Olive C. Davies
Olivia C Davies is an independent dance artist and choreographer whose work investigates the body’s dynamic ability to transmit narrative. Her choreography explores shared history, personal legacy, and blood memory; aspiring to speak to the vulnerability of the human experience. Davies honours her mixed Welsh-Metis-Anishnawbe heritage in her Contemporary Aboriginal dance-theatre practice.
Tai Grauman is a Métis Iroquois and Métis Cree actress, accomplished dancer, classical guitarist, director and playwright, originally from Ardrossan Alberta. She is currently in the BFA Acting Conservatory Program at UBC and is pursuing a double major in First Nations Studies. Tai is also playwright in residence for the UBC Players as well as part of the Gateway Conservatory Program. She was nominated for Vancouver's Mayor's Emerging Theatre Artist of 2015 by Margo Kane. In the future she hopes to pursue a master in directing and then a PhD in Métis theatre.
Taran Kootenhayoo is a denesuline half-breed; emerging actor, spoken-word poet and playwright. His play Poets Have No Strength premiered at Tom Cone: Sacred Space Festival of New Plays and Chiliwack’s Director’s Festival. On stage, Taran has most recently performed in Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit Dance), Beneath the Surface (imagi’Nation Productions), The Good Person of Setzuan (Exit 22), and numerous independent films. Since graduating from the Acting for Stage and Screen program at Capilano University, Taran has signed with Premiere Talent Management.
Jeanette Kotowich is a Vancouver based professional contemporary Aboriginal dance and performing artist. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, BC. Jeanette is a seasonal dancer with Dancers of Damelahamid, Raven Spirit Dance, and Compaigni V’ni Dansi. Honoring her Cree Métis heritage (originally from Saskatchewan) as a source of inspiration and reference point in her work, Jeanette is passionate about investigating a blend of contemporary and Indigenous practices.
Lindsay Lachance is an Anishinaabe PhD candidate in Theatre and First Nations and Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia. Her areas of interest include performance aesthetics, the physicalization of spirituality in time and space, and the multiple creation processes of Indigenous dramaturgies. She was the dramaturg for Simon Fraser University’s Mainstage production of An Encounter with Marie Clements’ The Unnatural and Accidental Women in 2015, and has spoken of her practice at events hosted by PuSh, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, the Museum of Anthropology, and Audain Gallery at SFU.
Ashley Michaels was born in Winnipeg and is from the Métis Nation. She was in the theatrical productions Lily Alta and Voices of the Fraser. She was selected out of many across Canada to appear in the NBC’S Four Directions Showcase (The Baby Blues) in New York City. She has worked on Da Vinci’s City Hall, Edna Brown, Elsewhere, Edison and Leo, representing one of the missing women on the Highway of Tears in Snare, Tornado Valley, Strange Empire and Stories of the ER. Ashley currently plays Aunt Velma in Mohawk Girls.
Deneh-Cho Thompson is an emerging director, actor and playwright based in Vancouver. In 2009 he co-founded workingclasstheatre, an indie theatre company dedicated to producing new works, providing training opportunities and showcasing the work of emerging artists. Deneh is also Producer at The Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, and Associate Producer at Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Talking Stick Festival.