Staging Equality: “Kamloopa”

Staging Equality is a collaborative and creative research project that explores ways in which theatre engages with issues of race, diversity, and inclusion.


Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story

by Kim Senklip Harvey

November 20 at 7pm

Chief Dan George Theatre

The Governor General award-winning play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story explores the fearless love and passion of two Indigenous women reconnecting with their homelands, ancestors, and stories.

Created by Kim Senklip Harvey (Syilx, Tsilhqot’in) with the Fire Company (Cris Derksen, Yolanda Bonnell, Daniela Masellis, Lindsay Lachance, Jessica Schacht, Michelle Chabassol, Samantha Brown, Emily Soussana, Madison Henry, Kaitlyn Yott, and Samantha McCue), Kamloopa is an artistic ceremony that “give[s] voice and illuminate[s] the power of Indigenous women and femmes” (Harvey).

This reading will be directed by Kim Senklip Harvey (UVic MFA Writing 2021; UVic Law PhD, currently). Feautring: Danica Charlie, Tabatha Hamilton, Taryn Roo Yoneda, and Rahat Saini, with a talkback  following the performance.

Read more about Kamloopa and Senklip Harvey’s artistic and academic accomplishments. You can also listen to Senklip Harvey’s podcast The Indigenous Cultural Evolutionist


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Staging Equality is a collaborative and creative research project that explores ways in which theatre engages with issues of race, diversity, and inclusion.

The project is created and delivered in partnership with faculties and departments from across the University of Victoria alongside local BIPOC artists, students, and community partners. Principle project partners include: Yasmine Kandil (co-lead, UVIC Dept. of Theatre), Sasha Kovacs (co-lead, UVIC Dept. of Theatre), Maureen Bradley (UVIC Dept. of Writing), Sheila Rabillard (UVIC Dept. of English), Catherine Costigan (UVIC Dept. of Psychology), Monica Prendergast (UVIC Dept. of Education), waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy (UVIC Dept. of Gender Studies), Carey Newman (UVIC Dept. of Visual Arts),  Krystal Cook, (Kwakwaka’wakw artist from the Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay, B.C.), Lina De Guevara (founder of Puente Theatre), Paulina Grainger (Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria), Karla Point (UVIC Faculty of Fine Arts Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator). Student researchers involved in the project include: Drexler Ortiz (Dept. of Psychology), Francis Matheu, Brayden Cook and Louey Sumners (Dept. of Theatre). This project is funded by the University of Victoria’s Strategic Framework Impact Fund with support from the UVIC Department of Theatre, Faculty of Fine Arts and Faculty of Humanities. 

Watch for more in this series of staged readings and workshops this year.

Free and open to the public. Advanced registration required. As per BC Public Health orders, indoor mask mandates and proof of vaccination will be required. See further information about COVID protocols at the Phoenix Theatre. Please contact the department  at 250-721-7991 if you have any questions.