About the artists
Christine Clarke lives in Tr’ondek Hwech’in traditional territory, off-grid, across river from Dawson City. She is a small-time, small town filmmaker with commitment to community development, and the goals of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Chris has actively supported residential school survivors and their families in the last 10 years with art based projects including the K’anacha scrapbook project Finding Our Way Home, radio and video productions and memoire writing. She is honoured to be part of the collaborative effort that has resulted in Map of the Land, Map of the Stars.
Geneviève Doyon grew up in Europe and went to Montreal for her post-secondary studies. After a degree in Film studies and comparative literature from Université de Montréal, she studied acting at the École Supérieure de Théâtre of l’Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2011, she escaped the big city and ended up in the Yukon territory where she has lived ever since. Geneviève is the Co Artistic Director of Open Pit Theatre, the producer and programmer of Arts in the Park, a playwright, performer and teacher. She has directed plays in Gwaandak Theatre’s Aboriginal Summer Play Readings and is a past Gwaandak Artistic Associate .Geneviève is the playwright of Busted Up: A Yukon Story that will premiere as part of the Yukon Arts Centre season in September 2017.
Patti Flather’s plays include Sixty Below (with Leonard Linklater), West Edmonton Mall, Where the River Meets the Sea, Street Signs and Paradise, published with Playwrights Canada Press and set to tour nationally in 2018 with Gwaandak & MT Space. Patti co-founded Gwaandak Theatre, where she’s Artistic Director, with Leonard to develop and share Indigenous and Northern stories for the stage. She’s also a dramaturg and fiction writer. She’s a recipient of the Yukon Arts Builder Award and past winner of Theatre B.C.’s national playwriting competition. Co-creating and sharing Map of the Land, Map of the Stars is a dream come true.
Leonard Linklater is a founding Co-Artistic Director of Gwaandak Theatre, as well as a playwright and CBC journalist. He was born and raised in Inuvik, N.W.T. and is a member of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. His first play Sixty Below received seven Dora nominations for its 1997 Toronto production with Native Earth, including for best script. In 2000, a Gwaandak co-production of Sixty Below toured the Yukon and N.W.T. Leonard is a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada. His play Justice premiered in 2012 in the Yukon and toured to the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene in Ottawa in 2013. He currently is working on his own new play Authentic Indian Ceremony.
Yvette Nolan is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Plays include BLADE, Annie Mae’s Movement, The Unplugging, The Birds. Directing credits include Bearing and Michael Greyeyes’ Nôhkom (Signal), Kenneth T Williams’ In Care (GTNT) and Café Daughter (Gwaandak), Falen Johnson’s Salt Baby (Globe), Leonard Linklater’s Justice (Gwaandak), Marie Clements’ Tombs of the Vanishing Indian and The Unnatural and Accidental Women (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (WCTC/NAC). As a dramaturg, she works across Turtle Island on projects including Little Badger and the Fire Spirit by Maria Campbell, Confluence by Raven Spirit Dance in Vancouver, In Care by Kenneth T Williams. Her book Medicine Shows was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is an Artistic Associate of Signal Theatre.
Michelle Olson is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation and the Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance. She has worked in both dance, theatre and opera as a choreographer, performer and movement coach. Her work has been performed on stages across the country. Selected credits include Salmon Girl (Raven Spirit Dance), Northern Journey (Raven Spirit Dance), Gathering Light (Raven Spirit Dance), Mozart’s Magic Flute (Vancouver Opera), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), Death of a Chief (Native Earth Performing Arts/National Arts Centre) and Ashes on the Water (Neworld Theatre/Raven Spirit Dance). She was the recipient of the inaugural Vancouver International Dance Festival Choreographic Award.
