(In alphabetical order)
Asivak, son of Aklak, descendent from the Cree, Inuit and Scottish peoples, is an up-and-coming talented artist. He spent three years of his early adulthood living the life of a vagabond out of his backpack, hitch-hiking through North and Central America. He is an adventurer, a passionate storyteller, actor and a thoughtful community leader with a wide range of artistic experiences and skills. In his career life he had a leading role in AskiBoyz – a television show broadcast nationwide that follows Asivak and his brother in their adventure through Canada and their meetings with First Nations elders who teach them traditional skills and the ways of the land. Since moving to Vancouver, Asivak has created and performed his own clown show at the Talking Stick Festival and worked at Bard on the Beach - a world renowned Shakespeare Festival as a pre-show presenter and assistant youth educator. He now lives a healthy and fun lifestyle in a vibrant, communal home where he enjoys being a big kid, not taking life too seriously, casually engaging in sword-play, archery, playing jazz piano and cooking elegant meals. Mentally, Asivak analyzes and challenges social norms and people’s life philosophies. He is inquisitively minded and does not fear walking an untraveled path. His life’s dream and aspiration is to become a philosopher-king. He is the eldest of four brothers and continues taking a leadership roll in his community. He intentionally engages with his indigenous roots through his lifestyle and through ceremony.
Madeline Terbasket is a Syilx, Ho-Cak, Anishnabe artist that explores themes of cultural identity and mental health in her art. She was in the Acting for Stage and Screen program at Capilano University where she discovered a passion for clowning and stand-up comedy. In her work with the PHSA program Ask Auntie, Madeline is a host for the online video content and co-facilitates film workshops for youth in communities across BC. She loves working with NDN youth because despite all of the hardships they face, they continue to fight to rebuild their communities and reconnect to culture. Now she performs an elder character that shares traditional Okanagan legends with a modern perspective. She is actively reconciling with her comedy, healing our colonial history through play and laughter. It’s one thing to intellectualize it and another to physically experience it in one’s body. To Madeline, Reconciliation means repairing the relationship between indigenous and settler peoples by dreaming a decolonized future together. If we truly want to reconcile our relationship we must discuss land. The Syilx never believed in land ownership, they understood that they are the caretakers of Mother Earth. Reconciliation isn’t possible if the land, water, plants and animals are endangered by pipelines, mines, and dams. We do not own this earth, it is our job to protect it for the future generations.
I am so grateful to be part of šxʷʔam̓ət (home), learning from Renae, David, cast members and workshop participants. As a settler, my ancestors came from England, Wales, Sweden and Norway. I grew up in Saskatoon, completing a B.A. (Drama, University of Saskatchewan). A long time ago at Persephone Theatre, I acted in Amadeus, Same Time Next Year, Hamlet, and Guys and Dolls. I also stage managed several shows. I grew up in the United Church of Canada, then as a young adult found my spiritual home in the Unitarian movement. For Unitarians, each person decides what they believe and the sources that inspire them (world religions, philosophy, science, earth-based practices, and the arts). We share common principles: affirming each person’s inherent worth and dignity, working towards justice, being part of earth’s interdependent web of existence. After an M.A. (Religious Studies, University of British Columbia), I did my Unitarian ministry training at Vancouver School of Theology in the late 1990s (when those Christian communities were coming to terms with their responsibilities in the Residential School system). Since then, I continue to learn more about colonization’s devastating impacts on our shared history and present realities in Indigenous communities, between Indigenous and settler communities, and in settler communities. I believe reconciliation must include telling and accepting the truth, healing, and justice (including returning land and self-governance to Indigenous peoples). Together, we can work on healing the land and our communities for the sake of our children and generations to come.
Mutya Macatumpag (moo-cha maca-toom-pag) is a queer Pinoy of Spanish and Malayan descent made in the Philippines and born a settler on the Unceded Coast Salish Territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Tsleil-Waututh traditional peoples.
Mutya is an interdisciplinary artist who interweaves music, movement, theatre and visual arts within her professional practice as a creator, performer, facilitator and event producer. She is enlivened by opportunities to explore authentic exchange, leadership, social justice, and people empowerment. Mutya has worked with a variety of intergenerational, intercultural and youth focused organizations across BC, Quebec and the US and hopes to continue on this path of collaborating, teaching, studying and performing on an International scale.
Mutya is currently a creative facilitator and performer with PYE Global, IndigenEyez, Reel Youth & VQFF – “Trouble Makers”, Oxygen Arts Centre – “Summoning”, and is enthusiastic to work and collaborate with the cast and crew of šxʷʔam̓ət (home).
