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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR | Kevin Loring

A member of the Nlaka'pamux Nation from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. Kevin is an award winning Actor, Playwright and Producer. He is a professional Actor of the stage and screen, an award winning documentarian.

 

His first published play, Where the Blood Mixes has been nominated for numerous awards across the country winning Three Jessie Richardson awards for theatre in Vancouver and the 2009 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama. He was a Playwright in Residence at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2010, as well as a company member of the National Arts Centre English Theatre Acting Company. Recently, Kevin played the villainous Edmund in the National Arts Centre's production of King Lear, featuring a cast of aboriginal actors.

 

Kevin is a graduate of Studio 58, Langara College's professional Theatre training program, and is a senior member of Margo Kane's Full Circle: First Nations Performance Ensemble. In 2008 he co-wrote, co-produced and co-hosted the feature length Documentary, Canyon War: the Untold Story, which won top prizes at the Houston International Film and Video Festival and The New York Independent Film and Video Festival. Kevin is the Artistic Director of Savage Society, a non-profit production company mandated to tell aboriginal stories using contemporary mediums. and is based out of Vancouver, BC.

MANAGING PRODUCER | Chelsea McPeake Carlson

Chelsea has worked in arts production and administration for over fifteen years managing and producing theatre and special events. For 11 years (until 2012) she worked in Administration and Production at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, most recently as Associate Producer. In 2010 she produced the five-city national tour of Kevin Loring's Where the Blood Mixes and became General Manager of Savage Society that same year. Chelsea is the recipient of the 2019 John Hobday Award in Arts Management.

ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES

Kevin Loring (N’lakap’mux Nation)

Quelemia Sparrow (Musqueam Nation)

Tai Amy Grauman (Metis, Cree and Haudenosaunee)

Ronnie Dean Harris (Sto:lo Nation)

Chelsea McPeake Carlson

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

​Romona Baxter - Romona is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and currently works within the Nation helping to advance the rights of Nlaka’pamux children to grow up to be happy, healthy, and safe and within the sacred space that they hold -  the centre of our communities and the heart of our Nation’s future. She is honoured to be one of the newest members (aka Auntie) of the Savage Society.

Meredith Elliott - Meredith has worked in arts administration for 25 years, beginning her career at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. Her tenure there encompassed marketing, development, administration and production. After the Playhouse closed, Meredith joined Ruby Slippers Theatre as General Manager from 2012-19. She is currently the Communications & Marketing Manager for the Vancouver International Wine Festival, which has raised $9.5 million for the performing arts in Vancouver. Meredith is on the boards of The Savage Society, the Vancouver Concert Band and the Vancouver Rowing Club, and previously served on the boards of the GVPTA and Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.

Jacyntha England - Jacyntha is an educator and writer who has taught English and Drama in Thailand, Tanzania, Kazakhstan and Singapore. Her first love - and where she started her teaching career in 1995 - will always be the hometown of Savage Society founder Kevin Loring, the village of Lytton in Nlaka'pamux territory. Jacyntha has drawn lifelong inspiration from the stories and strength its land and people hold, and remains committed to serving the community in any way she can.  Jacyntha currently works in Vancouver as a private tutor and consultant and has been a Savage Society Board member since 2016.

Alice Joe - Alice is a Nłeʔkepmx creative services professional specializing in visual communication design. She is passionate about using storytelling and visual design as a means of Indigenous language preservation and revitalization. Alice grew up on the Shulus reserve in the Nicola Valley outside of Merritt, British Columbia. Her education includes a Bachelor of Fine Art from Thompson Rivers University as well as a Diploma in Applied Arts-Graphics from Vancouver Island University. In addition to operating a graphic design consulting business she works at Vancouver Island University where she is a graphic designer and print services coordinator. In the past she has worked as a communications manager for a non-profit arts organization as well as an art director for a publishing company. You can view many of her projects at alicejoe.com.

Gloria Raphael - Gloria is from the Nlaka’pamux Nation, born and raised in Lytton, BC. She retired from the position of District Principal for Aboriginal Education with the Surrey School District. Prior to Surrey, she was a Principal with the Vancouver and Victoria School Districts. As well as school principal, she held positions with the Ministry of Education, Aboriginal Education Branch, and Field Services. Her years of teaching began with the Vernon School District and she spent three years teaching in Perth, Western Australia. She has worked with the McConnell Foundation as a Mental Wellness Coach and a Facilitator with the Lytton First Nation to help build stronger relationships with the local School District and the Ministry of Education and is presently a Board Member with the SOS Children’s Village, BC.

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