WORLD’S FIRST NATIONAL INDIGENOUS THEATRE PROGRAM LAUNCHES IN OTTAWA

A permanent national Indigenous theatre opened in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre this week, showcasing Indigenous talent and stories.

Monique Mojica performs with other cast members during a rehearsal for the NAC Indigenous Theatre's first production "The Unnatural and Accidental Women" in Ottawa, Wednesday August 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

TORONTO — A permanent national Indigenous theatre opened in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre this week, showcasing Indigenous talent and stories.

It is garnering international attention for being the first theatre program of its kind in the world. Fifty Indigenous artists from New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, and the United States, are coming to Ottawa to learn about the model and create a touring network abroad.

“It is an effort to foster greater understanding,” said artistic director Kevin Loring, a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation in British Columbia. “There’s a hunger for Indigenous stories, there’s a hunger to see our people up on the stage.”

The NAC Indigenous Theatre launched its first production, called “The Unnatural and Accidental Women” by Metis-Dene playwright Marie Clements and directed by Muriel Miguel, from the Kuna and Rappahannock Nations.

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