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. As an interdisciplinary artist of mixed settler and Anishinaabe ancestry, I approach theatre as a way of mining bodies for their blood memory, uncovering experiences and traumas for the purpose of reclaiming and decolonizing bodies, minds, and spaces. My relationship with theatre has grown into one that places me as a director, however within my practice I consider myself a storykeeper and storyweaver. My work interconnects and interweaves personal narratives, fragments of memory, vivid images, and text to create a complex emotional, cultural, and political tapestry in an overlay of interlaced designs.
My mind thinks in pictures. Imagery is the real language of my mind. My process is one that accesses and pulls from ones’ corporeal realities. Theatre allows me to take the vivid imagery I experience and tether it to the text and actors I work with and place it in space(s). Voice, breath, clown, mask, and sensory/movement-based modalities are at the core of my current practice. 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.
katey lois rose wattam is an emerging director of mixed settler and Anishinaabe ancestry based in Montreal. After completing an Honours B. A. in Drama & Theatre at McGill University, she founded MoonCow Theatre Co., which was nominated “Most Promising English Company” at the Montreal Fringe Festival for her direction of David Gow’s Cherry Docs. In 2017-2018 with the support of the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), she directed Jovette Marchessault’s Night Cows which debuted at the MAI in May 2018. Night Cows has since been a part of short feminist works festival Revolution They Wrote in Montreal, and at Factory Theatre in Toronto. She was recently nominated for a Montreal English Language Theatre Award in the category of Most Outstanding Emerging Artist.
Her next project is assisting Yvette Nolan on Reasonable Doubt at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon . She is an alum of Black Theatre Workshop’s 2018/2019 Artist Mentorship program with a specialization in directing and creation. Selected directing credits include: The Penelopiad (AD, Ferre Play Theatre)The December Man (AD, Imago Theatre), Persephone Bound (AD, Imago Theatre), Reaching for Starlight (AD, Geordie Theatre), Clean Slate (AD, Talisman Theatre), Her Side of the Story Festival (Festival AD, Imago Theatre), Richard III (AD, Moyse Hall), Never Swim Alone (Beige Theatre Co.).
She is currently working at Imago Theatre with the support of The Conseil des arts de Montréal and Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Montréal Centre-Ville (CJE), in partnership with RBC Fondation and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ. She also works part-time on a participatory research team as a patient partner & research assistant at the McGill Faculty of Family Medicine. Their 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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