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Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre would like to announce our new Artistic Director!
The Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre (GTNT) is pleased to officially welcome Jennifer Dawn Bishop as our new Artistic Director. GTNT is thrilled with the addition of the new leader of the artistic team to the company. The GTNT Board of Directors and management believe Jennifer’s direction will complement and enhance GTNT’s ongoing professional and community theatre programming.
“GTNT is founded on providing support for Indigenous youth through our unique performing arts programming. We are very excited for Jennifer Dawn Bishop, a Circle Of Voices Alumni from 1999, to move into this key leadership role. Jennifer has been involved with theatre since the age of 13, and we are looking forward to Jennifer’s contributions as she is an experienced playwright, assistant director, stage manager, and actor. This is an exciting time for GTNT, as two COV alumni are now in key leadership roles” said, Osemis Isbister-Bear, General Manager for GTNT.
Jennifer is a (Métis) graduate of the 2016 Globe Theatre Actor Conservatory, where she performed in Peter and the Starcatcher. Her play Iskotew was produced for the 2016/2017 Circle of Voices Program. Jennifer has been involved with GTNT since the age of 13 and was a participant in the first Circle of Voices program in 1999.During her years at GTNT Jennifer has been an active volunteer and worked on the many productions of the Rez Christmas Story series. She has recently led the COV, PlayHouse, and Theatre@12 programs. Jennifer has experience with assistant directing and stage management. Her play Wolves was produced for the SGI/GTNT 2016 youth tour, she wrote Love Thy Family for the third annual Short Cuts Festival.
“As some may know, I started out in the very first Circle of Voices Program back in 1999; I was 13 years old at the time the company started up. Being a part of COV gave me perfect clarity in what I wanted to do with my life. It was because of GTNT that I have so much to be thankful for today. And that is why I’m still here, my heart and soul is with this company. As GTNT’s new Artistic Director, I strive to continue living up to the legacy that was given to us from Gordon Tootoosis. I’m excited to be working with young artists and to help mentoring new artists who come through our doors. The dream I have for GTNT is to grow more of our programs and expand into new forms of indigenous quality storytelling in theatre, and sharing it nationally. Yes, this is a big personal vision, but I believe in what we do here, and it drives me to do whatever it takes for the company,” said Jennifer.
Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre (GTNT), formerly SNTC, incorporated in January 1999, is an award winning cultural performing arts organization and professional theatre arts training centre located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. GTNT creates, develops and produces artistic productions by Canadian Indigenous artists that complement and enhance the local and national performing arts scene. GTNT focuses on innovative partnerships, mentorships and collaborations with Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, organizations and agencies to produce and present a unique blend of community and professional theatre presentations.
GTNT produces, on average, 4 professional theatre productions, one Opening Night event for COV, an annual fundraiser, and responds to approximately 12 additional outreach activities per season.
“This is an exciting time for the company as Jennifer will be one of the youngest artistic directors in Canada,” said Kenneth T. Williams, former interim Artistic Director GTNT. Williams is happy that Jennifer agrees to take on responsibility and challenges of running Western Canada’s leading Indigenous theatre.
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