We are excited to be offering free workshops for North End Youth! To honour our commitment to the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord we are putting into action specific goals. The first step was bringing back our workshop series with Children of the Earth High School. We began the series in 2017 to introduce students to the world of theatre since the school does not currently offer a drama program. This ten-week series gives North End youth the opportunity to learn about acting, writing, and directing for the stage. Students are given the chance to meet and speak with professionals who work in the arts, and to build connections for the future. The series also brings students to sit in on rehearsals, tour Winnipeg theatres, and see live performances!
The workshops run Mondays from 3:45pm-5:45pm at Children of the Earth High School, Room 103. All North End youth are welcome to attend, free of charge!
Facilitating the workshops are familiar faces Joshua Ranville and Marsha Knight, plus a roster of amazing guest artists. Ranville is an actor/musician from Winnipeg with twenty years’ experience in theatre and film. Knight has been involved in theatre for over twenty years, starting with Ian Ross’ Governor General award-winning drama fareWel (PTE).
Other steps taken towards responsibility to reconciliation have been recruiting for increased Indigenous representation on our board and establishing an Indigenous Advisory Committee. As well we have hired Elissa Kixen as Indigenous Community Outreach Coordinator. Elissa will be exploring ways to work with, serve and build partnerships in the community. Elissa is an Anishinaabe Ikwe (woman) comedian and producer of WOKE Comedy Hour. She has been performing for twenty years and has been teaching for seventeen.