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Between now and 2019 there is a lot of work to do.
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  • June 2017

  • Kevin Loring announced as Artistic Director 4 June 20, 2017

    June has been a time for gatherings, new beginnings, a time of celebration.

    June has been a month for the ages! It has been a time for gatherings, new beginnings, a time of celebration. It has been a month when Indigenous Artists, Elders and Algonquin culture makers have been spending a lot of time at the NAC, which is situated on unceded Algonquin territory, and it has been fantastic. Some highlights:

    Kevin Loring becomes the first Artistic Director, Indigenous Theatre

    On June 15th at 10 am, friends, colleagues, family and a livestream audience joined together in the Salon for the announcement of... Read more

  • The NAC announces its first Artistic Director for the Indigenous Theatre Department

    The National Arts Centre’s President and CEO, Peter Herrndorf announced today that Kevin Loring will be the first ever Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the NAC, taking up his post on October 16, 2017.  

  • National Thought Table on Truth and Reconciliation 2 June 1, 2017

    May Newsletter

    May is the time of the Tulip Festival in Ottawa, they are everywhere! But it is also a major ramp up to summer and the announcement of the Artistic Director for the Indigenous Theatre at the NAC.  Here are some of things that happened with Indigenous Theatre this month.

    Our Advisory Committee has been working together since last spring. Dave Jenniss, Jesse Wabegijig, Reneltta Arluk, Kenneth T. Williams and Elder Annie Smith St. Georges met this month to organize for the upcoming announcement of the new AD planned for June 15.... Read more

  • April 2017

  • Michelle Bardach, Children of God 5 April 20, 2017

    A Gathering, Canada Scene and the Indspire Awards

    Everything blooms and grows in the spring, and things that have been at work during the dark months of winter burst open with the coming of summer. A lot to share and look forward to.

    Canada Scene at the NAC is featuring a lot of Indigenous work between June 15 and 20. During this same period a conversational event, curated by Lindsay Lachance will also be happening.

    A Gathering: Experiencing Indigenous Works - Developing Critical Voices NAC Salon | Thursday, June 15, 1-6 pm & Friday, June 16, 9 am-noon

    Five leading... Read more

  • March 2017

  • March 20, 2017

    Spring is definitely in the air!

    Spring is definitely in the air this March at the National Arts Centre and across the country, and with it comes change and transformation. And a Save-the-Date to everyone for the First Scene Symposium being held in Ottawa from June 15-20 as part of Canada Scene.

    Following last month’s news at the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance of Cole Alvis stepping down, and incoming news at Citadel Theatre of Christine Sokaymoh Frederick joining as Indigenous Associate Artist,  this month sees Native Earth’s Artistic Director Ryan... Read more

  • February 2017

  • Brittany Ryan, Robert St. Georges, Annie Smith St. Georges, Alanis Obomsawin, Sarah Garton Stanley, Rhoda Ungalaq, and Jeannette Corbiere Lavell. Not pictured: Lee Maracle, Maria Campbell, and Pauline Shirt. February 21, 2017

    There has been a lot of news this month!

    It was exciting to see the recent appointment of Christine Sokaymoh Frederick to the position of Associate Artist at The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and to see the rave reviews and huge response to Cliff Cardinal’s Huff at The Sydney Theatre Festival. It was equally exciting to see Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s response to Article 11’s Declaration which recently played in Calgary as part of High Performance Rodeo. So excited was the mayor, that he recently engaged in a twitter battle with playwright Tara Beagan’s brother on what city... Read more

  • January 2017

  • January 20, 2017

    2017 has arrived!

    2017. The year the first Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre begins their role at the National Arts Centre! It has arrived.  Getting to here has been a full and rewarding time and we are now up to the final bend in the road. Interviews for the applicants are taking place in February. The Elders Council will be meeting as a group for the first time during that month as well, and the Advisory Committee continues its work supporting all the endeavours. We will have more news about all of this in next month update.

    Leading up... Read more

  • December 2016

  • 2 December 20, 2016

    What a year!

    Every month of it has brought us one step closer to the launching of Indigenous Theatre at the NAC. We hope you have found our monthly updates informative and that you will continue to contact us at  brittany.ryan@nac-cna.ca with questions and feedback.

    It has been a full and exciting fall as we finally slip into snowy winter. In November, Tanya Tagaq performed to a sold out crowd, with an incredible and improvised show based on her new album ‘Retribution’. On the Monday following her show, Tanya Tagaq also gave an artist... Read more

  • November 2016

  • November 20, 2016

    The Indigenous Theatre is hiring...

    On November 3rd, 2016 the hiring notice for the NAC’s first Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre was issued by Human Resources. The Advisory Committee comprised of Reneltta Arluk, Dave Jennis, Annie Smith St. Georges, Jesse Wabegijig, and Kenneth T. Williams along with Brittany Ryan and Sarah Garton Stanley have been working together over the last several months towards this first big goal. On October 24, 2016 the committee gathered together in Ottawa with Debbie Collins, Director of Human Resources to help finalize the... Read more

  • October 2016

  • Secret Path October 20, 2016

    New and exciting paths...

    As Fall starts to show, the Advisory is beginning to move onto new and exciting paths. We have a few different updates to share with you. But first off, we want to extend further thanks to those who responded to the proposed recommendations from the Advisory to the NAC with respect to the hiring process. Your feedback is highly valued and we are grateful for your thoughtfulness. The recommendations were submitted to the NAC on September 30, 2106. Since then, the advisory committee along with Brittany Ryan and Sarah Garton... Read more

  • September 2016

  • Hiring Process September 20, 2016

    Hiring process for the artistic leader of Indigenous Theatre

    September already! This month we want to share some news about the hiring process for the artistic leader of Indigenous Theatre at the NAC. Following a day-long session held in Ottawa at the NAC on August 23, 2016, the Advisory Committee comprised of Reneltta Arluk, Dave Jenniss, Annie Smith St. Georges, Jesse Wabegijig, Kenneth T. Williams, Elder support and Métis Elder Robert Smith St. Georges, Brittany Ryan, and Sarah Garton Stanley, a list of recommendations /thoughts were put together that will eventually be put forward... Read more

  • 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 there to see shows and Brittany was stage... 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 Canadian Federation of Students, Aboriginal caucus. A great... 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.... 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 now and then the committee will advise on... 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

  • 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 focussed on goals, wishes, and requirements... 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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