NAC Indigenous Theatre

Launching in 2019

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 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!

You can always reach us through brittany.ryan@nac-cna.ca. We hope you will.

2 recent news events:

  • The Raising of the Flags of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and The Unveiling of Algonquin Anishinabe Commemorative Artwork took place at Ottawa City Hall on June 14, 2016. The City of Ottawa honoured the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation by not only acknowledging the territory that the city is built on but by raising the flags of two host nations. It is an important event for the NAC to consider as it relates to the relationship building the NAC as an institution must continually develop with respect.
     
  • The recent announcement of Reneltta Arluk as the director of Colleen Murphy’s new play at Stratford Festival, with a cast of 20! Just two of many, many events and actions happening across the country that add to a shared sense that the culture really is shifting. Exciting times. And huge congrats to Reneltta.
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