JANUARY 10, 1962

MARIE CLEMENTS BORN–MÉTIS PLAYWRIGHT SCREENWRITER

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Clements studied journalism at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta, before working as a radio news reporter in the 1980s.   She has written 12 plays.  Urban Tattoo, awarded the 2004 Japan Literary Award, is about a 1940s Métis woman who adopts a Jane Russell persona to move from the Northwest Territories to Edmonton.  The Unnatural and Accidental Women addresses serial killings of Native women in Vancouver ruled “unnatural and accidental.”  Burning Vision connects Canada’s Japanese, Dene, Métis, and Irish cultures with World War II’s atomic bomb.  Copper Thunderbird focuses on the life of Ojibwa painter, Norval Morrisseau.  Tombs of the Vanishing Indian involves the differing life-paths of 3 sisters raised in separate foster homes.  Clements founded Urban Ink Productions in 2001 and has been playwright-in-residence at the National Theatre School of Canada, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Firehall Arts Centre, and the National Arts Centre.  

Source:  Anne Nothof, Athabasca University, “Marie Clements,” Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia, updated 11/2/2015.  Retrieved 8/17/2019, http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Clements%2C%20Marie
Photo:  Padraic Ryan, 11/11/2007.  Aboriginal War Veterans Monument, Ottawa, Canada.  Permissive Use.

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