Shaking Up Shakespeare Interviewee
Monique Mojica (Guna and Rappahannock nations) Actor/Playwright/Dramaturg
Monique’s artistic practice mines stories embedded in the body in connection to land and place. She has created land-based, embodied dramaturgies and taught Indigenous Theatre in theory, process and practice throughout Canada, the US, Latin America and Europe.
Most recent: the role of Wanda in My Sister’s Rage at Tarragon Theatre, Aunt Shady in The Unnatural and Accidental Women, at the NAC and Izzie M.: The Alchemy of Enfreakment written by Monique with a diverse creative team. Monique has collaborated with Santee Smith as the dramaturg for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s tryptic, Re-Quickening /Blood Tides/SKe:NEN and for Teneil Whiskeyjack’s Ayita for Edmonton’s SkirtsAfire Festival. She is a member of the newly formed Indigenous Dramaturgy Circle at Tarragon Theatre and she was the inaugural Wurlitzer Visiting Professor at the University of Victoria’s Theatre Department in 2023.
She is the co-author with Brenda Farnell of Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way: Mapping Embodied Indigenous Performance (University of Michigan Press, 2023), Staging Coyote’s Dream vols. I and II, co-edited with Ric Knowles (Playwrights Canada Press, 2003 & 2008) along with the forthcoming vol. III co-edited with Lindsay Lachance.