Renae Morriseau is an actor, writer, theatre director, and musician. She has worked across Canada and the United States in music, theatre, film, and television, and has toured internationally with her singing group, M’Girl. She has received cultural teachings through social and ceremonial songs with the Secwepemc, Okanagan, Nlaka’pamux, Moari, Cree and Ojibway peoples.
In theatre, she produced, wrote, directed, and acted in a variety of Aboriginal stories, contributing her music and dramaturgy, as well as teaching theatre to the next generation of thespians.
Renae works to cultivate social justice, inclusiveness, and community building through the power of theatre, film, and voice in professional and community engaged artistic creations. Renae’s most recent community building projects include the winter outdoor production Contest of the Winds with Caravan Farm Theatre and the Secwepemc community play Tuwitames with Splatsin Language Program and Runaway Moon Theatre.
Renae also worked on community plays co-produced by Vancouver Moving Theatre and their community partners, including the 2003 Downtown Eastside Community Play In the Heart of a City and the 2012 Storyweaving, exploring the experiences of the urban aboriginal community. She was a co-producer of the 2015 TRACKS: 7th Annual Canadian Community Play and Arts Symposium, and was awarded the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award for Community Engaged Arts.
Storyweaving brings the urban aboriginal experience to the stage (Article in the Straight, 2012)
Cultures connect at Tracks (Article in the Straight, 2015)