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Between now and 2019 there is a lot of work to do.
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  • 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... Read more

  • December 2016

  • 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... 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... Read more

  • October 2016

  • 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,... Read more

  • September 2016

  • 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... 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... 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

  • 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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