Mutya is grateful to be a part of a thought provoking production that encourages us to think and re-evaluate the power structures that have held us in stagnancy and oppression as well as incredible resilience, solidarity and strength. She believes that every being on planet earth deserves love, peace, respect and empathy and she hopes that humanity will collectively and individually expand their knowledge and understanding of the Indigenous struggles and issues so that they may unlearn what has kept society from fully grounding in the realms of indigenous sovereignty, cultural revitalization, mental and physical wellness and healing.
Nayden began in a high school theatre program called the QE Warehouse (‘95, ‘96). This experience led him into music, becoming a singer, songwriter and guitarist, before returning to acting in 2010.
Since then, some of Nayden’s film and theatre credits include: LA Beat (indie 2013), Alarming (film, 2011), Gifted 2 (film, 2012), Dear Life (Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2013), Salome (theatre, 2012) and more.
‘Reconciliation requires more than one to create harmony amongst opposing forces.’
Sam Bob has performed nationally in television, film, radio, and theatre. He is a Jessie Richardson nominee for Best Actor in Headlines’ (now Theatre for Living) production of Out of the Silence and nominated Best Actor by Edmonton’s Dreamspeaker’s Film Festival for The Red Paper. Sam has been in local production’s such as last year’s tour of maladjusted with Theatre for Living and New Worlds Doost at the Cultch. He was at the Arts Club with Drylips Ought to Move to Kapuskasing, with Tamanhous in Paradise in the Wasteland, and at the Firehall with Age of Iron, Farewell and Ecstacy of Rita Joe. National performances include Time Stands Still with Native Earth (Toronto), Gordon Tootoosis Native Theatre’s Cree’s in the Caribbean (Saskatoon), and Popcorn Elder. Sam can also be seen in film and TV in Blackway with Anthony Hopkins, Unclaimed, a CBC film about murdered and missing women and later this year in Laudermilk, a Netflix comedy. Sam’s traditional name is Tulkweemult from Nanoose First Nation.
Tom Scholte is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC where he teaches acting and directing for stage and screen. He has performed for such theatre companies as Vancouver’s Arts Club, Playhouse, Ruby Slippers, Boca del Lupo, and Pi Theatre, Toronto’s Modern Times Stage Company, and Nakai Theatre of Whitehorse. His numerous screen credits include a Genie nominated performance in the feature film, Last Wedding, which opened the Toronto International Film Festival in 2001, and a Gemini winning performance on the acclaimed CBC drama series, Da Vinci’s Inquest. A member of the International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation he has published on the use of improvisation in the rehearsal of scripted plays in Canadian Theatre Review. His research on cybernetics in the Stanislavski System of Acting and the theatre as a modeling facility for complex social systems, has been featured in the journals Kybernetes, and Constructivist Foundations. Tom is thrilled to be a part of this production given his deep belief that the need for Canada to face up to the grave injustices of its colonial history and to dismantle the existing apparatuses that continue to perpetuate injustice for indigenous communities is the most important challenge facing this country. He is very excited to be alive at this particular moment in history when conversations about this process are becoming possible and hopes that this production can play some part, however small, in moving these conversations forward.
(In alphabetical order)
For almost 30 years Vancouver-based Alan Brodie has worked for regional and independent theatre, opera and dance producers at home and abroad. Recent design credits include Avenue Q and The Flick (Arts Club Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol (Soulpepper, Toronto), I Think I’m Fallin’ (Belfry Theatre, Victoria), Emergence (Glasgow Ballet) and Sweeney Todd (Shaw Festival). He has been recognized with 10 Jessie Richardson Awards for Lighting Design, and in 2012 he was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Alan recently completed an MFA in directing at UVic. He resides in Vancouver with his wife Michele and their boxer Ellie. Alan is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. [www.alanbrodie.ca]
Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an interdisciplinary artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in the theatre and performance 16 years ago, before transitioning towards a practice that fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. His work combines traditional Indigenous Northwest Coast iconography and history with new media and concepts existing cyclical space. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for a B.F.A. in Visual Arts. He has also studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn and Dean Hunt. He was a recipient of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and has received public art commissions from the City of Vancouver.
Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings include the Grunt Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago), Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery (Ottawa), Royal BC Museum, Open Space (Victoria), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Atlantic Film Festival, Tidal Force – Independent Media Arts Alliance (Halifax), Art Mur, Sommets du Cinéma D’animation (Montreal), ImagineNative, Toronto International Film Festival, Music Gallery (Toronto).
