Resume

Positions Held

2016 Writer-In-Residence, Wildfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario
2013 Artist-in-Residence, University of Massachusetts – Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
2013 Playwright-in-Residence, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario
2009 Playwright-in-Residence, Luneberg University, Luneberg, Germany
2009 Playwright-in-Residence, Blyth Theatre Festival, Blyth, Ontario
2009 Writer-in-Residence, The Stephen Leacock Festival, Orillia, Ontario
2007 – 2008 Writer-in-Residence, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
2007 – 2008 Playwright-in-Residence, Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Writer-in-Residence, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
2000 – 2001 Playwright-in-Residence, Cahoots Theatre, Sauble Beach, Ontario
1998 Attendance at first workshop, Sundance Institute Native Screenwriters’ Workshop, Los Angeles, California, USA
1996 Co-writer, The Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Toronto, Ontario
1994 – 1997 Artistic Director, Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario
1991 Member, Selection Committee, and Story Editor, People of Colour Summer Lab, Canadian Institute for Advanced Film Studies, Toronto, Ontario
1988 – 1989 Playwright-in-Residence, Native Earth Performing Arts, Toronto, Ontario

Service to Community

Institutional

2016 Jury Member, CBC Creative Non-Fiction Contest
2014 Jury Member, Canada Council Molson Prize
2013 Writer’s Trust Award Jury Member.
2009 Vancouver Olympics – performed at the Aboriginal Pavilion.
2009 Juror, Canada Council Governor General’s Award for Outstanding Theatre
2003 – 2010 Organizer, “Aboriginal Area,” Eden Mills Authors Festival
1998 – 2002 Member, Board of Directors, Centre for Indigenous Theatre
1997 – 2006 Organizer, the Whetung Storyteller’s Festival and the Whetung Music Festival, Curve Lake, Ontario
1995 – 1997 Member, Board of Directors, Toronto Theatre Alliance
1993 Chairperson, Theatre Portfolio and Member, Board of Directors, Earth Spirit Festival, a Festival celebrating Native/Chinese culture at Toronto’s Harbourfront
1989 – current Member of various juries such as: Gemini Awards, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, Banff Television Festival and Governor General’s Awards

Hosting of Cultural Events

2015 Convocations Speech, First Ntions University of Canada, Regina, Saskatchewan
2015 National Aboriginal Day Festival, Fort York, Toronto, Ontario
2009 Master of Ceremonies, Planet IndigenUS Festival, Toronto, Ontario
2009 Master of Ceremonies, Lakefield Literary Festival, Lakefield, Ontario
2009 Master of Ceremonies, Stephen Leacock Awards, Toronto, Ontario
2006 Master of Ceremonies and Opening Performer, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.  A night celebrating Native humour during the opening festivities of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.
2003 – 2009 Host, “Aboriginal Area” at Eden Mills Writers Festival, Eden Mills, Ontario.  Interviewed John Raulston Saul in 2009.
2003 Master of Ceremonies, Opening Ceremonies of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Washington, DC

Contribution to Popular Media

Published in numerous newspapers, magazines and journals including: The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Southam News, Nativebeat, Anishnabek News, Windspeaker, Books in Canada, NOW Magazine, This Magazine, UTNE Reader, Paragraph Magazine, CanPlay, Cinema Canada, Macleans Magazine, Theatrum, Prariedog, Perimeter, New West Magazine, Callaloo: Journal of Native American Literature, Absinthe, Rise, Red Ink: Journal of Canadian Studies, The Drama Review: The Journal of Performance Studies, Rampike Magazine, Canadian Geographic, Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought, Prairie Fire, Spirit: An Indigenous Magazine, Literary Review of Canada, The Economic Times of India

Television and Radio Host and Commentator

2007 Commentator on CBC TV’s Canada’s Greatest Invention program
2007 Guest Host, Sounds Like Canada, CBC Radio national program for one week
2005 Aboriginal Humour Commentator, Content Factory, a CBC Radio program
2004 Movie Reviewer, Aboriginal Voices Radio
1996 – Present Commentator and Personality for television shows such as CBC at Six, The Journal, Talk T.V., Imprint, Midday, and CBC Commentary
1991 – Current Various humour commentaries for CBC Radio programs: Infotape, Ontario Morning, CBC Commentary
1986 – 1991 Volunteer announcer & contributor, CIUT Radio (University of Toronto Radio)
1986 6-month contract with CBC Radio’s syndication service, Infotape
1983 – 1984 Trainee Producer for CBC Radio’s Ontario regional shows – Ontario Morning, Metro Morning and For Your Information

Web Materials

2002 Writer of web page on Native representation in the media for Media Awareness

Memberships, appointments, odd jobs

2012/2013 Writer in Residence at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary
2006 Joined the Advisory Circle, Aboriginal Arts programs, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta
2005 Turku, Finland – Lectured about Native theatre in Canada at an academic conference on Canadian studies.
2004 to date Member, Ontario Ministry of Culture Advisory Commitee (MACAC)Commentator, CBC Radio, by-weekly segment
2000 – 2003 Lectured at the Universities and conferences in Italy, India, New Zealand, Mexico, Germany, England, Australia and Belgium on Native theatre in Canada
1997 to date Organized the Whetung Storyteller’s Festival, and the Whetung Music festival, in Curve Lake Ontario
1995 Theatre workshops at Illinois State University Theatre Department, Mark Taper Forum in Los Angles, Denver Centre for the Arts, New York Theatre Workshop at Dartmouth University/New Hampshire, Banff Playwright Colony.
1994 to date Invited to read at the International Festival of Authors, Harbourfront, Toronto, also authors festivals in Winnipeg, Sechelt, Lakefield, Calgary, Eden Mills, Moose Jaw, Ottawa and Vancouver.
1993 – 1996 Member of 21 WAYS TO SCALP AN INDIAN, and ARTS ALTER-NATIVE, two Native satirical comedy troupes. Wrote and performed own material.
1993, ’94 and ’98 Two lecture and reading tours of various German Universities and cities on Native literature and drama (and another in 1998).
1993 EARTH SPIRIT FESTIVAL – Chairperson of Theatre Portfolio and Member of Board of Directors for Festival celebrating Native/Chinese culture. Held at Harbourfront.
1991 BELLAGIO INTERCULTURAL THEATRE CONFERENCE – delivered a paper in Italy on Native theatre in Canada. Conference sponsored by New York University and the Rockefeller Foundation.