For me, drama has the capacity to make the invisible visible, it helps us see, hear, and feel the discourses of the world in a very human way. A medium that permeates social and physical boundaries, theatre embodies, enacts, exaggerates and/or symbolizes these discourses to create recognition through participation. Over the course of my Honours B. A. in Drama & Theatre at McGill University, my relationship with theatre has grown into one that places me as a Creationist, or Maker. My mind thinks in pictures. Imagery is the real language of my mind. Theatre allows me to take the vivid imagery I experience, the feelings I get from the colours and shapes that I tether from the text and the actors, and place it on stage to share with others. As an interdisciplinary artist of mixed settler and Anishinaabe ancestry, I approach theatre as a way of mining my and other bodies for their “blood memory,” uncovering experiences and traumas (past and present) for the purpose of reclaiming and decolonizing bodies, minds, and spaces.
I am heavily influenced by the voice and breath work of Linklater, Berry & Rodenburg, Viewpoints, and the Pochinko clown technique (at the core of my current practice), which I studied under John Turner of Mump & Smoot at The Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance. My process is one that accesses and pulls from ones’ corporeal realities, rather than a forced placing upon. Using the controlled setting of theatre to self-inflect harm in a way that recalibrates it into a coping mechanism; my work seeks to touch trauma in a feasible way. In this sense, not all harm is bad. In fact, harm can have a productive purpose for some, functioning as a sight of control to re-live and re–write histories.
I am currently part of Black Theatre Workshop's 2018/2019 Artist Mentorship Program as a Director & Theatremaker and work on a participatory research team as a patient partner & research assistant at the McGill Faculty of Family Medicine. Our project centralizes around decolonizing and Indigenizing medical practices through the use of arts and game based learning for patient engagement & participation, and empathy building with clinicians, doctors, and researchers.
For any inquires about my work, working with me & past/present/future projects please feel free to send me a message!
Montréal, Quebec, Canada
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