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DONNA-MICHELLE ST. BERNARD aka Belladonna the Blest is an emcee, playwright, administrator, and agitator. She is a coordinator with the AdHoc Assembly, artistic director of New Harlem Productions and former General Manager of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her work has been recognized with nominations for the Governor General’s Award, Siminovitch Prize, KM Hunter Award, Herman Voaden Award, Enbridge PlayRites Award Dora Mavor Moore Award. She is co-editor with Yvette Nolan of the Playwrights Canada Press anthology Refractions: Solo and the upcoming Indian Act. DM is currently the emcee in residence at Theatre Passe Muraille and playwright in residence at lemonTree Creations.
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COLE ALVIS is a Métis theatre artist based in Tkarón:to with Chippewa, Irish and English heritage from the Turtle Mountains in Manitobah. They are an Artistic Producer of lemonTree creations, one of the leaders of manidoons collective, Ad Hoc Assembly (AHA) and are the former Executive Director of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (2013 – 2017). Cole has performed in Dora nominated productions including Gorey Story (The Thistle Project), Louis Riel (Canadian Opera Company / National Arts Centre) and the Dora winning new play Body Politic by Nick Green (lemonTree creations / Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). Recently, they participated in the Indigenous Directors Lab at the Stratford Festival, supported Falen Johnson in programming the Guswenta Gathering at Soulpepper, programmed the outdoor stage at the Cinesphere during TIFF ’17 alongside Jesse Wente, and received a 2017 Harold Award (nominated by Mel Hague). A Red Deer College and York University BFA theatre alumnae, Cole recently participated in the 2017 artEquity Facilitator Training in Los Angeles.
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JIVESH PARASRAM is an Award Winning multidisciplinary artist, researcher, and facilitator of Indo-Caribbean descent. His work has played across Canada, and Internationally. He is the founding Artistic Producer at Pandemic Theatre and the incoming Artistic Director for Rumble Theatre. Jiv grew up in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and currently endeavours to split his time between T’karón:to (Toronto) and the Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Vancouver). He has received two Harold Awards including the Ken McDougall award for direction, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and was a member of the second cohort of the TAC Cultural Leaders Lab with the Banff Centre.
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YVETTE NOLAN (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays include BLADE, Annie Mae’s Movement, The Birds, The Unplugging, Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show (co-writer) and the libretto Shanawdithit. From 2013-2011 she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her book Medicine Shows about Indigenous theatre in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015, and Performing Indigeneity, which she co-edited with Ric Knowles, in 2016. She has been honoured with the Mallory Gilbert Award, the George Luscombe Award, the Maggie Bassett Award, and a Harold. She is currently the Richler Writer in Residence at McGill University.