The team

Dave Jenniss | Artistic director

Born of a Québécoise mother and a father from the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk
First Nation (Maleseet of Viger), Dave has served as Ondinnok’s artistic director since July 2017. He is also an actor, playwright and screenwriter. His path has been marked by Indigenous cultures since 2004. He has performed in
Hamlet le Malécite, Wigwam, Wulustek and, in 2017, his most recent work, Ktahkomiq.  In 2013, he won the student audience prize for best supporting actor at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier for his performance of Moineau in Zone.

Since 2008, Dave has increasingly distinguished himself as a playwright with his powerful and authentic texts that are rooted in Indigenous themes. Wulustek and Le tambour du temps were written with the aid of individual creation grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. He wrote his first play for children, Mokatek and the missing star, with a research and creation grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. He also wrote Delphine rêve toujours, his first play for a younger audience.

Amélie Girard | Executive director and production manager

Amélie holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s in territorial development. Her thesis examined the self-determination process of the Pekuakamiulnuatsh as it related to the land. Over the past decade she has gained experience in the arts and cultural communities by working with various organizations such as the Comité Art-Culture autochtone de Montréal, Engrenage Noir/Levier, Iciéla, Talents Autochtones Musicaux, Scène Ouverte and, of course, Ondinnok Productions, where she is enthusiastically embarking on her seventh year of collaboration. Her expertise includes production, administration, mediation, event organization and distribution/dissemination. Committed to a decolonization approach, she seeks to create dream/imaginary spaces evoking limitless possibilities as a way of contributing to social change and to the resurgence processes of Indigenous peoples.

Citlali Germé | Director’s assistant and tour coordinator

Citlali was born in Mexico and grew up in France, where she trained as a dancer and dance teacher. After moving to Montréal in 2013, she was introduced to Ondinnok through the production A World that Comes to an End – Lola, in which she performed as a dancer/actor. Since then, Citlali has continued to work with Ondinnok on many different projects, including as assistant director and touring officer. At the same time, Citlali is developing her own projects as a choreographer, performer and dissemination officer.

Anaïs Gachet | Communications coordinator

Holder of a master’s degree in communication, Anaïs worked with several international companies in France and Québec before venturing onto Montréal’s artistic and cultural scene in 2015. Co-founder of the urban dance company, Forward Movements, she went on to become its general coordinator and communications officer. She joined Ondinnok in 2017, the year she commenced a certificate program in literary creation at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Mélodie Martin Couture | Coordonnatrice générale

Initiée très jeune à la danse et au théâtre, Mélodie gravite maintenant dans le monde du cirque depuis plus d’une décennie. Trapéziste, hula hoopeuse, échassière et acrobate à ses heures, elle a cofondé en 2012 la coopérative de cirque « Cirquantique » pour laquelle elle campe aussi le poste de directrice générale. Passionnée de culture et d’art, surtout dans sa ville natale Montréal, elle étudie à HEC en gestion des organismes culturelles. C’est avec plaisir qu’elle se joint à la belle équipe d’Ondinnok en tant que coordonnatrice générale où elle souhaite pouvoir apporter son soutien et ses connaissances.

2018-2019 Artistic collaborators

Leticia Vera 

Leticia is a mexica choreographer and performer. She specializes in dramaturgy of the body and movement, choreographic creation, and contemporary performance. She holds a diploma of performer in Contemporary Dance from the Escuela Nacional de Danza INBA (national institute of fine arts). She’s been living in Montreal since 2006 where she works as an independent artist, performer, and choreographer. As an active collaborator in the artistic initiatives of the Ondinnok theatre company since 2010, she has developed an original and authentic language.

Carlos Rivera

Carlos Rivera is an actor, dancer, choreographer, teacher and a director, originally from Mexico City. He is Mixteco and Nahua Indigenous descent. Graduated from Mexico’s City School of Dance and later attended the Center for Choreographic Research at the Mexican Fine Arts Institute. He had toured to Sudamerica and Mexico with his dance project Yumare Arte Escenico before moving to Canada. He has worked and collaborated for 16 years as Associate Artist for Red Sky Performance. Carlos was involved several times on The Banff Centre for the Arts Indigenous Dance Program, where he worked as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. His dance work “I’m Not The Indian You Have in Mind” was presented as part of the NextSteps Dance series and performed and the Harbourfront Centre Theatre in Toronto. He graduated from the Indigenous Residency Program at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he has refined his artistic practice as an actor and director.

Board members

Suzy Basile comes from the Atikamekw community of Wemotaci, Quebec, Canada. She has a Bachelor degree and a Masters degree in Anthropology. She is professor with the School of Indigenous Studies the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), at the Val-d’Or campus. She is member of the steering committee of DIALOG (Aboriginal Peoples Research and Knowledge Network) and member of UQAT’s Research Ethics Board (CER) at UQAT as an Indigenous Representative. In 2016, she defended a thesis in the Environmental sciences Ph.D. program at UQAT, about the role and the place of Atikamekw women in land and natural resource governance.

“I want to continue my participation in the board of directors of Ondinnok to help disseminate Indigenous theatre and our founding stories through performance. Indigenous artists deserve all the support they can get.”

Catherine Boivin is a young Atikamekw multidisciplinary artist whose artistic creations draw on video, photography, sculpture and performance art. Winner of the Kiuna Institution’s Manitou-Kiuna prize in  2018, she is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal. A passionate jogger, marathon runner and Pow Wow dancer, Catherine is very involved in her community.

“I’m happy to join the team. I’m especially motivated to promote Ondinnok in Indigenous communities, especially to youth. I know the company through its healing theatre project in Manawan. The topics addressed there are still relevant. Their new creations also address Indigenous issues and provide young artists with opportunities and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Maxime Lemoyne is a lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais where, since 2015, he has practised in different fields including Indigenous and business law. Passionate about culture and societies’ complex relationships with identity issues and traditions, he is very happy to have joined the board of directors of Ondinnok Productions, where he hopes to put his legal experience at the service of creation.

Also board members : our founders Yves Sioui Durand and Catherine Joncas as well as our artistic director Dave Jenniss.