Deer Woman slays in Aotearoa

We were invited, we were warmly welcomed, we rocked the BATS theatre with Deer Woman at Tawata Productions’ Kia Mau Festival.  Stay tuned for future Turtle Island and Australian plans for our latest ground rocking show. #TheFutureIsIndigenous

#CANADA 150 @ edinburgh

Santee Smith in the original iteration of DECLARATION, 2013

#Canada150 when will you end?

seriously, so many invitations to partake in your events.
so many brilliant colleagues roped into feeling complicit with these weird parties.

we’re in edinburgh now, proud to be the noted voice of dissent at Selfconscious’s canada hub. we’re doing a DECLARATION.  friend and fellow fiesty rabble-rouser michael rubenfeld contacted us about an available slot for Indigenous content, and we quickly suggested a handful of wonderful, relatively affordable shows colleagues have made. rubenfeld listened patiently (he’s good at listening and asking questions) and then asked us “what about you guys? i was thinking you could come and  for the month and just do whatever you want.”

we blinked and fluttered. we accepted. we planned. we gathered beautiful collaborators. we are blessed. and now we are here.
we’ll be welcoming santee smith, lee maracle, semiah kaha:wi smith and artists based in the UK such as abdul and shane from Fio as well as visiting artists of Hot Brown Honey!

hope to see you in august.

Reckoning MTL

at Onishka Prodcutions’ Indigenous Contemporary Scene, June 2017.
Centaur Theatre, Thursday, June 8 at 8 pm and Friday, June 9 at 8 p.m.
This production was made possible through support of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Residency program.

featuring Jonathan Fisher, Marcel Petit, Tara Beagan, Julie Tamiko Manning and Andy Moro.
production assistance by Aurora Torok.

Photo of Jonathan Fisher in Part 3: Survivor by Adrian Morillo.

In Spirit with UITC in Winnipeg

In Spirit, featuring Cecil Mann-Nelson, runs in Winnipeg through Urban Indigenous Theatre Company at the Théâtre Cercle Molière from May 23 to 28, 2017. Shows nightly at 7:30. More info at UITC‘s site.

DIRECTION  Tara Beagan

Shortly after finalizing the shape of In Spirit, we realized we needed to get this story out to our people. We knew this could happen in partnership with more hard-working colleagues.

In 2015, we applied for support to mount In Spirit with GTNT (then SNTC), featuring Dakota Hebert and SM’d by Aaron Shingoose. We had received an invitation from the U of Regina’s Performing Turtle Island and were very excited to partake.

Sadly, our funding did not come through. Thanks to the support of GTNT and the U of R, we went ahead anyway.

Much to our surprise, the funding body we had applied to did some re-organizing and found our project could be funded, though not retroactively. This blessing with caveats meant we could further our desire to give productions of In Spirit to another Indigenous company that shares our values.

Urban Indigenous Theatre Company thrives in Winnipeg, fostering upcoming Indigenous theatre artists and working from a place that prioritizes community and ongoing artistic health. Artistic Director Columpa Bobb’s vision is to nurture a strong youth base that can helm the company once they have the training they require. In Spirit is one step among many towards realizing this vision, and we are thrilled to be along for the ride.

imagineNATIVE awards 2016!

we are proud and humbled to return as artistic directors of the 17th annual imagineNATIVE film and media arts festival, saturday october 22, 2016.

this year, our work was made possible through a generous sponsorship of A11 from Solotech Inc. and the magnanimous Greg Wilkie. huge thanks to Greg and Solotech for supporting our contribution to the gala.


this year, the gala is sponsored by CBC and hosted by CBC shining lights Craig Lauzon and Rosanna Deerchild, and featuring appearances by such greats as Alanis Obomsawin and Tom Jackson. the gala is a free ticketed event.


tickets for free ticketed events are available in person only, starting at 10:00am on the day of the screening, at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office. the gala begins at 8pm at Cinema 2 of TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King W, Toronto, ON, Turtle Island.