As always, we start our work based in the 7 values that govern Native Earth: Courage, Generosity, Tolerance, Strength of Character, Patience, Humility and Wisdom.
When applying to access these opportunities, you must be willing to work from there as well.
Animikiig & Thundering Voices Programs – Due Wednesday, October 3rd!
Animikiig is the Ojibwe word for the initial rumblings that tell us of the thunder storm that is to come. Young Voices was founded by Yvette Nolan and Donna Michelle St. Bernard, in response to the growing number of new Aboriginal playwrights. “Young Voices” was considered the temporary name of the training unit. Now in its ninth season, the renamed Animikiig Program offers Aboriginal artists who are new to helming theatrical creation the chance to develop their craft through practical experience in workshops and writing sessions with established performing arts professionals. Native Earth is proud to have had work like Agokwe by Waawaate Fobister, Giiwedin by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Salt Baby by Falen Johnson as part of the program before going on to full productions. We anticipate more great works will find full voice in the Animikiig Program.
In response to the deepening skill level of the Animikiig Program participants, Native Earth has since launched Thundering Voices. This more intensive tier of artist development is named in tribute to our late company Elder and friend, Helen Thundercloud. As an adult educator, Helen was committed to First Nation’s efforts to achieve self-determination. Thundering Voices will help nurture more advanced artists in the development of their work. Both tiers of playwrights/creators will have opportunities to showcase pieces over the season, including public readings at the annual Weesageechak Festival.
If you are interested in being a part of the Animikiig Program, please submit a piece of writing – in any form – and a short paragraph outlining how you might imagine that writing into theatrical play form.
For the Thundering Voices Program, please submit a CV, an artist’s statement outlining your goals as a theatre creator, a sample of work (a writing sample no longer than twenty pages for playwrights, and video a maximum of five minutes for dance or multi-disciplinary forms) and a statement of intent.
Send submissions to Artistic Associate Cole Alvis, by post, in-person, or email by Wednesday, October 3rd!
Want to engage with our season in other dynamic artistic ways?
Check out the Apprenticeship Calls Available HERE
Native Earth is a recommender for OAC’s Theatre Creator’s Reserve Program. Our deadlines will shortly be announced. Applications from Aboriginal artists, artists of colour and women will be given priority. Before you apply to us, visit OAC’s website for submissions form and full details. Click here for our submission requirements.
Weesageechak Begins to Dance – this year’s festival is programmed, but we are always interested in hearing about your work, so email us anytime. We also welcome expressions of interest from actors, dancers, directors and dramaturgs regarding inclusion in the festival, so please don’t be shy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo of Janet Antone by Keith Barker