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 favourite 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.
Alyssa 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.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Angus Macfadyen attended the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He easily found work on stage and screen, quickly gaining international acclaim for his tour-de-force performance as ‘Robert The Bruce’ in the Oscar-winning film, Braveheart.
Over the course of his career, Macfadyen has appeared in dozens of feature films and television shows. His incredible range as an actor has led to roles with some of the greatest talents in Hollywood, including starring roles in projects such as Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood opposite Sandra Bullock, Equilibrium with Christian Bale, Julie Taymor’s Titus with Anthony Hopkins and Tim Robbins’ Cradle Will Rock. He performed on stage starring in Medea opposite Annette Bening.
Roles over the years include We Bought A Zoo, written and directed by Academy Award-winner Cameron Crowe,as well as three seasons as a series regular on AMC’s Turn. He had a strong role in Lost City of Z, directed by James Gray, with Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, and Tom Holland for Plan B. He also starred in 2020’s Robert The Bruce, opposite Jared Harris, directed by Richard Gray. He also co-wrote the script and is one of the producers. Macfadyen starred in the Black Rain sequel, directed by WooSuk Yang.
More recently, Macfadyen recurred on the CBS series, Strange Angel, created by Mark Heyman for Scott Free Productions, Outlander, and in Superman & Lois as the iconic character of Superman’s father Jor-El. He just completed an important role in the feature film Horizon for Warner Bros/New Line Films, directed by and starring Kevin Costner.
Macfadyen also had a directorial debut of Curse Of The Macbeths, a modern-day telling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He also wrote the adapted screenplay and stars in the feature as well, which was released in 2022. Macfadyen will next be seen in a starring role in Bones of Crows, directed by Marie Clements, a very important project based on a very powerful historical account.
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).
Indigenous rising star Joshua Odjick is of Algonquin-Anishinabe/Cree heritage and comes from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nations Community. Odjick is the 2022 Canadian Screen Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor in the independent film Wildhood, which premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, among many other festivals. He was also awarded Best Supporting Actor from the Vancouver Film Critics Circle (2022). He appears in a major role in Bones of Crows, which premiered at TIFF 2022. Most recently, Odjick acted alongside Britt Lower in the feature The Incident Report, and he will soon commence filming a lead role in a yet to be announced feature film. Odjick landed his first series regular role in the Canadian television series Unsettled and has since worked on the award-winning feature film Bootlegger and several shows, including Little Bird, Three Pines, Pour Toi Flora, Tom Longboat and most prominently, the international series The Swarm, an ecological thriller from Primetime Emmy Award-winning television producer Frank Doelger (Game of Thrones), which will premiere at Berlinale 2023. Industry professionals have found that Odjick possesses a deep presence that is rare in an actor, going so far as to dub him the "Native Brando." Having grown up on a reserve with relatives who are survivors of residential/day schools, his work has an authenticity that reveals a beautiful juxtaposition of the love, vulnerability, and brokenness of his characters. Odjick approaches everything from a place of Spirit. He holds a powerful connection with his creator, his guardians, and the land with all the beautiful creatures who inhabit it. Odjick is grateful for the opportunity to have a platform to tell the stories, teachings, and traditions of his people.
Born and raised in rural Alberta to Sue and Sven Gustafsson and sibling to Lisa and Mikael. Eric graduated from the University of Alberta Augustana in 2012 studying Outdoor Education, Kinesiology, Studio Art, and Dramatic Arts. He transitioned from theatre to film in 2013 and has since been featured in series such as CBC’s Heartland, Marvel’s Helstrom, and many Hallmark television features.
Kevin Loring is a member of the Nlaka'pamux First Nation, an award-winning playwright, and cultural expert. His first play Where the Blood Mixes, about reconciliation and redemption, premiered at the 2008 Luminato Festival in Toronto and won the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. He co-produced and co-hosted the documentary Canyon War: The Untold Story, and acted in APTN's Health Nutz and CBC's Arctic Air. In 2017, he became the inaugural artistic director for Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
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.
Born and raised in Duncan, British Columbia on Vancouver Island, Jonathan Whitesell is an actor, writer, and digital artist working in Vancouver’s film and television industry. He's previously appeared in shows such as The 100, The X-Files, Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and such films as The Kill Team and Hold The Dark. With a decade of experience honing his craft, he aims to continually grow as a messenger and storyteller, with the goal to create authenticity and conscious awareness for each character that he portrays.
Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For over 45 years she has been active as an actor, performing artist and community cultural worker. Her desire to share artistic performance that has meaning for her people is the catalyst for her extensive work, travels and consultation within Indigenous communities across Canada and abroad. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Indigenous Canadian classic, toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. The Sydney Press (AU) during The Festival of the Dreaming praised it as being ‘in the top echelon of solo performance.’
She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year and numerous programs including Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!, Indian Acts and an Indigenous Ensemble Performing Arts Program in Vancouver.
She has received numerous awards and honors including an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley, the Order of Canada from the Governor-General, an International Citation of Merit from ISPA – International Society for the Performing Arts and most recently, an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from SFU – Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Evan Tlesla II Adams is a Coast Salish physician and actor from Tla’amin Nation near Powell River, BC, Canada.
Evan is a full-scholarship alumnus of St. Michaels University School and of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific of Victoria, BC. He stars in the Emmy-winning TV-movie "Lost in the Barrens" and its nominated sequel "Curse of the Viking Grave". Besides numerous episodics like "The Beachcombers" and "Black Stallion", he also appears in the feature film "Toby McTeague" and the Fox-TV movie "Lakota Moon". On the stage, some of his highlights include the role of Edmund in Women in View’s “Lear”, Creature Nataways in the Arts Club Theatre's production of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, and Jamie in Headlines Theatre's "Mamu."
Evan stars as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in ShadowCatcher Entertainment’s SMOKE SIGNALS, written by Sherman Alexie and directed by Chris Eyre. SMOKE SIGNALS won the coveted Audience Award for best film and the Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998. He also won Best Actor awards from the American Indian Film Festival, and from First Americans in the Arts, and a 1999 Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Debut Performance’. He has been a regular on the CBC TV-series DA VINCI’S CITY HALL and APTN’s RAVEN TALES. He won a 2011 Gemini Award for co-hosting the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards along with Adam Beach. Evan can soon be seen on Marie Clements’s CBC TV Mini-Series BONES OF CROWS & the critically acclaimed FX series RESERVATION DOGS.
Aside from his career in the arts, Evan has completed 3 years of pre-med studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), a Medical Doctorate from the University of Calgary in 2002, and a Family Practice residency (as Chief Resident) in the Aboriginal Family Practice program at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Adams has a Masters of Public Health (2009) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is the past-President and V-P of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. He was the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the province of BC from 2012 to 2014. He spent 3 years (2020-2023) with the First Nations & Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB), Indigenous Services Canada, as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Public Health. He is currently the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority.