Indigenous Artist

Karyn Recollet Ph.D. is currently teaching at Trent University in Indigenous Performance, and has previously served as Associate Artistic Producer for Indigenous Performance Initiatives. She is the recipient of the Trent University Presidents Award. She has roots in Sturgeon Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan and was raised in urban Ontario. Karyn graduated with her Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, and is the 2010 winner of Trent’s Presidents’ medal for Social Sciences and Humanities for her dissertation entitled “Aural/ Oral traditions: the Hip-hop Movement in Canada,” which she is currently preparing for publication. Her personal and research interests have included the performing arts, Indigenous women’s issues, and youth. Karyn is a co-founder of the Weaverbird Collective Women’s Theatre Group, Peterborough, Ontario. Karyn is currently teaching in the INDG 2110 – Introduction to Indigenous theatre, and Introduction to Indigenous Music. Karyn has also been a workshop instructor for ‘Play Well Together,’ an exercise for Collective Creation presented by Native Earth Performing Arts, whom she served as an Artistic Associate in 2010. Board Member of Centre for Indigenous Theatre since 2009, Karyn is both a graduate of CIT’s Summer Programs and has supported this theatre organization through various positions in assisting theatre students.

She has also worked as Assistant Director, Actor, and Assistant Presenter for various performances through Indigenous Performance Initiatives at NOZHEM: First Peoples House. Her arts administrative experiences include assistance with the Ode’min Giizis Festival in Peterborough, a jury member for both the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts, and her work as Associate Producer (IPI) and Artistic Associate (Native Earth Performing Arts.)


First Nations


Sturgeon Lake First Nation