Changing the face of Canadian theatre

Theatre Research and Development in Canada

This is the work that fuels our passions in English Theatre: deepening and broadening the conversation about the evolution of theatrical performance in Canada.

The Cycle is a two-year research project that begins with The Summit, flows into The Study and concludes with The Repast. Our goal with each in-depth investigative cycle is to gather practitioners around big ideas and engage with the concerns of our contemporary society in theatrical terms.

Indigenous Theatre launches in 2019. Between now and then there is a lot of work to do. Follow our updates below.

  • August 2016

  • August 19, 2016

    August Update for Indigenous Theatre

    Since the July update, the Advisory Committee:  Annie Smith St. Georges, Jesse Wabegijig, Kenneth T. Williams, Reneltta Arluk, and Dave Jenniss along with Sarah Garton Stanley, Brittany Ryan, have been enjoying even more of the Summer. We teleconferenced to finalize plans for our day long gathering in Ottawa, at the NAC, on August 23, 2016.

    During our last phone meeting Brittany and Sarah met in a park in Toronto to call the committee. It was during the Summerworks Festival. Sarah was... Read more

  • July 2016

  • July 20, 2016

    July Update on Indigenous Theatre

    Since our last update to you, the Advisory Committee:  Annie Smith St. Georges, Jesse Wabegijig, Kenneth T. Williams, Reneltta Arluk, and Dave Jenniss along with Sarah Garton Stanley, Brittany Ryan, have been enjoying the Summer.

    On July 8th, 2016 Reneltta Arluk gave birth to Carver, so our Advisory Committee has grown in numbers since we started!

    As well, Robert, Annie Smith St. Georges, husband, has recently been acknowledged as a Métis Elder by the youth at the... Read more

  • June 2016

  • June 20, 2016

    June Update on Indigenous Theatre

    Since our last update to you, the Advisory Committee:  Annie Smith St. Georges, Jesse Wabegijig, Kenneth T. Williams, Reneltta Arluk, and Dave Jenniss along with Sarah Garton Stanley, Brittany Ryan, have been having multi-layered conversations regarding the present organizational structure of the NAC, how Indigenous Theatre could/would sit within this structure, possible support systems for the new leadership of Indigenous Theatre, and building a potential list of recommendations for the yet-to-be-determined hiring committee. We have also been getting some understanding... Read more

  • May 2016

  • May 20, 2016

    Newsletter #1 Indigenous Theatre

    In collaboration with IPAA, the National Arts Centre will be doing monthly updates on the approaching launch of Indigenous Theatre. With this first update we are excited to announce the Second Advisory Committee who will help guide the NAC through this significant time.

    This is our first of many newsletter updates to come. In this update, we want to share news about the Second Advisory Committee. The Second Advisory Committee will be working with us through to June of 2017. Between... Read more

  • May 6, 2016

    News of the Second Advisory Committee is shared

    The Second Advisory Committee Announced: Reneltta Arluk, Dave Jenniss, Annie Smith St. Georges, Jesse Wabegijig, Kenneth T. Williams. They will work with Brittany Ryan and Sarah Garton Stanley until June of 2017

  • April 2016

  • April 13, 2016

    Next Steps for Indigenous Theatre Department at the NAC

    Following the February 13th conversation, Sarah Garton Stanley becomes Interim Facilitator, Indigenous Theatre and Brittany Ryan becomes Interim Coordinator, Indigenous Theatre. Together they send a request to the Indigenous performance community for feedback on The Second Advisory Committee

  • March 2016

  • March 24, 2016

    Strategic Plan launched for the next 5 years at the NAC

    Strategic Plan announced including details for an Indigenous Theatre Department. This new department is opening in 2019 with the first Artistic Leadership beginning in 2017

  • February 2016

  • February 13, 2016

    A Conversation about the future of Indigenous Theatre at the NAC

    On February 13, 2015 a meeting was held on the Theatre Stage at Canada’s National Arts Centre to discuss the next steps for hiring the first artistic Leadership for Indigenous Theatre  in 2017 and the launching of Indigenous Theatre in 2019. Leaders from across the land and from the NAC met to discuss goals, objectives and challenges regarding this exciting development in the life of Canada’s NAC. The morning session focussed on present operations at the NAC. The afternoon session... Read more

  • December 2015

  • December 12, 2015

    First advisory committee begins

    The First Advisory Committee which included Margo Kane, Michael Greyeyes, and Reneltta Arluk, along with Sarah Garton Stanley and Brittany Ryan begin working together towards February 13th, 2016 - A Conversation about Indigenous Theatre at NAC

  • October 2015

  • October 5, 2015

    First meeting about Indigenous Theatre Department at the NAC

    On October 5, 2015 a meeting was held at the Artscape Sandbox in Toronto, Ontario between Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of Canada’s National Arts Centre and  Indigenous Theatre Community Members from across Turtle Island to share news about plans for an Indigenous Theatre Department at the National Arts Centre. This lunchtime meeting was attended by artists and students and was livestreamed to share the news widely across the Indigenous Performance Community.

  • April 22, 2014

    Conclusion of the Indigenous Theatre Cycle

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