Since 1995, Aimée Dawn Robinson has performed, screened, presented, and taught dance, writing and visual art in Canada, America, Malaysia, and Japan. Aimée holds her Master’s of Arts from York University’s Department of Dance (thesis: Forgetting Memory: The butoh of Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, 2005). Aimée performed and filmed her solo improvised dance series, mother drift dances to the songs in her head across Canada, Malaysia, and Japan (2003 – 2012). In fall 2015, Aimée collaborated with fellow dancers Anne Troake and Wojciech Mochniej for CanDance’s Body of Water Project (Whitehorse, Calgary, St. John’s). Aimée recently completed a residency at HATCH 12, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto) for her new work, The Ghost Writing Dance. With Monique Romeiko, Aimée co-founded and co-curates Whitehorse Nuit Blanche. Aimée is honoured to be a core artist with Gwaandak Theatre for Map of the Land, Map of the Stars. Aimée lives in the Yukon.
Santana Berryman was raised in The Hamlet of Mt. Lorne, south of Whitehorse, Yukon. Nowadays, she lives and works in Vancouver, where she is in her third year of theatre training at Capilano University. Her previous work includes Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real (Arbutus Studios), Leanne Brodie’s The Book of Esther (The Guild), Sarah Vitet’s The Conch (Tom Cone Festival of New Plays), John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers (Exit 22), and Neil Labute’s The Shape of Things (The Guild). She is honoured to be a part of this project, and excited to share it with audiences across Canada.
Wren Brian started her diverse career in Whitehorse, Yukon where she was born and raised. A graduate from the University of Winnipeg’s Theatre & Film Honours Program, Wren works primarily as a playwright, arts administrator, and producer, but also enjoys acting & directing. She has worked with Gwaandak Theatre in various capacities since 2009, and has loved every second of it. She is thrilled to be working with them again on this wonderful production, and hopes you enjoy it as much as she has enjoyed being in it! For more information visit: wrenbrian.com
Andrameda Hunter was born and raised in the territory of the Tagish Kwan, where she learned indigenous traditions, songs and dances. She has trained and performed extensively in dance and is drawn to theatre as a means of sharing stories. Andrameda has worked with Gwaandak Theatre as a Movement Coach (Justice), Artistic Associate, Dance Movement and Theatre workshop facilitator, Director of play reading (Bear in Stream), and Core Ensemble member co-creating as well as performing for Map of the Land, Map of the Stars (Gwaandak Theatre).
Jordan Reti has been performing since the year 2006. He was brought up as a dancer/performer at Leaping Feats Creative Dance in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Jordan has performed on numerous stages around Yukon, across North America and Europe. Throughout Jordan’s career, he has lived in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada and Arizona, United States, gaining experience in the industry – competing, creating shows/events, modelling, acting, etc. Today, Jordan continues to achieve his goals in dancing, as well continue in his new found interest in acting.
Austin Roe is an up and coming Indigenous Actor/Artist. He is 26 years old and hails from Long Island, New York, and the Shinnecock Indian Nation. When Austin is not on stage he enjoys learning and participating in the revitalization of North American Indigenous culture. Austin has a passion for photography/visual arts, Martial Arts, health and fitness, civil rights, music, and story-telling! Previous Shows: Thin Ice Film Teaser (Shot in the Dark Productions), The Complete Work of William Shakespeare Abridged (Peter Starr Elizabethtown College), Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (Elizabethtown College), The Sound of Music (Bellport High School). He also attended storyweaving training with Muriel Miguel.
Léa Roy Bernatchez was born in Gaspésie, Qc. She pursued her post-secondary studies in Montreal and graduated with a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University. Her training also includes theatre, video and performance art. Now based in Whitehorse, she works as a performer, choreographer, stage manager and producer. Lea has performed in various festivals including Montreal Nuit Blanche, Magnetic North, Art Matters, Theatre in the Bush and Brave New Works. In 2016, she participated in the Hemispheric Institute Encuentro in Santiago, Chile. She is thrilled to be part of Map of the Land, Map of the Stars and share meaningful stories of the Yukon.
