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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.


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 meets from October to May each year and participates in weekly Wednesday meetings which culminate with Pimootayowin: A Festival of New Work, a week-long play-reading series that takes place in September. New writers will be welcomed annually into the Creators Circle. 

Pimootayowin is dedicated to developing new voices for the theatre. All participants will receive an honorarium as well as fees when the play is professionally workshopped in preparation for the public readings.

program details:

TD Ready Commitment

The Creators Circle – 2021/22

Program Director: Ian Ross
Assistant Program Director: Katie German

Participants: Rhonda Apetagon, Bridget Courchene, Nova Courchene, Elizabeth Denny, Trevor Greyeyes, Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin


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. As a Theatre graduate of Grant MacEwan University, Katie works as a performer, as the owner and director of Junior Musical Theatre Company (JMTC), the artistic associate with Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and a mother to a creative six-year-old and a joy-filled almost one-year-old. Recent directing and performance credits include: A Year with Frog and Toad (Manitoba Theatre for Young People), Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (Rainbow Stage), South Pacific (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Winn nipi (Director – Prairie Theatre Exchange), Embodying Power and Place Digital Presentation & Workshop (Director – New Harlem Productions, Nightwood Theatre & Native Earth Performing Arts), The (Post) Mistress (Assistant Director – Royal MTC).



Rhonda Apetagon is a proud member of Norway House Cree Nation. She graduated from the University of Manitoba and has spent her career working for her community in various capacities but always with an focus on helping children and youth. She is a mother, a visual artist and a voracious reader. She has worked in program and service development and has instructed youth in visual arts. Her love of story has shaped her path and continues to guide her towards the most interesting adventures.



Bridget Courchene is a Cree-Métis and Icelandic woman, who grew up at Traverse Bay, and also in Winnipeg. She is a mother of four and a foster mom, briefly worked as a home care nurse, and has dabbled in poetry and screenwriting. She believes strongly in the power of live performances, and good stories.


Nova-Courchene.jpgNOVA COURCHENE

Nova Courchene’s parents are from Sagkeeng First Nation on Treaty 1 Territory and Rolling River on Treaty 2 Territory. She has been involved in the creative arts for most of her life. As a young girl, and recently picking up the flute again, she was a music composer and musician studying music through the Royal Conservatory of Music. As an adult, she has pursued careers in the creative fields of fashion, design consulting, and in the live/production music and theatre industries. She strives to make theatre accessible to all through showcasing Indigenous youths’ talent and storytelling as the Assistant Director at Native Youth Theatre out of Manitoba Theatre for Young People. She connects with people in a good way by ensuring Indigenous values are honoured and at the forefront of all her work.



Pronouns: she/her
Location: St. Laurent, Manitoba
Nation: Red River Metis

Elizabeth Denny is Métis writer from the Interlake region of Manitoba. She has been writing for several years and has credits in various genres. Her first book, a children’s story entitled Jenneli’s Dance, was published in 2008 by Theytus Books. She has also written for three national television productions with the APTN Network: Tipi Tales, Wapos Bay and Cashing In. Select works of poetry, short fiction and creative non-fiction have been published in various anthologies, most recently: “Gush”, “ndncountry” and “Red Rising Magazine.” She is currently working on developing a limited series based on her original work, a novel, a collection of creative non-fiction, a stage play, and a follow-up children’s book.



Trevor Greyeyes is a member of Netley Creek First Nation. He is a Manitoba Book Award winner as well as a publisher/ editor/ journalist with over 20 years experience. In addition, Greyeyes is also an award-winning musician and occasional poet.




Cynthia Wolfe-Nolin, a member of the Métis Nation, is a writer, filmmaker, performer and educator with a diverse background of experience. Cynthia has always sought to empower others through her work and commitment. She is driven by a passion to see that the rights of others are preserved and maintained. As a land protector, union activist, a graduate of the Asper Centre Theatre for Theatre and Film, a clown trained at the Manitoulin Island Conservatory of Creation and Performance, an instructor with Native Youth Theatre at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People and a past member of the Prairie Theatre Exchange playwriting program, Cynthia looks forward to creating new work in the Pimootayowin Creators Circle.


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