Professional Development Workshop

Storyweaving with Muriel Miguel: June 16-18

Muriel Miguel, founder and director of Spiderwoman Theatre (New York, NY) and grandmother of Indigenous theatre, will facilitate a three-day workshop on Storyweaving. Storyweaving is a process that Spiderwoman Theatre uses to create their work, layering and weaving stories, images, sound, movement, dance and music; creating a three-dimensional tapestry embodied in space. Their approach to creating a performance rises out of an Indigenous aesthetic, a deeply cultural place where the elements of cultural life are always an integral part of the whole.

This workshop will expand one’s writing, performing and storytelling skills. You will learn exercises on building ensemble, breaking down barriers through Laban technique, expressing words and phrases in different ways and personal and traditional storytelling. Incorporating the exercises that have been learned in the workshop, the participants will collectively build a performance of the stories which they will then present.

Storyweaving is open to everyone and accessible to all levels of artistry: beginner, intermediate and advanced. All participants must be 18yrs+. No previous acting experience required.

Registration Deadline: May 20, 2016
Workshop Dates: June 16-18, 2016 from 10AM-5PM
Location: Whitehorse, YT
Cost: $150 CAD (Covers cost of materials needed, and lunch on both days)


Please download and complete the registration form below and return with payment to Hazel Venzon, Industry Producer, at [email protected].

Download the registration form: MNTF16 Professional Development Workshop Registration

Muriel Miguel

Muriel Miguel(Kuna/Rappahannock) is a founder and Artistic Director of Spiderwoman Theater, the longest running Native American women’s theater company in North America. Muriel studied modern dance with Alwin Nickolai, Erick Hawkins and Jean Erdman. She was an original member of Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theater where she performed in the groundbreaking works: Terminal, The Serpent, Mere Ubu and Viet Rock.

She choreographed Throw Away Kids and She Knew She Was She at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She directed More than Feathers and Beads with Murielle Borst; The Scrubbing Project with Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble in Toronto and Evening in Paris with Raven Spirit Dance Company in Vancouver. As an actor, she was the Mary Deity in the off-Broadway hit, Taylor Mac’s Lily’s Revenge. She created the role of Philomena Moosetail in The Rez Sisters, Aunt Shadie in The Unnatural and Accidental Women by Marie Clements and Spirit Woman in BONES: An Aboriginal Dance Opera. She has created one woman shows Hot’ N’ Soft I and II, Trail of the Otter and most recently Red Mother.

Muriel was an Assistant Professor of Drama at Bard College. She teaches and directs a yearly production at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT) and is also Program Director for CIT’s three week summer intensive. She is a pioneer in the development of an Indigenous performance methodology and is active in the training of Indigenous actors and dancers in this culturally based method. She was a Program Director for the Aboriginal Dance Program at The Banff Centre and an instructor there for seven years. Muriel has lectured with Muriel Miguel: A Retrospective and facilitated Storyweaving Workshops in conservatories and universities in the US, Canada and Europe.

Muriel has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Miami University in Oxford, OH and is a member of the National Theater Conference. She was awarded a Rauschenberg Residency in 2015. She has been profiled in the book American Women Stage Directors of the 20th Century. With Spiderwoman Theater, she has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus for Art and the Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre. Muriel sits on the American Indian Community House’s Board of Directors.

Plays Published: TRAIL OF THE OTTER in Staging Coyote’s Dream: An Anthology of First Nations Drama in English Vol. II & HOT ‘N’ SOFT in Two- Spirit Acts: Queer Indigenous Performances. Her latest project is Material Witness, which explores personal and family stories of violence and the healing journeys of Indigenous women across Turtle Island.