Finding Wolastoq Voice: Cast & Crew

NATALIE SAPPIER (Playwright & Composer)

Natalie Sappier-Samaqani Cocahq (The Water Spirit) is a Wolastoqiyik Indigenous multidisciplinary artist from Tobique First Nation. She began her visual arts practice in early 2000’s at New Brunswick College of Craft and Design where she met Sagatay (Gwen Bear) who provided Sappier the guidance to learn about traditional ceremonies, teachings, language and medicines. The teachings inspired and gave a larger understanding who she is, which she began to express through paintings.

Today, as she stands in the Wolastoq waters, she is witnessing the language being lost, the lands hurting and the waters crying. She wants to share the stories expressed with Indigenous heart on stage for the world to see.


Thomas is an award winning director, playwright, movement coach, dramaturge, and teacher. He is currently the Artistic Director of Theatre New Brunswick, and the incoming Artistic Director at Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg. For over 15 years he has created theatre nationally and internationally with companies and schools that include: The Stratford Festival, Theatre Direct, Theatre Passe Muraille, The Charlottetown Festival, Carousel Players, Cia Enviezada (Brazil), NTS, Sheridan, and The Randolph Academy. He holds a BA from Guelph, an MA from U of T, and has trained with SITI Company in NYC/Madrid/Paris and SCOT in Japan and Italy.

ARIA EVANS (Choreographer & Dancer)

Aria works in film, dance creation and performance. She draws on her experiences as a woman of mixed race (Mi’kmaq, African, settler heritage) as well as her BFA to capture meaningful social and cultural themes through her interactive art. Her works have been presents in both Turtle Island and Europe. She is also the Artistic Director of the Go To Company. You can learn more at

ANDY MORO (Set & Lighting Designer)

Andy is a multi-award winning mixed Euro/Omushkego Cree production designer. Based in Toronto, Andy co-creates and “designaturges” with companies from coast to coast including Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, the Go To Company with Aria Evans, Red Sky Performance, and the Dancers of Damelahamid. He recently returned from Tunis, North Africa where he created Le Radeau at theatre Al Hamra with Majdi Bou Matar. Moro has been core creative faculty for the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts since 2012.

Andy co-founded the multidisciplinary company ARTICLE 11 with his partner and former Native Earth Artistic Director, Tara Beagan. The company is named after the same article in the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples acknowledging our right to create, practice and revitalize culture in any and all media.

MICHAEL DOHERTY (Sound Designer)

Michael is an Atlantic Canada and Toronto based composer, sound designer, and musical director. He is a multiple Merritt award (Theatre Nova Scotia) nominee and winner. He was honoured with the musician’s achievement award at East Coast Music Awards in 2008, and received the Playhouse Honours award from the Frederiction Playhouse in 2014.

Recent credits include: The Penelopiad, The Wedding Singer (St. Lawrence College); Goodbye Marianne, A Herman Tale, Marion Bridge, The Space Between, Vigil, You Play Beautifully, A Christmas Carol (Theatre New Brunswick); Shrek, The Drowsey Chaperone, Guys and Dolls (Theatre New Brunswick Theatre School); Armstrong`s War, It`s a Wonderful Life, Hockey Dreams, For Life, A Christmas Carol, Red, Miracle on 34th St. (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Rearview (Le Theatre du Nouvel-Ontario); Grace Notes, Angel`s River, Model Wanted (The Notable Acts Theatre Festival). Michael is the composer and co-lyricist of two full length musicals: A Christmas Carol adapted with Caleb Marshall, and For Life with Norm Foster.

SHERRY KINNEAR (Costume Designer)

Sherry is the costume designer for the TNB Young Company and TNB Theatre School as well as the Head of Wardrobe for all branches of the company. Sherry most recently designed costumes for The Boat, The Snow Queen, A Sunday Affair, Marion Bridge, Vigil, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Eighth Fire, and The Net, as well as Guys & Dolls, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables and has created costumes for A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horros, Gifts of the Magi, The Dollar Woman, Treasure Island, and many other TNB productions over the past nine years.

TAMMY FAULKNER (Stage Manager)

For TNB: A Christmas Carol, Little Women – The Broadway Musical, Red, Miracle on 34th Street, The Last Five Years, Little Shop of Horrors, It’s A Wonderful Life (2012), Oleanna, The Musical of Musicals (SM), Hilda’s Yard, The Bricklin, Hockey Dreams, Treasure Island/The Marketeer, It’s A Wonderful Life (2009), Doubt/La Tour, Tuesdays With Morrie, Vinci, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, The Love List (ASM), A Christmas Carol (ASM & Production Manager), and Forever Plaid (Production Manager).