ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Kevin Loring

A member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. Kevin is an award winning Actor, Playwright and Producer. He is a professional Actor of the stage and screen, an award winning documentarian.

His first published play, Where the Blood Mixes has been nominated for numerous awards across the country winning three Jessie Richardson awards for theatre in Vancouver and the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. He was a Playwright in Residence at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2010, as well as a company member of the National Arts Centre English Theatre Acting Company. Kevin played the villainous Edmund in the National Arts Centre’s production of King Lear, featuring a cast of aboriginal actors.

Kevin is a graduate of Studio 58, Langara College’s professional Theatre training program, and is a senior member of Margo Kane’s Full Circle: First Nations Performance Ensemble. In 2008 he co-wrote, co-produced and co-hosted the feature length Documentary, Canyon War: the Untold Story, which won top prizes at the Houston International Film and Video Festival and The New York Independent Film and Video Festival. In 2017 he became the first Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada in Ottawa.

MANAGING PRODUCER

Chelsea McPeake Carlson

Chelsea has worked in arts production and administration for over fifteen years managing and producing theatre and special events. For 11 years (until 2012) she worked in Administration and Production at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, most recently as Associate Producer. In 2010 she produced the five-city national tour of Kevin Loring’s Where the Blood Mixes and became General Manager of Savage Society that same year. Chelsea is the recipient of the 2019 John Hobday Award in Arts Management.

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Amy Wertz

Amy Wertz is a Saulteaux-Cree-Scottish woman originally from Saskatchewan and is a member of the Cowessess First Nation.As an arts administrator, she has worked with Métis dance company V’ni Dansi and national dance presentation company New Dance Horizons. Amy graduated with a Master’s degree in English Literature in 2007 having studied representations of the body as sacred space in the poetry of Métis poet, Gregory Scofield. During her time at university, she was coordinator of the First Nations University of Canada’s writing clinic, and she sat on various student committees. Amy lives on the ancestral unceded traditional territories of the Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Squamish, Stó:lō and Tsleil-Wauthth First Nations (Port Moody) with her son, daughter, husband and dog. She enjoys yoga, jogging and organizing her neighbourhood book club.
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Artistic Associates

Quelemia Sparrow (Musqueam)

Tai Amy Grauman (Métis, Cree, Haudenosaunee)

Ronnie Dean Harris (Stō:lo/St’át'imc/Nlaka'pamux)

Kelsey Kanatan Wavey (Cree)

Darylina Powderface (Îyârhe Nakoda)

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Sherri Sadler

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Linda Gorrie

BOOKKEEPER

Lits Torres