Encounters at the “Edge of the Woods” – Cast

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Performers listed in alphabetical order by last name

 

Jennifer Alicia Murrin

Jenny Blackbird 

Candy Blair

Sherry Bie

Katia Café-Febrissy

Max Fearon

Andrew Kesik

Melanie Laking  

Uri Livne-Bar

Abdul Mannan-Ahmed  

Lee Maracle

Sharai Masanganise

Sarah Michaels

Trina Moyan

Pesch Nepoose

Grace Phan

Sheilah Madonna Salvador

Tushita Sen

Gabriele Simmons 

Brenda Wastasecoot

Hallie Wells


Jennifer Alicia Murrin

Jennifer Alicia is a queer, mixed (Mi’kmaw/Settler) storyteller originally from Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland), now residing in Tkaronto. She is a two-time national poetry slam champion with the Toronto Poetry Slam team and member of Seeds & Stardust: an Indigenous women’s poetry collective. Jennifer Alicia is currently working on a collection of stories centered around home, which was birthed out of her recent residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. To find out more, please visit her website: www.jenniferalicia.com

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Sharai Masanganise

Is a 4th year student at the University of Toronto taking a double major in Indigenous and African studies.  After working in the corporate sector for almost 16 years, she quit to pursue full time studies. Her desire is to be involved in communities that are disadvantaged. Indigenous and African studies have laid a foundation and prepared her for future endeavours working with the Indigenous and African communities here in Canada.  The negative marginalization portrayed on Indigenous people in Canada also applies to the people of the African continent. Her desire is to help break the negativity and create an atmosphere of understanding and empowerment. Sharai was born in Zimbabwe and has lived in Canada for more than 2 decades. Find her on Linkedin

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Pesch Nepoose

Pesch Nepoose is a Cree multidisciplinary artist from Edmonton Alberta, currently residing in Toronto. She has recently graduated the fourth year program at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. While now working as a full time actor, she finished filming Talking Treaties with Ange Loft for Jumblies Theatre, she has also gained skills in stage managing and playwriting.

While in school, she formed the collective Out of Sync along with two of her classmates. Their first project, S.O.S. Saving Our Sovereignty, was performed at the Paprika Festival in May 2018. Their second show was part of the Weesagachak Begins to Dance Festival 31 in November 2018. This show has impacted each of the writers in the piece. The idea came from witnessing the depression and suicide among Indigenous youth. Pesch hopes to continue developing the show with the collective. She is also writing her one woman show titled Flying Home, which focusses on addiction and identity.

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Grace Phan

Grace is a theatre-maker, arts administrator, and advocate for equitable theatre practices. She graduated from the Drama Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies at U of T. Her current curiosities lie within equity, diversity, and global ethics. She graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough specializing in Arts Management and majored in Theatre and Performance Studies. She is currently one of the coordinators for the Ad Hoc Assembly and the Arts Management Intern at Nightwood Theatre. 

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Sheilah Madonna Salvador

Born in Manila, Philippines, Sheilah Madonna Salvador has been in Toronto for a few decades now.  As a guest and citizen, she considers it her personal and ethical responsibility to honour the Indigenous cultures and peoples of Turtle Island through participation and engagement. She is very happy and honoured to be given the opportunity to take part in this play. A writer and a poet, her work has been greatly affected and inspired by her Indigenous Studies and Social Justice Programs at the University of Toronto. She plans to keep writing, learning and to do her masters in teaching because she believes that education and knowledge sharing are powerful ways to heal and empower marginalized and underrepresented women of colour like herself. She is currently working on her first novel based on her experiences as a young immigrant who ran away from Scarborough to Toronto. 

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