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Paula-Jean Prudat, an actor and writer, spent her childhood traversing the land where the lake-riddled northern forest meets the southern, big prairie sky. She was born in the middle of a snowstorm in northern Saskatchewan, with snow so deep her grandfather plowed a road 20 kilometres to get her and her mama to town. She’s learned to be a little less demanding since. Indigenous stories and people of this land are what inspire her as an artist. She’s performed in theatres across many corners of Canada and the USA, was the Playwright in Rez at Native Earth Performing Arts for the 2013/14 season and is currently a playwright in Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources Creation Group for the 2014-15 season. PJ is of Cree, Saulteaux, French, Scandinavian and proud Métis roots. Her interests are writing poetry, horseback riding, yoga and traveling to strange and beautiful places. Passion for human connection, whether exhilarating or heartbreaking, ignites her creative spirit and sense of hope. PJ holds a BA in drama from the University of Alberta. Paula-Jean is thrilled to be a member of the NAC 2015/16 ensemble. Kitatamihinâwâw.
Selected acting credits include: Acting Ensemble (Banff Playwrights Colony, 2014), A Soldier’s Tale (Signal Theatre), Tainted (Moyo Theatre), The Blue Planet (Young People’s Theatre), two National/Yukon tours of the one-woman show Café Daughter (Gwaandak Theatre), Salt Baby (NextStage), Medicine Boy (Summerworks), free as injuns (NEPA), two National tours of Almighty Voice and His Wife (NEPA), Tombs of the Vanishing Indian (NEPA), The Red Machine Part I-IV (The Room), Stretching Hide (Theatre Projects Manitoba) and Copper Thunderbird (NAC English Theatre/Magnetic North Theatre Festival). Upcoming: the title role in Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare In The Ruins)
Writing credits: Emerge in Repose (Talking Stick Festival, Full Circle), Réunir (Saskatchewan Native Theatre Co., Circle of Voices Youth Program). PJ is currently collaborating on two separate projects with some of Canada’s most sought after artists and is also in the midst of writing her own play.