red diva projects
MICHELLE ST. JOHN CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Michelle St. John is a two-time Gemini Award winning actor with more than 30 years of experience in film, television, theatre, voice and music. Selected film credits include: CBC’s Where the Spirit Lives, Miramax’s Smoke Signals, CBS’s Northern Exposure and Sherman Alexie’s The Business of Fancydancing and Darlene Naponse’s feature film, Every Emotion Costs. Selected theatre credits include: Darrell Dennis’ Trickster of 3rd Avenue East, Drew Hayden Taylor’s Sucker Falls and Marie Clements plays – Unnatural and Accidental Women, Copper Thunderbird and Tombs of the Vanishing Indian; Yvette Nolan’s Annie Mae’s Movement (international tour) and the role of Cassius in Native Earth’s adaptation of Julius Caesar, Death of a Chief at the National Arts Centre. She and Jennifer Kreisberg, composed a new vocal score for Western Canada Theatre and NAC’s co-production of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. Michelle was a Co-Founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble, a Native women’s theatre company based in Toronto. For ten years, she served as Co-Managing Artistic Director and along with the Gals, co-created, produced and toured the award winning play The Scrubbing Project; The Dora Award nominated The Triple Truth and multi-media musical, The Only Good Indian…. She has also taught theatre workshops, song creation and voice to First Nations communities across Turtle Island. As a vocalist Michelle has recorded dozens of radio and television jingles; theme songs and voice-overs and is currently writing songs for her first solo album. For two years, Michelle served as Producer and Host for Red Tales, a weekly Native literary show on Aboriginal Voices Radio. Michelle is currently President of Dr. E Entertainment, a company dedicated to creating media content featuring Dr. Evan Adams with a focus on Aboriginal health. She is also a producing partner in Frog Girl Films and Co-Artistic Director of Red Diva Projects in partnership with frequent collaborator Marie Clements. Her first feature length documentary, Colonization Road will be released in 2015.