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.

Nathalie Delorme | Executive Director

Nathalie studied literature, trained in musical theatre, and holds a master’s degree in arts management. She lived in the UK for 13 years, where she founded a multidisciplinary festival showcasing Quebec culture in London. She also administered a large array of projects for the Royal Academy of Dance. Throughout her career, she has also touched on HR training and development, as well as performing arts creation and programming. Upon her return to Quebec in 2018, she worked as Communications and Community Engagement Officer at the National Circus Arts Alliance. Her intuition led her to Ondinnok and she is keen to put her skills to work for the company.

Mélodie Martin Couture | Administrative Director

Introduced at a very young age to dance and theatre, Mélodie has now been working in the circus scene for more than a decade. Trapeze artist, hula hooper, stilt walker and acrobat in her spare time, she co-founded the circus cooperative Cirquantique in 2012, for which she is also the General Manager. Passionate about culture and art, especially from her hometown of Montreal, she is studying at HEC in Management of Cultural Organizations. It is with great pleasure that she joins Ondinnok’s fine team as Executive Coordinator, where she hopes to bring her support and expertise.

Carole Bérubé-Therrien | Project Manager

Carole was born in Côte-Nord, to an Innu mother from Matimekush and a Quebecois father. She is a graduate of the Visual Arts program at the Cégep de Sept-Îles, as well as in Management and Recreation Intervention at the Cégep de Saint-Laurent. It is thanks to her passion for arts and cultural activities that Carole has been involved in various cultural projects within the Indigenous community of Montreal since 2017. Belonging, identity, and the promotion of languages and cultures are the major elements of her involvement within Indigenous organizations. Since 2019, Carole has been working as a crafts and jewelry artist for her own company, Matueshtin (an Innu-aimun word meaning “the rustle of leaves and branches”).

Cécile Diaz | Communications Manager

Cécile is originally from Southern France, near Montpellier. After getting her Master in International Marketing – Communications – Culture, she went to Vancouver BC to become fluent in English. At 30, she drove across Canada by herself while being hosted by locals all the way; a new passion for traveling and meeting with local people was born. Then, she decided to go explore the world, which she did for almost three years through the USA, South America and Australia. She landed in Montreal in 2019 where she is been working on a project to help women travel safe. Cécile is a big fan of photography, vanlife and adventures, she always seeks for new challenges. She joined Ondinnok as the Communications Manager where she hopes to emphasize the values of the company and bring a positive touch.

2020-2021 Artistic collaborators

Sonia Robertson | Mentore de Kijâtai dans le cadre de son stage en communication

(FRENCH ONLY) Ilnu de Mashteuiatsh où elle vit actuellement, Sonia Robertson est Bachelière en art interdisciplinaire de l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi depuis 1996. Elle a participé à de nombreux événements artistiques au Canada, en France, en Haïti, au Mexique et au Japon. Elle a développé une approche in situ et de plus en plus participative. L’art est pour elle un grand moyen d’expression et de guérison. Elle vient de compléter une maîtrise en art-thérapie à l’UQAT au cours de laquelle elle a créé une approche liée à l’imaginaire des peuples chasseurs-cueilleurs.

Impliquée dans sa communauté, elle a travaillé à mettre en valeur l’art comme moyen de prise en charge et d’expression pour les gens de sa communauté. Elle a cofondé divers organismes et événements dont la Fondation Diane Robertson devenue Kamishkak’Arts qui soutient les artistes à tout niveau et utilise l’art comme levier social à travers divers projets, les ateliers d’artistes TouT-TouT de Chicoutimi en 1995, Kanatukulieutsh uapikun en 2001 qui travaille à la sauvegarde et à la promotion des savoirs des Pekuakamiulnuatsh sur les plantes et le Festival de contes et légendes Atalukan en 2011.

Comme commissaire, elle travaille surtout à des projets participatifs et à long terme situés à la frontière entre l’art et l’art-thérapie, afin de créer des liens entre les Nations. Entre autres, elle fut chargée de projet au Musée Amérindien pour l’exposition permanente participative, L’esprit du Pekuakamiulnu et pour le projet Aki Odehi en Abitibi. Les deux projets furent primés par la Société des Musées Québécois. Elle fut l’instigatrice et porte-parole du mouvement Idle no more au Lac St-Jean.

Louis-Karl Picard Sioui

Louis-Karl hails from Wendake. Historian, anthropologist, writer, performer, poet, and visual arts curator, he rejects categorizations and defines himself above all as a creator. He has been working for more than ten years in the broadcasting of Indigenous arts and culture.

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective

The Aboriginal Curatorial Collective / Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) is an Indigenous arts organization that advocates, activates, and engages on behalf of Canadian and international Indigenous curators, critics, artists and representatives of arts and cultural organizations. The ACC-CCA develops and programs curatorial projects, researches Indigenous practices and educates through critical discourses on Aboriginal arts and culture.

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 was a lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais from 2015 to 2020 where he has practised in different fields including Indigenous and business law. He’s now working at Hydro-Québec. 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.