White Girls in Moccasins

Co-presented by Full Circle and The Frank Theatre Company

Following a sold-out run in Toronto, the frank theatre presents the West Coast premiere of White Girls in Moccasins by Dora-Award-nominated playwright Yolanda Bonnell. Miskozi goes on a search for herself and her culture, accompanied by her inner white girl, Waabishkizi, and guided by Ziibi, a manifestation of an ancestral river. White Girls in Moccasins world-hops between dreams, memories, and a surreal game show as Miskozi grapples with living her own truth in a society steeped in white supremacy.
Artwork by Jay Havens

Danica Charlie

Miskozi
Danica (she/they) is a proud queer and mixed Nuu-chah-nulth/settler actor/playwright, born and raised in Victoria. She is a 2021 graduate from the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Their favourite recent credits include Mary Jane in the Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (Kaleidoscope), Imogen in Cymbeline (Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival), and participating in two of Kim Senklip Harvey’s staged readings for Kamloopa (UVIC Staging Equality), and Break Horizons (TheatreOne Emerging Voices). Danica also works with Extended Space Theatre as an actor/writer/co-collaborator, where they will tour their new production SHIFT this summer. She feels deeply connected to this piece and looks forward to sharing it beside the wonderful team at the frank.

Emily Jane King

Waabishkizi

Emily Jane King is a theatre artist, musician and voice coach born and raised on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg, MB) now living on the ancestral and stolen lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Emily is passionate about arts education, feminist storytelling, and queering theatre. She loves spooky ghost stories and watching too much TV with her roommates. You can often find her writing silly songs for the people she loves, facetiming her family to ask questions about cooking, and thinking about magic. Performance credits include The Collector in Mx by Lili Robinson (The Cultch), Sarah Jeane in Infinity by Hannah Moscovitch (Volcano Theatre/The Cultch), and The Girl in Mortified by Amy Rutherford (Anita Rochand/Studio 58). Projects co-written with her collaborator Keauna Miller include Tethered, produced by Rumble Theatre as a part of their Lupercalia Cabaret; Highway One, produced by Little Lion Theatre Company; Just Trust Us, funded by Art/Apart through the National Theatre School.

 

Musical credits include Pianist for Bicycle Thieves (PUSH Festival/Joelysa Pankanea) and A Christmas Carol (Gateway Theatre/Rachel Peake). Emily is a graduate of the Studio 58 acting program.

Lisa C. Ravensbergen

Ziibi
Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen is a tawny mix of Ojibwe/Swampy Cree and English/Irish. She is a mother, multihyphenate theatre artist and scholar working across Turtle Island as a performer, play-maker, director, writer, dramaturge, curator, space-holder, and teacher. Her work is rooted in Indigenous protocol, ontologies, and anti-colonial methodologies and is recognized nationally and internationally for its rigour and artistic excellence. Lisa is an Associate Artist with Full Circle: First Nations Performance and Playwright-in-Residence with Delinquent Theatre. Most recently, she founded the Maada’oonidiwag Canadian Anti-Racist Theatre Exchange, an IBPOC-centred resistance and anti-racist mobilization that focuses on disrupting the colonial project called ‘Canadian theatre.’

 As the next generation of colonial survivors, Lisa currently resides as a visitor and raises her family on the occupied and unceded territories of her relatives, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations. 

Chi Miigwech and hands raised with gratitude to Jay and family for their ongoing love and support.

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