Michelle St. John will be joining FNSP for the month of February as the Artist-in-Residence. She’ll be working on her documentary film, Colonization Road, and throughout the month will meeting with students, faculty, and other members of the UBC community to discuss Indigenous arts, media, and expression.
Michelle is a two-time Gemini Award winning actor with more than 30 years of experience in film, television, theatre, voice and music. Selected film credits include: CBC’s Where the Spirit Lives, Miramax’s Smoke Signals, CBS’s Northern Exposure and Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancydancing and Darlene Naponse’s feature film, Every Emotion Costs. Selected theatre credits include: Darrell Dennis’ Trickster of 3rd Avenue East, Drew Hayden Taylor’s Sucker Falls and Marie Clements plays – Unnatural and Accidental Women, Copper Thunderbird and Tombs of the Vanishing Indian; Yvette Nolan’s Annie Mae’s Movement (international tour) and the role of Cassius in Native Earth’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Death of a Chief, at the National Arts Centre. She and Jennifer Kreisberg composed a new vocal score for Western Canada Theatre and NAC’s co-production of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. Michelle was a Co-Founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, a Native women’s theatre company based in Toronto. For ten years, she served as Co-Managing Artistic Director and along with the Gals, co-created, produced, and toured the award winning play The Scrubbing Project, The Dora Award nominated The Triple Truth, and multi-media musical, The Only Good Indian…. She has also taught theatre workshops, song creation, and voice to First Nations communities across Turtle Island. As a vocalist Michelle has recorded dozens of radio and television jingles, theme songs, and voice-overs, and is currently writing songs for her first solo album. For two years, Michelle served as Producer and Host for Red Tales, a weekly Native literary show on Aboriginal Voices Radio. Michelle is currently President of Dr. E Entertainment, a company dedicated to creating media content featuring Dr. Evan Adams with a focus on Aboriginal health. She is also a producing partner in Frog Girl Films and Co-Artistic Director of Red Diva Projects in partnership with frequent collaborator Marie Clements. Her first feature length documentary, Colonization Road will be released in 2015.