June 20, 2016
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 about timeline. The Hiring Committee will be in place before the start of 2017. As a group, we are learning the scope and scale of not only the role of the Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre but what the reach of this leadership might mean for the NAC and the Indigenous performance community at large. To augment the conference call meetings, the Advisory Committee along with Sarah and Brittany, are looking ahead to a much needed in-person meeting in late August to deepen our conversations.
In speaking with the Advisory Committee and community members, an important question has emerged. how will the community support the first leadership and their team when they are in place? How will we as a community lift up those who will take on the difficult task of leading a national Indigenous Theatre? As always, we welcome your feedback and thoughts!
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