Nicole Joy-Fraser (Settler, Dene Zaa, Nehiyaw and Métis) is an award-winning performing artist who has been storytelling for stage and screen across Turtle Island and beyond. She has collaborated with many celebrated companies such as as Mirvish Productions (Mamma Mia! Original Cast/ US Tour), Soulpepper, Factory Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Native Earth, Theatre Passe Muraille, Soundstreams, Unsettled Scores, Red Sky, Carousel Players, Essential Collective Theatre, The Blyth Festival, The Charlottetown Festival, Nightwood Theatre, Talk is Free Theatre, Eclipse Theatre, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, CBC, CBS, BBC and Telefilm.
She also enjoyed living across the Atlantic for a few years where she sang and danced in the multi-award-winning musical “Jerry Springer-The Opera” in the West End and in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” which toured the UK. Being a part of the 60’s scoop, she knew little of her Indigenous background and since returning home is grateful to have premiered and explored many roles within Indigenous Theatre and Opera, all of which have helped her reclaim her Indigenous Identity and launch her journey into personal decolonization.
Nicole currently lives in Niagara and as a proud Bear clan member and oshkabewis, supporting each other through healing and the arts continues to be a passion of hers. She recently played “Annie Cook” in the outdoor production of The Rez Sisters at The Stratford Festival this past summer and is excited to view TOKA (Theatre Passe Muraille/ LemonTree Creations) and Müsik Das Für Ende (Crows Theatre/ Soundstreams) which she filmed this past fall.
2021/22 Season: This Is How We Got Here