In June, I had a chance to sit in on one of the Animikiig workshops for young playwrights of First Nations/Metis/Innuit backgrounds. It’s a 2 year program with the goal of training playwrights to develop scripts for production. Some sessions are built around exercises, and some are readings and discussions, and I attended the reading/discussion of Blue Moon Girls, by Jessica Lea Fleming – the story of returning to a place of one’s youth, and remembering and confronting the reasons for leaving.
Isaac Thomas, the Executive Director of NEPA, lead the discussion and analysis, helping us examine the strongest images, scenes and themes of the work – a process which is exciting and exhausting at the same time.
All the participants in Animikiig collaborate with a dramaturg as well, and are working towards preparing pieces for the Young Voices night of the Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival (November 9 – 22, 2015), which is a fantastic chance to see the best work of young indigenous playwrights.