Originally from Mexico City, Carmen earned her MFA degree in Theatre Design at UBC and has worked as a theatre designer in Vancouver since 2006. Some of her recent design credits include: Pericles (Bard on the Beach), Stickboy (Vancouver Opera), The Music Man (Gateway Theatre), In the Heights, Good People and Peter and the Star Catcher (Arts Club Theatre Company). Carmen is the recipient of a Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for Outstanding Costume Design 2014-2015 in the Large Theatre Category for Crazy for You (Gateway Theatre) and an Applause Musicals Society Ovation Award for Outstanding Costume Design in 2013 for The King and I. [www.carmenalatorre.com]
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Carolyn Rapanos is a set designer, based in Vancouver, BC. She is thrilled to be working with Theatre for Living! Recent designs include A Christmas Story (Chemainus Theatre Festival), An Inspector Calls (Rosebud Theatre), Cabaret (Exit 22), and Common Grace (Pacific Theatre). She has received multiple Jessie and Ovation Award nominations and a design ensemble Jessie Award for her work in Jack & the Bean (Presentation House). [www.carolynrapanos.ca]
Chris Bouris’ media work has an emphasis on civic education. Chris’ media goals are to broaden community understanding of contemporary social issues and facilitate greater community participation through online technologies. He has a Cooperative Education, BFA (Film) degree from Simon Fraser University.
Cindy is Tsilhqot’in, Secwepemc, and Norwegian from the Interior of BC, and has been residing on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh since 2014. She teaches active dreaming, creative writing, and creative facilitation, incorporating dreams, story, and ceremony in everything she does. She is excited to support outreach for šxʷʔam̓ət (home) as this interactive play offers an opportunity to engage with reconciliation using creative expression.
“For me, reconciliation begins with being at peace with my own ancestry and determining what I have to offer. I believe it is a responsibility to utilize my gifts in ways that contribute to repairing the relationships which have been damaged.” - Cindy M Charleyboy
Clayton is Tsilhqot’in and is a music producer, sound engineer, and musician who loves the accessibility of music on the west coast. He works with artists in a wide variety of genres including Alternative Rock, Metal, Electronic Music, Jazz, Hip Hop and Rock. One of his favorite accomplishments as a recording engineer was working with Vancouver drummer Randall Stoll who played on the 1991 hit song Life is a Highway.
Clayton graduated with a Diploma for Audio Engineering and Music Production from Harbourside Institute of Technology, and has a passion for recording and empowering Indigenous artists. At only age 20, he is the owner of Clayton Charleyboy Music and has been part of the creation of four albums, the most recent being the debut self-titled album by Indigenous Hip Hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Before that, Clayton was head engineer for Vancouver based Rock Band Northern Ignition’s debut EP Youngbloods which features the drummer from Colin James’ band, Geoff Hicks.
Clayton is currently working with several Indigenous artists and on three separate album projects to be released in 2017. He is happy to be on the production team for šxʷʔam̓ət (home) and strives to work on bigger and bigger projects in the future.
Dafne Blanco is thrilled to continue working for Theatre for Living now in this new capacity. Dafne was the Outreach Coordinator from 2004 to 2010 and from April 2012 to May 2013. She has been involved with several grassroots organizations and art groups since she arrived in Vancouver from Mexico in 1996, working on the areas of the Zapatista solidarity, Human Rights, Racism, Globalization, and other social issues. She also worked as an advocate for agriculture migrant rights, while freelancing as a web designer.
Dafne has completed a degree in Graphic Design in the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She is currently working on her Expressive Arts Therapy Masters Degree.
Painting and ceramics creation has been a great passion of Dafne’s and she is hoping to focus on her artistic creation as well if she is able to garner the blessings of the Visual Arts deities. [www.dafneblancovisualart.com]
David is a founding member and Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Theatre for
Living, formerly known as Headlines Theatre.
David has directed over 550 community specific theatre projects and trainings throughout Canada, the US and Europe, as well as in Namibia, Rwanda, Australia, New Zealand, Palestine, India and Singapore. Subjects range from violence in all its forms to addiction, intergenerational conflict, mental health, language reclamation, the legacy of Canadian Native Residential Schools, homelessness, climate change, globalization, and species and habitat protection, to name just some. He has pioneered the development of live, interactive Forum television and web casting.
As well as being the recipient of numerous arts and human rights awards, David is visiting Faculty at the Master of Arts Program in Peace, Development, Security and International Conflict Transformation at the UNESCO Chair for Peace Studies, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Visiting Theatre Director at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta. He has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Fraser Valley.
His book, Theatre for Living: the art and science of community-based dialogue was honoured with the American Alliance of Theatre and Education 2008 Distinguished Book Award. The book came out in German under the title Theater Zum Leben in 2012 and is currently being translated into Spanish.
