About

YUKON DIGITAL THEATRE COLLECTIVE

CREATORS

Christine Genier

Born and raised on her ancestral lands, Christine Genier is a Wolf Clan citizen of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. She is a writer, poet, performer, a collector of stories, and a language and culture worker. 

Christine parlayed her theatre training into a career in broadcasting, where she stayed firmly planted for almost two decades. 

Her story collection work has been published with Inuit Arts Quarterly as well as local community publications. 

She wrote a poem which received 5 upvotes and two comments once on a writing prompt subreddit. She was pretty excited about that. 

She shares a lived experience that spans over four decades of bridging culture and recovering the Indigenous Space with those prepared to engage.

Christine has been loving this work with Yukon Digital Theatre and looks forward to having some fun at Pivot.

Leonard Linklater

Leonard Linklateris a playwright and founding Gwaandak Theatre Co-Artistic Director, a journalist and host of CBC Yukon’s Midday Cafe. A member of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, he was born and raised in Inuvik, N.W.T. and is a co-creator of Ndoo Treedyaa Gogwaandak – Vuntut Gwitchin Stories radio plays, including Ch’iitsii Khał Datl’oo / The Blue Cruiser, adapted from his godfather Stephen Frost’s story. Leonard’s first play Sixty Below received seven Dora nominations for its Toronto production (Native Earth). Justice was featured in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre’s Northern Scene, fittingly, in an old courthouse. Leonard was a co-creator of Map of the Land, Map of the Stars. A participant in the 2019 Caravan Farm Theatre National Playwrights Retreat, and Banff Play Lab. He is a winner of the Borealis Prize for literary and storytelling contributions in the Yukon and a member of Playwrights Guild of Canada. 

Facebook, Instagram, X: @fnlenny

Lillian Nakamura Maguire

Lillian Nakamura Maguire, a second-generation Japanese Canadian, is a writer and storyteller. She is retired and living in the countryside near Whitehorse, Yukon, the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. Throughout her career as an adult educator, facilitator and community activist she has used stories in her work in human rights education, elder abuse prevention and intercultural relations. She is a founding member of the Hidden Histories Society Yukon and has researched and documented Japanese Canadian history, written short stories, memoir, haiku, personal essays, a play, and produced digital stories based on her family history and culture. In her project, “Mapping My Journey to Home”, she is experimenting with a story collage.  This is a collection of family stories written as poetry with prose, memoir, story “vignettes”, short film and audio storytelling integrated with archival photos, film and documents from her family history.

Read more about her Yukon Digital Theatre project here.

View Mapping My Journey to Home now.

Patti Flather

Patti Flather is an award-winning writer, theatre artist and arts producer in Whitehorse. She is a co-founder and past Artistic Director for two decades of Gwaandak Theatre, dedicated to nurturing and sharing Indigenous and northern voices. Patti’s play Paradise toured nationally (MT Space/Gwaandak Theatre); it’s published with Playwrights Canada Press. Selected other plays include Sixty Below (with Leonard Linklater), the solo show West Edmonton Mall, and the collectively created work Map of the Land, Map of the Stars. Her acclaimed first fiction collection is Such A Lovely Afternoon. Patti is of settler ancestry, originally from North Vancouver, B.C. and grateful to live on Kwanlin Dün First Nation & Ta’an Kwäch’än Council territory since 1988.

Website: https://www.pattiflather.com/

Instagram: pattiflather

Facebook: Patti Flather

Wren Brian

Wren is a playwright who started her career in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada (territory of the Kwanlin Dün & Ta’an Kwäch’än) where she was born and raised. She then spent over 12 years based in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty 1 territory, before moving to Scotland in July 2022. In her writing she is dedicated to creating characters that can be played by actors of any gender, ancestry, ability, and/or age.  Her play Anomie won the 2017 Harry S. Rintoul Award for Best New Manitoba Play at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and she was recently shortlisted for the John Hirsch Emerging Manitoba Writer Award. Production credits include: Bystander (produced by Gwaandak Theatre), Situation (commissioned and produced by Gwaandak Theatre), When (Climate Change Theatre Action 2021, presented in six different countries) and most recently Now (Climate Change Theatre Action 2023).

Website: https://www.wrenbrian.com/ Instagram: wrenbrian

Read more about her Yukon Digital Theatre project here.

View The Investigator now.

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