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Christine Sokaymoh Frederick – Artistic Director/Producer/Co-Founder In addition, the new Executive Director of the Annual Dreamspeakers Film Festival since February 2016. She is an urban Aboriginal Cree-Métis and has thirty-five years of performance experience, as a dancer, musician, media artist, writer, producer, and actor. She currently sits on the board of directors for the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra/Winspear Centre and the Edmonton Indigenous Public Art Park steering committee. She is the recipient of the 2007 Esquao Award in Arts, and the 2016 Mayor's award for Excellence in Artistic Leadership. Former board member and chair of Edmonton Arts Council. Newly appointed Vice Chair of Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Ryan Cunningham – Co-Founder Artistic Director - Native Earth Performing Arts Ryan is a non-status Plains Cree with Scottish, Welsh and Danish ancestry from Edmonton, Alberta. He co-founded Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts which he served as Artistic Director for five years. Ryan is former co-curator of The RUBABOO Arts Festival produced by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts. As a board member of Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance and the CanDance Network, Ryan has established an Indigenous Touring Network across Canada and is working to establish an International Indigenous Touring Network with partners in the South Pacific, UK and the South and Central Americas. Barry Bilinsky – Festival Assistant Producer/Technical Director Barry Bilinsky is an Alberta-based theatre artist of Metis/Cree descent originally from Edmonton Alberta in Treaty 6 territory. His work spans several disciplines, as a theatre director, writer, and clown-based performer, as well as along the spectrum of community driven projects to professional theatre. Barry is the Artistic Director of Fool Spectrum Theatre - a clown-based theatre company in Alberta, as well as an artistic associate with Iiniistsi Treaty Arts Society, Alberta Aboriginal Arts, and the Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. A graduate of the University of Alberta's Bachelor of Arts program, Barry focuses on creating work with diverse communities through various art disciplines.
Doreen L. Cardinal – Executive Assistant/Artist Liaison Executive Assistant for AAPA and the Annual Dreamspeakers Film Festival. Doreen has worked in the administrative and media communications field for over 30 years. Her passion is community. Bringing events together for all to experience every form of Aboriginal art presentation. She holds a diploma in Aboriginal Child and Family Services as well as Graphic Design from Pixel Blue College. As past Youth Day Coordinator for Dreamspeakers she plans on continuing to work with Aboriginal youth and bringing back this component to the festival. A recipient of the 2007 Esquao Award in Community, Doreen loves the work she does in bringing community together.
Jessica Daniels – Festival Coordinator/Volunteer/Box Office Jessica is Cree Métis from Edmonton, Alberta. She studied political science and philosophy at the University of Alberta in the Bachelor of Arts Program as well as a Business Administration at NAIT. Most recently, she was the Executive Director with the Alberta Community Council on HIV, a provincial HIV umbrella organization. She currently manages the work of the Aboriginal Women’s Justice Foundation as President. She is actively working on research related to the arts and their role in reclaiming and sustaining sexual health for Indigenous communities.
Dawn Saunders Dahl – Visual Arts Curator Dawn received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree majoring in painting and in ceramics. After graduation, she volunteered as a Gallery Coordinator at Untitled Art Society (until 2006) and curated group exhibitions for The Works Art & Design Festival in Edmonton. She has curated, organized and participated in numerous exhibitions since 1995 and served as the Director of Programs and Marketing at The Works Art & Design Festival in Edmonton, Alberta from 2007 to July of 2012. Dawn is currently the Arts and Events Coordinator for the Town of Canmore, Alberta. Shivani Saini – Publicity by Atelier Culturati Atelier Culturati was established by Shivani Saini, an accomplished producer and consultant with over 20 years of experience in the art of planning and creative implementation. A graduate of Canada’s prestigious Ryerson University, her expertise has been harnessed by the worlds of television, digital media, the visual and performing arts. Her project répertoire is multidisciplinary and includes award-winning dramatic television, groundbreaking theatre, international visual arts affairs and festivals that cultivate new works.
Cody Anderson – Graphic Designer Cody Anderson is a Cree/Metis Graphic Designer from the Gift Lake Metis Settlement. A recent graduate from Pixel Blue College, Cody has put his design abilities to use working on projects with the Dreamspeakers/AAPA team. He has designed ads, program booklets, and this very website.
Jonathan Collins – Graphic Designer Jonathan Collins is a Metis Graphic Designer & Photographer. He graduated from Pixel Blue College and currently works at the Pride Centre of Edmonton. He grew up in foster care and then lived on his own since the age of thirteen, and remains independent. He's worked hard to accomplish his dreams. He helped create logos for Warrior & Warriorettes apparel, an Audio company. He recently created the posters for the 2016 Dreamspeakers Film Festival and our 2017 Rubaboo Festival.
Nigel Henri Robinson – Videographer Nigel is from Cold Lake First Nations and he studied at Humber College in the Comedy: Writing and Performance program. Exploring Indigenous culture through comedy is one of Nigels main interests. The study of improvisational comedy has been very important to his work and is highly influential in his practice today. Nowadays Nigel travels the land and internet putting the rez in resilience wherever he goes. His work can be found on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, and Snapchat @nigelhenrirobin