MT7 Indigenous Playwrights' Circle

MT7 is inviting Indigenous creators to consider participation in our first Indigenous Playwrights’ Circle.

For this Circle, MT7 is delighted to have ARTICLE 11’s co-director Tara Beagan (Ntlaka’pamux and Irish “Canadian”) who will offer input and guidance to any writer seeking to actualize a story into a theatrical work.

Specific online meeting/working sessions will take shape based on the group’s needs. We envision meetings will take place once or twice a month, with email support between meetings as agreed upon. The work will aim to culminate in May or June of 2021.

Tara Beagan is a proud halfbreed of Ntlaka’pamux and Irish Canadian heritage. She served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts (NEPA), for three years, concluding in December of 2013. She has been playwright-in-residence at Cahoots Theatre Projects, NEPA, and the National Arts Centre. She is co-director of ARTICLE 11, an Indigenous Activist Arts organization she co-founded with Andy Moro in 2013. Tara is currently Playwright In Residence at Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg.

ARTICLE 11: “Indigenous peoples have the right to practise and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artifacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature.” -United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 13/09/2007

The Circle will only be as large as we’re able to honourably facilitate: we estimate this will be 6 to 8 artists. Priority will be given to Indigenous artists whose traditional lands are now identified as being part of Treaty 7 territory, as well as any Indigenous artists currently based in Treaty 7.

MT7 will ensure access to Elder support for all participants as needed.
With a commitment to including all Indigenous voices, MT7 will also provide access to any tools and support needed to accommodate deaf or disabled writers that wish to participate.

Making Treaty 7 - 2020 Indigenous Playwrights' Circle

Requirements are:

a desire to write a play

an existing storyline to work with

a sincere willingness to support and encourage other participants

kindness and humility

access to a computer with internet capabilities that support Zoom meetings

literacy in the English language, or a translator that you can work with to your liking.

Thank you all for your emails. We will be announcing our inaugural Indigenous Playwright Circle very soon.