RBC Emerging Indigenous Artist-in-Residence

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Lara Lewis (she/her) is a queer mixed Mi’kmaw theatre artist from Kjipuktuk who primarily works as an actor and dramaturge. A Graduate of the University of King’s College & the Fountain School of Performing Arts, Lara has trained as a dramaturge under the mentorship of Pamela Halstead, Natasha MacLellan, Jenny Munday, Ann-Marie Kerr, among others. Since beginning her training, she has worked with writers across the country on projects big and small. Lara is also a Merritt Award-nominated actor, having worked with companies like Theatre New Brunswick, Villains’ Theatre, Heist, and Zuppa Theatre.

Outside of creative roles, Lara also works for the Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax Festival of Working People in the Arts, and is the Chair of the Bus Stop Theatre Co-op. She is a founding worker-owner of the Glitter Bean Café Union Co-op, and is a member of Glooscap First Nation. Lara will join the Festival Antigonish team through a hybrid residency of remote/in-person work from April-November 2022.

“I am thrilled, nervous, and excited to embark on this year with Festival Antigonish. With gratitude and joy I am so pleased to finally have dedicated space and time to create.”
– Lara Lewis

Funded by the RBC Foundation, this program’s objective is to support and promote an emerging Indigenous theatre creator through funding and professional supports including exposure to new audiences, networking and mentoring, talent development and production resources.

Our Indigenous Artist-in-Residence will work alongside our artistic team on the development of their own creative project. Opportunities to be involved in most aspects of theatre creation can be accommodated, based on the artist’s interests, and the Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing.

We recognize that much work needs to be done in the Canadian theatre sector to address systemic barriers for Indigenous artists. This includes our own company, and we acknowledge that we must do better. We want to establish meaningful relationships within the Mi’kmaw community, and we see this program as an important first step towards this goal.