Falen Johnson: Stage Director
Emerging director Falen Johnson will be involved in hands-on stage direction for the numerous different venues and settings The Unsilent Project will be performed in. Johnson is a Mohawk and Tuscarora writer, dramaturge and actor from Six Nations (Bear Clan). Her first play Salt Baby has been staged with Native Earth Performing Arts, Planet IndigenUS, The Next Stage Festival, and The Globe Theatre. Selected theatre acting credits include The Only Good Indian... (Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble), Triple Truth, A Very Polite Genocide (Native Earth), Death of a Chief (Native Earth/National Arts Centre), and Tombs of the Vanishing Indian (Native Earth/red diva). Johnson has been playwright in residence at Native Earth Performing Arts as well as at Blyth Theatre and is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School.
Gregory Oh: Co-Director
Gregory Oh gained his notoriety as a “new music revolutionary”, but he is equally at home in the opera, theatre and indie rock. Holding graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and University of Michigan, Gregory is an acclaimed classical pianist whose repertoire spans ve centuries. His recent work has seen him appear in places from the National Arts Centre to legendary techno club Berghain in Berlin, and the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville to the Wordless Music Series at the Lincoln Centre. Gregory is the artistic director of the Open Ears Festival and acclaimed new music group Toca Loca, and contemporary music curator at Toronto’s Music Gallery. He has worked at San Diego Opera, the Canadian Opera Company and the Ban Opera Program. He teaches at the University of Toronto, is on faculty at NYO Canada, and is a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre.
Michael Greyeyes: Co-Director
Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree) is a choreographer, director, and educator. Selected directing credits include: A Soldier’s Tale, from thine eyes (Signal Theatre), Pimooteewin (Soundstreams Canada), Almighty Voice and his Wife (Native Earth Performing Arts), and Seven Seconds (2010 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival). In 2010, he founded Signal Theatre, an Indigenous theatre company engaging in practiced-based research. Signal has presented at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, e Ban Centre and the National Arts Centre and is currently developing with co-director Yvette Nolan, Bearing, a dance opera exploring Canada’s Indian residential school legacy. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre at York University, where he is also the current Graduate Program Director of the MFA program.
Ian Cusson: Composer
Ian Cusson is a Canadian composer and pianist. He studied composition with Jake Heggie and Samuel Dolin and piano with James Anagnoson at the Glenn Gould School. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Chalmers Professional Development Grant, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Award, and several New Work Creation grants through the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. Of Métis and French Canadian descent, Cusson’s work explores the Canadian Aboriginal experience, including the history of the Métis people, the hybridity of mixed-racial identity, and the intersection of Western and Indigenous cultures. Cusson is one of two NYO Canada composers who have received commissioning support from the Ontario Arts Council in 2017.
Juliet Palmer: Composer
New Zealand-Canadian composer Juliet Palmer is known as a “post-modernist with a conscience” ( e Listener) whose work “crosses so many genres as to be in a category of its own” (Toronto Star).
Her creative practice encompasses interdisciplinary collaboration, opera, dance theatre, experimental lm, audio installation, site-speci c performance, chamber and orchestral music. Juliet is the artistic director of Urbanvessel, a platform for interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent works: Singing River, a site-specific performance installation at the Wonscotonach/Don River (Aanmitaagzi, Native Earth, Evergreen and Pan Am Path), July 2015; Stitch (Dora nominations Best New Opera and Best Production), Slip (Best Experimental Short, Toronto International Short Film Festival), and Voice-Box (Harbourfront World Stage premiere and Fresh Ground commission). Voice-Box was acclaimed as “a performance piece that smashes the boundaries between disciplines and leaves them sprawled out on the mat, down for the count” (Musicworks Magazine).
Based in Toronto since 1998, Juliet’s work has been featured around the world with performances at: New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Centre, the Hudders eld Contemporary Music Festival, Bath International Festival, Voix Nouvelles France, Italy’s Angelica Festival, Evenings of New Music Bratislava, Musica Ficta Festival Lithuania, NYYD Festival Estonia, e Istanbul Festival, Soundculture Japan, the Adelaide Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival and Canada’s Sound Symposium. Juliet was the 2011/12 Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards composer-in-residence at the New Zealand School of Music and the 2012 composer-in-residence of Orchestra Wellington.
Juliet holds a PhD in composition from Princeton University and an M.Mus in performance, composition and time-based art from Auckland University. Her teachers and mentors include Louis Andriessen, Jack Body, Phil Dadson, Michael Gordon, Eleanor Hovda, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Annea Lockwood, Meredith Monk, Steve Mackey and Julia Wolfe.
Lindsay "Eekwol" Knight: Spoken Word Artist
Lindsay “Eekwol” Knight is an award-winning hip hop performing artist based in Saskatoon, originally from Muskoday First Nation, Saskatchewan. Through her original sound, she displays her activist roots by living and creating as a supporter of both Hip Hop and Indigenous culture. She successfully completed her Indigenous Music-focused master’s degree at University of Saskatchewan, which along with her many years of dedication to hip hop has created unique artistic expressions blending a variety of genres. Eekwol works frequently with young people across the country as a mentor and educator.
Brendan McLeod: Spoken Word Artist
Brendan McLeod is a Toronto based spoken word artist, writer, and musician. He’s the author of one novel, a one woman play, and two monologues, the most recent of which is his award winning piece on consciousness, Brain. His music group The Fugitives have been nominated for multiple Canadian Folk Music and Western Canada Music Awards. He is a former Canadian SLAM poetry champion and World SLAM runner-up, and was the Poet of Honour at the 2012 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the 2015 Victoria Spoken Word Festival.
Zoey "Pricelys" Roy: Spoken Word Artist
Zoey Roy is a poet, performing artist, orator, film producer, writer and community educator. Based in Saskatoon, this Cree-Dene Metis artist has been making waves around the world for over ten years with a strong focus at the intersection of Indigenous Rights, Youth Advocacy, Artistic Expression and Education. Zoey holds active roles with the National Arts Centre’s Music Alive Program, Three Things Consulting, and Soul Datta Productions. She has received numerous awards including the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Women of Distinction Award in Saskatoon, and the Indspire Award.
Isidra Cruz: Costume Designer
Isidra Cruz is a Mexican, Cree, African American, and French Arts Administrator and Costume Designer.
She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s Theatre Production program where she received a BFA with Honours, specializing in theatre administration and costume design/ construction. Currently, she is working on a comedic video series about urban cycling and working at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival as the Guest Service Coordinator.