Category Archives: Productions

free as injuns

Written by Tara Beagan
Director: Ruth Madoc-Jones
Apprentice Director: Derek Garza
Dramaturgical Consultant: Daniel David Moses
Apprentice Dramaturge: Sarah Podemski
Set & Lighting Design: Andy Moro
Head of Props: Alex Vass
Sound Design: Verne Good
Sound Composition: Jason Burnstick
Costume Design: Erika Iserhoff
Movement: Michael Greyeyes

Featuring: James Cade, Lisa Codrington, Jerry Franken, John Ng, Yvette Nolan, PJ Prudat & Ash Knight

Tara Beagan’s powerful and poetic look at blood ties, entitlement, inheritance and legacy. Inspired by Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms and the ‘Canadian experience.’

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
February 28th – March 18th 2012
12 Alexander St. Toronto
Tickets: 416.975.8555 or

Pay What You Can Friday March 16th, 2012 8:00pm and Sunday March 18th, 2012 2:30pm

Photo of James Cade by Keith Barker


Training Apprenticeships

Now accepting applications  for the 2012/2013 Season!

Our Training Apprentice program provides practical experience with established theatre artists in Directing, Lighting and Set Design, Props, Dramaturgy and Project Management.

Deadlines for applications are posted annually.  Please click here for further info Animiikig and Thundering Voices call, and here for Training Apprenticeships call.

Please direct any questions to Artistic Associate at

Animikiig, Thundering Voices, Training Apprenticeships

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 in response to the growing number of new Aboriginal playwrights. “Young Voices” was considered the temporary name of the training unit. Now in its Seventh 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 launches the inaugural year of  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 will have opportunities to showcase pieces over the season, including public readings at the annual Weesageechak festival.

Native Earth Performing Arts recognizes our responsibility as artists to ensure that Aboriginal stories persist on Canadian stages.  Through the work, participants develop writing skills and process, tread the path to self-actualization, build up discipline, assurance in self-expression, business acumen, and a group of contacts that will serve their work into the future. The artists also develop a sense of responsibility to a larger community through peer to peer teaching and working in a public forum.

Photo of Janet Antone by Keith Barker

Almighty Voice and His Wife

Written by Daniel David Moses
Director: Michael Greyeyes
Set & Costume Design: Jackie Chau
Sound Design: Richard Lee
Lighting Design: David DeGrow
Featuring: Derek Garza & PJ Prudat

Daniel David Moses’ seminal play about the legendary 19th century Saskatchewan Cree explores Almighty Voice as both accidental martyr and icon.

Past Reviews

Toronto, ON:
York University’s Joseph G Green Theatre
January 20, 8pm
January 21, 2pm and 8pm
Box Office: OR 416.736.5888

Whitehorse, YT:
Pivot Theatre Festival
January 25th, 8pm

Saskatoon, SK:
Persephone Theatre
January 27-28, 8pm
January 29, 2:30pm

Vancouver, BC:
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
February 1-3, 8pm
February 4, 4pm

Photo of Michael Greyeyes by Nadya Kwandibens