A public reading of a new work by Kelsey Kanatan Wavey 
Directed by Audrey Dwyer

It’s 2013, and 4 urban Indigenous young adults are restlessly searching for community, freedom, and control inside a windowless basement in the West End of Winnipeg. One of these young adults is Keni, an art school dropout, who is unsettled by a fish spirit who seems to be slowly suffering in the polluted lake of Keni’s family’s reserve. Keni, pulled in all directions, must find a way to heal this spirit and herself.


Following the reading join us for a feedback session & reception.

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Event Details

When: Monday, December 19, 2022 @ 7:00 PM (PST)

Where: The Cultch, Vancity Culture Lab, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver

Admission by Food Bank donation: bring a non-perishable food item or make a cash donation.


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The Cultch recommends the use of masks. If you would like one, please ask the front-of-house staff for assistance.

CITY NDN LUV is produced by Savage Society and presented by Full Circle as part of their “Read Red Play Reading Series”.


Space contributed with the support of the Cultch. 

Kelsey Kanatan Wavey


Kelsey Kanatan Wavey (they/them) is a gender-fluid multidisciplinary artist currently based in so-called Vancouver. Kelsey was born and raised in Treaty 1, Winnipeg is 5th generation settler of German/Swedish/Norwegian ancestry and Muskeg Ininowahk (Swampy Cree), and is a proud member of Tataskweyak Cree Nation (Treaty #5). 


Kelsey attended Studio 58 to study acting and has been working as an actor, writer, director, and curator since graduating in 2019. Kelsey is also a singer and is working on self-releasing their work with Indigenous indie pop duo “EVERB0DY”, as well as sings with an all-femme drumming group “M’girl”. Some of their recent theatre acting work includes In My Day (Zeezee theatre), The Rez Sisters, Women of the Fur Trade (MTC), Making the Mystics, Break Horizons: a Concert Documentary (Urban Ink and The Cultch). Kelsey will be You may have seen their recent directing work in Cerulean Blue (Studio 58) and Gather: Stories in Nature (Neworld and Pacific Theatre). 

Audrey Dwyer


Audrey is a multi-disciplinary artist with over twenty years of experience working as an Actor, Director, Playwright, Teacher, Artistic Director, Facilitator and Mentor. She is passionate about new play development. She has done dramaturgy with Factory Theatre, Native Earth, Nightwood Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, and Young People’s Theatre.


In 2018, Audrey directed her play Calpurnia (Nightwood Theatre and Sulong Theatre). The box office hit was shown to sold-out audiences at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. In 2019, she directed Prairie Nurse (Lighthouse Theatre). In 2020, she directed Women of the Fur Trade (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre). In 2021, she directed The Mountaintop (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and Blink (University of Winnipeg).


In 2008, she was the Associate Artistic Director of Nightwood Theatre. In 2015, she won the Cayle Chernin Award for Theatre. From 2016 – 2017, she was the Artistic Director of Cow Over Moon Children’s Theatre. She was the Urjo Kareda Artist in Residence at Tarragon Theatre (2018/19) and was also the Assistant Artistic Director during that time. She is an Artistic Associate at the National Theatre School of Canada. She is the Associate Artistic Director of the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. Audrey graduated from The National Theatre School of Canada in 2001.

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