Secwépemc actress and director, Grace Dove rose to international relevance with Iñárritu’s The Revenant, and has since played leads on features, How It Ends and Monkey Beach, an adaptation of Eden Robinson’s novel of the same name. Her directorial debut, Kiri and The Girl, premiered at VIFF and SDIFF. She recently wrapped the leading role on Marie Clements’ Bones of Crows mini-series airing on CBC. Watch Dove this fall starring opposite Hilary Swank on the upcoming ABC network series Alaska Daily by director/writer Tom McCarthy.
Phillip Forest Lewitski is an actor to watch, best known for his leading role in the Hulu original series UtopiaFalls. Currently, he stars as the lead role of ‘Link’ in the independent film Wildhood (2021), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Filmed in both English and Mi'kmaw, the story follows ‘Link’ and his half-brother after they flee their abusive father and embark on a journey to find his Mi'kmaw mother after he finds out she is still alive. On the journey, ‘Link’ finds community, identity, and love in the land where he belongs. For his work in Wildhood, Phillip has received the TIFF Rising Stars award, as well as Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Next up for Phillip is the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks executive produced Apple TV+ series Masters of the Air, with Austin Butler. Based on a true story, he portrays Lt. Francis Harper. Five miles above the earth and deep behind enemy lines, eleven men inside a bomber known as the "Flying Fortress'' fight for their lives against swarms of enemy German fighters. As American bombers are picked off one by one, their mission becomes very clear: survive. Other small screen work on his resume includes the cult favorite series CW’s Supernatural and in the series finale of History Channel’s Vikings, as We'jitu.
Phillip has been a performer since an early age, having grown up in a musical household with seven siblings. He was homeschooled, which allowed Phillip to focus heavily on theatre and drama studies as extracurricular activities. He was able to develop his acting chops early on in life, giving him the foothold to pursue a professional career in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He won the provincial Drama Award at St. Helena Theatre and was enrolled in the Bishop Carroll Performing and Visual Arts Program. He has also studied at The Lee Strasberg Institute.
Born in Canada, Phillip comes from a French, Ukrainian, and Mohawk ancestry. His heritage is a strong part of his identity and he strives to learn and explore his cultural roots. He grew up playing the piano, violin, and drums, with drumming being a way to connect with his Mohawk culture. Phillip lives vulnerably with an open heart, embracing all of life's trials and tribulations which he believes makes him a better actor. He spends his free time immersed in art, drawing with charcoal, and travelling. He is a huge advocate for mental health and volunteers his time working with youth struggling from abusive homes, domestic violence, and drugs. At the age of 19, he published a book titled "Inside My Head,” which he spent his teen years writing and documenting his experiences growing up with hope to impact other teens struggling with life's ups and downs.
Phillip is represented by Carrie Wheeler Entertainment and A3 Artists Agency.
With his impressive track record, Rémy Girard has a rich and abundant career. On stage, he delivered remarkable interpretations of many great characters. He was seen in Coriolan, La leçon and Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon dieu? among others. On TV, he was part of the cast of Portrait-robot, Les Mutants, L’échappée, Barkskins, 30 vies, Ti Mé Show, D., La petite vie and Scoop and so many more TV series. He also played the inimitable Papa Bougon in the cult series Les Bougon, c'est aussi ça la vie, and on the big screen in Votez Bougon, as well as Stan, the coach and spiritual father in Les Boys I, II, III and IV. In addition, Rémy Girard proves that he also masters comedy in English, in the Canadian series InSecurity I and II broadcast on the CBC. In 2023, we will see him in Bones of Crows, on CBC and Radio-Canada.
On the silver screen, in addition to Incendie (D. Villeneuve), Cabotins (A. Desrochers), De père en flic (É. Gaudreault), Les sept jours du Talion (Podz), Le grand départ (C. Meunier), Le piège américain (C. Binamé), Bluff (Marc-André Lavoie and Simon-Olivier Fecteau), Maurice Richard (C. Binamé), Les invasions barbares (D. Arcand) and Un homme et son péché (C. Binamé), he played in the movies Les Boys I, II, III, IV (L. Saia), La Florida (G. Mihalka), Dans le ventre du dragon (Y. Simoneau), Le déclin de l'empire américain and La chute de l’empire américain (D. Arcand), Il pleuvait des oiseaux (Louise Archambault), Tu te souviendras de moi (Éric Tessier) and Vinland (Benoit Pilon).
Award-winning Canadian actress Karine Vanasse is internationally recognized for her dazzling performances in both English and French.
Most recently, Karine starred as Detective Lise Delorme in the critically acclaimed CTV series Cardinal for which she was honoured with 2019 and 2020 Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress. Other notable television credits include the ABC series Revenge, Pan Am and the Quebecois series Blue Moon, for which she was nominated for two prix Gemeaux awards (2017 & 2018) as well as two prix Artis (2017 & 2019). She will star in CBC’s upcoming English language adaptation of the hit Quebecois series Plan B with Patrick J. Adams, and Avant le crash for Radio-Canada.
