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Kelsey Kanatan Wavey, Kathleen MacLean, Elizabeth Whitbread in Women of the Fur Trade. Set & Costume Designer Linda Beech. Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher. Photo by Dylan Hewlett.


Call for Interest


deadline: September 13, 2021

Email your expression of interest to

We're pleased to announce a province-wide call for interest from Indigenous artists to participate in the 2021/22 Pimootayowin Creators Circle. Led by Governor General Award-winning playwright Ian Ross, the Creators Circle supports the creation and development of new plays by Manitoba-based Indigenous artists.   

Pimootayowin is an Anishinaabemowin word meaning Journey, a word chosen by Ross who explains: “The creation of new art is often described as a journey, so too, our lives. In any journey, we often don’t know what lies ahead but we can emerge enriched by them. I look forward to mentoring talented creators who have fascinating, relevant stories to tell.” 

The Creators Circle will meet from October 20, 2021 to May 2022, and participate together in weekly Wednesday meetings which will culminate in a play-reading series – Pimootayowin: A Festival of New Work from May 15-19, 2022. Up to six new writers will be welcomed into the Creators Circle for the 2021-22 season. 

Pimootayowin is dedicated to developing new voices for the theatre. Emerging playwrights or artists in another field who are interested in learning the craft of playwriting are encouraged to apply. All participants will receive an honorarium as well as fees when the play is professionally workshopped in preparation for the public readings. 

program details:

  • Deadline for Expressions of Interest: Monday September 13, 2021 
  • Creators Circle Dates: October 2021 - May 2022  
  • Festival of New Work Dates: May 15 - 19, 2022

We encourage anyone keen to apply to submit an expression of interest by email. Your expression of interest can be as short or long as you like – include your name, phone number, email, and some information about your creative practice, your desire to tell stories, any experience or education that you consider relevant. 

Please email your expression of interest to by Monday September 13, 2021. We are committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities in all parts of the organization. If you require an accommodation, please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs. 

Assessments of expressions of interest will be made by Program Director Ian Ross, and all applicants (successful or not) will be contacted by October 1, 2021. 

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The Creators Circle - 2020/21

Program Director: Ian Ross
Assistant Program Director: Katie German

20/21 Participants: Lynette Bonin, Jim Compton, Rosanna Deerchild, Kathleen MacLean, Dave McLeod and Tracey Nepinak

The 2020/21 Creators Circle met from November 2020 to May 2021, culminating in a successful play-reading series – Pimootayowin: A Festival of New Work from June 8–12, 2021.


Ian Ross

Ian Ross was born in McCreary, Manitoba. He calls the First Nation of Pinaymootang, the Métis community of Kinosota and the city of Winnipeg, home. His play fareWel won the Governor General’s Award for English Drama in 1997. His commentaries as Joe from Winnipeg on CBC radio and television, as well as NCI, were very popular. Ian has also been a drama instructor and educator for several years. He continues to write and live in Winnipeg.


Katie German

Katie is a Métis performer, director and educator. She graduated from Grant MacEwan University for theatre performance and is currently working as the director of Junior Musical Theatre Company (JMTC), artistic associate with Manitoba Theatre for Young People, voice director and character voice for Wolf Joe premiering in January, and a mother to a creative 5-year-old who shares her love of storytelling. Recent directing and performance credits include: A Year with Frog and Toad (MTYP); Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Rainbow Stage). Directing: Embodying Power and Place Workshop (Nightwood Theatre & Harlem Productions), Canadian premiere of Tuck Everlasting (JMTC).

Lynette-Bonin.jpgLynette Bonin

Lynette Bonin found her home on the stage when she was eight years old. Ever since, she has loved the theatre because it has continued to be a home for her and for many others – regardless of location, community and social distancing policies. Over this past summer, Lynette project led and directed The Roommates, an award-winning play she also wrote. The performance was livestreamed using an online platform and the proceeds were donated to a local charity. Growing up, she was heavily involved with Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and as an adult, with the Black Hole Theatre Company at the University of Manitoba. Lynette is a Métis student who has completed her psychology honours thesis and is presently completing her double major in theatre. She is currently directing a new play for the Fire in the Hole Festival, which will be performed over Zoom in December. Lynette is presently employed as a research assistant and child assessor in the Hearts and Minds Lab wherein she is also working on an Indigenous youth wellness study. Lynette aims to focus her master’s degree on the biobehavioural effects of drama-based therapies upon children’s stress physiology.

Jim-Compton.jpgJim Compton

Jim Compton is a storyteller. His career as filmmaker and journalist spans over five decades. His work includes tomes of newspaper articles, well over 300 Documentaries, four feature films and one feature-length entertainment special. His list of productions spans four decades. Company profile: Wahbung Anung Productions is world renown. It is one of the first to collaborate on an international co-pro with New Zealand and Maori TV. Wabung was nominated for a Gemini award for Sparkle, An evening with Andrea Menard. Kitohcikew – One who makes music is a recent award-winning documentary. It tells the story of Winston Wuttunee… a singer, songwriter and educator. On the drama end Frenchie is the closest to his heart as it tells the true story of his cousin, Frenchie. Frenchie, a young, gay prostitute, caught up in the Child Welfare system, struggles with love, abuse, and identity and the aching need to find his long-lost mother. He has also acted in many plays with Native Theatre Productions as the lead actor.

Rosanna-Deerchild.jpgRosanna Deerchild

Rosanna Deerchild is Cree from O-pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation in northern Manitoba. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Treaty One Territory. An accomplished and recognized poet and broadcaster, this will be her first time writing a play. 


Kathleen-MacLean.jpgKathleen MacLean

Kathleen MacLean is a 2Spirit, Metis-Settler artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s Acting program and is currently working to finish her undergrad in Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her recent credits include Women of the Fur Trade by Frances Koncan at Royal MTC and The Third Colour by Ian Ross at Prairie Theatre Exchange. This is Kathleen’s first attempt at playwriting, but her past writing adventures include her own stand-up set and a monologue about a dying, stoner beaver. 

David-McLeod.jpgDave McLeod

David McLeod is a member of the Pine Creek First Nation, with family roots also in the Métis village of Camperville, Manitoba. Since 2000, he’s been actively involved within various stage productions and writing projects. He appeared in the late Doug Nepinak’s Incident at Oka Manitoba Stages during the Winnipeg Fringe Festival as well as a CBC Radio broadcast. He’s appeared in Shakespeare In The Red which was staged at the Prairie Theatre Exchange. David also took to the stage during the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, once as a comedy troupe member and another performing a stand-up piece written by Darrell Dennis. His writing has appeared in several anthologies, including Let the Drum Be My Heartbeat, Prairie Fire and Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water, as well as several chapbooks. He was also involved in Winnipeg’s spoken word scene for several years, winning the Winnipeg Centennial Library’s inaugural spoken word contest. He enjoys bringing about a mixture of humour with political commentary.

Tracey-Nepinak.jpgTracey Nepinak

Tracey has Cree/Scottish roots in the Peguis First Nation. She is the daughter of a residential school survivor. Tracey grew up in the fallout of a failed residential school system, yet still believes in reconciliation, creating understanding and awareness through theatre. Tracey began her theatre training in Vancouver in the late 80s at Spirit Song Native Theatre School. She moved home to Manitoba, completed a BA Honours degree in theatre, and has worked professionally since 1994. Recent theatre, film and directing credits include: Katharsis - Dori (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Songidè ewin -  Director (Sarasvàti), Burden of Truth - Rose (Eagle Vision).


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