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Native Earth Performing Arts

Artistic Director: Joelle Peters

Managing Director: Himanshu Sitlani

Current staff listing:


Native Earth Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creating, developing and producing of professional artistic expression of the Aboriginal experience in Canada.

Through stage productions (theatre, dance and multi-disciplinary), new script development, apprenticeships and internships, Native Earth seeks to fulfill a community of artistic visions. It is a vision that is inclusive and reflective of the artistic directions of members of the Aboriginal community who actively participate in the arts.


Native Earth Performing Arts Inc. (NEPA Inc.) is dedicated to the expression of the Native experience through theatre arts. Its mandate is:


In service of our mandate and mission, the company strives to operate according to 7 traditional principles which inform decisions in all undertakings. It is our belief that these tenets not only honour Aboriginal values, but are universal to all cultures in various manifestations. We acknowledge that these are subjective values, and that each individual has an interpretation of them.




Aki Studio

Produced by Native Earth Performing Arts

Niizh April 12th, 2023 – April 30th, 2023
Firewater Thunderbird Rising February 16th, 2023 – February 19th, 2023
Where the Blood Mixes May 26th, 2022 – June 26th, 2022
This Is How We Got Here January 26th, 2020 – February 16th, 2020
After the Fire January 10th, 2019 – January 19th, 2019
I Call Myself Princess September 9th, 2018 – September 30th, 2018
Ipperwash February 6th, 2018 – February 18th, 2018
Huff October 16th, 2017 – October 28th, 2017
Huff October 10th, 2015 – October 25th, 2015
Searching the Painted Sky July 31st, 2015
God and the Indian May 2nd, 2015 – May 17th, 2015
The Unplugging March 14th, 2015 – April 5th, 2015
A Side of Dreams January 20th, 2015 – February 1st, 2015
Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue November 12th, 2014 – November 16th, 2014
ROW August 8th, 2014 – August 17th, 2014
In Spirit March 7th, 2014 – March 16th, 2014
Free as Injuns March 1st, 2012 – March 18th, 2012
Tombs of the Vanishing Indian March 10th, 2011 – March 27th, 2011
Giiwedin April 8th, 2010 – April 24th, 2010
Salt Baby October 8th, 2009 – October 17th, 2009
Almighty Voice and His Wife March 28th, 2009 – April 12th, 2009
A Very Polite Genocide or the Girl Who Fell to Earth December 6th, 2008 – December 21st, 2008
Death of a Chief March 6th, 2008 – March 16th, 2008
The Place Between April 1st, 2007 – April 15th, 2007
Annie Mae’s Movement September 27th, 2006 – October 1st, 2006

Presented by Native Earth Performing Arts

bug February 7th, 2020 – February 22nd, 2020
Isitwendam (An Understanding) March 17th, 2019 – March 31st, 2019
Stitch June 3rd, 2015 – June 14th, 2015
Chocolate Woman Dreams The Milky Way January 31st, 2013 – February 3rd, 2013
CafĂ© Daughter January 15th, 2013 – January 20th, 2013
Windmill Baby September 28th, 2006 – September 30th, 2006
Frangipani Perfume September 27th, 2006 – September 30th, 2006

Current Staff

Joelle Peters Interim Artistic Director (2022-)
Himanshu Sitlani Managing Director (2022-)
Lucy Coren Producer (2022-)
Julia Howman Venue Coordinator (2022-)
Abby Ho Marketing Coordinator (2020)
Alexander Franks Patron Services Coordinator (2018-)
Elizabeth Staples Patron Services Representative (2018-)
Alexis Nanibush Patron Services Representative (2020-)
Kaitlynn Tomaselli Patron Services Representative (2019-)
Sivert Das Patron Services Representative (2022-)
Megan Legesse Patron Services Representative (2022-)
Suchaina Mehan Patron Services Representative (2022-)
Rimsha Minocha Patron Services Representative (2022-)
Hannah Wayne-Philips Patron Services Representative (2022-)
Tazeen Ahmed Patron Services Representative (2022-)
Jordyn Hendricks Patron Services Representative (2022-)
Amanda Sampaio Patron Services Representative (2022-)

Former staff

Chanakya Mukherjee Patron Services Representative (2017-2022)
Jessica Bowmer Patron Services Representative (2017-2022)
Joelle Peters Patron Services Representative (2016-2022)
Clayton Batson Patron Services Representative (2020-2022)
Sophie Dow Patron Services Representative (2019-2022)
Isaac Thomas Managing Director (2012-2022)
B.C. Batty Venue Coordinator (2016-2022)
Keith Barker Artistic Director (2017-2022)
Mirae Lee Marketing Coordinator (2017-2020)
Rebecca Cuddy Patron Services Representative (2019-2020)
Bryn Kennedy Patron Services Representative (2018-2019)
Jordan Burns Patron Services Representative (2018-2019)
Smith Purdy Patron Services Representative (2017-2019)
Samantha McCue Patron Services Representative (2017-2019)
Sarah Choi Patron Service Coordinator (2017-2018)
Yolanda Bonnell Administrative Assistant (2015-2017)
Kat Horzempa Marketing (2013-2017)
Kat Horzempa Patron Services Manager (2013-2017)
Ryan Cunningham Artistic Director (2014-2017)
Gloria Mok Patron Services Representative (2015-2016)
Philip Turkiewicz Patron Services Representative (2014-2016)
Rachel Day Patron Services Representative (2014-2016)
June Epstein Venue Coordinator (2015-2016)
Jessica Lea Fleming Weesageechak Festival Producer (2014-2016)
Glen Bradley Administrative Assistant (2014-2015)
Debbie Courchene Venue Technician (2012-2015)
Isaac Thomas General Manager (2012-2014)
Derek Garza Associate Artist ( -2014)
Janet Antone Artistic Producer ( -2014)
Cole Alvis Artistic Associate ( -2014)
Jasmine Wang Box Office (2013-2014)
Jasmine Wang Front of House Assistant Coordinator (2013-2014)
Tara Beagan Artistic Director (2011-2013)

Board of Directors

Jed DeCory President
Georgia Quartaro Vice President
Matthew McPherson Secretary