A new work by Kelsey Kanatan Wavey

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.

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Development History

  • In December 2023 the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre hosted a reading with an invited audience. The group of collaborators were: Kelsey Kanatan Wavey, Suzie Martin, Angelina Alberto, Chantal Kuegle, Tracey Nepinak, Lucas Boudreau, Nathan McKay, Brad Schellenberg, Erica Wilson, Ntara Curry.
  • In December 2022 a public reading directed by Audrey Dwyer took place at the Cultch in the Vancity Culture Lab and featured: Corvin Mack, Kaitlyn Yott, Kelsey Kanatan Wavey, Damion LeClair, Sam Bob, Katie Manomie, Cameron Peal, Danica Charlie & Jeremy Ratt.

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). 

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