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Production Archive 1984-2008

2008

Turnip Day
Mainstage production performed at the Holy Cross Mission Ruins - Wikwemikong, ON
Creation Team: Bruce Naokwegijig, Ron Berti, Jonathan Fisher, Vanessa Ominika, Jessica Wilde, Tabitha Peltier, Matthew Manitowabi, Joe Osawabine, Josh Peltier & Joahnna Berti
Director: Bruce Naokwegijig with Ron Berti
Costumes: Bill Shawanda
Set construction: Ashley Manitowabi
Musical Support: Gregory Hoskins
Props: Josh Peltier, Ashley Manitowabi
Performers: Jonathan Fisher, Vanessa Ominika, Jessica Wilde, Tabitha Peltier, Matthew Manitowabi with Joe Osawabine, Josh Peltier & Bruce Naokwegijig

Norval – A Born Artist
Performed at the Red Lake Woodland Arts Festival - Red Lake, ON
Director: Joe Osawabine
Creative Consultant: Ron Berti
Costumes: Bill Shawanda
Musical Support: Gregory Hoskins
Technical Assistance: David (Sunny) Osawabine & Barry Beaver
Creation Team/ Performers: Joe Osawabine, Joahnna Berti, Matthew Manitowabi, Josh Peltier, Bill Shawanda, Gregory Hoskins, Jessica Wilde, Ron Berti & Kristen Wakegijig

2007

The Gulch
Creation Team: John Turner, Joe Osawabine, Elisha Sidlar, Matthew Manitowabi, Josh Peltier, Ron Berti, Bruce Naokwegijig & Joahnna Berti
Director: John Turner
Costume Design: Bill Shawanda
Set Design: Josh Peltier
Set construction Consultant: Gino Cacciotti
Performers: Joe Osawabine, Elisha Sidlar, Matthew Manitowabi, Josh Peltier, Bruce Naokwegijig, and Tabitha Peltier

2006

Biidaasigekwe - Sunlight Woman
Based on Anishnaabeg Texts by Angeline Williams
Adapted for the Stage by Ron Berti
Co-directors: Ron Berti and Joe Osawabine
Costume Design: Bill Shawanda
Performers: Violet (Rosa) Burke-Pitawanakwat, Dan Czech, Bernadette Eshkawkogan, Meegwun Fairbrother, Eli Kavanaugh, Joshua Peltier & Jessica Wilde

2005

The Indian Affairs
Creation Team: Joe Osawabine, Elisha Sidlar and Ron Berti with Shelagh Hughes, Eli Kavanaugh, Kotnee, Tammy Manitowabi-Shawanda, Doreen Peltier, Josh Peltier & Evelyn Roy
Set Design: Ron Berti
Costume Design: Bill Shawanda
Performers: Shelagh Hughes, Eli Kavanaugh, Kotnee, Tammy Manitowabi-Shawanda, Joe Osawabine, Doreen Peltier, Josh Peltier, Evelyn Roy & Elisha Sidlar

2004/ 2005

Billy
Written by: Chris Craddock
Cultural Adaptation by De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group
Performers: Eli Kavanaugh, Ashley Manitowabi, Joe Osawabine, Brenda Peeteetuce & Elisha Sidlar

2004

Your Dream Was Mine
Written by Shirley Cheechoo and Greta Cheechoo
Director: Kate Lushington
Set Design: Peter Jones
Costume Design: Bill Shawanda
Performers: Tina Louise Bomberry, Gloria May Eshkibok & Gregory Dominic Odjig

The Gift
Story & Teachings by Eddie King
Additional writing and Dramaturgy by Joe Osawabine, Elisha Sidlar, and Paula Wing
Masks by Theo Dragonieri
Performers: Joe Osawabine, Elisha Sidlar & Jimy Sidlar-Bebonang

The Promise
Original Dance
Director/Writer/Choreographer: Karen Pheasant
Performers: Nyla Carpentier, Michelle Elliot & Elizabeth Trudeau

2003

A Trickster’s Tale
Written by: Tomson Highway
Director: John Turner
Set Design: Peter Jones
Costume Design: Bill Shawanda
Performers: Cameron Courtorielle, Bruce Naokwegijig, Joe Osawabine & Elisha Sidlar

2002

Ever! That Nanabush! - Tour
Adaptation of Traditional Stories as retold by Daphne Odjig
Director: Bruce Naokwegijig
Costume Design: Bill Shawanda
Performers: Sharon King, Joe Osawabine, Elisha Sidlar & Chris Wemigwans

Ever! That Nanabush!
Adaptation of Traditional Stories retold by Daphne Odjig
Director: Bruce Naokwegijig
Costume Design: Bill Shawanda
Set Design: Joe Osawabine
Performers: Cameron Courtorielle, Ralph Courtorielle, Sharon King, Tammy Manitowabi, Elisha Sidlar & Chris Wemigwans

2001/ 2002

The Dreaming Beauty – Tour Written by Daniel David Moses
Adapted for the Stage by Director: Barbara Poggemiller 2001
Remount Director: Joe Osawabine 2002
Performers: Rachell Arbez, Ralph Courtorielle, Sharon King, Joe Osawabine, Angie Pitawanakwat, Harmony Rice, Kira Sandel, Michaela Washburn & Amy White

