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BIOS

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Dakota Ray Hebert

Dakota Ray Hebert is an entertainer and workshop facilitator who was born and raised in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan.  Dakota has performed as an actor and comedian across Canada, the United States, La Penita Mexico, and even Shenzhen China!  When she’s not writing, telling funny stories, or acting her heart out, she’s cuddling up to her loving partner Dylan Jay, their baby Frankie, and their two sweetie pooches Mr Bean and Lieutenant Dan.

Some career highlights include co-hosting CRAZY LIKE A LYNX alongside Don Kelly on APTN. A feature-length movie she lead, RUN WOMAN RUN, made its world premiere this year; from it, she won Best Actress at the American Indian Film Festival. You’ll also be able to view her on CTV’s new television show SHELVED, in which she plays one of the four leads.

Dakota will be seen on CBC’s COMEDY NIGHT WITH RICK MERCER this fall. Her debut comedy album I’LL GIVE YOU AN INDIAN ACT will be available for purchase November 2022, and she is currently working on her second, of which she’ll deliver a sneak peek for her appearance at JUST FOR LAUGHS TORONTO this September. 

Be sure to follow this Dene busybody on Facebook and Instagram; she’s up to her beaded earrings in work, and is always excited to share her projects!

Comedians

Annie Brass

Annie Brass has always been gifted at telling humorous stories and making light of life’s daily challenges. It is through this talent that she has been able to channel her energy to Stand-Up Comedy. Annie’s unique style along with upbeat and zany antics keeps her audiences howling with laughter. Annie has performed at wellness conferences, community gatherings and fundraising events where her humor and style made lasting impressions. 

Annie’s most notable performances include the 2005 Healing Out Spirits World Wellness Conference in Edmonton and her 2008 national television appearance on the CBC Reality TV Special, The Last Bannock Standing with the Bionic Bannock Boys. In 2019, Annie made CBC’s  National Top 100 Comics List. 

Cheyenna Sapp

Cheyenna Sapp (she/her) is a Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree Woman) from Little Pine First Nation, SK. She’s performed standup comedy since 2019, and has appeared in two short films by Shawn Cuthand, two comedy skits for The Feather satirical news website, and has recently wrapped filming a lead role in the new upcoming sitcom “Acting Good” on CTV Comedy. Currently a student at the University of Saskatchewan, Cheyenna will be completing a 4-yr Bachelor of Arts Program in Indigenous Studies along with a one-year wichetowin Indigenous Theatre Certificate Program in the spring of 2023.

Tenille K Campbell

Tenille K Campbell is a Dene/Metis artist from English River First Nation, currently residing in Saskatoon. She is a poet, photographer, and grad student. She likes iced vanilla lattes, the early emergence of Christmas decor in stores, and ignoring everyone she matches with on Tinder. 

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Ezra Forest

Ezra Forest is a two spirit / non binary artist based in Saskatoon, Treaty Six Territory with a background in acting, singing, designing, writing, and directing. They are from Samson Cree Nation and have always wanted to explore their raw funniness.

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Chelazon Leroux

Chelazon Leroux from Canada’s Drag Race is Layten Byhette’s stage name. Chelazon (she/he/they) is a two-Spirit Dene First Nations Multidisciplinary Artist. Chelazon’s artistic pursuits include: Drag, stand-up comedy, and social media content creation. 

Chelazon uses her Indigenous identity— as a status member of Buffalo River Dene Nation (Treaty 10) and family ties to Fond Du Lac First Nation (Treaty 8) —as the foundation for her creative works. Chelazon is best known for her Auntie persona and TikTok posts. Chelazon uses her social media influence to educate and entertain audiences worldwide.

Her goal is to utilize her responsibilities as a Two-Spirit  multimedia artist to bring Two-Spirit’s historical role into the modern world.

To educate and entertain audiences worldwide on  the experiences, stories, and beauty of Indigenous identity.

Mentors

Issa Kixen

Issa Kixen is an Anishinaabe Two Spirit comedian, journalist & Producer, who is a band member of Couchiching First Nation, Ontario. They have traveled across Canada and the USA as a Comedian and improviser. They use comedy as a tool in dealing with racism, transphobia and ableism. They are the Co-founder/producer of WOKE Comedy Hour, Associate producer at CBC Manitoba, was featured on APTN’s The Laughing Drum, a member of the Bannock Babes drag collective and they are the executive producer for Minogondaagan: the good voice podcast

Stephanie Pangowish

Stephanie Pangowish is one of the deadliest Indigenous Aunties you’ll ever meet. Originally from Wiikwemkoong (Wee-kwem-kung) Unceded Territory on Manitoulin Island, Pangowish now stalks the streets of Toronto, terrorizing the local prudes. Her sexually-loaded (and educational, we swear!) comedy will arouse your mind with insatiable thoughts of copulation and decolonization

Production Staff

Debbie Courchene
Artistic Director

Debbie was inspired to create positive representations of Indigenous artists through the use of humour as a producer. During her studies, her passion and interest furthered in finding a place where she could make a lasting impact for her Indigenous colleagues.

Debbie has been trained in improvisational comedy, with Blind Tiger Comedy. In 2021, she was commissioned to produce a work for the National Arts Centre: Transformations project where she created a short comedic episode “Auntie in da Woods”. 

Carla Ritchie
Associate Producer &
Stage Manager

Carla is an accomplished Production Manager and Stage Manager, Technical Director, and Set, Light and Video Designer.
Carla has lived and worked across Canada, mainly in Toronto, Calgary, Regina, and Manitoulin Island. She has toured across Canada, to the USA, and to China, twice.

Recent credits include; Stage Manager for Isitwendam with Bound to Create and Native Earth, Video Design for The Message with Tarragon Theatre, and Stage Manager for Backbone, Adizokan and Mistatim with Red Sky Performance.

Some favourite companies include; Ghost River Theatre, Red Sky Performance, Theatre Calgary, The Globe Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, One Yellow Rabbit, The Only Animal, Debajehmujig-Storytellers, The National Arts Centre, Sage Theatre, Lunchbox Theatre, Canadian Stage, and Artscape

Jane Puchnaik
Publicist

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