Venue:  Silver Spire United Church
Time: Friday 8pm-10pm; Saturday 2:30pm-4:30pm, 10pm-12am; Sunday 5pm-7pm
Category:  Rhizomes
City of Origin:  St. Catharines
Price:  $20 or Festival Pass


Hiawatha who?…A tasty stew of ignorance spiced with kitsch, confusion, and deep-fried misinformation.


WWKN are theatre folk centred in the Department of Dramatic Arts at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School. We gathered in bewilderment about the 150 years of Canada we’re supposed to be celebrating at 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way. Where are First Nations in this history? Why don’t we even know?

Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury inspires the re-storying of lost histories so, at Shaw Festival Teacher’s Day, Gyllian and some wonderful Ontario drama teachers checked what we know about Hiawatha. Benjamin Franklin’s guiding light, or gamer character? Sandwich, or epic poem? This work continues the discussion…

What can we do, we who know nothing, but enquire, cower, rage, and play?
Well done to all who join us!


Gyllian Raby(director, co-creator) co-founded One Yellow Rabbit performance theatre in Calgary and was artistic director of Northern Light Theatre, winning the company thirteen Stirling Awards during her tenure. She freelanced as a dramaturg and director for 20 years, from Whitehorse to Cincinnati, Vancouver to Newfoundland, and now teaches at Brock U.

Adrienne Smoke (co-creator, performer) is Onondaga nation of Six Nations, wolf clan. Adrienne has worked with several theatre companies, studied dramatic arts at Brock University and been involved in the arts most of her life. She is a singer, dancer and enjoys promoting cultural awareness, and working as a Early Childhood Educator.

Lena Hall (co-creator, performer) is a fifth year Concurrent Education student teaching Dramatic Arts and English. She was lucky enough to have spent most of her time at Brock involved with various Brock DART productions. Recently, Lena worked with Suitcase in Point, facilitating drama workshops with high school students in St. Catharines.

Jonathan Brower (co-creator, performer) is doing his masters at Brock in Social Justice & Equity focusing on queer interfaith dialogue through theatre. He’s worked arts admin for Alberta Theatre Projects, Lunchbox Theatre, and Ghost River. Jonathan co-founded and led Calgary’s Third Street Theatre for six years while touring his play ‘oblivion’ around Canada.

Gavin Fearon (sound and projections designer, co-creator) has been privileged with successive opportunities describing a nice if accidental career as a stagehand and designer. He is a generalist, a maker, and the Technical Director for Dramatic Arts at MIWSFPA. Recently, he has been revisiting the radical worldviews of his idealistic youth.

Jonah McGrath (co-creator, performer )graduated from the Dramatic Arts program at Brock University in 2017. Recently, Jonah has acted in a number of theatrical productions including: Play by Samuel Beckett, The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny by Bertolt Brecht and The Man in the Case by Anton Chekov.

Tarndeep Pannu (researcher, co-creator, performer) is graduating from Brock right now with a degree in Dramatic Arts minoring in Political Science! Passionate about theatre, social ethics, race and representation, she was last seen at the Marilyn theatre in Len Falkenstein’s Lac Athabasca, and helped produce Brock’s 2017 Re-enactment of the August-Wilson- Robert Brustein Debate.

Nigel Scott (design consultant)is a Niagara based architect and designer. He has worked in theatres from coast to coast as well as in the United States. Recently he designed Top Girls for Danielle Wilson at Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School, and the Welland Canal Play for Essential Collective Theatre.


We Who Know Nothing… may be an unsettling experience