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Marie Clements is an award-winning Métis performer, playwright and director whose work has been presented on stages across Canada, the United States and Europe. She is the founder of urban ink productions, a Vancouver-based First Nations production company that creates, develops and produces Aboriginal and multi-cultural works of theatre, dance, music, film and video.
Clements was invited to the prestigious Festival de Theatre des Ameriques in 2001 for Urban Tattoo and in 2002 for Burning Vision. In 2002, she worked in the writing department of the television series Da Vinci’s Inquest. A fellowship award from the BC Film Commission enabled her to develop the film adaptation of her stage play, The Unnatural and Accidental Women. She is also a regular contributor on CBC Radio. Clements writes, or, perhaps more accurately, composes, with an urbane, incisive and sophisticated intellect; her refined artistry is deeply rooted in the particulars of her place, time and history. The world premiere of Copper Thunderbird is the first time Canada’s National Arts Centre has produced the work of a First Nations playwright on its main stage.
Awards and Recognition
Canada-Japan Literary Award (2004) Burning Vision
Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, Finalist (2003) Burning Vision
Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play, Nominee (2002) Burning Vision
Elinore & Lou Siminovitch Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre, Nominee (2002)
Jessie Richardson Awards, P.T.C. Award for Outstanding Original Play in Development (1998) The Unnatural and Accidental Women
Sundance Screenwriting Competition, Finalist (1998) Now Look What You Made Me Do
Praxis Screenwriting Competition, Short-listed (1997) Now Look What You Made Me Do
Jessie Richardson Awards, Sydney Risk Award for Original Script by an Emerging Playwright (1993) Age of Iron.
BOOK AWARDSUnnatural and Accidental Women, The
Winner of the 1998 Jessie Richardson Award for The P.T.C. Award – Outstanding Original Play in Development
BOOK AWARDSCopper Thunderbird
Finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award
BOOK AWARDSBurning Vision
Winner of the 2004 Canada Japan Literary Award English-Language
Finalist for the 2003 Governor General’s Literary Award
Finalist for the 2002 Jessie Richardson Award for Outstanding Original Play or Musical: Small Theatre (Rumble Productions)”
QUOTES OF NOTETombs of the Vanishing Indian
“ Tombs of the Vanishing Indian is often deeply touching, a piece of theatrical anthropology about the determined survival of a people, not its demise.”
QUOTES OF NOTEEdward Curtis Project, The
“The Curtis Project, our choice for Gold at the Cultural Olympiad…I was moved!”
—The Globe & Mail
“Ambitious and wildly creative.”
—Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight
“Powerfully Challenging…the design is superb”
—Martin Millerchip, Curtain Call
"Witnessing has its costs, its collateral damage. Artists run the risk of vicarious traumatization, but being forced to look is a far different act than forcing a look."
QUOTES OF NOTECopper Thunderbird
“Marie Clements … is building a powerful reputation for her innovative approaches to … theatre on aboriginal themes.”
— Vancouver Sun
“Clements’ wondrous stage directions call for painterly interplay between human beings and the natural world and aboriginal cosmology.”
— Halifax Chronicle
QUOTES OF NOTEUnnatural and Accidental Women, The
"One of the most affecting plays I have ever read … This gut-wrenching exploration of the racism and sexism inherent in the Canadian justice system is especially stirring in the wake of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine. Clements is a brilliant storyteller and brings light and even playful moments to this stunning work."
“Marie Clements … has managed to turn a true story of murder and tragedy from what is gruesome and despicable at best into a beautifully presented and acted play … ”
“Poetry, multi-media, inventive staging, and arresting choral works honour the women’s lives and seek empowering narratives beyond the victimizing tropes of the media.”
“It’s an ambitious production, with over a dozen speaking parts, incorporating poetry, dance, native song and multi-media projection … An impressive, powerful work.”
QUOTES OF NOTEBurning Vision
“Clements covers a lot of ground, but she knows her territory and travels it deftly… Clements dips her pen in numerous cross-cultural references, from cherry trees to caribou to Hank Williams, and writes with a magical irreverence that highlights this tragic saga. Her rich poetic style evokes parallels between Japanese and native myths – not unlike Yeats’ Noh Plays where Celtic and Japanese myths meld – finding connection through ancient truths and the power of the soil, except in this case the soil is literally explosive.” – Quill & Quire
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF); and the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia Arts Council for our publishing activities.