David is a queer feminist social justice advocate who has been actively involved in grassroots campaigning since he was 11 years old. He has since co-founded and worked on numerous campaigns and projects including youth sexual health initiatives, feminist anti-violence campaigns, anti racist projects, and other forms of fun, radical, anti-oppression work. Some of the projects he has worked on have included co-creating marketing and media for the book Picturing Transformation: Nexw-áyantsut - a book about a solidarity project between First Nations and non-First Nations communities, as well as film editing for the Circles of Understanding residential school story project. He is also the co-founder of the queer feminist media arts project [www.LoveIntersections.com]
David holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Criminology from Simon Fraser University, a BSoSc (honours) and a Masters of Social Sciences from the African Gender Institute at University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Dorothy has stage managed shows for many different theatre companies which has taken her across Canada several times. She has taken part in five previous projects with Theatre for Living and is delighted to be working on šxʷʔam̓ət (home).
Jodi Smith, managing director of JLS Entertainment has been working in the entertainment industry in various capacities for over twenty years. This is Jodi’s second time working with Theatre for Living (Reclaiming Hope, 2016) and strongly believes in the important work that TfL brings to the community and is proud to be a part of their team. Throughout the years, Jodi has produced live events, several music videos, is involved in artist management, entertainment coordination (PNE, Harmony Arts Festival, First Night, Alcan Dragon Boat Festival and Olympics 2010 at Robson Square) and has been a freelance publicist for theatre, festivals, musical concerts, dance, and special events. JLS Entertainment’s past and present publicity clients include Touchstone Theatre, Vancouver Opera, Carousel Theatre for Young People, The CULTCH, MusicFest Vancouver, Ballet BC, CelticFest Vancouver, battery opera, Flamenco Rosario, The opening of the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Dance In Vancouver, Chutzpah! Festival, Vancouver Moving Theatre, and the Alcan Dragon Boat Festival.
Michael P. Keating started working in film and television at a very young age. Over the past 42 years Michael has produced and directed magazine shows, sports events, dance performances, live interactive TV dramas, and many other formats and has produced well over 5000 broadcast hours. He is currently a Shaw TV Lead producer and produces a number of access shows for the station.
Michael also enjoys training community volunteers in all aspects of TV production camera, lighting, sound, editing, reporting and interviewing. He has worked with and trained youth from the inner city of Vancouver, First Nations in Hartley Bay and other projects. As part of his sound career he lectures on sound design for various schools and colleges throughout the lower mainland. Michael has also been a 29-year supporter of Theatre for Living by producing and directing their television coverage. Through his company TraxStars Entertainment Inc. he has worked on over fifty TV series including King of the Hill, Highlander and The New Addams Family and hundreds of movies such as Grandma’s Boy produced by Adam Sandler, Into the Sun, produced and starring Steven Seagal and documentary features including The Corporation. Michael has won a Gemini Award for Ice Pilots NWT, six Leo Awards and has been nominated for two Prix Genie Awards and four Gemini Awards for his sound work.
Renae has worked since the early 80’s in the arts (music, theatre, film & television) in Canada and most recently internationally with her singing group, M’Girl. She has received cultural teachings through social and ceremonial songs and stories with the Secwepemc, Okanagan, Nlaka’pamux, Cree, Saulteaux and Anishnaabe peoples.
Today, between professional and community engaged artistic creations, Renae works to cultivate social justice, inclusiveness and community building through the power of theatre, film, voice and song.
Susan Powell (Lakota and Scot), has been working with Aboriginal Residential School survivors across Canada since 1989. She has been a Holistic Health Educator & Trainer since 1980, and her experience with Theatre for Living, began with Out if the Silence in 1992. She has also attended TfL’s workshop training, levels 1 & 2, and uses the richness of the training in her work. She is excited to have been invited to assist in the Support Person role in this important work, šxʷʔam̓ət (home).
Susan Shank has extensive financial and administrative experience in the arts. For a decade Susan was the administrator for Touchstone Theatre Society. She was also the contract coordinator for Gateway Theatre and has done bookkeeping for The Firehall Arts Centre - but her favorite job is being the mom of her two children! Susan has a BA from SFU with a concentration in Theatre. Over the years she has had experience as an actor, writer, teacher, programmer and producer. Susan is delighted to be working with Theatre for Living.
Tim has been working in theatre in Vancouver for 28 years. He toured with Theatre for Living’s productions, Out of the Silence in 1992, METH in 2006 and Shattering in 2008 and the BC & Alberta tour of maladjusted in 2015. He is really pleased to be working with Theatre for Living for šxʷʔam̓ət (home). When not plying his trade, Tim can be found watching hockey games, cheering for the Canucks.
*Appear through the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.