2001

New World Brave - Remount A Group Creation
Director: David Skelton with John Turner
Performers: Cameron Courtorielle, Raistlen Jones, Bruce Naokwegijig, Joe Osawabine & Chris Wemigwans

2000

The Dreaming Beauty
Based on the Story by Daniel David Moses
Adapted for the Stage by Director: Barbara Poggemiller
Performers: Gregor Jacko, Tamara Podemski, Crystal Lynn Shawanda & Michaela Washburn

New World Brave
Millennium Project - A Group Creation of Inuk, Woodlands Ojibway, Odawa, Pottawatomi, Woodlands Cree, Innu and Metis Artists Director: David Skelton with Alejandro Ronceria, Eddie King and Deanna Sager Performers: James Bear, Cameron Courtorielle, Raistlen Jones, Lamech Kadloo, Bruce Naokwegijig, Joe Osawabine & Chris Wemigwans

1999

Toronto @ dreamersrock.com – Tour
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Director: Audrey Debassige, Assistant Director: Bossy Ducharme
Performers: Bruce Naokwegijig, Greg Odjig & Joe Osawabine

Toronto At Dreamer’s Rock
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Director: Audrey Debassige
Performers: Bruce Naokwegijig, Gregory Dominic Odjig & Joe Osawabine

Toronto @dreamersrock.com
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Directed by Jonathan Fisher
Performers: Bossy Ducharme, Jeffrey Eshkawkogan & Billy Shawanda

1998/ 1999

The Jerry Jessie Jones Show
A Collective Creation - The Best Medicine Troupe and Family Life Theatre
Director: Ron Berti – 1998
Director: Joe Osawabine - 1999
Performers: Adrian Gabrylewicz, Sandra Iles, Joe Osawabine, Bill Shawanda & Crystal Lynn Shawanda

1998

Please Do Not Touch The Indians
Written by Joseph A. Dandurand
Director: Ron Bert, Assistant Director: Joe Osawabine
Set Design: Karin Jones
Performers: Jeffrey Eshkawkogan, Elijah Kavannaugh, Joe Osawabine, Brandy Peltier & Shandra Spears

Sky - An Aboriginal Cross-Cultural Dance Drama
A Collaborated Creation by members of the T’simshian, Inuit, and Ojibway Nation
Director: David Skelton
Performers: Darryl Bolton, Malaya Kango, Jayson Mablick, Tahnee Manitowabi, Bruce Naokwegijig, Gregory Odjig & Peter Tuesday

1997 & 1998

Biidaasigekwe - Sunlight Woman - Tour Based on Anishnaabeg Texts by Angeline Williams, Adapted for the Stage by Ron Berti
Director: Ron Berti
Performers: Sally Atchitiwens, Faith Ann Manitowabi, Mary Lou Manitowabi, Bruce Naokwegijig, Gregory Odjig, Joe Osawabine, Kevin Peltier, Sophie Pheasant, Shandra Spears & Peter Tuesday

1996 & 1997

Broken Snowshoe Moon - Tours
Written by Amie Lynn Ominika
Directors: Shirley Cheechoo –1996
Remount Director: Audrey Debassige - 1997
Performers: Levi Aguonie, Greta Cheechoo, Walter Mejaki, Bruce Naokwegijig, Joe Osawabine, Billy Shawanda & Bertha Trudeau

Lost Warrior
Written by Darrel Manitowabi
Directors: Shirley Cheechoo – 1996
Remount Director: Audrey Debassige - 1997
Performers: Levi Aguonie, Greta Cheechoo, Walter Mejaki, Bruce Naokwegijig, Joe Osawabine, Billy Shawanda & Bertha Trudeau

1996

The Best Medicine Show
A Collective Creation
Director: Enio Mascherin & Vinetta Strombergs
Performers: Justine Enosse, Jeffrey Eshkawkogan, Francis Kaboni, Karen Manitowabi, Mary Lou Manitowabi, Bruce Naokwegijig, Gregory Dominic Odjig, Joe Osawabine, Genevieve Peltier, Joshua Peltier, Kevin Peltier, Leroy Peltier, Sophie Pheasant, Violet (Rosa) Pitawanakwat, Joni Roy & Marilyn Roy

1995

Lupi, The Great White Wolf - Remount Tour
Written by Esther Jacko
Director: Alanis King-Odjig & Alejandro Ronceria
Set Design: Stephan Droege
Costume Design: Linda Leon
Performers: Justine Enosse, Gloria Eshkibok, Gregory Fisher, Rona George, Tahnee Manitowabi, Vince Manitowabi, Bruce Noakwegijig, Clayton Odjig, Joe Osawabine, Joshua Peltier, Leroy Peltier, Angie Pitawanakwat & Billy Shawanda

1994

The Tommy Prince Story
Written by Alanis King-Odjig
Director: Paul Thompson
Set Design: -
Performers: Glen Gould, Kevin Peltier & Shandra Spears

