Advisory Circle

The Rivers Speak is guided by an Advisory Circle of local Anishinaabe Elders, youth and knowledge holders who ensure the process respectfully incorporates local cultural protocols, practices and preferences - and who also keep us laughing!

Our Advisory Circle includes:

Elsie Bissaillon, Jon Cada, Marly Day, Tracy Fraser, Willie Pine and Gerard Sagassige.   


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Local Creative Team

Our Local Creative Team is made up of local artists of various disciplines who have helped guide the creative process of developing the Rivers Speak Community Play, as well as facilitate art-making sessions with community members.

Our Local Creative Team includes: 

Diana Blazek, Marly Day, Linda Finn, Murray Finn, Tracy Fraser, Angie Gallop, Sharon Hunter, Gillian Lloyd, Earl Niganobe, Fran Perkins, Ginny Post, and Patricia Wynter


production & organizational mentors

Our Production and Organizational mentors are experienced community-engaged artists and arts administrators who have supported the development of Thinking Rock and the Rivers Speak project by generously offering their expertise, guidance and wisdom to support the project since 2013. 

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Ruth Howard
Artistic director
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Liz Rucker
artistic director
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phyllis novak
artistic director
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rudy ruttimann
executive director
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Production Team

The Rivers Speak is Production Team is a cross-cultural team of local and visiting artists who are experienced in community-engaged arts practice. Many of the Production Team members have been part of the Rivers Speak process since 2013.

 

Robin Sutherland
Artistic Director

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Miranda Bouchard
Lead Designer

Roxanne Martin
Production Assistant

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Varrick Grimes
Director

 

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Aria Evans
Choreographer

 

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James Stephens
Music Director

 

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Sasha tate-howarth
Stage manager

Jamie Oshkabewisens
Assistant Director

Julia Hune-brown
assistant director and choreographer

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Ange Loft
Associate Designer

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marly day
Lead hand drummer & singer  

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tracy fraser
Lead hand drummer & singer

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Pat O'Gorman
Celtic Roots Musician

Julie Schryer
Celtic Roots Musician

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Zachary Schryer-Lefebvre
Celtic Roots Musician

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Áine schryer-o'gorman
celtic roots musician

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Adrienne Marcus Raja
Props Builder

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Marianne Alas
Costume Coordinator and Fabricator

 

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Steafan Hannigan
Technical Director