Masking Policy is in effect for this production
Cast & Creative Team
Sheila Kennedy / Apprentice Director
Shyanne (she/they) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan (Edmonton). They are a recent graduate of the University of Alberta with a background in arts administration, marketing and producing. They’ve acted, directed and designed for various shows throughout their career. Recently they’ve begun the development of their first play Omisimawiw under the guidance of both Tarragon Theatre’s YPU
and Nextfest 2022.
Tai Amy Grauman,
Tai Amy Grauman is Metis, Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta. Tai is an artistic associate at Savage Society and currently pursuing her MFA in theatre practice at the U of A. Tai is currently writing commissions for Nightswimming, Axis Theatre and the Arts Club. Selected Acting Credits include: Honour Beat (Grand Theatre); Thanks For Giving (Arts Club); You used to call me Marie… (Savage Productions Society).
Todd Houseman is a Nehiyo (Cree) mixed-blood actor, improviser, and writer from Edmonton (Amiskwaci) and a recent graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. Since 2009, Todd has been a senior performer and instructor with Rapid Fire Theatre. He is the co-creator of the critically acclaimed play Whiteface (with Lady Vanessa Cardona) and the creator of the play The Children of the Bear, which was commissioned by Toronto’s Outside the March. At the 2020 Rosie Awards, Todd received the award for Best Albertan Actor. Last season at the Citadel, Todd was honored to play the role of Charlie in Mary’s Wedding: A Métis Love Story and is excited to return for The Herd.
Cheyenne Scott is Straits Salish of the Saanich Nation/Norwegian settler descent and an actor, playwright and emerging creative producer with a focus on new works. She is working to Indigenize her process through personal expression, land-based methodology and storytelling. She is a Dora Mavor Moore nominated artist for co-creating Now You See Her (Quote Unquote Collective/Nightwood/Why Not Theatre) which was published by Coach House. Select Acting Credits: Children of God (Urban Ink/NAC, Citadel/WCT, Segal Centre); Home Project (Soulpepper/Howland/Native Earth); Joyride (Caravan Farm Theatre); The Drowning Girls (WCT); Squawk, Sidewalk Chalk (Geordie Productions).
Michael “Baby Pete” Brokenhorn
Dylan Thomas-Bouchier is a Cree and Dene dis-arts storyteller. Born and raised in Fort McMurray and the Fort McKay First Nation (Treaty 8), he graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) Acting program. He is so happy to be sharing the story of The Herd alongside all the other amazing artists with all of you. Previous credits include Indecent (NTS); Comedy of Errors (Theatre Calgary); A Christmas Carol (Keyano Theatre); Everybody (NTS).
Dylan would like to thank his Moms, Papa, his Grandparents, Justin, Terri, Emily, Grace, Zach, Anna isi bhakhomen. And all of the indigenous people who are taking care of me and us today or in the past and future.
Kenneth T. Williams,
Kenneth T. Williams is a Cree playwright from the George Gordon First Nation in the Treaty 4 territory. He’s the first Indigenous person to earn an MFA in Playwriting and become an assistant professor at the University of Alberta’s Department of Drama. Previous productions include In Care (Gordon Tootoosis Nīkānīwin Theatre); Café Daughter (Gwaandak Theatre); Gordon Winter (Persephone); Thunderstick (Persephone/Theatre Network); Bannock Republic (GTNT/Persephone); and Three Little Birds (Workshop West Playwrights Theatre). He lives in Edmonton with his partner, Dr. Melissa Stoops, and their cats, Augustus and Drusilla.
Photo credit: Aloys Fleischmann
Tara Beagan is a proud Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian” halfbreed. She is cofounder/director of ARTICLE 11 with Andy Moro, based in Mohkinstsis. Beagan served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts from February 2011 to December 2013. She’s been writer-in-rez at Cahoots Theatre, NEPA, the National Arts Centre, Berton House and, during pandemic times, at Prairie Theatre Exchange. Seven of her 32 plays are published. Beagan was awarded the 2020 Siminovitch Prize for theatre, playwriting, becoming the first Indigenous laureate.
Set and Video Designer
Andy Moro is the co-founding Artistic Director of ARTICLE 11 Cultural Industry with Tara Beagan. Their most recent live work Deer Woman met critical acclaim at the Edinburgh and Sydney Festivals Arts Centre Melbourne, and Kia Mau, Aotearoa. The 2020 video interpretation commissioned by Downstage and the NACIT screens regularly. ARTICLE 11 is currently in production for a cinematic work Reckoning and the short documentary Hasalala Danxalax commissioned by the Chan Centre featuring Marion Newman and Friends performing from the Indigenous opera canon. Andy is an ongoing collaborator with the Dancers of Damelahamid, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. Pandemic design includes The War Being Waged by Darla Contois at Prairie Theatre Exchange; Tomson Highway’s Post Mistress at RMTC; Time Stands Still with Making Treaty 7; and SkyDancers for A’no:wara. Presently Andy is designing Walter Borden’s The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time at the NAC which will premiere at Neptune this summer. Upcoming is Tomson Highway’s Rez Sisters at RMTC directed by Tracey Nepinak and Caravan Theatre’s Black Horse. ARTICLE 11 is currently Artistic Directing APTN’s Indigenous Day Live 2022 performance and broadcast from the Forks in Winnipeg on June 18.
