Audition day 1: 10/15/2014
City: Vancouver

Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Corey Payette
Deadline to submit: 10/15/2014
Email applications to: ad@urbanink.ca
Contact name: Corey Payette
Contact email: ad@urbanink.ca
Contact phone: 604-682-0885
Engager website: www.urbanink.ca
Link to detailed casting information: http://urbanink.ca/work-with-us/
Agreement: CTA

Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: More...



Audition day 1: 11/10/2014
City: Saskatoon

Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Andrew Johnston
Deadline to submit: 11/03/2014
Email applications to: spcdramaturge@sasktel.net
Contact name: Andrew Johnston
Contact email: spcdramaturge@sasktel.net
Contact phone: 306-665-7707
Engager website: www.saskplaywrights.ca
Link to detailed casting information:
Agreement: ITA

Ethno-cultural mandate / casting statement: This audition is open to
artists of all genders and all ethnicities. More...



Audition day 1: 11/05/2014

City: Vancouver

Audition day 2: 11/07/2014
City: Toronto

Audition day 3: 11/10/2014
City: Montreal

Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Duncan McIntosh
Email applications to: lynda@watermarktheatre.com
Contact name: Lynda Turnbull
Contact email: lynda@watermarktheatre.com
Contact phone: (902)-963-3963
Engager website: watermarktheatre.com
Link to detailed casting information: watermarktheatre.com
Agreement: CTA

Ethno-cultural mandate or ethno-cultural casting statement: More...


 culturally diverse artist project, TD...



Toronto Fringe: TD culturally diverse artist project (cdap). Applications for CDAP 2015 are now open. Deadline:

PROJECT GOAL: To encourage participation by culturally diverse artists in the Toronto Fringe Festival as a creative opportunity they may traditionally feel excluded from.

The Toronto Fringe is committed to offering creative opportunities to artists and arts lovers. With the generous and invaluable support from TD Bank, we are able to launch another three years of this project that encourages greater participation in the Fringe Festival by artists who self-identify as culturally diverse. Participation is encouraged by removing some of the traditional barriers to participation, including financial concerns, awareness of the Fringe, artistic support and a sense of being excluded from mainstream events.

Fringe Festival participants are chosen by lottery and are required to self-produce their work.

Click here for more information!


 Call for Papers, Performing Turtle...

University of Regina and First Nations University of Canada are seeking submissions for “Performing Turtle Island, Fluid Identities and Community Continuities,” a seminar/workshop/conference taking place Sep 17-19 2015. Deadline for submissions: Dec 15, 2014.

Performing Turtle Island brings together established and emerging scholars and artists to focus on how Indigenous theatre and performance are connected to Indigenous identity and community health. This Call is looking for proposals for academic papers as well as proposals for Seminars and Workshops – sharing circles for practical and performative exchange. We are interested in proposals that touch on innovative approaches to performance, education, research, health and healing and community consultation

The central theme that the Conference takes up in the form of a national symposium of Canadian Indigenous performers and playwrights, scholars and artists is unknowing.

See here for more information! Or here!


 Intensive with Tedi Tafel, lemonTree

Image: Trajectory Fields by Antony Gormley

Image: Trajectory Fields by Antony Gormley

Back by popular demand! lemonTree {studio} is excited to present a Mind/Body and Authentic Movement Intensive with Tedi Tafel (Toronto).

A 5 day workshop that will investigate the individual’s capacity for expression, communication and creativity, through the bringing together of two very different, yet complimentary, physical practices: Mind/Body training and Authentic Movement.

Monday Oct 27-Friday Oct 31, 10am–1.30pm daily.

$350, or $280 for Actra/Equity/Cada Members or Students who have already taken the workshop in the past. $50 Non-refundable Deposit to Hold the place down. Difference can be paid on the first day.

If interested please email Indrit Kasapi at indrit@lemontreecreations.ca to secure your spot!
See here for more information!


 Winter Home, Michael Greyeyes

Winter Home, by Michael Greyeyes

Winter Home, by Michael Greyeyes

In conjuction with the Intertribal Gathering (IPAA and SNTC), TRIBE INC. presents Winter Home a new performance by Michael Greyeyes

Winter Home is a mixed-media installation that examines a Cree family’s wintering history — beginning in Saskatchewan at the height of the Great Depression, moving through the intervening decades and changing locales to a new generation wintering far from home.

Sunday, Oct. 19th @ 2pm
Tickets: $15
Studio 914 – 914 20 St W Saskatoon, SK

See here for the Facebook event.


 Intertribal Gathering begins today

ipaa postcard front copy

Intertribal Gathering, presented by IPAA and SNTC.

IPAA and SNTC welcome artistic leaders from across Canada for our 2nd annual Intertribal Gathering.

Join us as we spotlight Indigenous performance in local communities. IPAA continues to increase its capacity as a national arts service organization and welcomes community members from the prairies to weigh in on our Strategic Plan to better support our members.

IPAA is positioning itself as the home of a national Indigenous performance Touring Network. There are remote areas of Turtle Island to consider along with diverse artists with unique needs and artistic contributions. Saskatchewan is the vibrant community being featured by the 2nd annual Intertribal Gathering.

There are big ideas on offer each day followed by exciting artist showcases in the evening. Don’t miss the closing performance Winter Home by Michael Greyeyes (Signal Theatre) on Sunday, Oct. 19th @ 2pm produced in association with TRIBE Inc.

Check out the full line up here.

We hope you will join us at the Intertribal Gathering and that you will consider becoming a member of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance.


