community justice forum
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays include Annie Mae’s Movement, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy), The Unplugging, Gabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show (co-writer), the libretto Shanawdithit, and the short film A Common Experience (w. Shane Belcourt). Directing credits include Reasonable Doubt (Persephone), The Penelopiad (Ferre Play), Shanawdithit (w. Michael Mori, Tapestry Opera), Bearing (w. Michael Greyeyes, Signal Theatre at Luminato), Nôhkom by Michael Greyeyes, Salt Baby by Falen Johnson (Globe), Map of the Land, Map of the Stars (w. Michelle Olson), Café Daughter by Kenneth T Williams, Justice by Leonard Linklater (Gwaandak), Death of a Chief, A Very Polite Genocide by Melanie J. Murray, Marie Clements’ Tombs of the Vanishing Indian and The Unnatural and Accidental Women (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian... , The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals). As a dramaturg, she works across Turtle Island on projects including Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat by Adam Pottle, Many Fires by Charlie Peters, Ecstasy (film) by Cara Mumford, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit by Maria Campbell, Confluence by Raven Spirit Dance in Vancouver. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her book Medicine Shows about Indigenous theatre in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015, and Performing Indigeneity, which she co-edited with Ric Knowles, in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.
DM ST. BERNARD
Donna-Michelle St. Bernard aka Belladonna the Blest is an emcee, playwright and agitator. Her main body of work, the 54ology, includes: Cake, Sound of the Beast, A Man A Fish, Salome’s Clothes, Dark Love, Gas Girls, Give It Up, The Smell of Horses, Diggers and The First Stone. Other offerings include TYA (Reaching For Starlight, Geordie Productions) libretti (Oubliette, Forbidden and Nucleosynthesis, Tapestry Opera) collaborative works (They Say He Fell with Nir Bareket for Pandemic Theatre, The House You Build with Circle of Voices for Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company) and weird reflections (Thoughts Residency, Spiderwebshow). DM is currently the emcee in residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, associate artist at lemonTree Creations, artistic director of New Harlem Productions, coordinator of the AD HOC Assembly, and of play development at Nightwood Theatre and Theatre Aquarius. Donna-Michelle St. Bernard aka Belladonna the Blest is an emcee, playwright and agitator. She is artistic director of New Harlem Productions and creator of the 54ology. (photo by Graham Isador)
WHAT IS THE FORUM ALL ABOUT?
Join us for six sessions of community conversation.
New Harlem is workshopping The First Stone, a play drawn from the stories of child abductees exploited in combat.
We look to our communities for acts of restitution, restoration, reconciliation - at global, national institutional and interpersonal levels.
We want to be challenged, informed, driven into reflection and action.
The Justice Forum sets the table for a number of critical (and digital) conversations.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN SESSIONS
Registration is limited to 30 active participants in the zoom room.
(If the registration form presents a barrier, email firstname.lastname@example.org for support)
HOW TO WATCH THE FORUM ONLINE
When an event is live, it will play on the embedded screen below.
Or click here to watch it live on YouTube.
ASL interpretation is provided for all live sessions.
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WED, JULY 6
DM St. Bernard and Shanae Sodhi look back at Forum 2021 and forward to Forum 2022. On IG live.
A discussion on sustainability in performance design. Yvette Nolan speaks with Ian Garrett and Jensine Emeline. Details here.
wed, augUST 3
Indigenous arts leaders Lori Marchand, Lindsay Lachance, Isidra Cruz, Joelle Peters crack the covers on some critical reading. In partnership with Native Earth Performing Arts.
WED, SEPT 7
Yvette Nolan, DM St. Bernard and Nikki Shaffeeulah discuss actualizing abolition values.
REPORT OUT / throw back
Name drops, take-aways, recommended reading and gratitude as we wrap up the forum. Taking place on social media somehow. Watch via youtube or join DM's IG live at @belladonnatheblest