Time: Friday 7:30-9:30pm; Saturday 2:30-4:30pm; Saturday 10-12am; Sunday 2-4pm
Category:  RHIZOMES
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass*
*Individual RHIZOMES tickets available at the DOOR ONLY. Doors open 15 minutes before showtime. PASSES available at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office.


We paint on the walls of the cave, honouring our ancestry, artistry and activism on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples.


This collective came together in the fall of 2016 to develop plays honouring refugee and Indigenous women’s voices. Their main goal is to decolonize Canada though art and artistry. The purpose of the project is to mobilize the research findings of Snežana’s doctoral dissertation titled “Teachers without Borders: Exploring Experiences, Transitions, and Identities of Refugee Women Teachers from the Former Yugoslavia” through poetry, ethnodrama and playbuilding, while initiating conversations and building coexistence with Indigenous women and Canadian society.


Dr. Snežana Ratković (Artistic Director/Producer/Collaborative Playwright/Dramaturge) is a refugee teacher from the former Yugoslavia who immigrated to Canada in 1998. She is the Research Officer in the Faculty of Education at Brock University and a published poet in the former Yugoslavia.

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters (Drama Director/Dramaturge) is an award-winning children’s author, scholar, playwright, and performer. Since 2007, she has had more than 17 books published with 9 more in pre-press production. She is also an Associate Professor at Brock University, where she teaches drama-in-education and language arts to teacher candidates.

Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch (Composer) is a multidisciplinary scholar and artist (composer/librettist/producer). He completed his PhD in Education at York University, where his research received funding from SSHRC and OGS, and garnered the President Susan Mann Dissertation Award. He has an active research and professional arts practice, working as a composer, writer/librettist, performer and producer.

Monica Taylor (Dramaturge/Production Assistant) is proud to live in and contribute to the magic of downtown St. Catharines. She is a graduate of the MIWSFPA, an OCT certified drama and geography teacher, life-lover and is currently completing a master’s degree in education at Brock using dramatic playbuilding to investigate environmental literacy.

Heryka Miranda (Choreographer/Actor) is a social change dance artist and activist-scholar. Her dance creations are guided by working with disability arts, Indigenous dance/theatre and expressive arts healing approaches. She has training in Dance/Movement Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy from the Antioch Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire, and the International School for Interdisciplinary Studies, ISIS – Canada.

Julia Salerno (Costimographer/Actor) is a multidisciplinary artist whose works explore the tedious processes of craft, printmaking and collaboration. Through her practice, she invites the viewer to critically review their ideas toward notions of identity: how it is curated, where it is curated, what is in our control and what is not.

Shannon Kitching’s (Actor) arts-based work in community stems from her outreach experience with youth in Ontario. In addition to arts-based community development animator and playwright, Shannon is a spoken word artist, performing her poems throughout southern Ontario. She is also a trainer, director and singer.

Siqi Tian (Actor) is a student in the Leadership and Administration in Education (ISP) program at Brock University and is interested in pragmatic pedagogy and performance art.

Sajitha Vinod (Actor) is a student in the Leadership and Administration in Education (ISP) program at Brock University and a science teacher from United Arab Emirates.

Bharti Rana (Actor) is a student in the Leadership and Administration in Education (ISP) program at Brock University and a computer teacher from India. She won second prize in Rangoli competition and participated in cultural group dance.

Jennifer Brant (Actor) is completing her PhD with a focus on Indigenous women-centred curriculum. Inspired by her passion for Indigenous women’s literature as an educational tool to promote empathy and compassion, Jennifer teaches in the Indigenous Studies program. She also writes to advance awareness about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.