Over the course of her career Vanasse has appeared in over twenty feature films, and is widely known for her role as Valerie in Denis Villeneuve’s, Polytechnique. She was the driving force behind the film and also served as producer. The film premiered at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and went on to win nine Genie Awards including Best Picture, and to Vanasse for Best Female Performance. Her breakthrough performance in Lea Pool’s Emporte-Moi earned her a Chlotrudis Award, the Gala des Jutra Award, the Festival du film Francophone de Namur Award and the Filmcan Festival Award for Best Actress in 2000.
Alice is playing the iconic role of ‘Tiger Lily’ in the upcoming Disney Studio reboot of Peter Pan, directed by David Lowery; Jude Law and Yara Shaihidi are also starring in the film. Alyssa is also a young filmmaker, she recently wrote and directed her short film Napes Kasekipatwat/ The Boy and the Braid, a film that earned her the first-ever Telus Indigenous Storyteller Edition Grants. Earlier this year Alyssa played a lead role in Andrew Genaille’s independent feature film, Rehab, and in 2021 she played a supporting role in the highly anticipated BONES OF CROWS mini-series directed by Marie Clements (CBC). Alyssa belongs to the Cree First Nations and is from Spruce Grove, Alberta.
Michelle Thrush has worked professionally in film, television and theatre for more than 35 years, with over fifty professional credits in the entertainment industry. Ms. Thrush is best known for her leading role as Gail Stoney in Blackstone, for which she won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Other credits include her regular role in Sky Atlantic’s drama Tin Star, opposite Tim Roth. She also starred in the popular APTN/Showcase series Moccasin Flats and starred as Kate in the comedy hit Mixed Blessings. Michelle was also Sylvie Lebret in the hit CBC series North of 60 and was recurring on CBC’s Arctic Air. Feature film credits include AKA: Jimmy P, opposite Benicio Del Toro, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Other feature films include the award winning Unnatural and Accidental, Pathfinder, Don't Call Me Tonto, Bury Me at Wounded Knee and Dreamkeeper. One of Ms. Thrush`s most memorable experiences were working opposite Johnny Depp and Gary Farmer in the feature film Deadman directed by Jim Jarmusch. Michelle can soon be seen in 20 th Century Studios’ latest Predator film Prey.
Ms. Thrush continues to write, direct, and produce theatre, and has played many leading roles across Canada. She is a founding member, actor and director of Making Treaty 7. She tours extensively through North America with her one-woman show Inner Elder, which has been touring in Canada to sold out audiences and will be a part of the Indigenous Season at The National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2020. Ms Thrush was awarded the August Schellenburg Award of Excellence in November 2019 at the Imaginative Film Festival for her body of work and involvement in mentorship and community work. She was also presented the Betty Mitchell Award for Inner Elder in 2018 for Outstanding Actress and was nominated in two other categories including Best Overall Production.
In 2018 Ms. Thrush also directed Honour Beat at a Theatre Calgary. Her work with youth and children is her greatest passion with characters such as "Majica”, the Aboriginal Healing Clown and "Kookum Martha”, a sprite old Indian Elder. Michelle explains laughter is a natural part of her culture. The mother of two wonderful daughters, Michelle and her family are currently residing in Calgary, Alberta.
Gail Maurice is a fluent Cree/Michif speaking actor and an award-winning independent filmmaker and Arts Laureate. She is a 2 time Canadian Screen Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress in a television series for Trickster and a feature film for Night Raiders. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a feature film by the American Indian Film Institute for her work in The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw. She translated English to Cree, in Night Raiders. She won Best Screenplay for Quebexit at the Whistler film festival in which she was also a supporting actress and translator. She was recurring in Barkskins a BBC/National Geographic production, was Rita Colchak in Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone, Dorothy Pine in the hit CTV series Cardinal, Sarah in the award-winning detective web series Cold, Inez in Falls Around Her, Annabelle Bearclaw in The Incredible 25th Year of Mitzi Bearclaw and Coyote in The Inconvenient Indian. She just finished her feature film directorial debut Rosie, which she also wrote & produced.
Carla-Rae, is an American, SAG, AFTRA and AEA, actress. Born in upstate New York Carla-Rae is of Seneca/Mohawk (Iroquois) French Canadian descent. She has had the privilege of working with renowned actors and directors to the likes of Wes Studi, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lasse Halstrom, and Chris Eyre. She recently co-starred with Michael Greyeyes and Ed Helms in the Peacock Original series Rutherford Falls.
