Yvette Nolan

Shaking Up Shakespeare Interviewee

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg who works across Turtle Island. Her works include the play The Unplugging, the dance-opera Bearing, the libretto Shanawdithit, the short play-for-film Katharsis, the VR pieceReconciling. She recently directed Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s play The First Stone at New Harlem and GCTC in Toronto and Ottawa, Frances Koncan’s Women of the Fur Trade at Stratford Festival, and Julie Tamiko Manning’s Mizushōbai at Tableau d’Hote in Montreal. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre, where she helped create Death of a Chief, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015.