Yvette Nolan, Librettist

Yvette Nolan is a playwright, dramaturg, director and educator. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Scattering Jake, Two Old Women, the libretto Hilda Blake and the radio play Owen. She is the editor of Beyond the Pale: Dramatic Writing from First Nations Writers and Writers of Colour, and of the upcoming Refractions: Solo, with Donna- Michelle St Bernard. Directing credits include Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, Salt Baby, A Very Polite Genocide, Death of a Chief, Tales of An Urban Indian, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Annie Mae’s Movement (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian…, The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals). As a dramaturg, she works across Canada, most recently at Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre Spring Festival of New Plays. In 2007, she received the Maggie Bassett Award for service to the theatre community. She has been the president of the Playwrights Union of Canada (1998- 2001), of Playwrights Canada Press (2003-2005), and of the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (2007-2008). In 2007-2008 she was the National Arts Centre’s Playwright-In- Residence. The Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts from 2003-2011, she was recently awarded the City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Award.

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