1994 & 1995

The Manitoulin Incident
- (Remount 1995) Written by Alanis King-Odjig
Director: Paul Thompson
Set Design: Karin Jones
Performers: Levi Aguonie, Gilbert Clements, Mark Dieter, Gloria May Eshkibok, Bruno Gaudette, Rona George, Cherylynn Kitchikake, Sandra Laronde, Louis Lefebvre, Doris Linklater, April Manitowabi, Vince Manitowabi, Bruce Noakwegijig, Jack Nicholsen, Clayton Odjig, Joey Osawabine, Leroy Peltier, Vicky Peltier & Angeline Pitawanakwat

1993

If Jesus Met Nanabush – Tour
Written by Alanis King-Odjig
Director: Anne Anglin
Performers: Sharon King, Alon Nashman & Clayton Odjig

New Voices Woman - Tour
Written by Larry E. Lewis
Director: Alanis King Odjig
Performers: Levi Aguonia, Gilbert Clements, Leonard Lacquette, Carmen Moore & Maria Whitefish

New Voices Woman
Written by Larry E. Lewis
Director: Alanis King Odjig with Alejandro Ronceria
Set Design: Linda Leon
Performers: Levi Aguonie, David Assiniwe, Jeffrey Eshkawkogan, Gloria Eshkibok, Rona George, Francis Kaboni, Anonghous Kitchikake, Pamela Manitowabi, Shannon Manitowabi, Vince Manitowabi, Bruce Naokwegijig, Kristine Ominika, Joe Osawabine, Duke Peltier, Joshua Peltier & Adam Shawana

1992

20th Century Indian Boy
Written by Mark Seabrook
Director: Alanis King-Odjig
Performers: Jerome Basque, Jonathan Fisher, Julia Pegahmagabow & Mark Seabrook

Someday
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Herbie Barnes, Joy Keeper, Doris Linklater & Edna Manitowabi

1991/ 1992

Lupi, The Great White Wolf – Mainstage & Touring Written by Esther Jacko
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Harvey Bell, Jonathon Debassige, Justine Enosse, Gloria Eshkibok, Gregory Fisher, Jonathon Fisher, Rona George, Shannon Manitowabi, Bruce Noakwegijig, Clayton Odjig, Joe Osawabine, Leroy Peltier, Crystal Lynn Shawanda & Ruby Trudeau

1990

First Love
Written by Diane Debassige
Director: Vinetta Strombergs
Performers: Diane Debassige, Michael Johns, Mark Seabrook & Wyonna Wesley

Quest For Fire
Written by Lenore Keeshig-Tobias
Director: Vinetta Strombergs
Performers: Diane Debassige, Michael Johns, Mark Seabrook & Wyonna Wesley The

Bootlegger Blues
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Herbie Barnes, Justine Enosse, Gloria Eshkibok, Jani Lauzon, Dwayne Manitowabi, Billy Merasty & Clayton Odjig

Pictures on the Wall
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Audrey Debassige, Rob Hunter, Vince Latrimoulle & Bernadette Wassengeso

Word Magic
Written by Lenore Keeshig-Tobias
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Audrey Debassige, Rob Hunter, Vince Latrimoulle & Bernadette Wassengeso The Thunderbird Children
Written by Esther Jacko
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Audrey Debassige, Rob Hunter, Vince Latrimoulle & Bernadette Wassengeso

1989

Education Is Our Right
- 1989 Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Debbie Anwhatin, Bruce Armstrong, Jack Burning

Toronto At Dreamer’s Rock
Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Herbie Barnes, Jeffrey Eshkawkogan & Dwayne Manitowabi

The Rez Sisters
Written by Tomson Highway
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Audrey Debassige, Gloria Eshkibok, Pokey Fox, Sheri Jacko, Clayton Odjig, Gordie Odjig, Gina Simon Gasongi & Rose Marie Trudeau

1988

Nanabush of the 80's
Written by Kennetch Charlette, Shirley Cheechoo & Alanis King
Performers: Monty Bass, Kennetch Charlette, Shirley Cheechoo, Gloria Eshkibok, Alanis King & Gordie Odjig

1986

Aria
Written by Tomson Highway
Directed by Larry E. Lewis

Nothing Personal
Written by Shirley Cheechoo & Alanis King
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Gloria Eshkibok, Alanis King & Rose Marie Trudeau

Ayash
Written by Jim Morris
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Anne McCue, Shirley Cheechoo, Ron Cook & Rene Highway

1985

A Ridiculous Spectacle in One Act
Written by Tomson Highway
Director: Larry E. Lewis
Performers: Jeffrey Eshkawkogan, Mary Green, Tomson Highway, Meika Kleist & Doris Linklater
 

1984

Shadow People
Written by Shirley Cheechoo
Director: Vinetta Strombergs
Performers: Shirley Cheechoo, Ron Cook, Jeffrey Eshkawkogan, Mary Green, Tomson Highway Doris Linklater & Dwayne Manitowabi

Respect the Voice of the Child
Written by Shirley Cheechoo & Billy Merasty
Director: Shirley Cheechoo
Performers: Mark Bruder, Shirley Cheechoo, Cynthia Debassige, Diane Debassige, Lawrence Martin & Billy Merasty