Samantha McCue (she/her) is Anishinaabekwe from the Chippewas of Georgina Island and Ned’u’ten from Lake Babine First Nation. She grew up on the Musqueam Reserve in Vancouver, BC, and currently lives in Ottawa. Samantha graduated from York University’s Theatre Production program in 2017. Selected design credits include: Little Red Warrior and His Lawyer (Belfry Theatre), I Am William (Stratford Festival); Honour Beat (The Grand); Aqsarniit (Confederation Centre of the Arts); Kamloopa (Western Canada Theatre); The Monument (Factory Theatre); Thanks For Giving (Arts Club Theatre Company).
Spike is Metis and a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario and is currently Technical Director for the Indigenous Theatre Department at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Previous selected design credits include Triplex Nervosa, Motherhouse, God of Carnage and With Bated Breath (Centaur Theatre); Secret Annex, Forever Plaid, Educating Rita and My Old Lady (Segal Centre Theatre); Behaviour and Daisy (GCTC in Ottawa). He was also Production Manager and Lighting designer for Comedian Russell Peters. This is his first design at the Citadel. Miigwetch.
Mishelle is a composer, sound designer and musician based in Vancouver. Past projects at the Citadel: A Christmas Carol, The Candidate, The Party and Sweat. Other favourites include: Made in Canada (rice & beans); The Quarantettes (Neworld/The Chop); Shakespeare in Love, Lysistrata, Done/Undone (Bard on the Beach); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Break Horizons: a concert documentary (The Cultch); and Titus Bouffonius (Rumble); Clean (Neworld). Next up: The Seventh Fire (Delinquent). Mishelle is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and of UBC Theatre. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. www.mishellecuttler.com
Alison Matthews is a voice and text coach, actor, voice artist. She is also Head of Coaching for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and the voice instructor for the newly launched Realwheels Theatre Acting Academy in Vancouver. She teaches voice in the drama department at the University of Alberta. Previous coaching credits include Noises Off (Arts Club); Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare in Love (Bard on the Beach); Arcadia, West Side Story, Sense and Sensibility, Garneau Block (Citadel).
Assistant Lighting and Video Designer
Hailey is a Métis lighting and video designer from Inuvik, NT. He is a recent graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada, and has also worked as a videographer, editor, and illustrative artist. Previous Credits Include: Lovesong for the Thunderbirds (The Grand); Thesis Project (York University); Hush (Workshop at the NTS); Indecent (NTS).
Sang-Sang is excited to be back and working on this premiere! Select Citadel credits include The Fiancée, A Brimful of Asha, Tempest, Hadestown, Redpatch, Mamma Mia!, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, One Man, Two Guvnors, Spamalot and Private Lives. Elsewhere, she has worked on Banff Centre’s Opera in the 21st Century program; Buddy (Mayfield); Fever Land (Teatro La Quindicina); Makings of a Voice, The Blue Hour (SkirtsAfire); Disgraced (ATP); Honour Beat (Theatre Calgary); Salt Baby (Globe Theatre); Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre).
Thank you to Yvette.
Assistant Stage Manager
I’m very grateful to be back in theatre! Previous credits include Woman Caught Unaware (Edmonton Fringe), 87 productions over the past 23 years at Mayfield Dinner Theatre, too many favourites to mention, Return of the Tenors (Edmonton Fringe). I’m also honoured to have been nominated twice for a Sterling Award for Individual Achievement in Production. It’s a great pleasure to work with such talented cast and production teams! Enjoy the performance!
Caitlan is an Edmonton-based Latinx theatre technician, currently working as a Production Assistant with Citadel Theatre. She is a graduate of the Theatre Production Diploma from MacEwan University and has studied at the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity. Previous credits include: Guys and Dolls (MacEwan); Hamlet, Comedy of Errors (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); A Charlie Brown Christmas ft. The Jerry Granelli Trio, Reuben and the Dark (Banff Centre); Scenes from the Sidewalk (Plain Jane Theatre).
Saron Beraki (She/They) is an Eritrean-Canadian theatre technician based in Amiskwacîwâskahikan. Recent work includes: La Bohème (Edmonton Opera); The Fiancée (Citadel Theatre); Le Nozze de Figaro (Edmonton Opera); The Importance of Being Earnest (Teatro La Quindicina); Everything’s Coming Up Chickens: A Revue (Plain Jane Theatre). They are super excited to be a part of the team that makes the magic happen.
Meg Walker is a graduate of Victoria School of the Arts, where she developed her passion for theatre and directed the one act play I Am Not Batman for the Playworks Festival. She recently worked on the set of the feature film Before I Changed My Mind as a trainee AD before returning to the theatre as a Production Assistant in the independent, debut production of Michael Mysterious. In 2021, she joined the Citadel team for A Christmas Carol and continues her role as a Production Assistant into the 2022 season.
Thank you to Sheiny Satanove, Lianna Makuch, and Patrick Lundeen.