Q&A with Alan Long & Osemis...

Alan Long & Osemis (Donald) Bear

Alan Long & Osemis (Donald) Bear

An interview with Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre’s (GTNT) Alan Long (former GTNT GM) & Osemis Isbister-Bear (New GTNT GM)

Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre is the organization formerly known as: Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company

What’s new at GTNT:

In the 2015/2016 S.I.G.A Theatre Season, Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre welcomes new General Manager Osemis Isbister-Bear, and Cultural Advisor Patrick Nippi. We will also be mentoring our latest Artist-in-Residence, Marcus Merasty! We are incredibly excited to have so many new faces as the company enters into this new era. As always, we will continue to provide the highest quality art and meaningful thought-provoking cultural experiences to our patrons and the youth we mentor in our various programs.



 GTNT Welcomes new General Manager


Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre
The organization formerly known as: Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company

October 29, 2015
For immediate release…

GTNT Welcomes a Circle of Voices Alumni as new General Manager

The Board of Directors of Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre is pleased to announce the appointment of Saskatoon’s Osemis Isbister-Bear as the General Manager of the Company effective since Oct 26, 2015.

Osemis is an aspiring leader in Aboriginal Community Development. He attributes his strong desire towards community development to his northern Cree upbringing. Raised in Sandy Bay Saskatchewan, Osemis is a proud member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation. He is also a very proud alumni of the first Circle of Voices program.

Throughout his career, Osemis has continued to work towards the advancement of Indigenous people, using his business skill sets, in supporting a number of projects aimed at enhancing the Indigenous profile in Saskatoon. On the community front, and throughout his graduate studies at the university, he avidly volunteered with the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professional’s Association serving as the organization’s lead on strategic community outreach and events planning. Osemis’ passion for community is truly inspiring.

On behalf of the Board and all those involved with GTNT, Irene Oakes and Winston McLean welcomes Osemis into this role: “We are very pleased that Osemis is bringing his community development experience, leadership and his passion for the advancement of First Nation and Métis people to this position as our General Manager. His familiarity with GTNT along with his professionalism, training and commitment make him ideally suited to lead the Company in the new era of GTNT”.

For further information or to arrange interviews, please call:

Daniel H. Knight, Publicity
(p) (306) 933-2262 (e) publicity[at]

Osemis Isbister-Bear, General Manager
(p) (306) 221-5812 (e) gm[at]

To read the Q&A IPAA did with Alan and Osemis click here


 Thunderbird Stories contest

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Contest Details

​Thunderbird Stories is proud to announce our second year hosting a National Indigenous writing contest. The contest will run to February 29th, 2016.

For more information on how to participate please email info[at]

Rules & Guidelines

1. Must provide proof of Indigenous ancestry (Status, non-status, Métis or Inuit)
2. Must be Canadian
3. Must be under 3000 words
4. Story must contain Indigenous content
​5. Submit your story to here in a PDF file
6. Submit story by February 29th 2016, 5:00pm Eastern Time



 Cafe Daughter comes to Edmonton, AB!


-Edmonton, AB-

Cafe Daughter by Kenneth T. Willams will be produced by Alberta Aboriginal Arts and Workshop West Playwrights Theatre in Edmonton, AB

Directed by Lisa C. Ravensbergen

The Backstage Theatre,
ATB Financial Arts Barns.
10330 84 Ave

Nov. 26 – Dec. 6, 2015
Buy Tickets here



 OAC: First Steps grant

2014 OAC logo RGB JPG

First Steps:

A new opportunity for artists looking to gain experience teaching in schools and communities

The Ontario Arts Council has introduced a new component into the Artists in Education and Aboriginal Artists in Schools programs: the First Steps category.



 The (Post) Mistress Showing Until Dec....

The Post Mistress-Saskatoon, SK-

Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre production of “The Post Mistress” by Tomson Highway.
Tickets: 306-384-7727 or by visiting Persephone Theatre’s website:

“Johnna Wright’s direction ensures that Cano’s lively, warm and inviting spirit fills the room, as does her powerful and flexible singing voice. And god, she’s funny.” – Saskatoon StarPheonix


 Editing Mentorship

ImagineNative LogoImagineNative Film + Media Festival has partnered with the The Harold Greenberg Fund to present an Indigenous Story Editing Mentorship!

This initiative aims to increase Indigenous expertise in feature film script development from all creative contributing points, by providing one selected applicant a nine-month mentorship (January to September 2016) with established HGF Script Readers.
The deadline for applications is December 14, 2015! More...


 Open Casting Call – Aboriginal

- Vancouver, BC -

Feature Film: A story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the ice age.

Looking for: First Nations teens and young adults 17-30 years of age in excellent physical shape · First Nations men and women 18-55
years of age.

Vancouver Casting Session on Saturday December 5th, 2015
Location: Squamish Nation Employment & Training Office
345 West Street, Vancouver, BC

Office: 604-222-2543
Cell: 604-828-4277


 Casting – Native American

Mambo Casting - Native American- Southern California, U.S. –

Males and Females ages 24 to 70

$1283 weekly rate

“Land” is a modern western about Indians, Whites and Distance. Longing, bureaucracy and abuse. Set in and around a reservation.

Shoots in February 2016

Contact: , phone: (323) 443 – 1642


 Call for Proposals: The Life and Work...

photo courtesy of Calgary Sun

photo courtesy of Calgary Sun

- Edmonton, AB –

Metro Cinema & Theatre Alberta Celebrate the Life of Micheal Green, co-founder and co-artistic director of Calgary’s One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre.

Artists of all disciplines are welcome to submit works towards an evening of tributes and performances on Monday, February 8th, at the Garneau Theatre in Edmonton.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015.  Email Pamela Anthony: or submit by phone 780.425.9212.

for further details see article by  Theatre Alberta

All proceeds go to support the work of Making Treaty 7 & One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre


 Comedy Girl : Aboriginal Showcase

Comedy Girl Crew - 49 Shades of Red- Toronto, ON –

Come and have a laugh with these incredible women!!!


There are only 50 seats available for this event, so feel free to
Purchase tickets in advance here:

Comedy Bar – 945 Bloor St. W.,
Tuesday (Nov.24), 7:30pm – 9:30pm


 IPAA AGM 2015

Intertribal Gathering 2015

All Members are invited to the IPAA Annual General Meeting
Thursday, November 19th @ 10am (EST).

Join us for a review of the previous fiscal year and receive a sneak peek into the strategic partnerships IPAA has in store moving forward. We will speak to how these actions relate to our strategic plan and welcome feedback and affirmation from the Indigenous performance community and our allies.

We will gather from 10am – 1pm (EST) at Cahoots Studio
(388 Queen Street East) in Tkaronto. Refreshments provided by Nish Dish!

Teleconference will be available for anyone unable to attend in person.
Access Number 1.800.977.8002
Participant Code: 4 655 686#

Here is the Annual Report for the 2014.15 fiscal year.

Jobs, Submissions, Calls
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The Cycle: Indigenous Theatre
A collaboration between IPAA, Debajehmujig Storytellers and the National Arts Centre English Theatre called The Cycle: Indigenous Theatre.

Indigenous Body of Work - an uncomprehensive list we maintain as a result of this collaboration.

The Summit - 12 Indigenous performing artists led the conversation at the Banff Centre (April 21-24, 2014)

#Study/Repast - 40 Indigenous performing artists explored Indigenous theatre at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre (May 5-16th, 2015)

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