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Tara Beagan – playwright, director, costume design, producer
Tara is a proud Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian” halfbreed. She served as AD of Native Earth Performing Arts from Feb 2011 to Dec 2013. Prior to this, she was an actor, director, dramaturg, community liaison, playwright-in-rez, and an artistic associate for NEPA. As a playwright, she has been in residence at Cahoots Theatre and the National Arts Centre. Three of her 20 plays are published, and two have received Dora Award nominations, among them commissions from Theatrefront, KICK, mysterious entity, and Praxis. As an actor, Beagan has received Dora and Betty award nominations, and has appeared on CBC radio and TV.
Andy Moro – set, projection, sound and lighting design, producer
Toronto-based mixed Euro / Omushkego Andy Moro is a multi-award-winning set, lighting, projection and sound designer. He has twice been named among NOW magazine’s top10 theatre artists. Moro is a member of the core creative team at the Banff Centreʼs Indigenous Dance Residency. He has collaborated recently with the Dancers of Damelahamid, Red Sky Performance, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Signal Theatre and more.He is the proud co-founder and director, with Tara Beagan, of ARTICLE 11, celebrating the UN’s Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through practise.
Sera-Lys McArthur - performer
Nakota and German-Canadian actress from Saskatchewan. She began acting at the age of 12 in the CBC miniseries Revenge of the Land. In 2006 she was cast in The Englishman's Boy andwas honoured to speak her ancestral language for the first time on an indelible form of media. She studied Musical Theatre at AMDA in New York, and in 2008, was awarded the Premier's One World Scholarship via Capilano University in BC and was funded to attend the MA in Acting programme at East 15 Acting School at the University of Essex in the UK, graduating at the top of her class. She can be seen in Hard Core Logo II (which was shown at TIFF) by acclaimed director Bruce McDonald, as “Hailey” on both seasons of CBC TV’s Arctic Air, and in the APTN pilot Sky and Chang. She toured the country in Kevin Loring’s Governor General award-winning Where the Blood Mixes and has recently premiered a role in Red Sky’s new work, Mistatim.
August 5 6, 2015Theatre
In Spirit is a theatre piece as part of the Words Yet to Come program that brings to light the subject matter of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls a social/political movement affecting a generation of Indigenous women and girls.
May, 1978. Molly is 13 days shy of her 13th birthday. Her dad can’t keep the secret of her gift any longer, so proudly presents Molly with a new bike - well... new to her. Sharing in his excitement, Molly rides the bike to show her friend who lives only a few houses up the road. Failing to return for dinner, a makeshift search party finds only her bike, tossed into some bushes at the side of a secondary highway. For years, her family and friends imagine Molly into adulthood. Her remains are finally found several decades later.
This play takes place the day the family and community gather to release Molly’s spirit. Molly herself struggles to tell the story of her passing, recounting her darkest moments as well as those of a bright, happy childhood. Molly’s voice is articulate and insistent.
Through her story she tells us that even in death, our missing and murdered women and girls will not be silenced.