Yvette Nolan Biography
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, dramaturge and director. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Video, Annie Mae’s Movement, Scattering Jake, from thine eyes, The Unplugging, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy), the radio play Owen, the libretto Hilda Blake, and the short film A Common Experience (with Shane Belcourt).
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 Justice by Leonard Linklater, Café Daughter by Kenneth T Williams (Gwaandak Theatre), for which she won the Bob Couchman Award for direction, Marie Clements’ Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, Salt Baby by Falen Johnson, A Very Polite Genocide by Melanie J Murray, Death of a Chief, Darrell Dennis’ Tales of An Urban Indian, The Unnatural and Accidental Women by Marie Clements, 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 dramaturge, she works across Turtle Island, most recently in Toronto on Signal Theatre’s A Soldier’s Tale, in Orono, Maine, on The Glooskape Chronicles by Donna Loring, and on Raven Spirit Dance’s Ashes on the Water. 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 awarded the City of Toronto’s Aboriginal Affairs Award. On June 7, 2011, she was honoured with the George Luscombe Award for mentorship in professional theatre.
From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest professional Aboriginal theatre. Her recent play The Unplugging was produced in 2012 at the Arts Club in Vancouver, where it won the Jessie Richardson Award for outstanding original script. She is currently at work on Medicine Shows, a book about Native theatre in Canada.