Waawaate is an actor, dancer, playwright, choreographer, producer, and a Grass Dancer. Waawaate means Northern Lights, and he is a proud Anishinaabe from Grassy Narrows First Nation. He’s a recipient of two Dora awards for Outstanding Performance and New Play for Agokwe (in total, the play received 6 awards), Humber College Outstanding Actor, and Mark S. Bonham Centre award from University of Toronto. He also has many nominations, including Ontario Premiers’ Award, K.M. Hunter Award, and Sterling Award – Edmonton. He trained and studied at Humber College, Banff Centre for the Arts, Summer School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Intensives at Centre for Indigenous Theatre, and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. Waawaate has worked for many major theatre companies across Canada. His work has taken him to many places as an artist, including Japan, UK, and many coasts across Turtle Island. He was also a playwright-in-residency at Native Earth and Magnus Theatre.