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Fall 2021

Grades 7-12

Mischief

 

A youth activist is questioned by authorities after the statue of Edward Cornwallis loses his head. Brook Stephens (Lisa Nasson) defends her actions while being interrogated in a police station. Inspired by true events, Brook takes the audience and the hawk-like policewoman through the historical context of Mi’kmaq oppression.

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Lisa Nasson

Lisa Nasson is a Mi’kmaq actor, director and storyteller originally from Mi'ma'ki, also known as Nova Scotia. She has spent most of her professional career, touring with Indigenous stories across Turtle Island. She studied acting at George Brown College in Toronto, and studied Classical Theatre with the Birmingham Conservatory at the Stratford Festival. Lisa was also a teacher at the Neptune Theatre School (Halifax), and Young Peoples Theatre (Toronto). Lisa was the Associate Artistic Director at Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto, where she began her directing journey. Lisa was nominated for a Halifax Merit Award for best New Play in 2019 for her playwriting work on Rings Through Water.

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Winter 2022

Grades 4-8

Like We Used To

 

Lara and Sam are 6th graders who talk over zoom in an attempt to organize youth climate action during the covid 19 lockdown. They clash over what to do to help the big picture and get tangled in their personal relationship. A pandemic shifted look being with your friends and trying to make a difference in the world and if 50,000 followers on social media is enough to make an impact.

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Mina James

Mina James is a Toronto based theatre performer, improviser, writer, and educator. Her most recent theatre credits include Bagheera/Raksha in Jungle Book (YPT), Ensemble/Puppeteer in 1991 (Riser Project 2019/Theatre Center), Blister in Naughty Listers (Second City), Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well and Fortinbras in Hamlet (Canadian Stage Company). Other previous acting credits include: Ensemble in Blood Wedding (Buddies in Bad Times), Chorus in Antigonick (SummerWorks 2014), Mala in Sultans of the Street for YPT (Dora Win-Best Ensemble), Lennox in Macbeth and Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew (Canadian Stage Company). Mina was a fellow in the 2013 incarnation of the International Actor’s Fellowship at The Globe (UK). 

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Spring 2022

Grades 6-10

Never Get In Your Own Way

A journey from age 7 to 17 on accepting internal queerness and addressing external bullying and misunderstanding. Using makeup and costume transitions, our nameless protagonist (Brendan Chandler) transforms from a wicked witch, to a raccoon, to a vampire, to a clown and finally to themselves when they realize that you can’t hide behind funny faces.

 

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Brendan Chandler

Brendan Chandler is an indigenous artist - Cree/English from the hometown of Grande Prairie Alberta. Brendan made his journey to become an actor by traveling to Toronto, Ontario where he completed a three-year acting program at Humber College. Brendan has been a part of Weesageechak Festival at Native Earth for the last three years collaborating with incredible indigenous artist across Canada. He was cast in Daniel David Moses play Almighty Voice and his Wife right out of theatre school in 2017. Brendan’s true love is acting, but something has been directing him in a new direction which is writing and directing. Brendan is developing an 8-episode series called the Sins. The Sins is a horror film/series that revolves around James who lives in Algonquin Heights, where peculiar events unfold which are constructed by The Seven Deadly Sin and The Wendigo.