnell (OjibweSouth Asian) and Cole Alvis (Métis) both based in Tkarón:to. 


Facilitator/Mentor                                                           manidoons collective, Paprika Festival, freelance

Storytelling, creative writing, land acknowledgement workshops, creative mentorship


P/T Faculty                                                                    Sheridan College 2020
Facilitator of Creative Acting Project Prep class