On stage she is part of the Native Voices at the Autry Ensemble. Carla-Rae has been part of many Native Voices play readings and world premiere plays such as Majel, in Diane Glancy’s The Birdhouse. She was cast in Yale Repertory Theater production of Mary Kathryn Nagle’s play Manahatta where she received many positive reviews, for her roles as Bobbie/Mother, including Broadway World. Carla-Rae was called upon to audition for the role of Older Aline in the series/movie Bones of Crows by Marie Clements in November of 2021. Having worked with Marie on a staged reading of her play Tombs of the Vanishing Indian at Native Voices Carla-Rae was thrilled to be asked to step into the role.
She is scripted for a new role in a film The Brand Inspector to be shot this fall in New Mexico. Carla-Rae is represented by Lynette O’Connor of The O’Agency, Albuquerque, NM.
Upcoming, Cara can be seen starring in The Expanse video game based on her character, Camina Drummer, from the Amazon Original television show. She will also be featured in the star-studded Apple TV series Extrapolations.
Most recently, Cara starred alongside Harrison Ford and Omar Sy as Françoise in the film adaptation of The Call of the Wild (20th Century Studios). She played starring roles in the romantic comedy Red Rover and the family drama Trouble in the Garden, both of which premiered at the Whistler International Film Festival 2018, where she was named a "Star to Watch”. Cara’s first role in a feature film was the leading role in the critically-acclaimed Empire of Dirt, which premiered at TIFF and earned her a nomination for the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
On television, Cara plays Drummer in The Expanse (Amazon Original) and prior to that, starred as the series lead in Strange Empire (CBC).
Summer Testawich is a young Canadian actress of Cree and Latin American heritage, raised on the traditional Syilx Territory. She made her acting debut in a Supporting role as young Aline in the Feature Film Bones of Crows (CBC), and followed that up with a small acting role on Avatar: The Last Airbender (Netflix).
When not acting, Summer has a passion for horseback riding, aerial hoop and softball. She also plays the piano, drums and is exploring the electric guitar. Summer loves spending time with her friends and family geocaching or exploring her Community.
Glen is an Award-Winning Actor, with an extensive background in Theatre, Television & Film. Most recently, he guest starred as Chief Bird in season 6 of the hit TV series Outlander, as well as the feature film, 8:37 Rebirth, which garnered him a couple of Best Actor awards. He also recently starred opposite Bella Thorne in the indie feature Girl. He can be also seen as War Dog in the Hollywood Blockbuster, Cold Pursuit, starring Liam Neeson.
Some other films include: The LGBT Action-Thriller, North Mountain, which garnered him the Best Actor at the 2015 RNCI Awards. He also starred in the award- winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, which earned him a Best Actor win at the 2014 AIMPA’s and a Best Actor Nomination at the 2014 and 2020 RNFCI Festival. Glen was also honoured with the prestigious David Renton Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor at the AIFF and the Best Actor at the Dreamspeakers Film Festival for his role as Avery Paul in the award-winning feature film Charlie Zone. Other films include, Through Black Spruce, Older Than America, Elijah, One Dead Indian, The Reawakening, and Yellowknife.
In television, he is best known as Det. Jerry Commanda in the hit CTV series Cardinal and rancher, John Eagle in Cashing In. He can be seen in the TV shows, FBI Most Wanted, Tribal, Mohawk Girls, The Strain, Blackstone, Murdoch Mysteries, DaVinci’s City Hall, DaVinci’s Inquest, The 4400, just to name a few.
In addition to Film and Television, Glen also has an extensive background in Theatre and is known for his rich voice, providing voice overs and narration in many TV Shows, Documentaries and Animation.
Tanaya Beatty is an Indigenous actor from the small town of Midway, British Columbia. At five years old, she had one line in a local theatre production and from that experience she knew what her calling would be.
Tanaya can soon be seen in the David Cronenberg feature Crimes of the Future opposite Viggo Morgenstern and Kristen Stewart. Immediately prior, she shot two independent features: Murder at Emigrant Gulch, opposite Gabriel Byrne, Thomas Jane, and Nat Wolff, as well as the feature God's Country, alongside Thandie Newton. Tanaya also stars in the feature film Through Black Spruce, playing the lead role of "Annie”, a self-reliant small-town girl in search of her missing sister. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. It was directed by Don McKellar and based on the Giller Prize winning novel of the same name.
Other feature credits include roles in Scott Cooper’s film Hostiles opposite Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike which premiered at both Telluride and TIFF. She also starred in Francois Girard's arthouse film Hochelaga: Land of Souls, which premiered at TIFF in 2017.
On the TV side, Tanaya can currently be seen in Paramount Network's hit series, Yellowstone, created by Taylor Sheridan. She was a series regular on NBC'S Night Shift where she played the feisty emergency room doctor, "Shannon Rivera”. Tanaya was also cast as the lead female role of ‘Sacagawea’ in HBOs Lewis and Clark miniseries opposite Casey Affleck.