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team bios

YVETTE NOLAN

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. She is artistic director of New Harlem Productions and creator of the 54ology.


(photo by Graham Isador)

heather bellingham

Heather has worked in stage management on 70+ shows throughout Canada and internationally, ranging from small-scale Fringe productions, to pieces in festivals such as World Pride and Panamania, to large scale shows at the Stratford Festival and for Mirvish​​. She has even stage managed a private performance for royalty.


See credits at heatherbellingham.wordpress.com

shanae sodhi

Shanae Sodhi is a graduate of Studio 58 where he was one of the establishing members and Head Organizer of the school's Student Diversity Committee, a student lead group working to strengthen marginalized groups within the theatre community by empowering students with the tools and knowledge to engage in the conversations of inclusivity around them. Shanae’s work is influenced by decolonization and intersectionality. He works as Rumble Theatre’s Associate Artistic Producer. Recent producing credits: Coyuntura 2020 (Canadian Latinx Theatre Artist Coallition), Selective Memory, Straight White Men (ITSAZOO Productions), and Mx (winner of 2019 Fringe New Play Prize and Cultchivating the Fringe Award).

Shanae joins our team thanks to generous support from the Arts Club's Bill Millerd Foundation.

lindsay anne black

Lindsay Anne has had a career as a production designer and theatre craftsperson, manager, technician, and arts educator. She has also at times been a dancer, media librarian, researcher, and (somehow) a mentor. She is currently a social media manager and consultant, apprentice music engraver, and low-key graphic artist. If she could spend her whole day learning new things, she would.

(Photo by Ann Baggley)


ALISON WONG