Drew Hayden Taylor
Infinithéâtre's 1st Annual Artist-in-Residence
An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, Drew Hayden Taylor has worn many hats in his literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to being Artistic Director of Canada's premiere Native theatre company, Native Earth Performing Arts. He has been an award-winning playwright, a journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story writer, novelist, television scriptwriter, and has worked on numerous documentaries exploring the Native experience. He wrote and directed Redskins, Tricksters and Puppy Stew, a documentary on Native humour for the NFB, and for CBC co-created Searching for Winnitou, an exploration of Germany’s fascination with North American Indigenous culture. Two years later, he followed it up with the documentary Cottagers and Indians, about Indigenous/non-Indigenous conflicts over land and water issues.
Drew has proudly been a part of what he refers to as the contemporary Native Literary Renascence. An author of more than 20 plays, his popular plays such as Toronto at Dreamer's Rock, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth, The Berlin Blues, and Cottagers and Indians have left their mark on the Canadian theatre scene.