Brandon Wicke is a playwright, performer, and theatre educator living and working in Whitehorse Yukon. He studied at Concordia University in Montreal where he earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Playwriting and his plays have been produced across Canada, the United States, and the UK. Past performance credits include Shakespeare’s Henry VI (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Frantic Follies Vaudeville Revue (Frantic Follies), and his play Third Person (Orphaned Egret Theatre.)
SET, PROPS & COSTUMES DESIGNER
Linda Leon is thrilled at the opportunity to work with Gwaandak Theatre again. While Linda works hard as a visual artist, her other career as a set and costume designer has spanned more than thirty years. Selected design credits include A Story Before Time (Kaha:wii Dance Theatre), Café Daughter (Gwaandak Theatre) and The Cat Came Back (Manitoba Theatre for Young People). In 2014, she received the Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Design in TYA category for Where the Wild Things Are. Linda Leon is a longtime member of Associated Designers of Canada.
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER
Scott Maynard is a musician, composer, and teacher currently based in Whitehorse. He lived in Toronto for 25 years, during which time he worked regularly with PLS, Small Wooden Shoe, and Public Recordings. A core member of the band Rock Plaza Central, he was MD for the stage adaptation of their critically acclaimed album, Are We Not Horses, showcased at Summerworks this year. His own album releases can be found at thequietrevolution.bandcamp.com. He is honoured to have been able to work with such a diverse and talented group of people in the creation of Map of the Land, Map of the Stars.
With an artistic practice inspired by the land and our relationship with it, Marten Berkman loves to create digital canvases of our inner and outer geographies. From a background in drawing, painting, printmaking and photography, his media have evolved to include film making, stereoscopy, and interactive 3D video installation. His works have appeared locally and nationally in print, theatres, galleries, festivals (Planet in Focus, Interactive Futures, Electric Fields, ISEA), and been commissioned for events ranging from the 2010 Winter Olympics to TAIS Frame Anomalies. A current project entitled Hart to Heart, inspired by the Peel watershed, merges visual art, performance and film. Marten is delighted to apply this passion to Map of the Land, Map of the Stars!
LIGHTING DESIGNER & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Alex was born and raised in Whitehorse and is attending a Performance Production program at Ryerson University in Toronto. He has been dancing since the age of 12 and has travelled around Europe, US, and Canada with his crew Groundwork Sessions. He decided to branch out and get into production to support the local dance company Borealis Soul, with whom he choreographs, dances, and is the Technical Director. Alex brings a unique take to a production team, being a professional dancer, he can relate to and understand a performer’s perspective. His experience includes: Head Audio, Peace by Cynthia Ashperger (Ryerson); Lighting Designer, Peer Gynt, by Henrik Ibsen (Ryerson); Stage Manager, Dancing Through Life, Andrea Simpson-Fowler (Leaping Feats Creative Danceworks).
SET, PROPS & COSTUMES ASSISTANT
Heather Bell Callaghan is a local girl who loves the outdoors and was born and raised in the Southern Yukon. Her first art mentor was her Grandma, Tlingit Artist Eliza Bosely (nee Fox), who lovingly shared with her various technical skills that she thought were both useful and beautiful. Heather is from the Eagle-Killerwhale Clan and has spent the last 10 years traveling, studying art, playing outside, taking dance classes, and learning as she goes. Her time as a park ranger on the Chilkoot Trail and growing up on the Haines Road allowed her much time in the mountains where she cultivated a deep love of our rugged home.
A proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Olivia Marie Golosky is a Two-Spirit artist and advocate for equity. Hailing from Treaty 8, Fort McMurray, her background is in theatre, film, radio, music festival and television production as a production/stage manager, technician and playwright. Currently, she holds the seat as the Indigenous Representative on The National Campus & Community Radio Association’s BOD, is a founding member of the Calgary Congress for Equity & Diversity in the Arts, the Production Manager for Indigenous Resilience In Music, the Production Stage Manager for xREDx Talks as well as an Artistic Associate for Stage Left Productions. Olivia is the most recent recipient of PACT’s Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award as Michele Decottignies’ protege.