Cole Alvis Executive Director www.ipaa.ca


Here is a list of artistic leaders circling up in Saskatoon at the 2nd annual Intertribal Gathering in Saskatoon (Oct. 16th – 19th)

National Conversation

Cole Alvis, IPAA/Rhubarb Festival/lemonTree creations
Columpa Bobb, Urban Indigenous Theatre
Yvonne Chartrand, Compaigni V’ni Dansi
Ann Connors, High Performance Rodeo
Josh Dalledonne, High Performance Rodeo
Anita Eagle Bear, Making Treaty 7
Christine Frederick, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts
Rea Kavanagh, Theatre Projects Manitoba
Rio Mitchell, Making Treaty 7
Shahin Sayadi, OneLight Theatre/Prismatic Festival
Michele Sereda, Curtain Razors
Ruth Smillie, The Globe Theatre
Sarah Garton Stanley, National Arts Centre

IPAA Board Members

Ryan Cunningham, Native Earth Performing Arts
Margo Kane, Full Circle First Nations Performance/Talking Stick Festival
Yvette Nolan, co-creator of The Study with the National Arts Centre
Michelle Olson, Raven Spirit Dance
Corey Payette, Urban Ink Prouductions
Paul Seeseequasis, Theytus Books

Artists or Artistic Leaders

Dominique Giguere & Jed DeCory, Currents Group
Michael Greyeyes, Signal Theatre
Jeanette Kotowich, dancer and choreographer
Curtis Peeteetuce, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company
PJ Prudat, playwright and actor
Brittany Ryan, administrator and theatre production artist
Drew Hayden Taylor, playwright


 NeoIndigenA, Kaha:wi at MAI

Santee Smith in NeoIndigenA

Santee Smith in NeoIndigenA

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents NeoIndigenA at the MAI in Montréal Nov 6-8.

A mythical dance bordering on shamanism, NeoIndigenA (2014) moves through the sacred portals between Skyworld, Earthworld and Underworld. Luminous and animalistic, raw and transcendent, this new creation invites us to explore the sacred pathways of our connection with ourselves and the universe. NeoIndigenA is a captivating work of compelling physicality, an emotionally charged spiritual quest for humanity. Santee Smith performs this introspective work on the cycle of life with equals parts brio and intimacy. It’s an ecstatic, transcendent, primordial, perilous and biomorphic journey propelled by the elemental voice of Tanya Tagaq, Cris Derksen’s cello and others.

NeoIndigenA is a solo work created and performed by artistic director Santee Smith.

See here for more information!


 Applications, TAC’s Cultural...

The Banff Centre, applications now being accepted for the TAC's Cultural Lab Leaders

The Banff Centre, applications now being accepted for the TAC's Cultural Lab Leaders

Application forms are now available for the Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Lab at The Banff Centre. Deadline: Nov 10th.

TAC is partnering with The Banff Centre to launch this unique leadership exchange program for Toronto arts and cultural leaders. The pilot program will commence in April 2015, and will fully fund up to 15 candidates in a competitive process.

TAC and The Banff Centre have developed this exciting new program in response to the need for increased opportunities for cross-sector learning and collaboration among Toronto’s arts and cultural leaders. The Cultural Leaders Lab will be a hands-on program that provides current and future leaders with inspiration and tools to manage and create the kind of change needed to realize Toronto’s creative potential.

Application guidelines and information.
More information on the program.


 Submissions, Shakespeare on the...


DancEgypt from the 2014 season

Submissions for general auditions for Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Deadline: Oct 31.

Artistic Director or casting person in attendance: Will Brooks
Email applications to: shakespeare.ap@sasktel.net
Contact phone: 3066532300
See here for more information!

Additional information: General Auditions Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan will be holding General Auditions for the 2015 season in Saskatoon November 17,18,19 2014. We are accepting resumes and headshots from actors interested in auditioning for the summer. We will be producing two Shakespeare productions with one company of actors.



 Coffee House with Cris Derksen,...

Cris Derksen

Cris Derksen

The 5th instalment of Woodland’s acclaimed Coffee House series features the innovative music of Cris Derksen, Jennifer Kreisberg, and Leonard Sumner, Oct 23 at 7:00pm (Brantford, ON)

Coffee House is presented as a part of Woodland’s Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) series through the generous support of Canadian Heritage. The event is free, coffee and tea will be provided.

IPAA member Cris Derksen, an incredible cellist, weaves her traditional classical training and her Indigenous heritage with new school electronics, creating genre defying music.

Leonard Sumner, an Anishinaabe MC from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation in Interlake Region (MB), provides a unique and often overlooked perspective in traditional music communities: truthful, insightful, and providing a new sound straight from the Rez.

Jennifer Kreisberg is a Mother, Singer, Composer, Producer, Teacher, and Activist: Jennifer (Tuscarora, North Carolina) comes from four generations of Seven Singing Sisters through the maternal line. She is known for her fierce vocals and soaring range. Her lilting, breath-taking harmonies will delight your ears.


Coming up next:
Intertribal Gathering 2014!

October 16-19 in Saskatoon SK.

For the second annual Intertribal Gathering, IPAA is partnering with SNTC and TRIBE INC. to feature a rich lineup of diverse artists from across disciplines and distances!

See here for the full schedule!

Banff Summit 2014
Twelve Indigenous artists, including several IPAA board members, members, and staff, were invited to attend the Banff Summit 2014, April 21-24.

Banff Summit Report - Cole Alvis, IPAA Executive Director.

Indigenous Body of Work - an uncomprehensive list started at the Summit; please add in the comments section.

The Medicine Project

grunt magazine looks at Aboriginal notions of medicine and how they influence the lives of First Nations people and artists today.

Check it out!

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