Joint Statement from Interim Artistic Director & Managing Director:
Welcome to Native Earth Performing Arts’ 23.24 season, the first one jointly curated by us.
A new season of stories. Stories that honour our past and show us what the future can look like. This season, we aim to celebrate, to hold space for difficult truths, and to push our audience’s perspectives on what Indigenous art can look like.
We are showcasing a powerhouse of creativity and talent, which is guaranteed to leave us all in awe. We are thrilled to be working with Indigenous artists not only locally based, but from across Turtle Island. We’re excited to welcome artists both new to NEPA, along with artists that have been with us for years.
We’ve been thinking a lot about the 7 Sacred Teachings with this season.
Courage. Tolerance. Strength. Patience. Humility. Wisdom. Generosity.
Each story this season holds a bit of the Teachings, and that balance is how our company continues to move forward.
There truly is a bit of something for everyone this season. So, mark your calendars, and join us in cheering on this extraordinary celebration of Indigenous talent.
Chi-miigwetch Mishiikenh Kwe for designing our season artwork! We are thrilled to share your illustrations with our audiences.
-Joelle Peters and Himanshu Sitlani
An Unsettled Scores production in collaboration with Native Earth Performing Arts, The Toronto Consort and Theatre Passe Muraille
Previews: September 12-13, 7:30pm | September 15-16, 7:30pm | September 16, 2pm | No performance September 14
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West
Written by Tara Beagan
Produced by Native Earth Performing Arts
In Person & Online
Created and performed by Waawaate Fobister
Presented by Native Earth Performing Arts
Feb 15 – 18
A co-production with National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre & Great Canadian Theatre Company.
April 9 – 21
Produced by Paprika Festival in partnership with Native Earth
May 13-19, 2024
Presented in partnership with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Native Earth Performing Arts is also entering into the second year of the Animikiig Creators Unit, a two-year development program for emerging Indigenous creators, which offers participants the opportunity to develop their craft through individualized development plans and resources. The Animikiig Creators Unit 2023-2024 takes place under the guidance of professional mentors in consultation with the Program Director Irma Villafuerte. Continuing with this cohort are theatre artists Caleigh Crow (Métis) mentored by Tara Beagan (Ntlaka’pamux, Irish), Danica Charlie (Nuu-chah-nulth) mentored by Frances Koncan (Anishinaabe, Slovene), Dylan Thomas-Bouchier (Cree-Dene) mentored by Deneh’Cho Thompson (Pehdzeh Ki Nation), Jennifer Murrin (Mi’kmaw) mentored by Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, and Montana Adams (Mohawk-awkwesasne) mentored by Monique Mojica (Guna and Rappahannock).